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Decade of Sahel conflict leaves 2.5 million people displaced

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) called for concerted international action to end armed conflict in Africa’s central Sahel region, which has forced more than 2.5 million people to flee their homes in the last decade. Speaking to journalists in Geneva in mid-January, the agency’s spokesperson, Boris Cheshirkov, informed that internal displacement has increased tenfold since 2013, going from 217,000 to a staggering...

Sudan’s protest movement and wisdom from the ‘Justice Or Else!’ anniversary gathering of the historic 1995 Million Man March

How long Sudan’s highly mobilized grassroots movement will stay the course until a civilian government is achieved is anyone’s guess. Military coup leaders have not come to terms with ever-increasing protests and increasing demands that include no compromise with the ruling military regime. The movement’s dependence on ever-increasing mass rallies is vitally important. The demonstrations have achieved, in no limit of...

South Africa’s ruling party must regain support, says leader

JOHANNESBURG—South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said the ruling party, the African National Congress, must work to regain popular support after being embroiled in corruption scandals and divided by bitter factional rivalries. Marking the ANC’s 110th anniversary, Mr. Ramaphosa struck a somber note Jan. 7, emphasizing that the party of Nelson Mandela which helped South Africa to achieve democracy, has lost...

Ethiopian drone strike kills 17 on day of Biden-Abiy call

NAIROBI, Kenya—An Ethiopian drone strike has killed 17 civilians in the country’s Tigray region on the day that President Joe Biden during a call with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed expressed concern about such attacks in the ongoing war, local authorities say. A report by the zonal administration said women at a flour-grinding mill made up most of those killed in...

Activist: Sudan’s kleptocratic military system won’t stop the people’s movement from rising

Sudanese activist, educator Nour Tawir Aburass Anti-military coup, pro-democracy marches occurring in Sudan with growing numbers and increasing frequency since October show there is a renewed, unquestionable call among the people for civilian rule. The growing protest movement is a sign, this writer was told by longtime Sudanese activist educator, Nour Tawir Aburass who hails from the Nuba Mountains, that the...

Libya: Tensions as armed groups mobilize in Tripoli

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) expressed concern over the unfolding security situation in the capital, Tripoli, where forces affiliated with different armed groups have been deploying. The development came as Libyans awaited news about the postponement of long-promised landmark elections, which was announced Dec. 23. Appeal for dialogue The current mobilization “creates tensions and increases the risk of clashes...

Israel doesn’t belong in the African Union: scholar

“If Africa is to realize her potential for the benefit of her sons and daughters, she must arise and be active in all sectors in the global arena,” said Dr. Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba, commonly known as “P.L.O. Lumumba.” The professor of law is an internationally recognized attorney, human rights activist, Pan-Africanist and public speaker whose orations focus on...

Sudan’s prime minister departs amid unrest; UN special representative regrets resignation

The Special Representative of the Secretary- General for Sudan, Volker Perthes, expressed regret that Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok recently decided to resign. According to news agencies, Mr. Hamdok resigned Jan. 3 after another day of mass protests that rocked the capital of the country, Khartoum. After being detained during the Oct. 25 military takeover, along with senior officials and...

Europe and U.S. return of stolen African artifacts is questionable

In 1974 Ghana’s Asante royal family requested the United Kingdom script and pass legislation that would encourage the return of its looted treasures. The reply was “very racist and rude,” recalled author, filmmaker, and art historian, Nana Oforiatta Ayim. The request was finally presented to the House of Lords. In response to the suggestion that sacred Ghanaian objects that embody...

Ethiopia’s woes and America’s hidden hand

Dubious U.S. meddling in Africa is being played out in Ethiopia as bloodshed and mayhem have gripped the Horn of Africa country since November 2020. The conflict depicted as a civil war is layered, nuanced, and further complicated by American involvement under the pretext of making peace. President Joe Biden is beefing up U.S. military personnel by sending 1,000  National Guard...