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Tanzania helpline calls time on child marriage and abuse

UN News Centre - Africa - Sat, 15/05/2021 - 07:15
Child marriage continues to affect many young girls across Tanzania, in East Africa, but now a series of interventions supported by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) are allowing children to get the support they need to avoid unwanted and potentially damaging relationships.
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UN condemns killing of aid worker in South Sudan

UN News Centre - Africa - Thu, 13/05/2021 - 17:54
The top UN humanitarian official in South Sudan has called  for law enforcement along roads following the first killing of an aid worker in the country this year during an ambush in Budi, East Equatoria, on Wednesday.
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Cameroon jails transgender women for 'attempted homosexuality'

BBC Africa - Wed, 12/05/2021 - 15:10
The two, one of whom is trans celebrity Shakiro, were found guilty of "attempting homosexuality".
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Zimbabwe's plan to outlaw 'unpatriotic acts'

BBC Africa - Wed, 12/05/2021 - 01:58
Activists fear the proposed measure means anyone who criticises the government could be taken to court.
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Kelechi Iheanacho: Wilfred Ndidi and I never lost faith in me

BBC Africa - Tue, 11/05/2021 - 16:50
Leicester and Nigeria's Kelechi Iheanacho says he never lost faith in his own ability and nor did compatriot and club-mate Wilfred Ndidi.
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UN denounces attack on peacekeepers in DR Congo

UN News Centre - Africa - Tue, 11/05/2021 - 11:38
The United Nations Security Council strongly condemned Monday’s attack on the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), in which one Malawian blue helmet was killed.
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Covid: DR Congo in race against time to vaccinate people

BBC Africa - Tue, 11/05/2021 - 01:49
In one of Africa's largest countries, people worry more about security and other diseases than Covid-19.
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Free up ‘bottlenecks’ stifling Africa’s agri-food sector, urges FAO chief 

UN News Centre - Africa - Mon, 10/05/2021 - 17:13
The UN agriculture chief warned on Monday that severe underfunding of Africa’s agri-food sector has boosted food insecurity and was hampering the future development of countries across the continent. 
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How a Nigerian scheme forged in war creates billionaires

BBC Africa - Mon, 10/05/2021 - 02:39
A Nigerian professor thinks this scheme should be taught across Africa to help tackle unemployment.
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‘I am alive, but I feel like I am dead’: a migrant grieves the drowning of 3 children

UN News Centre - Africa - Sun, 09/05/2021 - 06:10
Misrah, an undocumented migrant worker, and her family, left their home in Ethiopia hoping for a better life. Instead, her three children are now dead, drowned during a perilous sea crossing across the Gulf of Aden, when the overloaded boat smuggling them into the country capsized.
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Kenneth who? How Africans are forgetting their history

BBC Africa - Sun, 09/05/2021 - 03:17
When Zambia's founding president celebrated his 97th birthday, some people had never heard of him.
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UNAMID hands over its headquarters in Central Darfur

Sudan Tribune - Sat, 08/05/2021 - 12:23

May 7, 2021 (KHARTOUM) - The former hybrid peacekeeping operation in western Sudan handed over its headquarters in the capital of Central Darfur state.

The United Nations – African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) completed its mandate on 31 December 2020.

Initially, the closure of the UNAMID team sites was planned to end by 16 June, but it was decided to accelerate the drawdown before the start of the wet season to avoid further complications.

On 6 May, the UNAMID handed over its former headquarters in Zalingei to the governor of West Darfur representing the Sudanese government.

The ceremony was also attended by Zalingei University officials as the compound will host the academic institution.

The handover documents were signed by M'Baye Babacar Cissé, Assistant Secretary-General, on behalf of UNAMID and Adeeb Abdel Rahman, the Governor of Central Darfur State, signed on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Sudan.

The former UNAMID head and his deputy left their roles on 31 January 2021, along with the Force Commander and the Police Commissioner.

In statements to the official news agency SUNA, Abdel Rahman said the UNAMID team site was allocated to the University of Zalinge with the aim that contributes to the peace project in the state.

While the UNAMID drawdown and liquidation processes are in their final stage, the Sudanese government the armed groups signatories of the Juba peace agreement still did not deploy the joint forces in Darfur.

On 15 April 2021, the head of the government negotiating team Mohamed Hassan Eltaishi said that a first batch of the joint forces, between 3000 to 5000 troops, would be deployed in the Darfur region.

Eltaishi at the time attributed the delay to financial difficulties the government has been facing and the delay of the armed groups to hand over the lists of their forces participating in the force.

However, he asserted that the two problems have been solved.


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U.S. envoy in Khartoum for talks on GERD, Ethiopia

Sudan Tribune - Sat, 08/05/2021 - 10:49

May 7, 2021 (KHARTOUM) - U.S. Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman arrived in Khartoum on Friday for talks with Sudanese officials over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

Feltman before arriving in the Sudanese capital was in Cairo where discussed the GERD with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Aty.

His regional tour from May 4 to May 13 includes Ethiopia and Eritrea as he intends to discuss the situation in the Tigray region.

During his two-day visit, he is expected to hold talks with the head of the Sovereign Council, the Prime Minister, Foreign and Irrigation Ministers.

The visiting diplomat will discuss the stalled GERD and border standoff between Sudan and Ethiopia.

Sudan and Egypt call for a legally binding agreement on the filing and operation of the GERD but Ethiopia rejects their request, saying such a deal will prevent the upstream country from using its water resources.

Khartoum proposes a four-way mediation led by the African Union that Ethiopia rejects. Instead, Assis Ababa calls to continue the direct talks under the auspices of the African Union.


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Sudan complets second IMF review ahead towards debt relief

Sudan Tribune - Sat, 08/05/2021 - 09:23

May 7, 2021 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese government and an IMF team reached a staff-level agreement on the completion of the second review under the current Staff-Monitored Program (SMP).

On 8 March, the IMF approved the first review of a 12-month SMP, which supports reforms by the Sudanese government to stabilize the economy, enhance social protection, boost the private sector, and strengthening governance.

Endorsed by the IMF in September 2020, Sudan's SMP, which will establish a strong track record of policy and reform implementation, is a key requirement for eventual debt relief expected in June this year.

The completion of the second review of SMP was announced by the Sudanese Finance Minister Gerbil Ibrahim in a tweet on Friday.

"Sudan has successfully passed the 2nd IMF Staff Monitored Program (SMP) review. This paves the way for Sudan to reach HIPC Decision Point which will hopefully result in substantial debt relief for Sudan as well as new credit lines," he said.

For its part, Carol Baker, IMF mission chief for Sudan, commended the progress made by the Sudanese authorities in the implementation of key reforms under the SMP to bring the debt relief closer.

"Despite very challenging conditions which are exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sudanese authorities continue to make sustained progress on their ambitious reform agenda," Baker told Reuters.

Sudan seeks relief on at least $50 billion in external debt to international financial institutions.

Sudan foreign debt is estimated at $60 billion.


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Sheikh Ahmad Gumi: The Nigerian cleric who negotiates with bandits

BBC Africa - Sat, 08/05/2021 - 01:40
A Muslim cleric in northern Nigeria is in the eye of the storm for his part in the country's kidnap crisis.
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Perthes, al-Nur discuss peace in Sudan

Sudan Tribune - Fri, 07/05/2021 - 11:52

May 6, 2021 (KHARTOUM) - Volker Perthes Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sudan, and Abdel Wahid al-Nur head of Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM-AW) discussed peace in Sudan in a meeting held on Thursday.

Perthes is in the South Sudanese capital Juba as he would brief the UN Security Council about the ongoing efforts to achieve peace in Sudan and the democratic transition on 14 May.

He is expected to discuss the peace process with the South Sudanese officials ahead of the resumption of the negotiations between the government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North of Abdel Aziz al-Hilu on 25 May.

In a tweet posted on Thursday, the UNITAMS head said he had a "Constructive exchange about questions of peace and citizenship in Sudan with Abdel Wahid al-Nur in Juba".

Also, the SLM-AW issued a statement saying that al-Nur briefed Perthes "about the Movement's vision to achieve a just, comprehensive and sustainable peace in Sudan (...) and the Sudanese Sudanese dialogue initiative inside the country that the Movement would announce soon".

The SLM-AW rejected joining the peace process held in Juba last year between the government, the armed groups in Darfur and the SPLM-N led by Malik Agar.

The holdout group says planning to hold an inclusive conference inside the country.

In a statement issued in Khartoum before his travel to Juba on 4 May, Perthes expressed hope that the imminent talks between the government and the SPLM-N al-Hilu will "encourage all remaining non-signatories to engage in good faith with the Sudanese authorities to achieve a just and comprehensive peace in Sudan".


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S. Sudan official, Ethiopian ambassador discuss GERD, border disputes with Sudan

Sudan Tribune - Fri, 07/05/2021 - 11:15

May 6, 2021 (JUBA) – South Sudan's Presidential Affairs Minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin and the Ethiopian Ambassador to South Sudan, Nebil Mandi on Thursday discussed developments regarding the Ethiopia-Sudan border dispute, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) negotiation and the upcoming elections in Ethiopia.

South Sudan's Presidential Affairs minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin and the Ethiopian envoy to South Sudan, Nebil Mandi in Juba, May 6, 2021 (courtesy photo)

A statement extended to Sudan Tribune said Marial expounded Ethiopia's longstanding support to his country, stressing how Ethiopians stood with the South Sudanese when they needed friends.

He emphasized the importance of cooperation in linking the two countries and the region through electric power, highways and other vital infrastructure that facilitate utilisation of development potentials.

Commending Ethiopia's persistent efforts for peace and stability in South Sudan, Marial requested the ambassador to further enhance support for the full implementation of the peace agreement.

Meanwhile, Nebil briefed the South Sudanese official on the latest improvements in the Tigray region, notably the relief and humanitarian efforts being conducted by the Ethiopian government.


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Covid-19 vaccines: Why some African states have leftover doses

BBC Africa - Fri, 07/05/2021 - 01:41
African countries struggled to get vaccines, but now several of them have thousands of expired doses.
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Former LRA leader, ex-child soldier, sentenced to 25 years in prison

UN News Centre - Africa - Thu, 06/05/2021 - 22:54
A former leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Uganda, who himself had been abducted by the rebel group as a child, was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday. 
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Tanzanian Samia Suluhu Hassan's five quotes which charmed Kenya

BBC Africa - Thu, 06/05/2021 - 18:29
Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan ends a visit to Kenya on a high, mending relations with her words.
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