AJF:Newsletter[quarterly]"Africa NOW" No.73

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Africa NOW No.73

Published on July 25, 2006 by Africa Japan Forum (AJF)

Special Topic: Western Sahara Now: 30th anniversary of Sahara Arab Democratic Republic

"Africa NOW" #73 has a special feature article on the current situation of Western Sahara where thirty years have passed since the Declaration of Independence of Sahara Arab Democratic Republic in 1996. Three persons who attended the ceremony for the thirtieth National Foundation Day held at Tifariti in the liberated zone on February 27, 2006 report three decades of Western Sahara and its current situation.

p.3-6 Present situation of SADR, written by TAKABAYAHSHI Toshiyuki
He remarks on what issues of Western Sahara present in the history of international relations and Japanese involvement in it.

p.7 Chronological table of Western Sahara, edited by editor of "Africa NOW"

p.8-11 What compensates for 30 years of suffering..., written by SHINGO Keiko
Why have conflicts continued for 30 years in Western Sahara, and has the Sahara Arab Democratic Republic not yet attained independence? She digs into its background and describes solidarity movements continuing for three decades.

p.12-13 Saharawi: Blue roses in the desert/Participating in the 30th anniversary of SADR, written by YAMAZAKI Takako
She reports the ceremony for the thirtieth National Foundation Day and the current situation of refugees' camps.

p.14-15 Photo pages: African Festa 2006

p.16-19 Watching Chad's situation, written by SAKAI Makiko
Attacks by anti-government forces occurred in Chad in April this year. She remarks on the condition in Chad, focused on repeated revolts after its Independence and problems over on oil development.

p.20-21 On the spot in Africa: Eritrea, written by KIKUGAWA Yutaka
He, residing in Eritrea as a local staff member of UNICEF, gives a presentation of Eritrea.

p.22-28 Contribution: Peoples' attitude to FGM in Sudan, written by NAGASHIMA Miki
She reports two surveys made by her in the suburbs of Khartoum, Sudan in September and October, 2005, and remarks on Sudanese feeling about FGM (Female Genital Mutilation), the outlook for change, and challenges for the future.

p.29 Abolition of FGM, written by NOGI Misako
She involved in WAAF, Women's Action Against FGM describes movements for abolition of FGM.

p.30 Film review: "Moolaade", written by ITO Mitsuko
She makes a review of the film titled "Moolaade" (or "Hahatachi no mura" in Japanese) which describes a fiction of women rising up to prevent their daughters from accepting FGM in a certain village in Western Africa.

p.31 Meet Africa in Japan: Cameroonian restaurant, O'Village
Series of articles full of places where we can experience and enjoy Africa in Japan. This issue introduces a Cameroonian restaurant, O'Village in Ikebukuro, Tokyo.

4th cover To readers ("Hitotsu no musubime toshite" in Japanese) and daily report
Information from the secretariat of AJF to readers.


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