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The Egyptian Billionaire Who Offered to Buy An Island for Refugees Just Found One


Earlier this month, Egyptian TV mogul and billionaire Naguib Sawiris announced plans to buy an island in the Mediterranean to provide a new home for some of the hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing conflicts in the Middle East and Africa. Sawiris was deeply moved by the now-famous image of Aylan Kurdi, a 3-year-old Syrian refugee who was found washed up on a Turkish beach in early September. Sawiris said that he planned to name the island after Aylan, adding that he was willing to spend

Lost Generation: 13 Million Children Driven Out of School By War In Middle East and Africa

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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” With violent conflicts embroiling much of the Middle East and Africa, the powerful words of Nelson Mandela ring especially true today. Over the past few years, war has engulfed portions of Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Yemen, Libya, Sudan and the Palestinian territory, primarily Gaza. According to a new report published by UNICEF on Thursday (Sept. 3), approximately 13 million children in the Middle East and Africa are unable to attend school this

Good News: 200 Million Less People Are Living With Hunger Today Than in 1990

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Amidst the gloom and doom of the daily news cycle comes a decisively positive headline: the number of hungry people worldwide has declined from roughly one billion in 1990 to around 795 million today, according to a U.N. report released on Wednesday. This achievement is even more impressive when you consider the fact that Earth’s population has increased by roughly two billion people in the past 25 years, from 5.3 billion in 1990 to 7.3 billion in 2015. According to the United

These Are the World’s 5 Happiest and 5 Least Happy Countries, According to the UN

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Once a year, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), an initiative sponsored by the United Nations, creates an index of the happiest countries in the world. According to the BBC, the World Happiness Report is based on data gathered by the Gallup World Poll, taking into account variables like, “real GDP per capita, healthy life expectancy, corruption levels and social freedoms.” This year, European countries claimed four of the five top spots, with Switzerland claiming the title of world’s happiest country. The United States came in

Shell Agrees to $84 Million Deal for 2 Oil Spills That Devastated A Nigerian Community

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According to BBC Nigeria correspondent Will Ross, the oil-rich west African nation experiences hundreds of oil spills every year. Some are caused by leaks, others are a result of sabotage from oil thieves. In the years of 2008 and 2009, the community of Bodo – located on the eastern edge of the Niger River delta in southern Nigeria – was devastated by two of the biggest oil spills in the country’s history. Both spills occurred on the Trans Niger Pipeline. Operated by the Shell

More Than 200 Muslim Youth Protect Christians During Christmas Service in Nigeria

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Nigeria has seen a sharp increase in Islamic extremism recently. December has been a particularly violent month: on December 11, twin car combs killed more than 30 people in the city of Jos. The attacks were blamed on the extremist group Boko Haram and were seen as an effort to ignite violence between Christians and Muslims in the area. Then, on December 14, a group of Islamist mercenaries and a number of Muslim herdsmen raided villages in the Nigerian state of Benue,

Nepal’s “Miracle Doctor” Has Personally Restored the Vision of More Than 100,000 People

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For many of his patients, Sanduk Ruit is truly a miracle worker. Over the past 30 years, Ruit has personally restored vision to more than 100,000 people in Asia and Africa. He has also taught his simply and inexpensive methods to countless other eye surgeons across the world, in countries as remote as North Korea. The entire process takes around five minutes. The doctor makes a small incision in the patient’s eye, allowing him to remove cloudy cataracts that impair vision

This Nigerian Billionaire Just Pledged $100 Million to Help Grow 10,000 African Startups


Anyone who really knows Africa will tell you that the key to financial and social advancement is not foreign aid and transnational corporations, but rather an investment in Africa’s own human capital. A recent study of 10 developing African economies found that 53% of people had plans to start a business within the next three years. That number was as high as 70% in the countries of Angola, Botswana, Malawi and Uganda. But while many Africans see opportunities for entrepreneurship, they often find it difficult

Tanzanian Government Accused of Selling Maasai Land to Turn It Into Hunting Reserve

The Maasai people are one of Africa’s oldest indigenous ethnic groups. Originally from the lower Nile valley, the Maasai people began migrating south during the 15th century, finally settling in what is now Kenya and central Tanzania during the 17th and 18th centuries. Starting in the early 1900s, Maasai lands began to shrink as a result of British colonization in the region. In 1911, a British treaty shrank Maasai land by 60% – the Maasai living in these areas were evicted to make

Two of the World’s Biggest Chocolate Makers Warn of Global Cocoa Shortage

The holidays are traditionally a time when local stores and Pinterest boards explode with all kinds of elaborate, festive treats, many of them involving (what else?) chocolate. From the leftover Halloween candy bars to the cookies for Santa, many people could not imagine a holiday season, let alone any season, without chocolate. But according to two of the world’s biggest chocolate makers, that’s exactly where we’re headed. Mars, Inc. and Barry Callebaut claim that as chocolate consumption has risen, we

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