May 8, 2018

Ebola: DR Congo confirms new outbreak in country’s north-west

Ebola: DR Congo confirms new outbreak in country's north-west Image copyright AFP Image caption The last Ebola outbreak in the DR Congo was in 2017 and killed four people An Ebola outbreak has been declared in the Democratic Republic of Congo's north-western territory of Bikoro. There are two confirmed cases of the Ebola virus in the affected area and 17 deaths where it is suspected, the health ministry said on Tuesday. The incident comes more than a year after an outbreak in the country killed four people. A 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa killed over 11,000 people as it tore into Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Updates on this and other African stories Why Ebola is so dangerous DR Congo profile According to the World Health Organization, the outbreak declaration was made after laboratory results confirmed two cases of the Ebola virus out of a sample of five suspected Ebola patients. The ministry says it has identified 21 people showing signs of haemorrhagic fever. ..
May 8, 2018

Belgium gasses chicks due to fly to Congo

Belgium gasses 20,000 chicks left suffocating at airport Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Chicks and many other live animals are exported globally Belgian firefighters have gassed 20,000 chicks which were suffocating in a baking hot cargo container on the tarmac at Brussels Airport. A plane was to have flown the chicks to the Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday, but the flight was cancelled. The gassing took place late on Sunday after the exporter had refused to take the container back, Belgian media said. Airport firefighters did not want to do it, so a team was called in from nearby Zaventem to end the birds' suffering. A spokeswoman for the Flemish animal welfare authorities, Brigitte Borgmans, said some chicks had died by Sunday evening, so "we sent a vet to the scene and he decided to put them out of their misery". The mass euthanasia was sharply criticised by some Flemish MPs. Independent MP Hermes Sanctorum, an animal welfare campaigner, said "there's..
May 8, 2018

Zambia university apologises for ‘half-naked’ poster

Zambia university apologises for 'half-naked' poster Image copyright Dikina Muzeya Image caption Student Dikina Muzeya said male students should concentrate on reading Zambia's leading university has apologised for telling female students not to visit its library "half-naked" because it would distract men. The University of Zambia said it had no dress code and it would not "tolerate old discredited misogynist views". A notice put up in the library at the campus in the capital, Lusaka, said: "Modest is the way to go!" It divided opinion in the socially conservative nation, with some students supporting it and others opposing it. Africa Live: BBC news updates Mini-skirts and morals in Uganda Burkini beach row puts French values to test Image copyright Dikina Muzeya Image caption The controversial notice has been removed In a statement, university librarian Christine Kanyengo said the notice did not reflect the views of the library's management. "We would like to u..
May 8, 2018

Nigerian authorities shut three cough syrup manufacturers

Nigerian authorities shut three cough syrup manufacturers Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBBC Africa investigation: Nigeria’s deadly codeine cough syrup epidemic Nigeria's authorities have shut down three leading drugs companies after a BBC investigation into addiction to cough syrup containing codeine. The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (Nafdac) said it shut the firms for failing to fully co-operate with its inspectors. The companies have not yet commented. The BBC investigation showed that the syrup was being sold on the black market, and was being used by young Nigerians to get high. Africa Live: BBC news updates Nigeria's generation of cough syrup addicts Watch: Sweet sweet codeine It recorded figures in the pharmaceutical industry selling the drug illegally. Nafdac director Mojisola Adeyeye said in statement that Peace Standard Pharmaceuticals, Bioraj Pharmaceuticals and Emzor Pharmaceuticals were shut because o..
May 8, 2018

Afrofuturism: Why black science fiction ‘can’t be ignored’

Afrofuturism: Why black science fiction 'can't be ignored' Image copyright Marvel Studios Science fiction has long been criticised for its lack of racial diversity and inclusion. It's rare to see a lead character who isn't white. One study of the top 100 highest-grossing films in the US showed that just eight of those 100 movies had a non-white protagonist, as of 2014. Six of those eight were Will Smith, according to diversity-focused book publisher Lee and Low Books. The long-term exclusion of people of colour from science fiction offers up an interesting paradox. Image copyright Getty Images How can a genre that imagines a future of infinite possibilities be seemingly unable to imagine a future where black people exist - or at least have any relevance? Herein lies the power (and importance) of afrofuturism, and while you may not have heard of the term, there's a good chance you've been introduced to it already. Image copyright Marvel Studios Ima..
May 7, 2018

ECOWAS seeks to increase women participation in peace processes in the region

Inger Ultvedt, and Gen. Francis Awagbe Behanzin Abuja, 7th May 2018. The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA), a Swedish agency for peace, security and development have taken further steps to ensure gender equality in the region as well as increase the involvement of women in peace and security processes as stipulated by the United Nations (UN) resolution 1325. In order to achieve this, a training for the Women, Peace and Security committee (WPS) of the ECOWAS Commission was facilitated by the FBA on “Gender Mainstreaming and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda” on 4th May 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria. The Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security of the ECOWAS Commissions, General Francis Behanzin in his opening remarks of the training reiterated the Commissions’ commitment to gender equality, noting that his past two predecessors in the department were women. This he said attests to the fact that women ..
May 7, 2018

ECOWAS Experts and Ministers meetings on herders and farmers conflict which took place in Abuja, Nigeria (24 – 26, April 2018)

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May 7, 2018

Rwanda landslides after heavy rain bring 2018 death toll to 200

Rwanda landslides after heavy rain bring 2018 death toll to 200 Image caption Heavier rain than usual has been falling in Rwanda, which has a hilly landscape Landslides in Rwanda have killed at least 18 people over the weekend, bringing the death toll this year to 200. Residents have been digging to search for those buried after heavy downpours. "The four months have been far worse than other years. This is terrifying," Philippe Habinshuti, from the disaster management ministry, told the Reuters. Known as "the land of a thousand hills", Rwanda is one of Africa's most densely populated countries. More about RwandaFifteen people were killed on Sunday following heavy rains in the western region, Mr Habinshuti. A local official in the capital, Kigali, told the BBC that three people had also died in a mudslide in the city. 'Forcefully moved'Last week, Interior Minister Francis Kaboneka said that residents in areas which the government had identified as "high risk" had been a..
May 7, 2018

Zambia library warns ‘half-naked’ female students

Zambia library warns 'half-naked' female students Image copyright Dikina Muzeya Image caption Student Dikina Muzeya said male students should concentrate on reading One of Zambia's top universities has urged female students to stop visiting the library "half-naked" because it distracts male counterparts. The University of Zambia - in the capital, Lusaka - has stuck up notices around its library telling them to dress more modestly. The southern African country is culturally conservative. But students at the university tend to dress more fashionably, says the BBC's Kennedy Gondwe in Zambia. Africa Live: Latest updates"It has come to our attention that some female students dress half-naked as they use the library, a situation which is disturbing the male students," the notice in the library reads. "We therefore advise the female students to dress modestly as you use university facilities. Modest is the way to go!" 'Look at books, not legs'Some female student..
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