Africa West Africa World 

New government named by Chad’s military leaders

– – A new transitional government has been named by Military leaders in Chad led by Mahamat Idriss Déby Kaka, the son of long-time ruler Idriss Déby. President Déby died last month from injuries he sustained on the battle front with rebels. According to the army 40 ministers and their deputies have been appointed with former rebel chief, Acheick Ibn Oumar as head of the new national reconciliation ministry. Several other long-time opponents of the former president were given portfolios in the new transitional government. The military made the announcement…

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Africa World 

Chad: Military transitional government rejects talks with rebels

– – Chad’s new military transitional government has refused to hold talks with rebels as the country finds a way out of the current political crisis. The rebels have been blamed for the death of ex-president Idriss Deby at the battle front this month when they clashed with soldiers. On Sunday the rebel group known as Fact said it was joining other armed groups, who oppose Deby’s son. General Mahamat Idriss Deby is now heading the transitional government for the next 18 months. But in a televised speech, the military…

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Africa Central Africa World 

The Congolese woman guerrilla fighter seeking revenge

– – Faida comes from North Kivu in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a few kilometers from the village of Masisi. She suffered sexual violence in the hands of armed men and after surviving that ordeal Faida is still struggling with the impact caused her mentally and physically. The day she was raped, she told DW that the armed men also murdered her mother and brothers among a total of four women, eight men and two children. Faida blamed the FDLR group (Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda),…

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Africa Central Africa World 

Central Africa Republic: Rebel push ‘under control’

– – Rebel forces advancing on the Central African Republic’s capital Bangui have been pushed back and the situation is “under control”, a spokesman for UN peacekeeping forces said Sunday, as tensions mount a week before key elections. The government had alleged an attempted coup when three of the powerful armed groups that control most of the country’s territory began advancing towards the capital along critical main roads, ahead of presidential and legislative elections scheduled for December 27. Earlier Sunday, the Coalition of the Democratic Opposition (COD-2020) called for the…

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Africa Central Africa Featured World 

Rebels kill more than 20 in the Democratic Republic of Congo

– – More than 20 civilians have been killed in an attack on a village in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Authorities in the DRC have blamed the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group for the attack. Reports say the rebels first attacked a rival group of Congolese militia members before killing inhabitants in the village of Lisasa. Local administrator Donat Kibwana, from the Beni territory in North Kivu province, put the “preliminary death toll” at 21. In a statement a local NGO Cepadho said 15 out of the 21 people killed…

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Africa East Africa Sudan World 

Sudan’s govt, rebel groups sign landmark peace deal

– – Sudan’s government and rebel groups on Saturday inked a landmark peace deal aimed at ending decades of war in which hundreds of thousands died. Ululations and cheers rang out as one by one, representatives from the transitional government and rebel groups signed the deal, a year after the peace talks began, at a ceremony in the South Sudanese capital Juba, according to an AFP journalist at the scene. “Today we have reached a peace agreement. We are happy. We have finished the mission,” Tut Gatluak, head of the South Sudanese…

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Muammar Gaddafi Africa OP-ED 

Critical Thinking: Challenging Dogma and Effecting Change in Africa

Very early in life, I noticed a connection between questioning and change – between asking why? Why not? How do you know? and the project of societal renewal. Evidently, questioning is a product of discontent, of lack of satisfaction with the way things are, with the status quo and a desire for how things should be, for the new and the different. I realized that the skeptical outlook contained the ingredients for social transformation and that in critical thinking lurks potentials and possibilities for a proactive life and an engage…

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Children at risk in the hands of the FDLR in eastern of Democratic Republic of the Congo

By: Joseph H. Cavallaro- Vision GRAM-International     May 26, 2015 – In recent weeks, several hundred Congolese children have escaped from armed groups in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Though the freeing of children from armed groups is always a cause for celebration, there are still an estimated 30,000 children fighting with armed groups in the DR Congo. The armed rebel group that uses many of these child soldiers is the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR).  They are remnants of the original FDLR that is responsible…

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SA heads for new DRC war

South Africa has 1000 troops in the DRC as part of the UN’s Force Intervention Brigade, which is tasked with “neutralising” threats to the region. File photoImage by: SIPHIWE SIBEKO / REUTERS   The government yesterday announced that a confrontation with Forces for Democratic Liberation of Rwanda in the Democratic Republic of Congo was “inevitable”. Four thousand FDLR soldiers, many of whom were involved in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, terrorise the eastern DRC. The looming fight comes after the FDLR ignored the UN’s January 2 disarmament deadline. Department of International Relations…

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Tanzania: We won’t be ready to join any combined attack against the rebels because not all people in eastern DR Congo are FDLR rebels

“As a country (Tanzania) we won’t be ready to join any combined attack against the rebels because not all people in eastern DR Congo are FDLR rebels,” Bernard Membe, Tanzania’s Minister for Foreign Affairs told the media in Dar-es-Salaam Tanzania, hence rejecting, for some observers, the urgency of conducting military operations against Rwandan rebels and refugees based in Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) . The declaration by the Tanzanian Foreign Affairs Minister comes after the Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete gave a cautious support on efforts to free Eastern…

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