Africa 

Nigerian presidential campaign kicks off in Lagos and other cities

Thousands of Nigerians filled the streets of Lagos and other cities on Saturday in support of Labour Party candidate Peter Obi.  The rallies mark the start of the 2023 presidential campaign. For many Nigerians, Peter Obi offers an alternative to the old-guard candidates put forward by the PDP and APC parties. “For years, we’ve suffered a lot, we don’t want… Read More
Africa 

New leader in Burkina Faso meets with government officials on Sunday

Burkina Faso’s junta chief and new self-proclaimed leader, Ibrahim Traore, met with cabinet officials on Sunday following the military coup. Former junta leader Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba also offered his resignation following talks with the new leader. “We really need to change the pace. We need to change the pace. We need to go fast. The whole country is in… Read More
Africa 

Oroma people of Ethiopia mark Ireecha by pleading for peace in region

Thousands of Oromo people, Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group, came together in the capital on Saturday to mark the thanksgiving festival of Irreechaa; marking the end of the rainy season. As well as traditional celebrations, including dipping flowers into water, the participants appealed for peace. Violence has increased in the Oromia region due to long-standing complaints about a lack of political… Read More
Africa 

Monusco Peacekeeper Killed in DRC amid ongoing violence towards UN

A Pakistani peacekeeper has been killed in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in an attack by local militia on a peacekeepers’ camp. The peacekeeper was shot dead on Friday by a suspected Twirwaneho militiamen who had come to the Monusco camp in Minembwe, apparently to surrender. Monusco warned attacks against peacekeepers may constitute a war crime. The attack… Read More
Africa 

Art project set up for people impacted by HIV helps offer healing and hope

An art project in South African village of Hamburg, created by people affected by HIV, is now being exhibited in Johannesburg more than 15 years after it was completed. The Keiskamma art project gathered together over 130 women to weave a story of their pain and loss – but also of hope for the future after being affected by HIV/AIDS… Read More
Africa 

Burkina Faso: self-proclaimed leader of new ruling junta marches through capital

Last updated: 3 hours ago Burkina Faso’s junta leader Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba agreed to step down Sunday, two days after military officers announced he had been removed from power, religious and community leaders said. Following mediation between Damiba and the new self-proclaimed leader, Ibrahim Traore, “Damiba himself offered his resignation in order to avoid confrontations with serious human and material… Read More
Africa 

Self-proclaimed Burkina Faso leader Traore urges supporters to halt attacks on French

The military captain who claims to have taken power from Burkina Faso’s interim president Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba held a parade in the capital Ouagadougou on Sunday. But in a TV message after attacks on the French embassy, supporters of Captain Ibrahim Traore urged people to stop acts of “violence and vandalism” against France. The junior officers had earlier accused Damiba… Read More
Africa 

Chad extends transition for elections and agrees for Deby to stay on

Officials in Chad have extended the transition period towards democratic elections and say they will keep Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno on as head of state in the interim. Delegates also agreed for the military leader to be eligible to run for the presidency when elections are held. The decisions were made by a national reconciliation dialogue forum. In announcing the… Read More
Africa 

Burkina Faso: UN chief condemns any attempt to seize power by the force of arms

Allegedly, Capt. Ibrahim Traore appeared on Friday on national television announcing that Lt. Col. Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba, who overthrew the country’s democratically elected president in January, had been removed from power “after failing to end the terrorist violence” that has forced 2 million people to flee their homes. In a statement published by his spokesperson, António Guterres strongly condemned… Read More