A good thing:
Women’s groups in the Somali town of Galkayo are lobbying the authorities in the self-declared autonomous region of Puntland to enact a law banning female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), saying the practice was becoming widespread.
A bad thing:
More than 700,000 southerners living in Sudan lost their Sudanese nationality when the south broke away to become Africa’s newest nation on July 9. A humanitarian emergency is developing on the border between Sudan and South Sudan where more than 12,000 people are stranded in makeshift shelters en route to the south.
A thing to change:
Oxfam: The Mekong River is one of the world’s last large rivers to remain mostly undammed. Now it looks like the Xayaburi dam, one of eleven planned dams for the Mekong mainstream, could go ahead. The power generated from Xayaburi won’t even stay in Laos. Ask for it to be reconsidered under a 10-year moratorium.