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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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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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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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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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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Angolan opposition re-elect Adalberto Costa Junior as leader

In Angola the main opposition party, UNITA, re-elected Adalberto Costa Júnior as leader of the opposition. In October, the Constitutional Court annulled his 2019 election as party leader. The decision of the court was announced on the same day that UNITA formed a coalition with two other groups to increase its chances of defeating the long-ruling MPLA in elections due in August 2022. “The time has come to build a new and better Angola, without unrealistic promises and megalomaniac projects, a working Angola where everyone has a place and to…

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Double win for Kenya in Valencia’s marathon

It was a double win for Kenya in Valencia’s marathon. Lawrence Cherono celebrated victory in the men’s race with Kenya’s flag. Ethiopian’s Chalu Deso Gelmisa took second place. Kenya’s Nancy Jelagat also celebrated victory in the women’s race. Second place was taken by Ethiopian’s pair Etagegne Woldu Mamo and Beyenu Degefa. Sourced from Africanews

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Gambia’s incumbent Pres. Barrow takes early lead in presidential polls

The Gambia’s incumbent president Adama Barrow appeared on course for re-election Sunday, as partial results from most districts placed him in the lead after Saturday’s crucial polls for the young democracy. Barrow, who ousted dictator Yahya Jammeh five years ago, is well ahead of his main challenger Ousainou Darboe in results published in the afternoon by the electoral commission for almost 40 districts, out of 53 nationwide. Nearly 1 million registered voters were expected to drop marbles into one of six ballot bins, each adorned with the face and name…

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Pope greets, chats with migrant families in Lesbos

Last updated: 10 hours ago Pope Francis visited the Mavrovouni Identification Centre on Sunday and met with refugee families living in the camp. Francis took his time walking along the barricades, patting children on the head, asking them their names and posing for selfies. People handed pieces of paper with their contact details to the pope as he toured the camp. He spent two hours at the camp, where refugees live in white U.N. containers at the water’s edge and barbed wire fencing lines the camp entrance. On his previous…

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