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My Gift Back to Zambia

By Staff Sergeant Amanda McCarty

(Note: Sergeant McCarty recently travelled to Lusaka, Zambia, to support the presentation of the Zambian President’s Medal for Gallantry to Air Force Colonel Keith Andrews, who saved two Zambian women who’d fallen in the Zambezi River, just feet before a more than 300-foot drop at Victoria Falls.)

While in Zambia writing about the selfless act of a fellow Airman and visiting local HIV/AIDS clinics, I was inspired to find something I could do to make a difference. The people are so friendly and their country is peaceful and beautiful. I wanted to honor them and give some small token of my gratitude.

After seeing a blood donation photo of the Charge d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Lusaka, Michael Koplovsky, I knew that was exactly what I could do.

I immediately asked about the possibility of donating at the Zambia National Blood Transfusion Service (ZNBTS) at University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka.

I went through an initial screening to ensure my blood would be safe to use and I was in good health to donate. After a short moment of worry that my malaria medication might throw things off, I was relieved to hear it wouldn’t be a problem.
The nurse phlebotomist who’d screened me went on to explain the simple process of how blood is collected.

David Chama, the manager, further explained that Zambia has a main ZNBTS office, nine regional centers and 132 blood banks. ZNBTS receives funding from Americans through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The program partnered U.S. and Zambian governments to train staff and improve transportation of blood as well as to ensure access to safe, affordable and effective blood transfusion services for Zambians.

Most patients in Zambia who need blood transfusions are children under 5 and women suffering from pregnancy complications. Blood is also used for patients who’ve lost a lot of blood due to accidents or surgical operations.

Nine minutes and 48 seconds after the needle entered my arm I was done. In less than 30 minutes total, I had given just under a pint of blood that could potentially help save a life, just as the rest of Americans do through the PEPFAR program. And although my act didn’t require much bravery, I felt proud that my small deed could help at least one Zambian in need and that I had given back to the community that was so welcoming to me during my stay.

Staff Sergeant Amanda McCarty prepares to give blood at the Zambia National Blood Transfusion Service at University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia

Staff Sergeant Amanda McCarty prepares to give blood at the Zambia National Blood Transfusion Service at University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia

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U.S. AFRICOM-related news stories for May 14, 2010 (From the Beltway/From and About Africa)

Recent Publications on Morocco,  DR Congo, Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia, Libya, Angola,Zambia, Namibia, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Darfur, Mozambique.

Morocco, U.S. Marines conduct major exercise (World Tribune)

(Morocco) Morocco and the United States have completed preparations for a major military exercise.

U.S. Congress Clears Anti-LRA Bill (IPS)

(United States) The U.S. Congress has cleared legislation requiring President Barack Obama to devise a strategy over the next six months to help capture the leadership of the Lord’s Revolutionary Army (LRA) and protect the civilian population in four eastern and central African countries from its rampages.

Sudan Peacekeepers Vow to Defend Themselves (AllAfrica)

United Nations mission in Darfur (UNAMID) peacekeepers have warned that they will react in self-defence if they are attacked in the western Sudanese troubled region of Darfur. “We (UNAMID) are going to be very strict in terms of a robust position so that people will be discouraged from even attempting to attack us,” Prof. Gambari, who is also the AU-UN Joint Special Representative in Darfur, told a UN Radio on Tuesday.

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AFRICOM AOR-related news clips for 21 January 2010

Recent articles on Liberia, Guinea, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Zambia, Somalia, DR Congo, Sudan, Nairobi, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, and Libya

LIBERIA:  US Africa Command NCOs mentor female troops in Liberia (Stars and Stripes)

Monrovia – Army Sgts. 1st Class Shanwte Reynolds and Dedraf Blash and Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Veronica Soto have almost 40 years of service time among them — more than enough to have a good handle on what it’s like to be a woman serving in the military.

U.S. Army launches Facebook-like site (MSNBC)

A new Facebook-like social media site aimed at the U.S. Army tech community aims to make discussion of sensitive information easier and safer.

U.S.: AFRICOM: A Two-In-One Command (Signal Scape)

Fairfax – U.S. Africa Command, has quickly established itself as a go-getter among the nine other unified commands.

GERMANY: Drugs Money Fills Al Qaeda Coffers In West Africa (Deutsche Welle)

Bonn – The emergence of western and northern Africa as a key hub in drug trafficking poses despite the US sting operation a greater challenge to Europe than it does to the United States.

 UK: ICC’s Intent On Prosecution Is A Big Threat To Guinea’s Security (Newstime Africa)

London – The International Criminal Court (ICC) is determined to bring members of Guinea’s junta to face justice.

 WASHINGTON, DC: Ethiopian Banker Leads Development Agency For Obama Administration (Voice of America)

Washington, DC – As chief of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, Daniel Yohannes, is the highest ranking Ethiopian American in Obama’s government.

 ZIMBABWE: US Pledges To Back State At IMF (The Herald)

Harare – United States Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Charles Ray, has said Washington will support a motion to restore Zimbabwe’s voting rights in the International Monetary Fund when the board of the multilateral lending institution next meets.

 SENEGAL: Calm Returns To Torn Nigerian City; Toll Unclear (New York Times)

Dakar – The authorities in Jos gave a death toll at odds with those of rights groups and local activists as the central Nigerian city saw its first day of relative calm since Sunday.

ZAMBIA: Zambia To Hold Constitutional Referendum On Presidential Election (Xinhua)

Lusaka – Zambians will go to a constitutional referendum next year on a decision to qualify the winner of the presidential elections in the southern African country, local media reported on Wednesday.

UN News Service Africa Briefs Full Articles on UN Website

  • Nigeria: Ban urges restraint as inter-religious violence takes deadly toll
  • UN agency says 63,000 Somalis already uprooted by fighting this year
  • DR Congo: UN official visits new military operation to ensure civilian protection
  • UN envoy in Sudan to leave post at end of next month
  • Guinea: Ban welcomes steps to restore constitutional order

EGYPT: U.S. Congress Writes To President About Coptic Killings (US Congress)

Washington, D.C. – We write today to express our grave concern regarding numerous reports that have emerged of six Coptic Christians and one Muslim security guard who were tragically killed following a Christmas Eve service in the town of Naga Hamady in Qena province, Egypt.

 KENYA: Al-Shabab Sings Of March On Nairobi (NEWS24)

Nairobi – Members of Somalia’s hardline Islamist Shebab group on Wednesday released a song threatening to march on Nairobi in retaliation for a deadly Kenyan police crackdown on Muslims.

KENYA: Private Jet To Fly Jamaican Cleric Home (Daily Nation)

The Kenyan Government was on Wednesday grappling with the last option available in the saga of radical Islamic preacher Abdullah al-Faisal — hiring a private jet to deport him to Jamaica, his home country.

KENYA: Arrests 11 Somali MP’s (NEWS24)

Mogadishu – Somali lawmakers criticised Kenya on Wednesday after nearly a dozen of the country’s MPs were arrested during a security crackdown in the neighbouring country.

SOMALIA: Pirates Release Greek Supertanker For $5.5 Million (Insurance Journal)

Mogadishu – A Somali middleman, who helped negotiate for the release of the ship, says pirates collected $5.5 million Sunday afternoon and left the ship Monday morning.

SOMALIA: Call For Tough Somali Arms Checks (BBC)

Mogadishu – Amnesty International has called for much stricter controls for the military assistance being given to Somalia’s transitional government.

SOMALIA: Rebels Accused Of Crime Within Capital (Global Security)

Mogadishu – Criminal acts from armed forces are on the rise in Mogadishu. Islamist fighters have been accused of abusing civilians and looting private property.

SOMALIA: Lawmakers Censure Kenya Over Expulsion Remarks (Garowe Online)

Some members of Somalia’s transition parliament have voiced their criticism over remarks by Kenya’s Immigration minister to expel Somali politician from the country.

NIGERIA: Religious Clashes Spread (NEWS24)

Jos – Clashes between Muslim and Christian gangs subsided on Wednesday in Nigeria’s central city of Jos, but sporadic gunfire could be heard in neighbouring communities as fighting spread to other parts of Plateau state.

NIGERIA: Jos Death Toll Rises To 464 (NEWS24)

Abuja – Four days of clashes between Nigerian Muslim and Christian gangs have resulted in the deaths of 464 people in and around the capital of Plateau state, according to figures compiled by a mosque official and a rights group.

NIGERIAJonathan Deploys Troops Across The North (This Day)

Lagos — The Federal Government has moved to prevent total breakdown of law and order following renewed fighting in Jos, Plateau State.

UGANDA: Country’s Oil And Gas To Attract Us $10 Billion (The New Vision)

Kampala — UGANDA’S oil and gas industry is poised to attract $10b as the sector moves from the exploration to development stage.

ETHIOPIA:  Rebels Play Down Defections (Daily Nation)

Nairobi — A recent defection of 80 Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) fighters to Ethiopian authorities in Northern Kenya will not affect the struggle, OLF says from Asmara.

AFRICA: Chinese in Africa ‘For Simple Profit’ (Business Day)

Johannesburg —Zhong Jianhua, China’s ambassador to SA, said during a debate at the Gordon Institute of Business Science in Johannesburg to mark the launch of the China Africa Network, which if business investments were made for political reasons, they would hardly be sustainable.

LIBYA: No Government Position for Gaddafi’s Son Official (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Tripoli – In what could be described as a significant political surprise in Libya, a high-ranking official denied to Asharq Al-Awsat that Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s second son, Saif al-Islam, is set to assume a political post in the Libyan government in the near future.

AFRICOM AOR-related news clips for 20 January 2010

Recent articles on Kenya, Algeria, DR Congo, Guinea, Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Zambia and Zimbabwe


Nairobi – Last week’s protests in Nairobi revealed radicalisation among Nairobi’s Muslims and inter-faith resentment that Kenya should redress while working closely with the United States, which is involved in interconnected regional initiatives.


Nairobi – Barack Obama’s inauguration was greeted with euphoria in Africa, perhaps nowhere more than here in Kenya, but a year down the line Obama’s Africa policy is just coming into focus.


Kano – America has already gone too far in its terrorism-enlistment against Nigeria, and now it seems to run the risk of intensive humiliation of the Nigerian people at port of entries.


Lagos – Alhaji Umaru Mutallab, whose son allegedly attempted to bomb an American airliner last month, is awaiting clarification from the U.S. Senate asking him to appear before it tomorrow to testify on the alleged bombing attempt.


New York City – Christian and Muslim antagonists in central Nigeria’s religiously volatile city of Jos have been fighting for three days in sporadic clashes that have left dozens dead. Estimates ranged from 30 to 300 deaths.

NEW YORK: China’s Africa Play (CBS NEWS)

New York City – China’s main concern in Africa is its unprecedented drive to take the preeminent role on the continent, fuelled by China’s vast energy, mineral and food stuff requirements.

UN News Service Africa Briefs Full Articles on UN Website

  • UN agency says 63,000 Somalis already uprooted by fighting this year
  • DR Congo: UN official visits new military operation to ensure civilian protection
  • UN envoy in Sudan to leave post at end of next month
  • Guinea: Ban welcomes steps to restore constitutional order

SOMALIA: TFG Soldiers Join Al-Shabab (Shabelle)

Mogadishu — Transitional Federal Government soldiers with a vehicle have joined to Harakat Al-shabab Mujahideen, officials said on Tuesday.  

 US designates Al-Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula “AQAP” terrorist group (AFP) 

Washington, D.C. – The United States named Tuesday Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) a terrorist group in a bid to cut support to the outfit blamed for the plot to bring down a Detroit-bound jet on Christmas Day.

UN: UNSC terrorism Panel adds two individuals, one entity to consolidated list (KUNA)

United Nations – The Security Council Al-Qaida and Taliban Sanctions Committee late Tuesday added the names of two Individuals and one Entity to its consolidated List of individuals and entities subject to the assets freeze, travel ban, and arms embargo, pursuant to council resolution 1904 adopted last month under Chapter VII of the UN Charter.

NIGERIA: Jos Crisis Escalates  (Leadership) 

Abuja – The religious crisis in Jos, Plateau State, snowballed to alarming proportions yesterday, leading the Vice-President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, to order a deployment of troops into parts of the state to forestall further bloodbath. 

NIGERIA: Why Senate Can’t Impeach Yar’Adua (Daily Independent) 

Abuja — Regardless of national agitation, the Senate leadership is against the invocation of Section 143 of the Constitution, which could lead to the impeachment of President Umaru Yar’Adua.

NIGERIA: Yar’Adua’s Fate Now Uncertain (Daily Champion)

Lagos – At the end of yesterday’s closed session, Senate tied its next action to the presentation of the Secretary of the Government of the Federation (SGF), Alhaji Mahmud Yayale Ahmed, who is expected to the brief the lawmakers tomorrow on the state of the health of the president.

RWANDA: Libya to Expand Investments (The New Times) 

Kigali — The investment arm of the Libyan government, Libya African Investments Portfolio (LAP), is keen on investing large sums of money in other sectors of the Rwandan economy.

NIGERIA: China May Dominate Oil Sector, Analyst Predicts (Daily Independent) 

Lagos – The next ten years in Nigeria will be the years of China’s dominance in Nigeria’s multi-billion dollar oil industry, analyst Mark Dominic predicted at the weekend.

CONGO: UN Official Visits New Military Operation called “Amani Leo” to Ensure Protection of Civilians (UN NEWS SERVICE)

Kinshasa – The top United Nations official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been visiting the war-torn east of the vast country for talks on reinforcing the protection of civilians within the context of a new anti-rebel operation launched by the national army with UN support.

SOMALIA: Hisbul Islam Says Will Start Operating Port, Airport in Out Mogadishu (SHABELLE)

Mogadishu – The Islamic organization of Hizbul Islam has said that they were planning to start operating a port and airport in the out of the Somali capital Mogadishu; officials told Shabelle radio on Tuesday.

SOMALIA: An MP of Puntland Wounded in Bosaso Town (sHABELLE MEDIA NETWORK) 

Bosaso — An MP of Puntland has been wounded by unidentified gunmen in the coast town of Bosaso in Bare region tonight, witnesses said on Tuesday.

ZIMBABWE: PM resists pressure for polls (NEWS24) 

Harare – Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Tuesday resisted pressure for elections next year, in opposition to calls made by South African President Jacob Zuma over the weekend. 

ZAMBIA: Politician’s threat to ‘gang rape’ (NEWS 24) 

Lusaka – The Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) youth chair leader Chris Chalwe of Zambia’s ruling party on Tuesday threatened to “gang rape” a female politician Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) leader Edith Nawakwi unless she stopped criticising President Rupiah Banda’s leadership ahead of next year’s elections. ”

GUINEA’s Dore appointed PM (NEWS24)

Ouagadougou – Guinea’s leaders have appointed an opposition veteran as prime minister, a government spokesperson said on Tuesday, a key step to prepare the West African nation to transition from military rule to democratic elections later this year.

ALGERIA will be exposed to an earthquake before the end of January (ENNAHAR)

Algiers – Lot Bonatiro, Ph.D. in astronomy and space technology: “Algeria will be exposed to an earthquake before the end of January”.


Lagos – Several West African countries have seen the populace and the wider world community come to terms with the fall-outs of absentee-leaders, including Nigeria, Cameroon, and Guinea.

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