- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 24, 2005

SOUTH AFRICA

Archaeologist close to finding slave ship

CAPE TOWN — A South African marine archaeologist might be close to finding a Dutch slave ship that ran aground in Struis Bay in 1766 after a mutiny.

Jaco Boshoff of the government-run Iziko Museums in Cape Town will find out whether he is right when he starts digging on the deserted beach on Africa’s southernmost point later this year, the New York Times reported. Iziko Museums is dedicated to celebrating the region’s diverse heritage.

Mr. Boshoff’s three-year-old search has led him to the mouth of the Heuningnes River, where the 450-ton slave ship, the Meermin, broke apart in 1766. Other slave-ship discoveries have produced evidence of both the brutality and the lucrative nature of the slave trade.

KENYA

African Christians condemn Robertson

NAIROBI — A group representing millions of African Christians lambasted U.S. evangelist the Rev. Pat Robertson yesterday for inflammatory remarks encouraging the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

“No matter how he tries to justify it, Robertson’s public demand that the United States kill Chavez is simply a tragic betrayal of the Gospel,” said Mvume Dandala, general secretary of the Nairobi-based All Africa Conference of Churches. “Robertson has made the mistake of believing that a brand of right-wing extremism is equivalent to the Gospel.”

The AACC, which represents 120 million Christians in 39 African countries, said it was inconceivable for a clergyman to call for violence as the means to a political end. Mr. Dandala noted that Mr. Robertson’s “business dealings” in Africa had led him to develop relationships with authoritarian leaders such as former Liberian President Charles Taylor and former Zaire dictator Mobutu Sese Seko.

EGYPT

Police, gunmen clash in Sinai

EL ARISH — Egyptian security forces besieging parts of rugged northern Sinai clashed with gunmen yesterday and arrested 26 persons during a search for suspects in recent attacks on the peninsula, police said.

One police official said 650 people have been rounded up in Sinai since searches began Monday.

CHAD

Half the nation at risk of famine

NDJAMENA — Famine is a threat in almost half of Chad because of destructively heavy rains after a long period of drought, said Tao Bouhouraye, a food security official at the health ministry, yesterday.

“Today, we can’t speak of famine in Chad, but we can talk of a risk of famine in the Sahel zone and in the center of the country, as well as … in the west,” Mr. Bouhouraye said.

The official said rains should have accompanied the regular crop sowing season between May and the end of June but failed. Then, at the end of July, heavy rainfall “flooded tracts of farmland” and caused several deaths.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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