Africa

Jeff Huffman

Saharan dust blowing off the west coast of Africa will move across the Atlantic over the coming days, keeping thunderstorms non-existent and clouds even to a minimum.

GlobalJax Profile: Jo Jo Lusambo

Apr 1, 2014

Jo Jo Lusambo is a former Congolese refugee who is paying it forward today on the First Coast.

There are many examples of triumphant liberation leaders and successful political leaders, but it's rare to find someone who has managed the transition from one to the other.

George Washington did it in the 18th century. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk of Turkey did it after World War I. And Nelson Mandela also belongs to this exclusive club.

"It is hard enough to find someone courageous enough to lead a revolution, rarer still for them to have remarkable leadership skills," says Jack Goldstone, director of the Center for Global Policy at George Mason University.

Nelson Mandela: An Audio History

Dec 6, 2013

In April 1994, the world watched as millions of South Africans — most of them jubilant, but many wary — cast their ballots in that nation's first multiracial election. The outcome: Nelson Mandela became president of a new South Africa.

Mandela's journey from freedom fighter to president capped a dramatic half-century-long struggle against white rule and the institution of apartheid. This five-part series, originally produced in 2004, marked the 10th anniversary of South Africa's first free election.

Nelson Mandela, who became an icon of the struggle for racial equality during a decades-long struggle against South Africa's apartheid system, is being remembered across the globe on Thursday following his death at age 95.

Mandela died after a prolonged lung infection, which had been a recurring problem for him since his days as a prisoner of conscience on South Africa's Robben Island. He served 27 years at the notorious jail.

"He is now resting. He is now at peace," South African President Jacob Zuma said in an address to the nation.

Nelson Mandela, who was born in a country that viewed him as a second-class citizen, died Thursday as one of the most respected statesmen in the world. He was 95.

President Jacob Zuma announced the death in a televised speech.

Jax Medical Professionals Reach Out On Trip To South Africa

Nov 15, 2013
Haven Hospice

A group of local ambassadors from Jacksonville's Haven Hospital recently returned from a trip to South Africa as part of an initiative to deepen the relationships between U.S. hospices and those in developing countries.

Politics in Minneapolis is about to change.

Not only is the city electing a new mayor on Nov. 5, it's also possible that a majority of the members of City Council will be freshmen.

Among their number could be Abdi Warsame, who would be the first Somali American elected to the City Council there — or anywhere else.

"The community has realized we can turn to each other to address issues of education, housing and health, which are mainly controlled by the politicians," says Mohamud Noor, a Warsame ally.

Westgate Mall

The Westgate Memorial Fund is seeking support from both national and international donors to help the victims affected by the tragedy in Nairobi, Kenya last month.

It's been several weeks since Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the four day siege at the Westgate Mall, which left 67 people dead and hundreds more injured.

Martin Kabaki, a native of Kenya now living in Jacksonville, helped organize the fund, and said all proceeds will go to help the victims.

Somalia's Al-Shabab: 4 Things To Know

Sep 23, 2013

Al-Shabab, the Somali group that has claimed responsibility for the attack on a Nairobi mall, began as a group fighting inside its homeland. But it has evolved into an al-Qaida affiliate that draws members from other countries and views Somalia as a front in the war against the West.

Here are some key things to know about the group:

Who Are Al-Shabab?

(We're adding to the top of this post as news comes in, and also posting updates here.)

One day after panic and confusion took over a shopping mall in Nairobi, survivors' accounts and photographs provide a close-up perspective of the scene. Their stories have given new detail to the chaos that erupted after attackers used grenades and guns to begin a standoff that lasted into Sunday.