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Last updated: 08 October, 2007 - Published 10:47 GMT
 
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Thursday 11th October

A report on armed conflict in Africa has shown that war has cost the continent nearly $300 billion over the last fifteen years. David Mendegila from Freetown, Sierra Leone believes that total should be more

This amount should be tripled when the value of those who lost their lives during this period are taken into consideration.

Obviously the possible solution to all these troubles is bringing an end to the arms trade.

I therefore suggest that the money spent on peace efforts in Africa should be used to eradicate the arms trade completely.

Wednesday 10th October

And Joseph Archibong, a Nigerian in Kenya, takes issue with western terminology.

I wish to express a long held slight dissatisfaction with the term: Rumble in the Jungle.

With Nigerian Samuel Peter's heavyweight boxing victory last Saturday night, there is a strong possibility that the World heavyweight title fight may descend on Africa again thirty-three years after the bout between Ali and Foreman in Kinshasa, which was dubbed the Rumble in the Jungle.

Already, the media are calling this imminent fight: Rumble in the Jungle Part 2. It may have been acceptable in 1974 to call Africa a Jungle but now I believe it is insensitive to use that term.

Certainly, if Nigeria should host the title fight, let another name be used. But which name? I would invite suggestions of a good rhyming and striking name for that fight from you fellow listeners.

Thursday 4th October

John Tumbay in Freetown, Sierra Leone, comments on news that the Sudanese president has raised his compensation offer to Darfuris to 300 million US dollars.

Did I really hear President Bashir offering the people of Darfur money for their suffering?

I think that is ironic because this is the same president whose government is indirectly killing the people of Darfur by arming the militias who are doing the dirty work.

The best offer Khartoum could give the people of Darfur is to allow the hybrid peacekeepers to deploy without delay.

Wednesday 3rd October

This week two African countries are celebrating anniversaries of independence - Nigeria on Monday and Lesotho on Thursday - but what's all the fuss about? asks Pablo Bee in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

I see no reason why we Africans should celebrate our independence anniversaries. After all, we have never been happy since the departure of our colonial masters.

Take for instance Ghana which was fifty early this year. The anniversary was celebrated whilst the people were inconveniently enjoying power cuts.

Zimbabwe celebrated theirs with an inflation rate of over 6000%.

On Monday, Nigeria was celebrating despite the fact that more than 60% of the country's population cannot access safe drinking water. The list goes on.

I suggest that these independence anniversaries be declared a period of fervent prayer and fasting, with hope that we can redeem our beloved continent from these man-made catastrophes.

Tuesday 2nd October

The killing of peacekeepers in Darfur is still very much in your thoughts. Silas Nyambok from Kenya says

I'm neither an expert in military affairs nor peacekeeping missions but there are certain issues that I can confidently conclude even without knowledge of the whole situation.

In Darfur there is a conflict between two factions; the rebels and the militia.

The millitia are allegedly being backed by the Khartoum government.

Due to the ongoing war and the resultant humanitarian crisis, another party enters the conflict but in the position of peacekeeping.

Therefore my big question is: Who is supposed to provide security to the peacekeepers?

Monday 1st October

Following attacks on African Union peacekeeping troops in Darfur this weekend,
Majer Goch Wuoi in Akuai-Deng, South Sudan, is wondering why the United Nations hasn't already intervened in Darfur.

When will these long-awaited UN peace keeping troops be deployed? Is the UN just waiting to see everybody killed in Darfur before they step in to protect an empty region?

 
 
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