May 10, 2018

Noura Hussein: Sentenced to death in Sudan for killing ‘rapist husband’

Noura Hussein: Sentenced to death in Sudan for killing 'rapist husband' Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Young women in Sudan grow up in a patriarchal society, human rights campaigners say A court in Sudan has sentenced to death a young woman for killing her husband after he allegedly raped her as his male relatives restrained her. The judge in Omdurman confirmed the death penalty for Noura Hussein after her husband's family refused to accept financial compensation. Human rights groups are calling for her conviction to be overturned. Ms Hussein, who is now 19, was forced into the marriage at the age of 16 and had tried to run away. Is a child bride really married every seven seconds? What is it like to be a child bride? She is said to have wanted to finish her education and train as a teacher. Her case has attracted widespread attention on social media where a campaign called #JusticeforNoura has been trending on Twitter. Skip Twitter post by @yassmin_a I wr..
May 10, 2018

President Jean-Claude Kassi Brou enlists Cooperation of ECOWAS Parliament on adherence to Integration commitments

LR Mr. John Azumah, Speaker Cise Lo, President Brou, and Mr. Rachid El Abdi Abuja, 10th May 2018. The President of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Jean-Claude Kassi Brou has enlisted the cooperation of the Community Parliament on adherence by Member States to their commitments to the regional integration process. Delivery an address on the 10th of May 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria, on the occasion of the 1st Ordinary session of the 4th legislature of the ECOWAS Parliament, President Brou told the august body that there is now a high need to make the Community Parliament a key institution for monitoring the adherence to such commitments. It was President Brou’s inaugural speech to the Community Parliamentarians. He assured them: “My team and I and all other ECOWAS Institutions stand ready to work simultaneously and closely with the ECOWAS Parliament for fruitful cooperation in the shared interest of our community”. Group photograph of officials of th..
May 10, 2018

UK apology over Libyan dissident rendition

UK apology over Libyan dissident rendition Image copyright Getty Images The UK government has apologised to Libyan Abdul Hakim Belhaj and his wife, Fatima Boudchar, who say an MI6 tip-off led to their capture and his torture by Colonel Gaddafi's forces. Attorney General Jeremy Wright said the settlement with the couple included a £500,000 payment to Ms Boudchar. Mr Belhaj says MI6 helped the US kidnap him in Thailand in 2004 to return him and his wife to Libya. UK actions had contributed to the couple's capture, Mr Wright said. Mr Belhaj had not sought and would not receive financial compensation, Mr Wright added. A leading opponent of the then Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, Mr Belhaj says he was abducted in Bangkok - along with his wife, then five-months pregnant - while attempting to fly to London to claim asylum in the UK. Now a politician in Libya, Mr Belhaj spent six years in prison upon his return to the country, while Moroccan-born Ms Boudchar was released sho..
May 10, 2018

Kenya dam burst ’causes huge destruction’

Kenya dam burst 'causes huge destruction' Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Hundreds of homes were swept away when the Patel Dam burst its banks Officials in Kenya say a dam has burst after heavy rain, causing "huge destruction" and killing at least 10. The breach happened in the town of Solai, 190km (120 miles) north-west of the capital, Nairobi. "The water has caused huge destruction of both life and property. The extent of the damage has yet to be ascertained," said Lee Kinyajui, governor of Nakuru county. The Kenyan Red Cross says it has rescued 39 people so far. Image Copyright @KenyaRedCross @KenyaRedCross Report Image Copyright @KenyaRedCross @KenyaRedCross Report Locals told Kenya's Daily Nation that they heard an "explosion" from the Patel Dam before water started pouring out, sweeping hundreds of homes before it. Rongai police chief Japheth Kioko gave the outlet a higher death toll, saying 20 bodies had been recovered and that rescue work was ong..
May 9, 2018

The Chinese making a new life in Africa

My family had never seen a Kenyan: The Chinese making a new life in Africa Image caption Xu Jing and Henry Rotich fell in love a decade ago "We fell in love but it was very difficult at first," Xu Jing explains from the courtyard of the Fairmont Hotel in Nairobi. "My family didn't know much about Africa at all. They hadn't even seen a Kenyan before so they were very worried." Henry Rotich - the Kenyan in question - was just as concerned. The pair had fallen for each other after Henry was sent to China to learn Mandarin as part of his government job. It took him many weeks to get his language skills good enough to meet Jing's father over a nerve-filled lunch, at which he asked for his blessing. "Her father didn't say much so I was really worried about what he was thinking, whether or not he even liked the food we were serving him," Henry recalls. Apparently his mastery of Mandarin was enough: a decade later, the couple are living in the Kenyan capital, proud paren..
May 9, 2018

ECOWAS calls on Nigeria to take lead in ensuring maritime security in the region

(L-R) General Francis Behanzin and Vice Admiral I. E Ibas Abuja, 9th May 2018. The Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), General Francis Behanzin has called on Nigeria to play a leadership role in ensuring maritime security in the region. Addressing Nigeria’s Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas during a courtesy visit on 9th May 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria, the commissioner highlighted the importance of Nigeria’s role in ensuring peace and security in the region and called for it to lead in order to improve collaboration of Chiefs of Naval Staff among ECOWAS Member states. On his part, Vice Admiral Ibas commended the good relationship between the ECOWAS Commission and Nigeria. He reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to cooperating with ECOWAS Member States in securing the gulf of guinea which he described as crucial to the peace, stability and economy of the region. A group picture d..
May 9, 2018

Zimbabwe crocodile attack bride tells of renewed hope

Zimbabwe crocodile attack bride tells of renewed hope Image copyright Zanele Ndlovu-Fox Image caption The hospital told the couple just 20 people could attend - but many more turned up, determined to be part of their day At first, they look like any other young couple, saying their vows and taking their first tentative steps into a long and happy marriage. Then your eye is drawn to to the bride's missing right arm, and the white bandages protecting what is left. Just five days before this footage was taken, Zanele Ndlovu was fighting for her life as a crocodile pulled her beneath the surface of the Zambezi River. Now, speaking on camera for the first time, 25-year-old Zanele has revealed to the BBC's Shingai Nyoka the full horror of the attack, her new-found sense of optimism - as well as her determination it would not delay her wedding day. Death roll"We had no fears at all," Zanele says, thinking back to the moment she and her now-husband Jamie Fox entered the two-man canoe..
May 9, 2018

Somali woman ‘with 11 husbands’ stoned to death by al-Shabab

Somali woman 'with 11 husbands' stoned to death by al-Shabab Image copyright AFP Image caption Al-Shabab militants practice a strict version of Sharia law A woman has been stoned to death in Somalia after a court run by al-Shabab convicted her of having several husbands, the militant group says. Shukri Abdullahi Warsame was accused of marrying 11 times, without divorcing her previous husbands. She was buried neck-deep and pelted to death with stones by al-Shabab fighters, say residents of the southern Sablale town. Al-Shabab practises a strict interpretation of Sharia law. The militant group controls large swathes of Somalia and often conducts raids and attacks in its attempt to overthrow the central government based in the capital, Mogadishu. Check Africa Live for other stories from the continent Who are al-Shabab? The sex slaves of al-Shabab Find out more about Somalia Mohamed Abu Usama, al-Shabab's governor for the Lower Shabelle region, told Reuters: "Shukri Abdul..
May 9, 2018

Poverty in Nigeria: Understanding and Bridging the Divide between North and South | Center For Global Development

May 9, 2018 (CABNCTV)-A top political leader from northern Nigerian once remarked: “In Nigeria, poverty wears a northern cap; if you are looking for a poor man, […]
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