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)

Final recommandations Ministers Meeting Report – Final Report_Draft Experts
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..
May 7, 2018

Vanilla price rise proves chilling for ice-cream makers

Vanilla price rise proves chilling for ice-cream makers The price of vanilla has soared over the last two years, sending a chill down the spine of UK ice-cream makers. At around $600 per kilo the sweet ingredient costs more than silver. Snugburys Ice Cream is run by three sisters near Nantwich in Cheshire. The business churns out around five tonnes of ice cream in a busy week from the family farm. Around a third of their 40 flavours contain vanilla in some form and they are paying their supplier 30 times more for the extract than they did in previous years. "It has really gone up, so last year we decided to buy it forward by a year's-worth," said Cleo Sadler, who manages the production side of the business. "We had to make a decision as to whether we would absorb the costs - which we did in the end." Buying ahead means the sisters have sufficient stock for the coming summer and can stick to their prices. But at least one other UK ice-cream business has stopped serving vani..
May 6, 2018

I sold all I had to go to Europe – now I’m home, and broke

I sold all I had to go to Europe - now I'm home, and broke Image copyright Colin Freeman More than 3,000 Nigerian migrants who failed to reach Europe, have been flown home by the International Organization for Migration. Many sold everything to make the trip and aren't sure how to face their families, writes Colin Freeman. Evans William tells me he sold everything but the kitchen sink to fund his dream of getting to Europe. And I mean everything - his bed, his fridge, his TV, his spare clothes and his mobile phone. After borrowing yet more cash, he finally had enough to pay a smuggling gang to take him from Nigeria across the Sahara to Libya. In all, it cost him £750 ($1,000), but he wasn't worried. Once in Europe, he figured, he could quickly earn enough to pay off his creditors, and eventually return home to start a business of his own. It didn't quite work out like that. After six miserable months in Libya, where the gang forced him to work for nothing, he finall..
May 6, 2018

Tutankhamun ‘secret chamber’ does not exist, researchers find

Tutankhamun 'secret chamber' does not exist, researchers find Image copyright Reuters Image caption A secret chamber had been thought to lie behind this wall in the boy king's tomb Egyptian authorities have finished their quest to discover a secret chamber in the tomb of Tutankhamun - concluding that it does not exist. Previously, officials said they were "90% sure" of a hidden room behind the wall of the boy king's famous 3,000-year-old tomb. One theory suggested it could have been the tomb of Queen Nefertiti - who some think was Tutankhamun's mother. New research, however, has concluded the chamber simply is not there. The search for the hidden tomb began when English archaeologist Nicholas Reeves, examining detailed scans of the chamber, discovered what looked like faint traces, or "ghosts", of doors beneath the plaster. His 2015 paper The Burial of Nefertiti, he argued that the relatively small tomb had originally been designed for Queen Nefertiti - and he..
May 6, 2018

Nigeria village attack: Scores killed in Kaduna state

Nigeria village attack: Scores killed in Kaduna state At least 27 people have been killed in northern Nigeria's Kaduna state after an armed gang attacked a village, burning down many homes. Many of the victims are reported to be members of a self-defence vigilante group, which was set up to defend villages in the area. The group was formed after a spate of attacks blamed on well-armed cattle thieves. Survivors are calling for the military to be deployed. Gunmen surrounded Gwaska village in the Birnin Gwari area in the middle of the day and then started shooting and setting fire to homes. How Trump stirred controversy over Nigeria violencePresident Muhammadu Buhari's government is again being criticised for not doing enough to stop the violence in the area, near the border with Zamfara state. Last month 14 miners were reportedly killed in an attack by gunmen in the Birnin Gwari area.
May 5, 2018

Remembering Eritrea-Ethiopia border war: Africa’s unfinished conflict

Remembering Eritrea-Ethiopia border war: Africa's unfinished conflict Image copyright AFP Image caption Ethiopian soldiers after taking control of the Eritrean town of Barentu in May 2000 Two decades have passed since two of Africa's poorest countries began the continent's deadliest border war. The conflict between Eritrea and Ethiopia left tens of thousands dead or injured in the space of just two years. But despite a peace deal signed in December 2000, the two sides remain on a war footing - their massive armies still facing off. So what happened 20 years ago to spark Africa's unfinished war - and what hope is there that it might finally come to an end? 'Two men fighting over a comb'The war began on 6 May, 1998, sparked by a battle for control of the border town of Badme - a humble, dusty market town with no apparent value. It had neither oil nor diamonds, but it did not matter: both Eritrea and Ethiopia wanted it on their side of the border. At the ti..
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