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DR Congo: Abuse allegations amid Ebola outbreak ‘a sickening betrayal of the people we serve’

Sexual abuse and exploitation allegedly carried out by World Health Organization (WHO) staff during the UN health agency’s response to an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is “a sickening betrayal of the people we serve,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General said on Sept. 28.  An independent panel commissioned by WHO identified more than 80 alleged cases of abuse...

Burkina Faso’s prime minister resigns amid security crisis

Burkina Faso’s Prime Minister Christophe Dabire has resigned amid a security crisis and protests calling for a government reshuffle. President Roch Marc Christian Kabore accepted Dabire’s resignation and that of his cabinet on Dec. 8. Members of the outgoing government will maintain their posts until the establishment of a new government, however. The president in November stressed the need for a “stronger” cabinet on...

Ghanaian activist halts coal plant, wins major prize

(GIN)—Coal kills.  Choose renewable. Those were the bedrock principles of environmental activist Chibeze Ezekiel, a grassroots organizer from Ghana, who in November was named one of five winners of the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for 2020.  Through the efforts of Ezekiel and members of 350 Ghana Reducing Our Carbon (G-ROC), among others, the Ghanaian Minister of Environment was persuaded to drop...

In Somalia, deputy UN chief encourages progress on women’s political participation, and peaceful elections

The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J. Mohammed, visited Somalia on Sept. 12, to express her solidarity with Somali women’s calls for full and equal participation in political life, and the support of the international community for timely, inclusive, peaceful and credible elections. In her various meetings in the capital, Mogadishu, Ms. Mohammed highlighted the country’s parliamentary elections as an...

Superhighway paves over a Nairobi slum, leaving thousands homeless

(GIN)—An ambitious road construction project in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, has demolished some 13,000 homes in the informal housing of Mukuru Kwa Njenga, technically a slum, ignoring human rights and leaving some 40,000 people homeless, says Diana Gichengo of Amnesty International Kenya.  Schools, businesses and homes across nearly 100 acres have been demolished since October as the government constructs the so-called...

Strong earthquake hits East Africa

Kampala, Uganda (PANA) -  A strong earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale shook Uganda's capital, Kampala, on Monday (1225 GMT). Hundreds of people evacuated office buildings and shopping malls in mainly medium rising buildings in the city center, and were largely seen assembled in open spaces waiting for further information. Meteorological reports said a magnitude of 6.8 also hit...

Jazz ambassadors abroad versus U.S. racism at home

During the Cold War with communism and the old Soviet Union, the American government tried to use jazz musicians to bolster its global reputation and used cultural performances to cover covert operations in Africa. There was often tension between musicians representing American interests abroad while their people suffered at home. The U.S. State Department’s first actual jazz ambassador, Dizzy Gillespie,...

U.S. hypocrisy, war in Western Sahara could ignite North Africa

The freedom struggle for Western Sahara, a state in Northwest Africa, was recently discussed by experts worried about increased violence between Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic freedom fighters and Morocco, which has occupied the country for decades. Over the past year, fighting between the kingdom of Morocco and Western Sahara has grown. Participants in the online session talked about the history...

UN marks first International Day for People of African Descent

The UN celebrated the enormous contributions the African diaspora has made in every field of human endeavor, marking the first-ever International Day for People of African Descent.  UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for a greater commitment to advance the promise of equality, justice and dignity for all, in his inaugural message on Aug. 31.  Long overdue “It is a long overdue recognition...

Winnie Mandela is hospitalized but doing well – spokesman says

GINNEWS (GIN)–Veteran activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is in good spirits while she remains hospitalized for observation, her spokesperson Victor Dlamini told News24 over the recent weekend. “She is absolutely fine and doing great. I am sure that the doctors will discharge her very soon,” spokesperson Dlamini said. Ms. Madikizela-Mandela was admitted to the Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg in early March. “She is in good...