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The man in the mirror – Thabo Mbeki’s legacy

Thabo Mbeki is no hero. Neither is he the worst leader to emerge from the ranks of the African National Congress. A son of the liberation movement to a fault; an idealist who is romantic about Africa, and a vessel of complexity – now, that he is. Mbeki turned 75 on Sunday. As birthday wishes continue pouring in for the statesman, we reflect on his leadership. Will he cringe as he recalls some of his missteps or remain grandiose about his unfinished African Renaissance chapter?

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International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict: #EndRapeInWar

Conflicts are breeding ground for many atrocities, which often have long lasting effects on people’s physical, social and economic lives. Chief among these atrocities is sexual violence suffered majorly be women and girls. As we commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual violence in conflict, let us think about how can prevent this injustice in our communities.

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International Albinism Awareness Day: #NoGhosts

People with albinism face multiple forms of discrimination worldwide. The United Nations reports that Sub-Saharan Africa has more people with albinism with an estimated 1 in 1,400 people being affected in Tanzania and prevalence as high as 1 in 1,000 reported for select populations in Zimbabwe, and for other specific ethnic groups in Southern Africa. Albinism is still profoundly misunderstood, socially and medically leading to an unsafe environment for people with albinism particularly in Africa. We have to remind each other that people with albinism are no ghosts but human beings.