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The Irish Mashonaland Association distributed small emergency grants in May and June to those in need in the Irish community in Zimbabwe.

Good news from Zimbabwe is a rare bird even in normal times, never mind during the Covid-19 crisis: the country was emerging from lockdown last m(...)

A mother stands with her baby outside the maternity ward in Gulu Regional Referral Hospital, northern Uganda, on July 30th. Photograph: Sally Hayden

Across Africa, healthcare workers and activists are calling for more help for pregnant women, as concerns rise about maternal mortality rates increasi(...)

A woman walks on a deserted street in the central Harare, Zimbabwe, where there is a  6pm-6am curfew. Photograph: EPA/Aaron Ufumeli

There are growing fears in Zimbabwe that nationwide demonstrations called on Friday by ruling party critics who want the government to tackle corrupti(...)

Zimbabwe’s security forces have detained a prominent journalist who exposed the alleged illegal awarding of contracts in pandemic-related government (...)

The aftermath of an attack by Islamic militants on the village of   Aldeia da Paz outside Macomia.  More than 210,000 people have been forcibly displaced by the ongoing violence   in northern Mozambique. Photograph: Maco Longari/AFP/Getty

Fears are growing that southern Africa’s coronavirus outbreak could undermine regional efforts to tackle an escalating conflict in Mozambique between (...)

‘The fallout from the current pandemic might accidentally achieve more good for the environment in the next few years than climate-change activists have managed for decades.’

When Ireland began to shut down, I was 9,000kms away, visiting friends in Zimbabwe. Our long-planned catch up began to fissure into conversations abou(...)

Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangagwa said the restrictions would remain in place indefinitely because the country needed to ease strategically  out of its lockdown. Photograph:  EPA/Aaron Ufumeli

International rights groups have expressed concern that the Zimbabwean government’s decision to extend a nationwide coronavirus lockdown indefinitely (...)

Densely populated regions will now come into line with the rest of the country. Photograph: Getty

Nigeria began easing restrictions on Monday in its capital Abuja and in the largest city Lagos, heralding the reopening of Africa’s biggest economy af(...)

People  wait at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on Friday. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

The man behind me in the British Airways queue to board the Johannesburg-Heathrow flight on Saturday evening was shouting. “Stop talking!” he was repe(...)

Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangagwa (left) and vice-president Constantino Chiwenga in November 2018. Mr Chiwenga has suffered a serious disease of the oesophagus, which makes eating difficult and has required months of hospital treatment. Photograph: Philimon Bulawayo/Reuters

The wife of Constantino Chiwenga, Zimbabwe’s powerful vice-president, has been accused of attempting to kill her husband by disconnecting his life sup(...)

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