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  • Shining The Light On Religious Freedom In Africa: Countries That Celebrate Diversity

    religious freedom in Africa By Andrew Friedman, 5:44 pm AFKI Original

    Sierra Leone takes religious tolerance seriously. Not only are relations cordial between the two main religious groups in the West African country, but it is not unusual here to be both Christian and Muslim. Thousands of Sierra Leoneans are known as ChrisMus. “I see it as the same religion,” one of the faithful said, sporting a Jesus bracelet. “All of us say it’s the same god that we’re worshiping.” Overall, the country ranks as “partly free” for human rights compliance.

  • Minnesota Man Who Tweeted Jihad Surrenders In Somalia, Suggesting Dissent Among Terror Groups

    Tweeted jihad By Dana Sanchez, 2:32 pm

    A Minnesota high school senior who joined al-Shabab Tweeted others to kill U.S. citizens on behalf of Islamic State has turned himself in to authorities in Africa, the U.S. State Department said. The American jihadist may have been trying to save his own life, an expert said. Al-Shabab has been killing dissenters in its ranks who support Islamic State. “If he wants to save his life, he did the right thing.”

  • 10 Things You Didn’t Know About U.S. Ambassador Terence Todman

    By Keren Mikva, 10:49 am AFKI Original

    U.S. Ambassador Terence Todman once threatened to quit if he was continually assigned to Africa. He criticized the State Department for sending black diplomats to African and Caribbean countries, referring to them as “ghetto” assignments. After serving as ambassador to Chad in the early ’70s, Todman threatened to quit if he was assigned to another African nation.He became the first black U.S. ambassador to a Latin American country. Here are 10 things you didn’t know about Terence Todman.

  • U.S. Pulls Peace Corps Volunteers From Kenya

    By Dana Sanchez, 4:20 pm

    The program has had to pull volunteers out of dangerous situations before, including in Nepal in 2004 and in Kenya after the 2007-2008 election violence. The Peace Corps also suspended its program in Ukraine in April, AP reports. “They taught us to be smart about our surroundings and to trust the hairs on the back of our necks to sense whether it was a safe situation or not,” a former Kenya Peace Corps volunteer said. “And some things like bombings or grenade attacks, you just can’t prepare for other than leaving the country.”

  • Religious Freedom Across Africa: The Worst Of The Worst

    By Andrew Friedman, 4:02 am AFKI Original

    In part one of this AFKInsider mini-series we examined some of the shinning lights in Religious freedom in Africa. This second part looks at the worst offenders on the continent when it comes to these fundamental right. Those countries that not only do not protect an individual’s right to worship, but actively seek to dissuade believers from practicing their faith through law or social pressures.

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