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Africa Roundup Sept 13, 2018

Africa China’s Overture towards Africa The heads of African countries with the exception of E-swatini converged in Beijing on September 3, to attend the 2018 Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). At the summit, President Xi Jinping pledged that China would give financial assistance to the African continent to the tune of $60 billion (US). The finances, according to Mr. Jinping, would comprise of  $15bn of grants, interest free and concessional loans, plus another $20bn of new credit lines; furthermore, $10bn would be provided as special fund for development financing, while, $5bn would similarly be advanced for financing …

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African Roundup Aug 30, 2018

SOUTH AFRICA SOUTH AFRICA REACTS TO DONALD TRUMP’S TWEET An order by American President Donald Trump to U.S. officials to “study the South Africa land and farm seizures” due to “large-scale killing of white farmers,” has drawn an angry reaction in a country where race and land ownership remain part of her contentious legacy. His tweet was inspired by a segment of Fox News on Wednesday 22nd August when host Tucker Carlson alleged that the South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa, was seizing land from South African citizens who were the wrong skin color and termed this act as immoral. South …

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Africa Round up Aug 16, 2018

Uganda Engineering graduate Lawrence Okettayot is tackling fruits and vegetable wastage with his new invention, the Sparky Dryer. I is a food dehydrator that runs on biofuel. The dehydrator helps farmers avoid food loss and food waste due to spoilage, which is an issue in Uganda for many farmers. Uganda is a fertile country and farmers always have a bountiful harvest each season. However, they do not always sell their produce as fast and more often than not thy end up throwing it away as it spoils fast. The sparky drier is seen as a way to resolve this problem. …

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The Diaspora Roundup Aug 2, 2018

Human trafficking in Guyana Between January 5 and July 3, a total of 77 alleged victims of human trafficking have been rescued in Georgetown, Guyana. Amina Ally, the Minister of Social Protection said 60 of the 77 victims have been placed in protective care, while others are being assisted with jobs and educational opportunities. In one raid, 8 of 16 young ladies—14 Venezuelans, one Cuban, and one from the Dominican Republic—were rescued during a raid executed by the Guyana Police Force. Ally maintained that the protection of human rights and dignity of all the citizens of Guyana is an essential …

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The Diaspora Roundup July 19, 2018

Obama visits Kenya and South Africa Former U.S. President, Barack Obama visited Kenya, his father’s native country, on Sunday 15th July. It was his first visit to Africa since leaving office. His two-day visit was to support the launch of a sports and recreational community center pioneered by his half-sister, Dr. Auma Obama, under her foundation Sauti Kuu (Raised Voice in Swahili) at his father’s ancestral home, K’Ogelo. Mr. Obama praised his sister’s efforts in changing the narrative of the African story from asking for handouts, but moving towards empowerment and emancipation. He also made courtesy visits to President Uhuru …

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The Diaspora Roundup July 5, 2018

An all Africa exit at FIFA World Cup 2018 For the first time since 1982, there will be  no African team in  the knockout round of the FIFA World Cup Finals. All the big names from the continent including Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Nigeria, and Senegal have all been eliminated. With matches filled with close calls and near misses the five teams kept soccer fans at the edge of their seats with  some commendable performances EGYPT The hope of Egypt’s Pharaohs lay in their talisman, Liverpool forward, Mohammed Salah who scored  two of the 10 goals that assisted them to qualify. …

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African Round up June 7, 2018

ALL EYES ON AFRICA FOR THE WORLD CUP FINALS   The journey to Russia has not been easy for the five African teams who qualified for the world cup. In the past, West Africa dominated Africa’s cohort, the World Cup, but some of its big names missed out this time: Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Ghana, the all-African champions won’t be in Russia. Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Senegal and Nigeria all of which overcame big odds to qualify for the World Cup Finals have a titanic task ahead of them to make it out of the group stage. So far no African …

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African Roundup May 24, 2018

CONGO In the next few days, the world will find out whether it’s possible to stop an outbreak as lethal as Ebola. On Monday (May 21) Health officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo began administering an experimental Ebola vaccine, as the country battles to contain its ninth outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever. According to the World Health Organization, 46 people have died from the virus. The outbreak’s epicenter is the equatorial town of Bikoro situated in one of the most remote parts of the country. With very few paved roads and no electricity. The deadly virus has been now …

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KENYA A huge crack unexpectedly appeared in Kenya, causing astonishment and fright among residents. Scientists’ main theory around the crack is that an underlying superheated plume had caused it. A super plume occurs when a large mantle upwelling is convected to Earth’s surface. It forms at the mantle-core boundary and can result in earthquakes when they heat up. The crack, which is about the distance of Montreal to Winnipeg, continues to grow in size as a result of heavy rainfall in Kenya’s Narok County. It has sparked discussions around the splitting of Africa into two. Splitting a continent in two …

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African round up April 26, 2018

Africa Israel Annuls African Deportation Plan The subject of undocumented migrants seems to be a game of political ping-pong in Israel. Despite its long history as a refuge for persecuted Jews, Israel has almost no legal provisions for non-Jewish immigration. On Tuesday, April 24, for the second time Israel cancelled the plan to deport thousands of African asylum seekers. After allegedly failing to reach an agreement with a ‘third country’ the government, through a letter to the Supreme Court, said that the deportation was “no longer on the agenda.” The deportation plan attracted a wave of criticism from Holocaust survivors …

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