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More than $350 million pledged for refugees in Uganda

More than $350 million pledged for refugees in Uganda

A ‘Solidarity Summit’ for refugees hosted by Uganda has raised some $358 million in pledges, the United Nations announced today. UN Secretary-General António Guterres told reporters in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, that it was a “good starting point” although the international conference was looking to raise $2 billion. Hosted by President Yoweri Museveni and the […]

No Wall for Ethiopia, Rather an Open Door – Even for Its Enemy

No Wall for Ethiopia, Rather an Open Door – Even for Its Enemy

It’s one thing to read about the exodus of souls flowing out of Eritrea, it’s quite another to look into the tired eyes, surrounded by dust and grime, of a 14-year-old Eritrean girl who’s just arrived on the Ethiopian side of the shared border. She is carrying a scruffy plastic bag. Inside are a few […]

Djibouti Plays the West Off Against the Far East

Djibouti Plays the West Off Against the Far East

China recently established a military base in Djibouti. Little is known about the base except that it may have capacity to house up to 10 000 troops. The military base has attracted much international attention, with little understanding of either Djibouti or China’s motives. Turning 40 years old on 27 June, Djibouti – which has […]

South Sudan’s Riek Machar Pleads With Museveni Over House Arrest

South Sudan’s Riek Machar Pleads With Museveni Over House Arrest

The former mediator between the Uganda government and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), Betty Bigombe, has run into the first hurdle in her new assignment to reconcile the warring parties in South Sudan. President Museveni recently appointed Bigombe, 64, as his technical advisor on the South Sudan Peace Initiative. Bigombe’s last public office was that […]

With Qatari forces gone, tension rises between Djibouti and Eritrea

With Qatari forces gone, tension rises between Djibouti and Eritrea

The African Union is calling for calm as border tensions between Djibouti and Eritrea intensify. The rising threat of unrest is further fallout from the diplomatic crisis embroiling Qatar. A decades-long border dispute in the Doumeira region that, on occasion, had turned violent, was dampened in 2010 when the two sides agreed to let Qatar […]

Idi Amin’s Concrete Boat Sinks During Launch

Idi Amin’s Concrete Boat Sinks During Launch

During his presidency, Idi Amin very much wanted to show off the military strength of the Ugandan army, and how it was going to bomb Cape Town in South Africa to teach the apartheid regime of Pieter Botha a lesson. During the 1975 Organisation of African Unity (OAU) summit in Kampala, the guests were treated […]

Africa and the Gulf Crisis – the Peril of Picking Sides

Africa and the Gulf Crisis – the Peril of Picking Sides

As the Gulf crisis enters its third week, the decision to cut or downgrade diplomatic ties with Qatar by nine African countries could have a long-term impact on the nationals of those countries, analysts warned. “This is not good for Africa. This is rush decision-making and taking sides in a crisis that the leaders have […]

Angola urgently needs funds as Congolese refugee influx overwhelms services, warns UN agency

Angola urgently needs funds as Congolese refugee influx overwhelms services, warns UN agency

As refugees fleeing violence and communal tensions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo continue to arrive in neighbouring Angola, the United Nations refugee agency has appealed for more resources to cope with the influx and to provide those coming with the support they urgently need. According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner […]

Security Council briefed on proposal to reduce number of AU-UN troops in Darfur

Security Council briefed on proposal to reduce number of AU-UN troops in Darfur

The African Union (AU) and the United Nations are proposing 44 per cent and 30 per cent reductions in their troop and police presence in Sudan’s Darfur region as a step towards an eventual exit, a senior UN peacekeeping official told the Security Council. “The reconfiguration of UNAMID is an important milestone towards the completion […]

United Nations Resettles Albino Refugees Due to Threats in Malawi

United Nations Resettles Albino Refugees Due to Threats in Malawi

Since June of last year, the U.N. refugee agency in Malawi has been resettling albino refugees to North America, amid continued threats to people living with albinism in the southern African country. The agency says albino refugees in Malawi are reporting harassment, such as one refugee, now resettled to Canada, who said people kept trying […]

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