June 4, 2018

Tunisia migrant shipwreck death toll reaches 112

Tunisia migrant shipwreck death toll reaches 112 Image copyright Reuters Image caption The coffins containing the bodies of those who drowned are collected in Sfax on the Tunisian coast The death toll has risen to at least 112 people after a boat packed with migrants sank off the coast of Tunisia on Saturday, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) says. On Sunday, it was reported that some 50 people had died after it capsized. Sixty-eight others - from Tunisia and elsewhere - were rescued by the coastguard. The country has become an important new route for migrants trying to make the crossing to Europe in the past year. This comes after moves were made in neighbouring Libya against human traffickers, who have regularly enslaved, tortured or murdered migrants. Image Copyright @UNmigration @UNmigration Report Image Copyright @UNmigration @UNmigration Report Of the 180 passengers aboard the boat, about 100 were Tunisian. Would you survive as a migrant? Tunisia country profil..
June 4, 2018

Tunisia footballer ‘fakes injury’ to break Ramadan fast

Tunisia footballer 'fakes injury' to break Ramadan fast Image copyright AFP Image caption When goalkeeper Mouez Hassen appeared to fake injury at sundown his teammates feasted on dates Tunisia's World Cup football team has apparently found an ingenious way to fight fatigue as they fast for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. In friendly matches against Portugal then Turkey, goalkeeper Mouez Hassen appeared to feign injury at sundown, when the fast comes to an end. As he lay on the pitch receiving medical treatment, his teammates rushed to the sidelines to drink water and snack on dates. And it produced immediate results. Down 2-1 to European champions Portugal, Tunisia rebounded six minutes after Hassen's injury break by scoring an equaliser and ended the match 2-2. Days later against Turkey, Hassen stopped play by laying on his back. Again, his teammates ate dates and drank water provided to them by waiting coaching staff. That match also ended 2-2. Footage of tha..
June 3, 2018

Why South African children are drowning in toilets

South Africa's school pit latrine scandal: Why children are drowning Image copyright Gallo During his first week at school, five-year-old Michael Komape drowned in a pit latrine in northern South Africa. That day in January 2014 will be one his father James Komape will never forget. As he takes me back to the school in Chebeng village, where the tragedy struck, his pain is palpable. "When I arrived at the opening of the toilet hole all I could see was a small hand," he says. "Some people were standing looking into the hole, no-one had thought to take him out. It's the saddest thing I've ever seen. "No-one should die like that." He pauses for a moment before continuing. "He must have been trying to call for help to maybe even climb out. It's hard to accept that my son died alone and probably afraid." Image caption Michael Komape's parents plan to appeal against a recent ruling which denied their claim for damages Mr Komape struggles to make eye contact. In..
June 3, 2018

Tunisia boat capsizes killing dozens of migrants

Tunisia boat capsizes killing dozens of migrants Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The incident happened near the Kerkennah Islands off Tunisia's south coast At least 35 migrants died after their boat capsized off the southern coast of Tunisia, the Tunisian government says. Sixty-seven others - from Tunisia and elsewhere - were rescued by the coastguard. The country has become an important new route for migrants trying to make the crossing to Europe in the past year. This comes after moves against human traffickers in Libya, who have regularly enslaved, tortured or murdered migrants. The latest boat to go down off Tunisia was packed with about 180 people, most of whom were Tunisian, the country's interior ministry said. Would you survive as a migrant? Tunisia country profile Life in an Italian migrant camp "The boat was five miles from the Kerkennah Islands and 16 nautical miles from the city of Sfax," the ministry said in a statement quoted by the AFP news agency, ..
June 3, 2018

Tanzanian conjoined twins Maria and Consolata die aged 22

Tanzanian conjoined twins Maria and Consolata die aged 22 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMaria and Consolata speak of their dreams in a 2017 BBC interview Tanzanian conjoined twins Maria and Consolata Mwakikuti have died after suffering heart failure aged 22. The women, who were joined from the navel downwards and shared organs like the liver and lungs, had two hearts and separate heads and arms. They were admitted to a local hospital in December due to issues relating to heart disease but died on Saturday. The news has caused sadness in Tanzania, where the twins were well-known and loved. Many people took to social media on Sunday to send messages of condolence to the family and friends. Tanzanian President John Magufuli tweeted that he was "saddened" by their deaths, adding that Consolata and Maria had "dreamed of serving the nation". In an interview with the BBC last year, the twins said that after they had completed their university education, they want..
June 3, 2018

Nigeria: Dozens killed by cattle thieves in Zamfara state

Nigeria: Dozens killed by cattle thieves in Zamfara state Image copyright AFP Image caption Dozens of people have died in clashes between vigilantes and cattle rustlers in Zamfara in recent months (file photo) Cattle thieves have killed more than 20 people in Nigeria's northern state of Zamfara, officials say. The thieves arrived in the village of Zanoka on motorbikes, shooting at people and setting fire to their homes. Clashes between vigilantes and cattle rustlers in Zamfara have intensified in recent months. Violence related to cattle has been going on for years in Nigeria - even longer than the northern Islamist insurgency and southern oil militancy. It is now said to have killed more people than the Boko Haram conflict, although official statistics are hard to come by. The chairman of the local government area for Zanoka, Mustapha Muhammad, told the AFP news agency that people in the village had "buried 23 people killed in the attack, including vigilantes who tried to fight ..
June 2, 2018

Letter from Africa: Mali ‘Spiderman’ is the superhero of our modern age

Letter from Africa: Mali 'Spiderman' is the superhero of our modern age Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMalian "Spiderman" rescues Paris child - then meets French president In the latest in our series of letters from Africa, Sudanese cartoonist Khalid Albaih says the Malian migrant who scaled a building to save a child in Paris is the kind of superhero the world's migrants need. As a child growing up reading translated DC and Marvel comics in Sudan, I believed in superheroes - but I didn't understand why none of them looked like me, or had stories that people like me could relate to. Maybe that's why I decided to become a cartoonist. All my childhood feelings came to the surface on Tuesday when I stumbled across the viral video showing a man selflessly scaling four storeys of a building in less than 20 seconds in Paris, the French capital. He went on to save a young boy hanging dangerously off the edge of a balcony. 'Better th..
June 2, 2018

Ethiopia cabinet drafts early end to state of emergency

Ethiopia cabinet drafts early end to state of emergency Image copyright AFP Image caption The cabinet, led by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, proposes lifting the state of emergency two months early Ethiopia's cabinet has approved a draft law that would bring an early end to the six-month state of emergency imposed in February. The government said law and order had been restored in the country. The three years of deadly protests by the country's two largest ethnic groups - the Oromo and the Amhara - appear to have come to an end. Thousands of political prisoners have been released and other reforms promised. The draft will be sent to parliament which is expected to endorse it as all MPs are from the governing party. Why did Ethiopia impose a state of emergency? Ethiopia country profile Ethiopia frees abducted Briton on death row The move to lift the state of emergency two months early shows how far Ethiopia has come since the new Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, came to power, says ..
June 2, 2018

Preparations for Intra-African Trade Fair Goes into Top Gear. Trade Minister says AfCFTA Will Raise Trade by 52%

Cairo, 01 June 2018: -The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) yesterday in Cairo hosted a conference to announce arrangements for the inaugural Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF2018) to be […]
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