• (Photo courtesy of Margot Kiser) (Margot Kiser)


    Inside the Zanzibar Acid Attack

    Margot Kiser reports from Zanzibar on the ongoing investigation into who threw acid on two British teen girls as they visited the island, and whether the attack has religious overtones.

    STONE TOWN, Zanzibar—Men in long white kanzus (robes) glide through ancient alleyways like dhows slicing through the Indian Ocean. A vendor of coffee and sweets offers a free Arabic espresso. The cellphone tone of a black burqa-clad Arab teller rings with the theme to Sex & the City. Tourists—many of them back packers—and locals seem hardly to notice one another, and maintain a respectful distance.

    In Zanzibar, as in most idyllic, exotic tourist destinations, it’s difficult to imagine anything bad ever happening. Western tourists still wander Stone Town, the ancient spice island’s cultural capital, despite the ugly incident last week that nearly disfigured two young, beautiful, foreign visitors for life.


    First Ladies Unite

    Bush Institute summit in Tanzania includes Michelle Obama, Laura Bush.

    Women in positions of power, including first ladies Michelle Obama and Laura Bush, joined forces in a summit to focus on improving life in Africa.

    Hosted by the George W. Bush Institute, the African First Ladies Summit on "Investing in Women: Strengthening Africa” addressed health, economic empowerment, and education for women Tuesday morning in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.



    Mobilizing Women in Tanzania

    Service to assist female entrepreneurs expands.

    In tandem with the meeting of Presidents Obama and George W. Bush, an initiative is expanding in Tanzania. The Business Women mobile service, which provides business information through cellphones and face-to-face training, will reach an additional 75,000 female entrepreneurs in the country. It is intended to help women like Mama Muze, who started a food-processing business in 2005, to attract more customers, work with traders, and network with others via mobile channels. The launch is set for the African First Ladies Summit, called “Investing in Women: Strengthening Africa” and hosted by the George W. Bush Institute. The service was developed by Nokia and supported by the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, the ExxonMobil Foundation, and the Tanzania Gatsby Trust. Business Women services are already available in Nigeria and Indonesia.