Latest HIV cure news in 2016 revealed a promising new HIV vaccine to be tested in South Africa later this year. The said vaccine was able to meet standards that proves that it could be effective in fighting the virus epidemic in the continent.
According to the latest count, as of 2015 there were around 2.1 million new HIV infections reported. To note that two-thirds of all these infections were from the sub-Saharan African region.
Initial Testing in South Africa In 2015, testing for the safety and effectiveness of a vaccine called HVTN100 was done in South Africa. This was to determine if this vaccine could provide the strength needed to lauch on a larger scale. 252 healthy volunteers were part of the project. A number of volunteers received the ALVAC-HIV/gp120 while others received a placebo; this was done to compare the immune response that the volunteers presented. The result of this 2015 study were presented in the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. more >>
Former Congressman Frank Wolf has noted that Christians in Nigeria, who are among the millions of displaced people suffering due to the action of radical groups, are feeling abandoned by Western churches that are failing to speak out on the developing humanitarian tragedy.
Wolf, who is a Distinguished Senior Fellow of the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, told The Christian Post in a phone interview that he was part of a delegate team that visited Nigeria in February, and got to witness first hand the difficulties that internally displaced people face.
"People of faith, Christians, feel very much forgotten. Nigeria is fractured and is breaking down in so many ways, and it seems that the world has forgotten about it," he reflected on his interactions with Christians there. more >>
At least 15 Muslims were arrested in the Egyptian village of Abu Yacoub on Saturday for setting fire to Coptic Christians' homes and a nursery, allegedly because they feared they would be used as churches.
The persecution of Christians has been on the rise in Egypt this past year, with similar attacks being reported in other villages. The state-owned Ahram Online reported that five buildings, along with a nursery, were attacked and burned down Friday night by the Muslim mob that wrongly believed the homes and nursery would be used as Christian houses of worship.
The Ministry of Endowments has reportedly sent representatives to Minya to talk to local villagers in response to the arson attack, and encourage them to avoid violence and instead choose "love and cooperation." more >>
Although a ceasefire has been declared in South Sudan following days of devastating fighting, a humanitarian emergency has gripped the nation with untold numbers massacred, and thousands more seeking refuge inside churches.
"It was a massacre although the number of victims is still unknown," church sources in the area told Fides News Agency. "The humanitarian issue is the most urgent, starting from the lack of drinking water. Thousands of people have taken refuge in churches and much is being done to offer them assistance, despite a thousand difficulties. The International Red Cross has managed to send their teams in the two main hospitals."
President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Riek Machar declared a ceasefire in Juba on Tuesday, The Guardian reported, following five days of heavy fighting marking the five year anniversary of the formation of the world's youngest nation. more >>
A Christian mother of seven was hacked to death by suspected Muslim radicals in Nigeria and her mutilated body was discovered in a pool of blood along with a Bible and megaphone she used to preach every morning.
According to local reports, 41-year-old Eunice Olawale, a pastor at the Redeemed Christian Church of Nigeria and an evangelist, was murdered in the early morning hours on Saturday while she was out evangelizing near Nigeria's capital of Abuja.
Olawale's husband, Olawale Elisha, told local media that his wife had left their home around 5 a.m. Saturday morning to preach in the neighborhood but she never returned home. more >>
Africa is a continent of wonder. But with the question of safety, it is easy for people to set aside the beauty of visiting the lands. Contrary to belief, Africa is not entirely dangerous, it just depends on which part you decide to go to. There are places that are categorized as unlikely to receive people well but there are also places that are viewed as safe for everyone to discover.
Taking that into consideration, AnswersAfrica has listed down 10 of the safest places to visit in Africa. We'll be listing down 5 of those which are deemed safe for tourists, travelers and the locals alike.Botswana – Based on AnswersAfrica, Botswana is definitely one of the safest in the continent and is viewed as such by the public. It is known for the kindness of the locals and also for its stable growth and development which is seen in the country's governance and infrastructures. Just a few of the many places to visit here are Okavango Delta, which is one of UNESCO's World Heritage sites, Gaborone, a center for nightlife, shopping, golf and gambling, and Maun, which is a site for campers. Namibia – Namibia was a country that's deemed dangerous before but was transformed into 'a haven of peace', according to AnswersAfrica, all thanks to the proper governance of the people in authority. Namibia is a neighboring country of Botswana. Places to visit here are Etosha National Park, Windhoek and many more. Seychelles – What makes this country special is their great government-people relationship. This has kept the peace in the land for a long time. This mark of great governance can be seen in the way people perceive the country, as it is not often to be related to bad news or stories. Seychelles' beaches like Mahe, Praslin, and La Digue are sure to captivate your heart with its beauty. Cote D'Ivoire – Despite being surrounded by countries clouded by conflict, Cote D'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) is known as one of the safest countries in the continent, beside being known as the largest cocoa beans producer in the world. The growth of the arts in Abidjan, and other destinations such as Yamoussoukro, and Tai National Park will convince you of the good experience you will get once you visit this country. Tanzania – The personal belief of the locals here is what makes this country safe and harmless. Based on AnswerAfrica, the "Ujamaa" mentality, which means "Communism" has kept the safety of the lands. This mentality of helping one another and caring for one's neighbor is the best factor that will convince you to feel safe in this country. The ever popular Serenggeti National Park is found in Tanzania, along with other spots like Unguja beaches, and Lake Manyara National Park.
Taking precaution in traveling is a given, regardless of the place you're about to visit. Africa has so much more to offer, and given the right knowledge of the continent, we will find that wandering through it will be a fun and educational experience. more >>