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Controversial vote on presidential powers passes in Comoros

Controversial vote on presidential powers passes in Comoros

Comorans have voted overwhelmingly in favour of controversial constitutional reforms that will allow President Azali Assoumani to seek another term, according to electoral officials. Ahmed Mohamed Djaza, president of the Comoros National Electoral Commission (CENI), said on Tuesday that the “yes” vote was backed by 92.74 percent of the voters, or 172,240 people. Speaking during […]

President Paul Biya Wants His Next Term to End When He’s 92

President Paul Biya Wants His Next Term to End When He’s 92

There have been mixed reactions in Cameroon following President Paul Biya’s announcement that he will run for re-election. Biya has been president for 36 years and if he wins another mandate he will be 92 years old by the time his term ends. The decision by Paul Biya to contest the October 7 presidential poll […]

Congo’s Joseph Kabila delays UN chief’s visit, refuses to see U.S. envoy Haley

Congo’s Joseph Kabila delays UN chief’s visit, refuses to see U.S. envoy Haley

CONGOLESE President Joseph Kabila has put off a planned visit this week by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and refused to see U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who diplomats said had also separately planned to visit Kinshasa. Kabila, who succeeded his assassinated father Laurent in 2001, was busy organizing Dec. 23 elections and […]

Girls groomed for suicide missions fight back against the extremists of Lake Chad

Girls groomed for suicide missions fight back against the extremists of Lake Chad

Halima Yakoy Adam won’t forget 22nd December in 2015, the day she was supposed to carry out a suicide bomb attack in the Lac Region town of Bol, 200 km north of N’Djamena, the capital of Chad, in Central Africa. “It was market day in Bol and I was with two other girls who like […]

Three-out-of-four South Sudanese children have known nothing but war, says UNICEF

Three-out-of-four South Sudanese children have known nothing but war, says UNICEF

Since South Sudan became the world’s youngest country in 2011, 2.6 million of the 3.4 million babies have been born in war, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) revealed Saturday. “As South Sudan turns seven, a seemingly endless war continues to devastate the lives of millions of children,” said Henrietta H. Fore, UNICEF’s Executive Director […]

Families torn apart by war in South Sudan

Families torn apart by war in South Sudan

Frontline Family Reunions: In 2015, Morland Sanders went to South Sudan, where governments and rebel troops are battling each other in a civil war in which both sides stand accused of horrific atrocities against civilians. This moving report from a brutal warzone tells the struggle to reunite children and parents trapped on different sides of […]

The Congo Dandies: living in poverty and spending a fortune to look like a million dollars

The Congo Dandies: living in poverty and spending a fortune to look like a million dollars

“La Sape” is a unique movement based in Congo that unites fashion-conscious men who are ready to splurge money they don’t really have on designer clothes. Dressing in stark contrast with their surroundings, these elegant ambiance-makers become true local celebrities… but this fame comes at a price. The Republic of the Congo in Central Africa […]

South Sudan Ceasefire Deal Violated Within Hours

South Sudan Ceasefire Deal Violated Within Hours

South Sudanese government forces and rebels have blamed each other for breaking a newly adopted ceasefire. It’s not the first time peace efforts have failed to put a stop to the country’s civil war. Rebels in South Sudan on Saturday said government troops had violated the country’s new ceasefire just hours after it came into […]

Comoros Row With France Intensifies As Turmoil Brews At Home

Comoros Row With France Intensifies As Turmoil Brews At Home

The long-running dispute over the island of Mayotte has deepened recently. Could developments afoot in the Comoros change anything? Despite promises to resolve tensions, relations between France and the Comoros have only deteriorated in the past few months. A war of words and popular protests have escalated on both sides, leading France to suspend visas […]

More Parents Trade Girls for Cows as War, Climate Change Hit

More Parents Trade Girls for Cows as War, Climate Change Hit

Parents can now receive up to 300 cows in bride price, up from about 30 cows during peacetime Child marriage is increasing in parts of war-torn South Sudan and drought-hit Kenya as parents swap their daughters for cows and goats to survive, campaigners said on Wednesday. Africa accounts for nine out of the 10 countries […]

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