When Jenny Peck and Geoff Knight arrived in Tanzania in 2006, their area’s HIV rate was about 35 percent but virtually no one was seeking treatment for it. Less than 10 years later, they say, 2,500 people are in treatment. That’s just one of the milestones the Lawrence couple count as a point of pride for Mufindi Orphans, a charity for which they are the directors and bridge to resources from the United States. They are in town now giving presentations about their efforts in hopes of drumming up financial support, medical volunteers and other partnerships. By Sara Shepherd
A Lawrence woman was one of 100,000 people who viewed the body of former South African President Nelson Mandela as it lay in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa this week. Donna Reynolds, 61, of Lawrence, has been volunteering near Johannesburg for six months. On Thursday, she stood in a three-hour line to catch a glimpse of Mandela’s remains. "Mostly, the feeling was one of celebration," Reynolds said. By Nikki Wentling
Angry demonstrations against an anti-Islam film spread to their widest extent yet around the Middle East and other Muslim countries Friday. Protesters smashed into the German Embassy in the Sudanese capital and set part of it on fire and climbed the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Tunis, waving an Islamist banner.
The attack that killed four Americans in Libya, including the U.S. ambassador, was an organized two-part operation by heavily armed militants that included a precisely timed raid on a supposedly secret safe house just as Libyan and U.S. security forces were arriving to rescue evacuated consulate staff, a senior Libyan security official said on Thursday.
The Obama administration, roiled by the first killing of a U.S. ambassador in more than 30 years, is investigating whether the assault on the U.S. consulate in Libya was a planned terrorist strike to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and not a spontaneous mob enraged over an anti-Islam YouTube video
President Barack Obama on Wednesday condemned attacks on a U.S. consulate in eastern Libya that killed the U.S. ambassador and three American members of his staff. He ordered increased security at U.S. diplomatic posts around the world.
The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi by protesters angry over a film that ridiculed Islam's Prophet Muhammad.
The Egyptian state news agency says former President Hosni Mubarak is "clinically dead."
Egypt lifted a travel ban Wednesday on seven Americans charged with fomenting unrest by working for illegally funded pro-democracy groups, signaling an end to the worst crisis in Egypt-U.S. relations in 30 years.
Three American citizens barred from leaving Egypt have sought refuge at the American Embassy in Cairo amid growing tensions between the two allies over an Egyptian investigation into foreign-funded pro-democracy groups.
Dolls, necklaces and baskets made by women in Uganda are being sold in Lawrence to help the impoverished women. Two local women are working together to raise money with the sales.
A Lawrence man is stepping up his effort to collect medical supplies for a Nigerian hospital.
Political unrest and violence in Kenya made a bad situation worse for the people of that African nation. Now the director of Kenya Operations for Comfort the Children International is making appearances in Lawrence.