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UNICEF warns 5.6 million Lake Chad Basin children at risk of waterborne diseases in rainy season

UNICEF warns 5.6 million Lake Chad Basin children at risk of waterborne diseases in rainy season

More than 5.6 million children are at increased risk of contracting waterborne diseases, such as cholera and diarrhoeal infections, as the rainy season begins in conflict-affected areas of countries around Lake Chad, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today. “The rains will further complicate what is already a dire humanitarian situation, as millions of […]

‘Security vacuum’ in Central Africa may be exploited by armed groups

‘Security vacuum’ in Central Africa may be exploited by armed groups

The United Nations envoy for Central Africa today expressed his concern that the withdrawal of troops from the regional force by some contributing countries would create a security vacuum that may be exploited by an armed group. “The continued threat by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) to regional stability should not be underestimated, in particular […]

Court convicts Hissene Habre for human rights abuse against thousands

Court convicts Hissene Habre for human rights abuse against thousands

An appeals court in Senegal upheld the life sentence of Hissene Habre, former Chad president, on war crimes charges. The court also ruled on Thursday that millions of dollars of compensation awarded to more than 4,000 victims would be managed by a trust fund. The trial against Habre began in July 2015, though victims and survivors […]

Presidents Paul Kagame, Alpha Conde, Idriss Deby AU Chair Call for Urgent Reforms

Presidents Paul Kagame, Alpha Conde, Idriss Deby AU Chair Call for Urgent Reforms

Presidents Paul Kagame, Alpha Conde of Guinea, and Idriss Deby of Chad, and African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat, yesterday, called for urgency in the implementation of the African Union reforms adopted in January this year in readiness for the rapid changes in the global context. The Heads of State and AU Commission chairperson […]

France still forcing 14 African countries to pay colonial tax

France still forcing 14 African countries to pay colonial tax

80% of the 10 countries with the lowest literacy rates in the WORLD among adults are in francophone Africa. Namely: Benin (40%), Burkina Faso (26%), Chad (34%), Côte d’Ivoire (49%), Guinea (29%), Mali (23%), Niger (29%), and Senegal (42%). This spectacular result is achieved after over 150 years of French colonization! During the almost 200 […]

AU Chairman President Alpha Conde Urges African Leaders to Cut Ties with France

AU Chairman President Alpha Conde Urges African Leaders to Cut Ties with France

Guinea’s president, who also serves as African Union (AU) chairman, has called on African countries to “cut the umbilical chord with France” so as to initiate the continent’s development. Speaking at the 12th International Salon of Agriculture, held in Morocco’s northern city of Meknes late Monday, Alpha Conde harshly criticized western countries — singling out […]

Chad’s ancient Ennedi cave paintings defaced with graffiti

Chad’s ancient Ennedi cave paintings defaced with graffiti

Ancient cave paintings at a world heritage site in the Sahara desert have been defaced with graffiti, Chad’s minister of culture has told the BBC. The graffiti drawn on the paintings, which are about 8,000 years old, was “a tragedy… offensive to the whole history and memory of Chad,” Mahamat Saleh Haroun said. Vandals scrawled […]

Nigeria, Lake Chad Region Porous Borders Pose Threats to Security, Lives

Nigeria, Lake Chad Region Porous Borders Pose Threats to Security, Lives

The Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj-Gen. Lucky Irabor has said that the greatest challenge of troops before now is the porosity of borders between the neighbouring countries of Niger, Chad and Cameroon and in Lake Chad region. Irabor raised the alarm yesterday, when a delegation of United Nations Security Council, led by its president, […]

The hidden opportunity of the Lake Chad Basin crisis

The hidden opportunity of the Lake Chad Basin crisis

Civilians have been caught between unresponsive governments and the violence of Boko Haram. But while the Boko Haram-sparked humanitarian crisis raging in the Lake Chad Basin has largely been overlooked outside of the region, recent high-level efforts have sought to change that. On February 24, a conference organised by Norway, Germany and Nigeria brought together […]

Nigeria Did Not Pledge $1 Billion to Recharge Lake Chad – Minister

Nigeria Did Not Pledge $1 Billion to Recharge Lake Chad – Minister

The Federal Government says it did not pledge $1 billion for recharging of Lake Chad or humanitarian assistance to the region contrary to claims by the UN Security Council, UNSC. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, said this in Abuja at a news conference on the visit of the UNSC delegation to Nigeria. The […]

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