Selected articles from The Philadelphia Inquirer at Andrew Maykuth Online

June 24, 2002
Independent journalists feeling Zimbabwe government's wrath
June 23, 2002
Tourism dips in Zimbabwe
June 13, 2002
South African pardons reopen old wounds
Denied amnesty, some apartheid-era killers are winning clemency anyway.

June 13, 2002
For South African widows, truth without justice
They still wait for reparations -- while the killers walk free

June 2, 2002
Zimbabwe says no to U.S. offer of food relief
A shipment of corn was refused because it may contain genetically altered grain.
May 29, 2002
Bracing for famine in southern Africa
Weather, wars and low food production spark fears of an impending catastrophe.
May 13, 2002
S. African AIDS activists see new government effort
April 21, 2002
Mines a gem for Botswana
The business accounts for much of the nation's economy and world's diamonds.
April 12, 2002
A people transplanted - almost
Botswana's Bushmen say uprooting kills their culture.
March 24, 2002
More troubles for Mandela's ex-wife
She faces a July trial on fraud charges. Recently, a museum she created was shuttered.
March 18, 2002
Resources up in smoke
Charcoal producers are rapidly depleting Somalia's trees.
March 17, 2002
West not won by Zimbabwe elections
Robert Mugabe was reelected president. African nations congratulated him, even though fraud was evident.
March 10, 2002
Zimbabwe's leader puts it on the line with election
March 5, 2002
Order, hope again fade in Somalia
A government once viewed with euphoria is short on money, respect and authority.
March 1, 2002
Somali schools deny radical bent
"We teach regular subjects," a Mogadishu headmaster says. Still, hints remain that Islamic extremism is never far away. In Somali schools, radical Islam is muted but not gone.
February 9, 2002
Mbeki continues to reject wider AIDS-drug effort
September 24, 2001
Signs of stability in Congo
Years of war have taken their toll. But under a new leader, there is hope for calm.
September 16, 2001
Dream of Mutombo grows closer to reality
The Sixers star breaks ground for his hospital.

September 9, 2001
Hope fizzles at U.N. conference on racism 
In the end, little consensus was reached about the Mideast conflict or reparations for slavery.

September 4, 2001
U.S. and Israel quit racism summit
September 2, 2001
Competing voices drown out each other at racism meeting
Another problem is that no one is listening. The U.S. delegate has orders not to speak.
August 31, 2001
At racism meeting, a battle of words 
Mideast tensions surfaced as U.S. envoys arrived for the 150-nation U.N. talks, which open today in South Africa.
August 29, 2001
Despite conflicts, South Africans see racism as easing
August 6, 2000
In apartheid's wake, division in S. Africa is black vs. black
July 29, 2001
For HIV-positive South Africans, a chance to work and to live
July 26, 2001
Exchange students discover a foreign land right at home

July 8, 2001
From South Africa, hopeful message 
A prison reformer's new challenge: Philadelphia

June 15, 2001
S. Africa HIV forecast: Bad and getting worse 
His first warning was ignored a decade ago, but an expert continues to sound the alarm.

May 23, 2001
A white plot for race war was far-fetched, but some believed

May 12, 2001
With president under fire, some see a right-wing plot
Part Three of the occasional series
May 3, 2001
White farmers feeling targeted by a deadly plot
Part Two of the occasional series
April 29, 2001
Recalling the effect of Sullivan Principles
The reverend's code is part of S. Africa's past.
April 27, 2001
Racial violence shows how deep the divisions remain in S. Africa 
First in an occasional series
April 17, 2001
In S. Africa, a dispute worth more than gold
April 9, 2001
Where aid to victims of rape is political
April 1, 2001
In a desolate African village, opportunity rings
A church's entry into the cell-phone business brings it revenue and gives a land long ignored an economic stimulus. 
March 21, 2001
S. Africa halts white farm's seizure
March 19, 2001
S. Africa's apartheid past now haunts white farmers
March 6, 2001
Trial begins in S. Africa on law that allows generics

March 4, 2001
Where AIDS is rampant and help scarce
For drugmakers, many in the Philadelphia area, money must be in the equation.
First of three parts on the high-stakes battle over generic drugs.

January 24, 2001
Bush order may affect nonabortion services
International agencies fear AIDS prevention and other health-care offerings also will be hampered.

December 18, 2000
South Africa willing to take insecticide's risks
Environmentalists worry, but DDT is an affordable ally in the fight against malaria.
December 6, 2000
An outbreak is contained, but a region's fears are not
Ebola virus' deadly rampage leaves survivors battling still.
November 26, 2000
How moonshine kills and blinds Kenyans
The illegal liquor is laced with poisonous methanol. It has spurred calls for temperance.
November 19, 2000
South Africa aims to be nuclear empowered
The state utility, with Exelon an investor, hopes to export "safe" reactors, create jobs and prove the nation a leader.
November 17, 2000
At camp for ex-combatants, a war on anarchy
The aim is to reintegrate the men, some guilty of atrocities, back into Sierra Leone society. A Briton on a U.N. mission leads the charge.
November 15, 2000
In Sierra Leone, hard lessons for peacekeepers
U.N. officials saw failure after failure in an unpredictable situation. After an evaulation, the leadership was replaced. The future is uncertain.
November 15, 2000
Nigerian army balks at U.S. training
The idea was to instruct and equip the nation's soldiers for Sierra Leone duty. "What are they going to teach us?"
October 22, 2000
Election will not solve Ivory Coast's problems
In the troubled African nation, a would-be dicatator is expected to call himself victory of today's race.
October 18, 2000
No authority has led to no-man's land
Somalia's maverick entrepreneurs, tired of too much freedom, are seeking some regulation.
October 17, 2000
In Somalia, a glimmer amid the ruins
The latest attempt to establish a new government is gaining momentum.
September 22, 2000
Congo's palaces of excess in ruins
After Mobutu, a city withers. Report from Gbadolite.
September 19, 2000
Famine grows in Kenya, but aid fails to keep pace
Report from: Turkana
September 18, 2000
Despite a cease-fire, Congo war escalating
As the U.N. balks on peacekeepers, civilians are caught in the cross fire.
September 4, 2000
Up in smoke
With planes and satellites, Safari 2000 looks at the atmosphere over southern Africa during the fire season.
NASA and scientists from 13 nations are interested in the environmental effects.
August 21, 2000
South Africa in round of renaming several cities
Even the capital, Pretoria, will get names not tied to the country's racist past.
August 7, 2000
In Zimbabwe, farmers feel no peace after vote
July 16, 2000
Plan to aid Africans crosses wires with global marketplace
Wind-up South African radio turns out to be toy for affluent.
July 2, 2000
A massive effort to aid 16,000 penguins
Hundreds of people flocked to help after a S. Africa oil spill
June 25, 2000
High turnout at polls in Zimbabwe
A strong opposition could signal a referendum on President Robert Mugabe.
June 23, 2000
Two very different opponents earn anger of Zimbabwe's ruler
June 21, 2000
Zambia strives to woo white farmers from Zimbabwe
June 19, 2000
Invasions of farms tied to politics
Zimbabwe's leader wants to frighten opponents and mask problems, critics say.
June 18, 2000
In Zimbabwe, how to fix an old inequity
Mugabe-backed farm seizures worry some leaders.
April 17, 2000
A new fear of famine strikes across Ethiopia
A drought has the country desperate for rain -- and food.
April 2, 2000
Ugandan cult's signals failed to avert tragedy
The doomsday group exceeded Jonestown's toll, but the leaders might be alive.
March 10, 2000
Hope amid heartache: Mother recounts baby's birth in tree
Report from: Mozambique
March 4, 2000
Last white leader in Zimbabwe is back
Ian Smith, ousted in 1980, says the country was better under his rule. He has announced a new alliance.
February 11, 2000
Fugitive reflects on another era, another country
Black Panther Pete O'Neal fled to avoid prison. That was 30 years ago.
February 10, 2000
Memorial to a moment where Stanley met Livingstone
Report from: Tanzania
January 30, 2000
Fears of genocide surfacing as Burundi war escalates
January 21, 2000
South Africa's AIDS stance draws fire
The government is hesitant to make a key drug readily available.
January 6, 2000
Sierra Leone represents an opportunity - again
American Roger Crooks plans to reopen a hotel that had been overrun in 1997 in a coup.
December 28, 1999
In Sierra Leone, promise of peace has its own price
December 8, 1999
Ethnic clashes burden shaky new democracy
In Nigeria, new freedoms are igniting tribal conflicts among the 110 million people there.
November 27, 1999
Nigerian state's change divides its people
Zamfara's conversion to Islamic law has Christians there upset. The nation's leader is, too.
November 26, 1999
Sex trade flourishes in freer South Africa
November 5, 1999
Rush to Rolls-Royce is no more
In South Africa, once a thriving market for the showy luxury cars, the wealthy have grown wary.
October 29, 1999
Where man vs. lion is also black vs. white
Report from: South Africa
October 16, 1999
In rape-scarred nation, an insurance plan
A new policy has drawn criticism. But it points to the severity of the problem in South Africa.
October 1, 1999
Freedom furor at Swaziland's forefront
Modernity is confronting tradition as an editor is fired over reporting on the king's fiancee.
September 20, 1999
In Uganda, a rare mercy for those dying of AIDS
A hospice relieves the pain of those forsaken by hospitals.
July 4, 1999
It's a South African spin on Main Street America
Casino on the veld is a crazy-quilt Graceland.
June 27, 1999
Other refugees, out of world view
Aid is just a trickle away as war displaces 1.6 million Angolans.
June 17, 1999
South Africa celebrates day of change and praise
At his inauguration, President Thabo Mbeki paid homage to Mandela and other retiring leaders.
June 16, 1999
Mandela prepares exit from one stage
He leaves South Africa's presidency today, but others say he isn't the retiring kind.
June 3, 1999
To expected victor comes a challenge
Thabo Mbeki was long groomed for this win. But how will he be at governing South Africa?
March 31, 1999
For Sierra Leone's child soldiers, the wounds are deep
March 9, 1999
Abuse of civilians a grisly feature of Sierra Leone war
In a throwback to medieval days, they are butchered or mutilated.
March 2, 1999
In Sierra Leone city's ruins, food, jobs, shelter hard to find
Raids left Freetown residents with choice: Flee or struggle.
March 1, 1999
Nigeria backs ex-ruler
Obasanjo, the vote leader, is man of contrasts.
February 18, 1999
Liberian life remains grim as nations shun its leader
With little aid, war's legacy is everywhere.
February 8, 1999
South African activist finds himself in throes of scandal
Allan Boesak was a hero of the liberation movement. Now he is accused of stealing from a group he headed.
November 24, 1998
Post-apartheid, downtown decays
As poor blacks flock to Johannesburg, big businesses are leaving.
November 23, 1998
Bombing victims' widows are hounded for money
Kenya paid - then in-laws swooped in.
August 16, 1998
Ancient feud resurfacing in Rwanda
And its spillover into Congo is restirring anti-Tutsi fervor.
August 12, 1998
A Kenyan's dream job brings death
August 10, 1998
Searching for kin here and there, then at the morgue
Kenyans go from hospital to hospital, hour after hour, to find missing loved ones. They dread one site, and hope not to visit it.
July 26, 1998
Clinging to her paradise lost
For almost 50 years, New Jersey native Rosamund Carr lived a life of colonial luxury in Africa. Civil strife shattered her utopia, but at 85, she finds herself still in Rwanda - turning her attention to the country's orphans.
June 29, 1998
In Botswana, specter of HIV catastrophe
One in four adults carries the virus that causes AIDs, according to a U.N. report.
May 30, 1998
South African tribe regains its land, for conservation
In 1969, its people were evicted to allow the expansion of a national park.
May 14, 1998
In the new South Africa, a chilling link with the past
Ritual killing for body parts still holds a disturbing power.
May 6, 1998
South Africa tries America's game
A Cuban has even been hired to coach the national baseball team.
April 13, 1998
An ancient plant attracts smugglers and big dollars
South Africa is trying to protect its cycads, an endangered species from the dinosaur era.
March 26, 1998
In South Africa, Pepsi pays for pullout
It left during apartheid. Coke found a way to keep a foot in the door.
March 25, 1998
The loans may be small, but the changes are big
"Microcredit" programs around the world help small entrepreneurs lift themselves from poverty.
March 20, 1998
In South Africa, liberating their identities
Under apartheid, thousands hid their black ancestry by taking new names and denying tribal links. Not anymore.
February 14, 1998
Tutu has harsh words for South Africa's whites
It's a "miracle" blacks have been so accommodating, he said.
February 8, 1998
On Zanzibar, a spice loses its zing
An economy can't live by cloves alone.
February 1, 1998
Saving wild dogs that few admire
African packs were long reviled. Their protectors have critics, too.
January 28, 1998
Finally, white farmers' fears may be realized in Zimbabwe
The president has been promising land reform since 1980.
January 24, 1998
Botha gives no apologies for actions on apartheid
He also went to court on contempt charges.
January 22, 1998
Defying truth panel, Botha once again splits South Africa
December 19, 1997
Unrelenting stories and slow pace mark Rwandan tribunal
Report from Tanzania
December 1, 1997
Traditional healers face a new world
In South Africa, that includes insurance
November 30, 1997
South Africa's latest tour of anguish
A commission is examining an icon's past. And it's opening up old wounds.
November 27, 1997
Bishop forgives Winnie Mandela
The Rev. Paul Verryn said he regretted the slander by her. He also accepted blame for a boy's death.
October 24, 1997
Cannery fishing for investors in its Angola plant
There are plenty of tuna, but financiers aren't biting. Africa's history of uneasy peace has scared them off. 
October 16, 1997
Victim of war may yet chug again
After Angola's ruinous war, only a short stretch remains of a once-vaunted rail line. Now, there's talk of rebuilding.
September 30, 1997
Mineral-rich but war-weary, Angola endures shaky peace
Oil and diamonds beckon. Ex-rebels, however, seem poised to fight.
September 23, 1997
Old land mines disrupt daily life with devastation
Many Angolans have lost limbs, and some must beg. Mine-ringed towns are reachable only by air.
September 7, 1997
The luster is off South Africa's gold
The price is down, but costs remain high. Mines may be closed.
August 24, 1997
It's Max, top banana
Criminals, don't monkey with him.
Report from Johannesburg
July 18, 1997
New foe in battered Africa: Sleeping sickness
Report from Sudan
July 7, 1997
The people, not elephants, are endangered, some argue in Zimbabwe
June 5, 1997
Rebels murder hundreds of refugees in Congo
The news emerged as horrified townsfolk told what they had seen. The victims had trekked 750 miles.
June 1, 1997
Kabila's foreign backers may be his strength, and weakness
His swift triumph owed much to Rwandans, some say. And that is causing resentment in the nation.
May 29, 1997
A derelict reactor echoes Congo's lost energy
National ambition fueled the nuclear effort. It is a victim not of the war, but of neglect.
May 26, 1997
Five months after leaving Philadelphia, he leads in Congo
Mwenze Kongolo became interior minister with Mobutu's ouster. It's a leap from processing bail.
May 20, 1997
Rebels bring swift change in ex-Zaire
With a new name and a new president, a new era is taking shape after the ouster of Mobutu.
May 18, 1997
Rebels end Mobutu reign in Zaire
Capital is jubilant; Kabila leads government
May 11, 1997
Outside mining firms find Zaire and untapped vein
Deals are being made with the rebels, who need the cash. The rival companies are themselves also coming into conflict.
May 9, 1997
Under Mobutu, theft was state industry
Zaire's mines and factories were systematically plundered. Foreign-aid funds vanished.
May 6, 1997
Rebels take over Zairean railway
Uncertainty is ahead for a state-owned concern that truly worked.
May 4, 1997
Rebel split poses more peril in Zaire
Tensions between ethnic and political rivals may explode once Mobutu is out of power, observers say.
May 2, 1997
End of apartheid uncorks good times for the winemakers of South Africa
Sanctions' demise propels demand.
April 28, 1997
South Africa struggle on affirmative action
White lawyers filed a reverse-bias suit. A court agreed the government had gone too far.
March 22, 1997
Ailing Mobutu keeps out of sight
In return to Zaire this will likely fuel new speculation about his health. His support among the citizenry wanes as rebels gain.
March 19, 1997
At prison, history is the captive
Visitors to the South African Island include onetime political prisoners.
Report from Robben Island
March 18, 1997
In South African towns, many resist black leaders
Former officials are presenting roadblocks to a successful transition.
February 13, 1997
For unhappy Afrikaners, dream lies across the border
They are answering the call of Mozambique
February 4, 1997
In South Africa's schools, ways of apartheid die hard
Many white students flee integration.
December 23, 1996
Zaire's economy shrinks, and the bribery increases
From schools to hospitals, there's a price for government services. If it's not cash, a TV or radio will do.
December 18, 1996
Zaire leader goes home to big welcome
Mobutu appears thin after cancer surgery.
December 3, 1996
As Hutus return, genocide recalled
Some refugees slaughtered Rwandans, former neighbors say.
November 21, 1996
For some Rwandans, home but homeless
With houses taken over, solutions won't be easy amid so much hatred.
November 20, 1996
Children lost in a sea of refugees
As thousands of Rwandans pushed homeward, some vanished in a crowd. As children wait, parents search.
November 16, 1996
Miles of refugees return to Rwanda
Hutu militias' grip was broken. Rwandan Hutus emptied Zairean camps. Many said they had been virtual hostages.
November 14, 1996
A homecoming in Rwanda
A Hutu returns to warm words and finds a much-changed town.
November 11, 1996
Ethiopia outstrips food supply
Persistent famine has plagued much of Africa. Relief programs now emphasize self-sufficiency.
Part of a series: "Feeding the world: The race into the 21st Century"
November 7, 1996
In ravaged Zaire, symbol of decay with a lake view
Mobutu's home is a monument to corruption.
November 6, 1996
On looted Goma streets, a ragtag band
On roads of broken glass, rebels sped by in vehicles that days ago belonged to international groups.
October 14, 1996
Diamond cartel is besieged
De Beers' carat-and-stick approach is faltering. Competition is posing a new threat.
October 8, 1996
Security cameras are a diamond firm's best friend
De Beers keeps a close eye on its coveted carats. Sorters' pants lack cuffs; pockets are sewn tight.
September 15, 1996
He's got the gold, so where's all the glitter?
Josiah Thugwane, South African hero, has found Olympic glory a mixed blessing.
July 22, 1996
Eritrea, the little nation that could
The African country rebuilds its railway.
July 15, 1996
Mandela  anoints an enigma
Thabo Mbeki is the successor in waiting to South Africa's first black president. He's adept, eloquent and largely a mystery.
July 15, 1996
State terror now on trial in Ethiopia
Ex-leaders are accused of atrocities.
June 18, 1996
Rwanda's horrific jails swelling
They are packed with human misery - and legal dilemmas.
June 10, 1996
Burundi's first medal contenders: Out of strife, running for Olympic gold
June 3, 1996
Hutus and Tutsis sharing in slaughter in Burundi
May 10, 1996
In South Africa, a government split
DeKlerk's National Party will leave the Mandela coalition. At issue: The constitution.
April 22, 1996
A watershed trial in South Africa
Did an ex-defense minister and others train an apartheid hit squad?
April 16, 1996
In South Africa, memories of atrocities come to official light
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission's first hearing was televised nationally. It will try to ease the country's conscience. home page   
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