Interesting Articles

Photo from Djibouti wins World Press Photo award

An American journalist called John Stanmeyer took a photo from the Africans migrants in Djibouti. His piece was like bye everyone around the world. The picture entered a contest that is World Press Photo award. And it won! The judges told they have picked up that photo because it represented how migrants want to communicate with their loved ones and that anyone can be in that position.

I love to put this article because I wanted to show the art of the country and not violence. This is something really positive that I am sure got people excited in Djibouti! The photo is amazing, I like that is a photo he took at night, gave it more meaning. And it is really sad that this people are trying to communicate to their loved ones, we all have been in that position. Missing your family might not be easy, but thanks to technology we can.:)

Adapting to Extreme Climate Change in Mali and Madagascar

These two countries have been struggling economically because of the politics problems they had. Now when they are trying to overpass that, the global warming affects it. Because they are fragile countries, they are more venerable to the extreme climate changes. Mali is a dry nation. It has a lot of draughts. This has cause the government to lose about $300 million annually. In Madagascar the climate change has been drastic! The locust invasion has affected their 60% of rice production. The flooding they suffered last year left them without a lot of crops and homes. People hope the government starts thinking of ways to adapt to the new environment.

It is really horrible that the countries were trying to overcome all political problems they had in the past and the nature comes to give them more. These countries need help to be restored. The climate changes sadly are affecting the entire world. Even when you live! Madagascar has lost a lot since the flooding that occurred in 2013. One of their main entries has been destroyed because of rains, draughts, etc. I really hope they can overcome these things quickly and prepare for what is to come, because the climate won’t get any better.



Part A: Geography

Countries of East Africa:

  • Burundi
  • Comoros
  • Djibouti
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Kenya
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mauritius
  • Mozambique
  • Rwanda
  • Seychelles
  • Somalia
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe


  • 137,219,624

Physical Geography:

Some special physical features about Africa are Mount Kilimanjaro and the Ruvuma River. Also something that is so interesting about it is that it has the form of an elephant horn! It is called the wettest part of Africa. Its climate is hot. Ethiopia is considered one of the hottest places in the entire world! Can you imagine how hot it is!


Africa’s History:

Africa was part of the super continent called Pangaea.  Over the years continents shifted apart because of volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and the oceans.  Its location didn’t change so drastically like others continent suffer. Now day you can still find plants that are from the age of the dinosaurs! People that are from Africa have adapted since they were born to this land.

Different Cultures:

In the early 1980s East Africa has created fusion music, now they have elements from Western music to create traditional and modern music. The instruments they use por playing are the drums, bongoes, strings and horns. Also they have adapted an Arabic influence in their music. They have religious poetry in songs.

Languages and Religions:

  •  The most spoken language is the Swahili, with more than 5 million native speakers and other Africans have it adopted as a secondary language. Madagascar doesn’t speak Swahili; they speak their native language Malagasy. Others spoken languages are the Hausa and the Arabic.
  • The Islamic religion reins the coasts of East Africa. Very few are starting to practice Muslim. In the interior of East Africa most people are Christian. And in the rural regions they practice they native religions.

Interesting Facts:

  • They call it an Eden because it is a natural paradise.
  • The equator runs through Kenya and Uganda.
  • Kenya is called the “Safari Capital of the World”
  • East Africa is the bird capital of the world.
  • Believed the human race started here.
  • Cell phones are immensly popular.



News of Eastern Africa 1

Car bomb explodes outside the Mogadishu hotel

This article shows the violence that is still happening in Somalia. Inside the Mogadishu hotel senior police officers were in a meeting when outside a car bomb exploded. They believed that four people were injured when the bomb exploded. The bomb was detonated by a remote control. People think that this was carried out by Al-Shabab a group linked to the famous Al-Qaida. This was called a terrorist attack.

I think this was a horrible attack and I am glad that not so much people were hurt by it.  Somalian people suffered every day because of the violence that takes place in Somalia. They are afraid and nobody is helping them. Is very sad Somalians don’t feel comfortable in their own homes. If you live there would you feel safe?

60 dead in Burundi flood disaster

A big flooding has taken place in Burundi.  It is called as the biggest flooding disaster that has take place in Burundi. It has swept a lot of homes, power and roads. The houses are built of mud bricks so the water took them too easily. 60 people were found dead. The main victims were children. People are beginning to bury the bodies, but there is not a lot of place for people to bury in the capital.The government is taking care of the mourning and has said they will provide food and new houses to the affected people. 

This country is not well known around the world, so many countries would no even find out about this big flooding. What is the saddest is that of the people found dead, children were the most found dead. I am happy that the government has offered to bury the people’s relatives and will give them help to go on. I hope they can restore their homes fast and go back to normal.