Africa 

South Africa “punished” for discovering Omicron variant

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Senegalese President Macky Sall have expressed their displeasure towards rich countries over travel bans imposed on them since the country announced the discovery of a new coronavirus variant, omicron. This was during the opening of the 7th edition of the Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa on Monday. Senegalese president, Macky Sall called for unity amongst world leaders at a time like this, in order to fight the pandemic. “We must continue to work together in solidarity. This pandemic, which is…

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Africa 

DR Congo: Limitations to ‘strictly military approach’ to stem violence, mission chief warns 

Bintou Keita argued that, for stability to return to eastern Congo, “the State must succeed in restoring and maintaining the confidence of the people in their ability to protect, administer, deliver justice and meet their basic needs.”  Ms. Keita, who also acts as the head of the UN Stabilization Mission in the country (MONUSCO), said that she has stressed this regularly in her exchanges with the Head of State and with the Prime Minister.  Armed violence  Starting on November 30, the Congolese Armed Forces initiated joint military operations with the Ugandan army against the rebel Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in the east.  According to Ms. Keita, UN peacekeepers and the…

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Africa 

Zambia: British teen badly injured from crocodile attack in Zambesi river ‘okay’

A British teenager who was badly injured when a crocodile bit her leg and tried to drag her underwater in Livingstone, Zambia, has said she was “very lucky” to have survived the attack. Amelie Osborn-Smith was evacuated by helicopter to Medland Hospital where she underwent surgical procedures. In her first interview following the attack, Osborn-Smith said she had “accepted” that she might lose her foot after being taken to hospital and was “so relieved” when she woke up to find that doctors had been able to save it. According to…

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Africa 

Sudan: Tear gas fired at crowd in Khartoum

Thousands of Sudanese took to the streets Monday in the capital of Khartoum and other cities in the latest protests against the October military coup and a subsequent deal that reinstated Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. Footage circulated on social media supposedly showed demonstrators marching in different locations in Khartoum and its sister city of Omdurman. There were also protests in other cities, including Kassala, Sennar and Port Sudan. Security forces fired tear gas to disperse protesters marching in a street near the presidential palace in Khartoum. There were no immediate…

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Africa 

Severe cash crunch threatens WFP operations in Ethiopia

WFP urgently needs $579 million to deliver food aid and livelihood support to some 12 million Ethiopians and refugees.  This includes $316 million for food and nutrition assistance to nearly four million people in the war-ravaged north.   The Ethiopian authorities, together with WFP and other partners, are struggling to address the hunger crisis in the country.  Food aid ‘critical’  An estimated 13.6 million people are now food insecure due to the combined effects of conflict, drought, flooding, desert locust invasions, market disruptions, high food prices and the COVID-19 pandemic. …

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Africa Investments 

2021 AEC: Reforms, debt initiatives come under the spotlight as Africa enters ‘critical’ phase

Participants at the 2021 African Economic Conference have urged countries to implement crucial governance and economic reforms to see the continent through a historic crisis brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. The conference brought together leading thinkers, development specialists and policymakers virtually and in Sal, Carbo Verde, to present their latest research on the challenges facing the continent, including mounting debt and an unrelenting health crisis. “The next few years are critical for our continent…The richness that Africa has and the capacity it has doesn’t deserve to have people living…

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Africa 

The music group preserving an eroding ethnic tradition for Aka people

Unique drummed rhythms, dynamic dances, and instrumental music using harps, musical bows, and a flute. It all testifies to the richness of an indigenous culture that today finds itself under threat. Aka is an indigenous group predominantly based in the north of the Republic of Congo and Central African Republic. Music is at the heart of its culture and has been used by the group to celebrate, but also protest. Some songs are joyful, others are sad. Some sing of forest spirits and hunting, others about the many obstacles Aka…

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Africa 

Cameroon’s albinos threatened by magic and superstition

Faced with discrimination around the world with their different appearances, albinos livening in Cameroon live under the fear of being killed for ritual purposes. In some local traditions, it is believed that the limbs of albinos are magical and brings luck and good health to anyone who possesses them. President of the Association for the Promotion of Albinos in Cameroon, Kakmeni Wembou Raphaël lamented his mother faced a lot of societal pressure to put her at the granary. “My mother was told to put me in the granary, because when…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

Ghana: Commercial drivers begin strike over high fuel prices

– Advertisement – There are chaotic scenes in parts of Ghana as commercial drivers begin an indefinite strike. The Coalition of Commercial Transport Owners declared the nationwide strike as part of measures to compel the government to scrap some taxes on fuel to enable reduction at the pumps. According to the Coalition, the government for the past two weeks has failed to heed their calls for some taxes to be scrapped off hence the decision to embark on the sit-down strike. More than ten unions have joined the strike including…

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