Stories written by Louise Redvers
Louise Redvers is a British newspaper-trained journalist reporting on Angola, Swaziland, Zambia, South Africa, Africa's interaction with BRIC countries and African Lusophone relationships.
Formerly a correspondent for BBC and AFP in Angola, Louise is now based in Johannesburg. She is a regular contributor to the Mail and Guardian, BBC World Service, IPS and The Economist Intelligence Unit and has been published in The Economist, The Guardian (U.K.), The Africa Report, Africa Confidential, the Financial Times, Business Report (South Africa) and others.
The water seeped into Feliciana Teresa Matia’s home from beneath its mud floor and when her 20-year-old son Francisco got up to go to work, grabbing a metal pole for guidance in the dark, he was electrocuted.
Crouched on an upturned plastic box, Eva Angelino bounces 11-month old Odelina on her knee, trying to stop her crying. Mother and daughter are waiting in line outside a public health centre not far from the city centre of Angola’s capital Luanda.
More than 30,000 Angolans are stranded in transit camps after being abruptly deported from the Democratic Republic of Congo and there are growing fears of a cholera outbreak as the rainy season begins.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is using her trip to Africa to promote agricultural development as an approach to food aid which she has described as a "signature element" of the new Obama administration’s foreign policy.
Angola may be emerging as an African super power with its plentiful oil exports and a booming property market. But look behind the façade of this boom and real entrenched poverty continues to blight millions of lives.
Nearly a third of candidates in Angola's upcoming parliamentary elections are female, thanks to a new quota imposed by the government. The 30 percent rule was designed to bring more women into the country's parliament, but as campaigning gets under way, women continue to stay in Angola's political shadows, barely visible at rallies and with few holding senior party positions.