Africa

'I'll go back to Zanzibar and secure justice'

By Anna Sheinman, August 22, 2013

Acid attack victim Kirstie Trup is prepared to return to Zanzibar to help bring her assailants to justice, and insists she has “no regrets”.

Ms Trup and her friend Katie Gee, both 18-year-old former JFS students, were injured in the attack on the east African island where they were working as volunteer teachers.

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Volunteering abroad: safe, but we had a security guard

By Anna Sheinman, August 15, 2013

Volunteering in Africa is an “incredible experience”, and Kirstie Trup and Katie Gee should be “commended” for what they were doing.

That is the view of Eleanor Segall who volunteered for the charity Tzedek three years ago.

“I was in Tamale, northern Ghana, when I was 22. I worked as a volunteer English, maths and ICT teacher to disadvantaged but amazingly bright young women.

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Acid attack victim released from hospital

By Anna Sheinman, August 12, 2013

One of two 18-year-olds JFS students burned in an acid attack in Zanzibar has been discharged from hospital.

Kirstie Trup left the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital on Sunday night.

Katie Gee, who was volunteering in Zanzibar with Ms Trup, is still being treated. She is set to undergo surgery after suffering burns to 80 per cent of her right arm and 50 per cent of her torso.

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FZY teenagers injured in Zanzibar acid attack

By Zoe Winograd, August 8, 2013

Two Jewish 18-year-old girls from north west London have been victims of an acid attack in Zanzibar, east Africa.

Two men on a moped threw acid at Katie Gee and Kirstie Trup as they walked through the island’s capital, Stone Town, on Wednesday night.

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Prison guards act to halt Eritrean hunger strikes

By Nathan Jeffay, July 4, 2013

The Israeli prison service has subdued a growing protest movement that had been taking root among African asylum seekers under its detention.

More than 300 Eritreans who illegally crossed into Israel over its southern border had been on hunger strike at the Saharonim detention facility in southern Israel.

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My (almost) silent movie

By Anna Sheinman, June 14, 2013

We were not allowed to say the word 'death' when I was growing up,” explains film-maker Peter Speyer, whose mother Charlotte took the last boat out of Germany to South Africa in 1938. The word evoked painful memories of the family she left behind.

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Israel seals deal to send migrants back to Africa

By Shira Rubin, June 6, 2013

An unnamed African country has agreed to absorb the majority of Eritrean asylum seekers and labour migrants living in Israel, a senior Israeli official announced on Sunday.

The country is in East Africa, according to Israel's Army Radio.

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Sleeping giant has a role to play

By Alana Baranov, March 17, 2013

Living at the tip of the African continent, it is easy to feel disconnected from the pulse of global affairs. But, while I may not have grown up in one of the world's financial or political capitals, as the 21st century progresses, it is clear that Africa matters. And as the "sleeping giant" awakens, her geopolitical importance will shape world events.

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Orthodox wedding with a Ugandan Putti twist

By Ros Eisen , February 22, 2013

Trudging through a bog with temperatures in the high 30s, dozens of Orthodox Puttis made their way towards the new mikveh. Onlookers from neighbouring Ugandan villages could hardly believe their eyes.

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Israel uproar over ‘forced’ birth control

By Ben Hartman, January 31, 2013

Certain sections of the Israeli media have renewed accusations that doctors have been allowed to give contraceptive drugs to Ethiopian women without their consent after the head of the Health Ministry, Ron Gamzu, appeared to supply evidence that such a practice could be in place.

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