Irene's 40-degree fever hadn't budged for days. Burrowed under blue blankets at Mbagathi district hospital in Nairobi, the girl lingered on the edge of consciousness, able only to murmur "Mama." "This is not good," said nurse Abigael Owila. "Resistant malaria." Two different drugs had failed to dent the fever.
His Press Secretary tried to cut off the interview, but Robert Mugabe would not be silenced. Back home in Harare after a campaign swing last week, the 78-year-old President seemed tired and touchy--and fed up with Zimbabwe's white inhabitants. "I am a proud African.
She was lost in the crowd of protesters outside Parliament last week. As township activists shouted under the noonday sun, not afraid to stand up to demand that President Thabo Mbeki launch an all-out war against AIDS, Thandeka Mantshi stood quietly in the throng with her daughter Okuhle, 4.
A sign at the entrance of a freshly painted bungalow near the center of Gaborone says MAKE A NEW START TODAY. And people are getting the message. Every morning there's a line at the door: a prick of the finger, a quick visit with a counselor and within an hour you're on your way again.
They first met secretly in June 1998, in a Cape Town coffee shop a few blocks from South Africa's Parliament buildings. Terry Crawford-Browne, a banker turned peace activist, expected questions about his campaign to redirect the new black government's hefty defense budget toward building schools and houses.
Africa matters," American U.N. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke declared a year ago. "Its problems must be addressed or they will get worse." As president of the Security Council last January, he backed up those words by staging an unprecedented "month of Africa" devoted to the troubled continent's most pressing crises.