June 21, 2018

Africa’s week in pictures: 15-21 June 2018

Africa's week in pictures: 15-21 June 2018 A selection of the best photos from across Africa and of Africans elsewhere in the world this week. Image copyright AFP Image caption A dancer from the Turkana ethnic group performs in blue light at a cultural festival in Kenya's capital Nairobi... Image copyright AFP Image caption All in all, 14 ethnic groups were represented, including the Samburu... Image copyright AFP Image caption The small El Molo community, whose language is almost extinct, were also there to showcase Kenya's ethnic diversity... Image copyright AFP Image caption So were the Rendille, whose close relationship with the Samburu has led to many mixed marriages and the emergence of a hybrid culture. Image copyright Reuters Image caption In Nigeria, a bronze work is displayed in a shop in southern Benin city, the seat of one of the oldest kingdoms in the region until its annexation by the British Empire in 1897. Image copyright AFP Image caption Burundians pe..
June 21, 2018

Salva Kiir: South Sudan’s president in a cowboy hat

Salva Kiir: South Sudan's president in a cowboy hat Image copyright AFP Salva Kiir Mayardit became the first president of Africa's newest country - South Sudan - in 2011, and within two years was presiding over a civil war that has created the largest refugee crisis on the continent and a famine. Always seen in public with his trademark cowboy hat, the former rebel commander, who specialised in military intelligence, is an accidental politician. A poor public speaker, he was seen as a moderate within the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), and its armed wing the SPLA, during the long fight for independence from northern Sudan. Observers say this may well have been why he was chosen to assume the leadership of the SPLM in 2005 following the sudden death of its founding leader John Garang in a helicopter crash. Mr Garang's death was a blow to the SPLM, coming just three months after he had negotiated a peace deal with the Khartoum government to end three decad..
June 21, 2018

Riek Machar: South Sudan warlord turned peacemaker?

Riek Machar: South Sudan warlord turned peacemaker? Image copyright Reuters Riek Machar is a man who wears many labels: rebel leader, former vice-president, warlord and now, possibly, peacemaker. Emerging from enforced isolation in South Africa, Mr Machar, a central figure in Sudanese and South Sudanese politics for decades, and his bitter river Salva Kiir are expected to hold a meeting which could mark the beginning of the end for a conflict which has torn the world's youngest country apart for five years. But South Sudan - and Mr Machar - have been here before. A peace deal signed in 2015 resulted in him returning to the capital, Juba, to take up a new post in the unity government, only to flee months later as fighting escalated once more. So who is this man apparently holding the fate of a nation in his hands? 'Warlord'Mr Machar is reputed to be a wily operator, switching sides on several occasions during the long north-south conflict as he sought to strengthen his ow..
June 21, 2018

Ghanaian denied UK visa to save sister’s life

Stem-cell match brother denied visa to save Walsall sister's life Image copyright Anthony Nolan Trust/Shirley Kordie Image caption Amelia Chong, of the charity, said: "Put simply, Shirley will die without this stem cell transplant" A woman with a rare blood cancer is being denied a life-saving transplant from her brother because he doesn't earn enough, a charity has said. Shirley Kordie, 33, has hypoplastic MDS and will leave her son, Blessing, four, without a mother if she is not treated. Her brother Joseph, who lives in Ghana, is a "perfect" stem cell match but his visa application was denied due to his "financial circumstances". The Home Office has been asked to comment. Midlands Live: Road closed after body found; Boy charged with murder after street attackMs Kordie said: "My life is in danger - I need to get my life back for my son. "I have my little boy, and I want to live for him." The Anthony Nolan Trust has launched a campaign to support Ms Kordie, who has been rec..
June 21, 2018

Why West African Security architecture has to be sensitive to new threats of Terrorism

Commissioner Behanzin (Middle), Director Ajibewa( 2nd right), Chairman Dimba (2nd left ) flanked by Dr. Vivian Iwar, and Mr. Obeche Usman Abuja, 20th June 2018. Because of the complexities surrounding its operations, terrorism is a threat to all states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Sahel whose decimation requires a holistic approach. Such an approach, according to the ECOWAS Commission’s Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security (PAPS) General Francis Behanzin, also requires a Defense Force that is adapted to the new threats of terrorism which knows no national boundaries. Cross section of Ambassadors Commissioner Behanzin was speaking on the 20th of June 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria while opening the 28th Session of the ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council (MSC) at the Ambassadorial level. Addressing the Ambassadors of Member States accredited to ECOWAS, the Commissioner said there is a high need for coherent action to be taken which rela..
June 20, 2018

Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation DC Chapter: Appreciation and Spotlight

Washington, D.C. June 20, 2018 (CABNC TV)-The Nigerians in Diaspora Organization, (NIDO) Washington DC Chapter, in consideration of the aspirations of the Nigerian diaspora for sustainable […]
June 20, 2018

Have Zimbabwe’s generals turned into democrats?

Have Zimbabwe's generals turned into democrats? Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSibusiso Moyo: Zimbabwe 'will not repeat its mistakes' In his well-cut suit, with outstretched hand and beaming smile, Sibusiso Moyo is the very picture of a modern politician. He speaks softly, smoothly and pauses to listen as if he had spent years on campaign trails listening to the supplications of constituents. His desk is covered with papers waiting to be read and signed. We meet at the start of what will be another long day for Zimbabwe's foreign minister. Waiting in another room is the Russian trade delegation. There will be more meetings after that for Mr Moyo: diplomats, civil servants, and the possibility that the phone on his desk will ring with a summons from President Emmerson Mnangagwa - whose office is five minutes away in another part of the building. The president has declared Zimbabwe "open for business" and it is Mr Moyo's job to make ..
June 20, 2018

Medecins Sans Frontieres staff ‘used local prostitutes’

Medecins Sans Frontieres staff 'used local prostitutes' Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The charity employs thousands of health professionals and logistical staff, most hired locally Aid workers at charity Medecins Sans Frontieres used local prostitutes while working in Africa, whistleblowers have told the Victoria Derbyshire programme. Female former employees said the behaviour was widespread. One said a senior colleague said it was possible to barter medication in exchange for sex. The charity said it does not tolerate "abuse, harassment or exploitation". The use of prostitutes is banned by MSF under its strict code of conduct. The women spoke anonymously for fear of being blacklisted by foreign aid agencies, among which there can be a large crossover of staff. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhistleblowers tell the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme the behaviour was widespread The allegations were made against logistical staff,..
June 20, 2018

Algeria turns off internet for high school exams

Algeria turns off internet for high school exams Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Education Minister Nouria Benghabrit said the country could not "passively" accept any leaks Algeria has turned off its internet nationwide during high school exams in a bid to tackle cheating. Internet service, both mobile and fixed line, will go off for an hour after the start of each high school diploma exam to stop any leaks. Blackouts will continue throughout the exam season, from 20-25 June. The move follows widespread cheating 2016, with questions leaked online before and during tests. As a result, the authorities asked internet service providers to stop social media access last year, but the voluntary measures were not enough. Education Minister Nouria Benghabrit told Algerian newspaper Annahar that Facebook would be blocked across the country throughout the entire period. Ms Benghabrit said while they are "not comfortable" with the decision, "we should not passively stand in front of s..
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