- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 30, 2007

SOUTH AFRICA

Promised aid not being delivered

JOHANNESBURG — Despite promises to dramatically increase aid, rich nations have cut contributions to Africa and ignored promises to improve trade conditions for the continent, according to a study issued Tuesday.

African Monitor, an independent group formed in 2005 to track pledges made by the Group of Eight industrialized countries after “the Year of Africa,” said real aid inflows began to decline last year.

“Donors who have promised to double aid to the continent are largely not fulfilling that promise. In 2007 and 2008, aid is expected to drop even further,” Anglican Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane of Cape Town, who founded African Monitor, said at a press conference here.

MOROCCO

YouTube returns after strange absence

RABAT — Moroccans were able to access the video-sharing Web site YouTube yesterday for the first time since access was blocked last week.

Najib Omrani, a spokesman for Maroc Telecom, the state telecommunications company, said Moroccans were unable to access YouTube owing to a technical glitch, but could not explain why it affected only the YouTube site.

Many Moroccans said government censors were spooked by a spate of videos on YouTube apparently showing Moroccan police beating and arresting activists from Western Sahara, a desert territory Morocco has occupied since 1975.

KENYA

3 jailed for stealing child, claiming miracle

NAIROBI — A Kenyan court yesterday sentenced the wife of a fugitive preacher to two years for stealing a child and claiming she had given birth to a “miracle baby” without having sex.

Mary Deya, wife of fugitive London-based self-styled “archbishop” Gilbert Deya, was convicted of stealing the child from Pumwani Maternity Hospital here in 2004. Magistrate Teresia Ngugi said DNA tests and other evidence destroyed Deya’s claims that she gave birth without sex to the “miracle” child.

The magistrate issued similar sentences to Deya’s two accomplices, saying: “The actions and claims of miraculous birth deserve no mercy. I therefore order that they be sentenced to two years imprisonment for each of the suspects.” The trio face more child-theft charges in separate court cases.

REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Development bank seeks clean water

BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo — The African Development Bank (AfDB) yesterday pledged to increase by 50 percent the amount of money it spends on improving access to clean water and sanitation on the continent.

“The contribution of the AfDB in the water sector in 2007 will be about $490 million, an increase of 50 percent compared to 2006,” announced the bank’s water and sewerage director, Bedoumra Kordje.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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