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Guineas suppression of protests stokes anger against military MikeRivero Fri, 05/26/2023 - 09:23

With the acrid smell of burning tyres hanging in the air, Conakry resident Mariame Diallo pointed to blood splatters on a wall where she said her teenage brother was shot at close range during a protest in the capital against Guinea’s military government on May 11.

“I will never forgive those who killed him,” she said between bouts of quiet crying.

Displaced Ethiopians Hold Massive Demonstrations After Aid Suspended MikeRivero Fri, 05/26/2023 - 09:03

Internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Ethiopia’s Tigray region staged massive demonstrations on Tuesday to protest delays in returning to their homes, the continued presence of hostile tribal militia forces on their lands, and the suspension of humanitarian aid.

Sudan conflict: Death toll rises to 865 amid ceasefire violations, medical union says MikeRivero Fri, 05/26/2023 - 07:56

The Sudanese Doctors Syndicate confirmed on Thursday that the death toll from the latest fighting in Sudan has risen to 865, amid ongoing clashes between rival military factions in the conflict-hit country.

Up To 500,000 Killed By Fake Medicines in Sub-Saharan Africa; UN Report MikeRivero Fri, 05/26/2023 - 07:32

Nearly half a million people are estimated to be killed by counterfeit medicines in sub-Saharan Africa every year, according to data from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Of these, 267,000 deaths are believed to be linked to falsified or substandard antimalarial medicines, while a further 169,271 are linked to falsified or substandard antibiotics for severe pneumonia in children.

UN: Sudan conflict displaces over 1.3 million, including some 320K to neighboring countries MikeRivero Thu, 05/25/2023 - 07:28

The fighting between Sudan’s military and a powerful paramilitary force has displaced more than 1.3 million people, the U.N. migration agency said Wednesday.

The International Organization for Migration said the clashes have forced over 1 million people to leave their homes to safer areas inside Sudan. Some 320,000 others have fled to the neighboring countries of Egypt, South Sudan, Chad, Ethiopia, the Central African Republic and Libya.

Ukraine foreign minister urges African nations to ditch neutrality in Russia war MikeRivero Thu, 05/25/2023 - 07:28

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba is urging African countries to abandon their stances of neutrality towards his country’s war with Russia.

Many African countries have refused to take sides in the European conflict, with several abstaining from votes at the United Nations General Assembly condemning Russia’s invasion. Ethiopia is one of them.

Over one million people displaced in four months in Somalia: UN MikeRivero Thu, 05/25/2023 - 07:27

More than a million Somalis have been displaced within their own country in just over four months through a "toxic" mix of drought, conflict and floods, humanitarian agencies said Wednesday.

Around 433,000 people were forced from their homes between January 1 and May 10 as a grinding Islamist insurgency raged and clashes broke out in the breakaway Somaliland region, the UN refugee agency UNHCR and Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said.

Peace Mission Led By 6 African Countries to Promote Russia-Ukraine Ceasefire MikeRivero Wed, 05/24/2023 - 12:06

Six African leaders are seeking to bring Kiev to the negotiating table for peace talks with Moscow, even as Russian troops remain in annexed Ukrainian oblasts, Pretoria said on Monday. The peace mission is expected to visit both countries’ capitals early next month.

Blinken warns rival Sudanese generals to respect latest truce or face possible sanctions MikeRivero Wed, 05/24/2023 - 08:19

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday warned Sudan’s rival generals to abide by the latest cease-fire or face possible sanctions, as residents reported sporadic fighting between the sides in the capital of Khartoum and a northern city.