Thursday, November 8, 2001

Pregnant adulteress appeals death sentence
KANO, Nigeria A pregnant woman sentenced by an Islamic court in Gwadabawa, Sokoto state, northwestern Nigeria, to be stoned to death for adultery has appealed the sentence while in hiding, her attorney told Agence France-Presse yesterday.
Safiya Tungar-Tudu, 33, fled into hiding last week, a month after she was sentenced to death by stoning after being convicted of adultery by the Islamic court.
Speaking by telephone from Sokoto yesterday, lawyer Imam Ibrahim said her appeal will be heard Nov. 27.

Cheap rape insurance offered in S. Africa
JOHANNESBURG Two insurers initiated a low-cost rape insurance policy yesterday in South Africa, which faces the world’s highest incidence of sexual assault.
The $1.58 per month policy aims to help victims deal with the trauma of being raped, especially by an attacker suspected to be HIV-positive. South Africa has more people infected with HIV-AIDS than any other country, and a wave of sexual assaults on babies and young children has been fueled by a myth that sex with a virgin will protect a man against the virus.
Six men appeared in court Monday in connection with the gang rape of a 9-month-old girl last week.
Days before that assault, a 3-year-old was raped, reportedly by her grandfather, and a 14-month-old was assaulted by two uncles.

Hutu rebels kidnap scores of pre-teens
BUJUMBURA, Burundi About 80 children and four teachers were kidnapped from a school in Burundi by rebels, officials said yesterday as the national death toll reached at least 59 in a week of violence since a new government was installed.
On Tuesday, rebels believed to be from the main armed Hutu FDD group kidnapped the pupils from the Kirambi II primary school in eastern Ruyigi province, some 65 miles from Bujumbura. The children, mostly from the Hutu majority, were 10 to 13 years old.

Weekly notes
The global economic slowdown following the terror attacks on the United States on September 11 is expected to cut Nigerian government revenue by 30 percent in 2002, President Olusegun Obasanjo said yesterday while presenting next year’s budget to parliament. Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa’s highest mountain at 19,341 feet, could lose its year-round ice cap and snow by 2015 due to climate changes, the environmental group Greenpeace said this week. A crackdown on illegal fishing on the Ugandan side of Lakes Victoria and Albert will help boost exports and sustain the fishing industry, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Kisamba Mugerwa said yesterday in Kampala. He said as many as 50,000 tons of fish are lost each year to illegal fishing. Squabbles erupted between Uganda and Kenya two months ago over the problem.

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