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Coronavirus: African Union member states report COVID-19 cases as of March 20, 2021, 9 a.m. ET

Coronavirus – Rwanda: COVID-19 update (March 19, 2021)African Union Member States (55) reporting COVID-19 cases (4,158,923), deaths (109,444) and recoveries (3,667,946) by region: Central (114,426 cases; 1,911 deaths; 100,654 recoveries): Burundi (2563; 3; 1.155), Cameroon (38.988; 588; 34.887), RCA (5.075; 64; 4.938), Chad (4.380; 157; 3.864), Congo (9.564; 134; 7.898), DRC (27.356 ; 726; 24,361), Equatorial Guinea (6,666; 100; 6,121), Gabon (17,711; 106; 15,495), Sao Tome and Principe (2,123; 33; 1,935) Is (455,106; 8,275; 342,619): Comoros (3,665; 146; 3,471), Djibouti (6,501; 63; 6,040), Eritrea (3,118; 7; 2,865), Ethiopia (183,863; 2,618; 145,687), Kenya (118,889; 1954; 89,388), Madagascar (22,113; 340); 20,851), Mauritius (803; 10; 590), Rwanda (20,681; 287; 19,143), Seychelles (3,616; 16; 3,055), Somalia (9,925; 414; 4,420), South Sudan ( 9,809; 106; 8,215), Sudan (30,989; 1,959; 23,583), Tanzania ** (509; 21; 178), Uganda (40,625; 334; 15,133) North (1,222,852; 34,766; 1,073,689): Algeria (124,970; 3,053; 80,515), Egypt (194,127; 11,512; 149,256), Libya (150,341; 2,487; 137,073), Mauritania (17,570; 446; 16,863), Morocco (491 019; […]

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#BNMovieFeature: Watch “Khartoum Offside” a Sports Documentary spotlighting Young Sudanese Women Defying the Odds

Hey BNers! After showcasing more than 150 films in our weekly #BNMovieFeature section, this month of March, the much-loved column that we launched in 2017 is coming to an end. As you already know, in this segment we feature Nigerian full-length films for our film-loving BNers. From throwback movies, new movies, Yoruba movies, Igbo movies, […]

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Sudan gets initial approval for mediation in dam dispute

Sudan said Thursday it had received initial approval for international mediation in Khartoum’s and Cairo’s decade-long dispute with upstream Ethiopia over its controversial Blue Nile mega-dam project. Last month, Khartoum suggested mediation by a quartet of the African Union, European Union, United Nations and the United States, a proposal welcomed by Cairo, but rejected by
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Aid agencies call for funding to support more than 2 million South Sudanese refugees in need

Hapag-Lloyd acquires Africa specialist NileDutchUNHCR, United Nations Refugee Agency and partners appeal for $ 1.2 billion to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance to more than 2.2 million South Sudanese refugees living in five neighboring countries in 2021 . South Sudan became the youngest nation in the world almost ten years ago, but today millions of its people are displaced within or outside its borders. The crisis continues to be a childhood crisis with over 65% of the refugee population under the age of 18, including 66,000 children who have been separated from their parents or regular caregivers. While some progress has been made in implementing the latest peace agreement, humanitarian and protection needs remain high for the larger refugee situation on the African continent. The majority of South Sudanese refugees are hosted in relatively remote and underdeveloped areas. The COVID-19 pandemic combined with the challenges of climate change, including severe flooding, droughts and locusts, have […]

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ZLECAf: 11 countries validate their agreement

ZLECAf: 11 countries validate their agreementBy Temitope Ponle Eleven African countries have validated the strategies for implementing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement, according to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). Ms. Vera Songwe, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ECA, said this in her opening statement at the 39th session of the Committee of Experts on Wednesday. The expert meeting was also on the sidelines of the 53rd session of the committee. Songwe listed countries like Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Cote d’Ivoire, Togo, Niger, Cameroon, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The executive secretary further said that the countries which were in the drafting phase of the agreement were Algeria, Burkina Faso, Chad, Congo, Kenya, Namibia and Malawi. She added that the early stage countries were Nigeria, Tunisia, Guinea-Bissau, Benin, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Sudan, Tanzania, Botswana, Mozambique and Eswatini. She said data was not available for other countries. […]

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Japan-trained Darfur rebel chief turned Sudan finance minister

Sudan’s new finance minister, Gibril Ibrahim, is a veteran rebel leader who fought against marginalisation under ousted president Omar al-Bashir. Now, the Japan-educated former professor holds the keys to the country’s economic future. Ibrahim, 66, has for nearly a decade led the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), a key rebel group in Sudan’s western Darfur
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Coronavirus: African Union member states report COVID-19 cases as of March 7, 2021, 9 a.m.ET

African Union Member States reporting Ebola virus disease update (March 6, 2021)African Union Member States (55) reporting COVID-19 cases (3,955,148), deaths (105,490) and recoveries (3,533,574) by region: Central (106,319 cases; 1,815 deaths; 93,354 cures): Burundi (2,299; 3; 1,155), Cameroon (35,714; 551; 32,594), CAR (5,021; 63; 4,920), Chad (4,111; 140; 3,579), Congo (9,179; 131 ; 7,898), DRC (26,468; 712; 22,432), Equatorial Guinea (6,329; 96; 5,737), Gabon (15,254; 88; 13,495), Sao Tome and Principe (1,944; 31; 1,544) East (417,462; 7,748; 323,952): Comoros (3,596; 146; 3,410), Djibouti (6,134; 63; 5,931), Eritrea (2,944; 7; 2,436), Ethiopia (165,029; 2,420; 137,785), Kenya (108,362; 1,874; 87,550), Madagascar (20,155; 300); 19,543), Mauritius (625; 10; 588), Rwanda (19,509; 267; 17,810), Seychelles (2,950; 15; 2,610), Somalia (8,041; 294; 3,932), South Sudan ( 8,677; 102; 4,317), Sudan (30,479; 1,895; 22,797), Tanzania ** (509; 21; 178), Uganda (40,452; 334; 15065) North (1,177,769; 33,494; 1,037,905): Algeria (114,012; 3,012; 78,886), Egypt (185,922; 10,954; 143,575), Libya (137,482; 2,236; 124,712), Mauritania (17,309; 442; 16,656), Morocco (485,974; 8,676; […]

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Coronavirus: African Union member states report COVID-19 cases as of March 7, 2021, 9 a.m.ET

African Union Member States reporting Ebola virus disease update (March 6, 2021)African Union Member States (55) reporting COVID-19 cases (3,955,148), deaths (105,490) and recoveries (3,533,574) by region: Central (106,319 cases; 1,815 deaths; 93,354 cures): Burundi (2,299; 3; 1,155), Cameroon (35,714; 551; 32,594), CAR (5,021; 63; 4,920), Chad (4,111; 140; 3,579), Congo (9,179; 131 ; 7,898), DRC (26,468; 712; 22,432), Equatorial Guinea (6,329; 96; 5,737), Gabon (15,254; 88; 13,495), Sao Tome and Principe (1,944; 31; 1,544) East (417,462; 7,748; 323,952): Comoros (3,596; 146; 3,410), Djibouti (6,134; 63; 5,931), Eritrea (2,944; 7; 2,436), Ethiopia (165,029; 2,420; 137,785), Kenya (108,362; 1,874; 87,550), Madagascar (20,155; 300); 19,543), Mauritius (625; 10; 588), Rwanda (19,509; 267; 17,810), Seychelles (2,950; 15; 2,610), Somalia (8,041; 294; 3,932), South Sudan ( 8,677; 102; 4,317), Sudan (30,479; 1,895; 22,797), Tanzania ** (509; 21; 178), Uganda (40,452; 334; 15065) North (1,177,769; 33,494; 1,037,905): Algeria (114,012; 3,012; 78,886), Egypt (185,922; 10,954; 143,575), Libya (137,482; 2,236; 124,712), Mauritania (17,309; 442; 16,656), Morocco (485,974; 8,676; […]

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Health center rehabilitated, mobile clinics deployed to support the refugee crisis in eastern Sudan

Health center rehabilitated, mobile clinics deployed to support the refugee crisis in eastern SudanAs the crisis in eastern Sudan continues, UNDP explores longer term solutions to support refugees in need and vulnerable local host communities; To meet urgent health needs, UNDP rehabilitated the Um Rakuba health center, located inside the refugee camp, increasing capacity to 1,000 patients per week; Three mobile clinics, with a combined daily capacity of 180 patients, arrived in the East to support refugee camps, entry points and local communities, including HIV and TB services; Civil engineering works to rehabilitate five other health facilities are underway. As the influx of refugees continues along the Ethiopian-Sudanese border, more than 61,000 arrivals to date, limited health services are under pressure – both for refugees and for existing facilities for local communities. In response to the crisis, UNDP and its partners undertook civil works – expanding health infrastructure by rehabilitating the Um Rakuba health center – as well as deploying three mobile clinics […]

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WFP and UNHCR appeal for funding for more than 3 million refugees hit by ration cuts in East Africa

WFP and UNHCR appeal for funding for more than 3 million refugees hit by ration cuts in East AfricaUNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency and the World Food Program (WFP) today appealed for $ 266 million to end cuts in food rations for more than 3 million refugees in Africa from the east. Funding shortages have forced cuts of up to 60 percent. Agencies warned of growing risks, including increased malnutrition and anemia, stunted children and a myriad of protection risks. The impact of the lack of funding on refugee families is compounded by COVID-19 lockdowns and measures to contain the spread of the pandemic, which had already reduced the availability of food in refugee camp markets and dashed the hope of many refugees to help support their families through casual work and small businesses. “The pandemic has been devastating for everyone, but even more so for the refugees.” said Clementine Nkweta-Salami, director of UNHCR’s regional office for the East, Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes. “Unless […]

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Thousands of Ethiopians seek asylum in Sudan’s Blue Nile state

Thousands of Ethiopians seek asylum in Sudan’s Blue Nile stateSeveral thousand people fleeing escalating violence in Ethiopia’s Benishangul Gumuz region have sought refuge in Blue Nile state in Sudan over the past month. Tensions have been high in the Metekel area since 2019 with several reports of inter-municipal attacks in the region. The situation has worsened rapidly over the past three months. The Ethiopian federal government declared a state of emergency in the region on January 21, 2021. UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency, is working closely with Sudanese authorities and partners to assess the situation and respond to the humanitarian needs of the new arrivals, many of whom have arrived in hard-to-reach places along from the border. Benishangul Gumuz is found in W Ethiopia. The current displacement is not directly linked to the conflict in the northern Tigray region, which has caused more than 61,000 people to seek refuge in Sudan in recent months. Of the estimated 7,000 […]

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Support for Sudan discussed during historic visit

Support for Sudan discussed during historic visitFurther investments and a commitment for further support were some of the key messages conveyed by FIFA President (www.FIFA.com) Gianni Infantino during his visit to Khartoum, the Sudanese capital. The FIFA President notably met the President of the Transitional Sovereignty Council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Yousif Adam Aldai, and the President of the Sudanese Football Association (SFA), Kamal Shaddad. This visit enabled the FIFA President and his delegation to revisit the strong history of football in Sudan. Founding member of CAF, alongside Egypt, Ethiopia and South Africa, Sudan was CAF’s first headquarters and also hosted the very first African Cup of Nations in 1957. “Sudan was a founding member of CAF and was one of the first African nations to join FIFA,” said the FIFA President at Khartoum Stadium, the venue of the 1957 Africa Cup of Nations. “Now we have to work together to […]

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Essential food supplies and distributions reach displaced people in Axum, Tigray

Essential food supplies and distributions reach displaced people in Axum, TigraySave the Children was one of the first aid agencies to reach Axum in Ethiopia’s Central Tigray region earlier this month, providing essential food distributions to more than 4,300 people. The children’s rights organization distributed food, shelter and hygiene items to thousands of displaced children and their families – the first on-site distributions in more than three months. Large numbers of people displaced by the recent conflict in Tigray have fled to Axum, with more than 6,000 displaced people currently seeking refuge in overcrowded schools, makeshift camps or in the homes of local families. Since arriving in Axum in early February, Save the Children has met families who have not eaten for days and who lack access to vital health services as medical supplies in hospitals are severely limited. Save the Children has provided essential food assistance and other supplies to more than 1,063 families, or 4,368 people, but the […]

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Retracing the Alliances of the Republic of South Sudan (By Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth)

Retracing the Alliances of the Republic of South Sudan (By Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth)By Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth On July 9, 2011, the Republic of South Sudan was welcomed by millions of South Sudanese and around the world as the newest nation in the world. Juba, the capital of the republic, was inundated with people who came to witness his birth. The Republic of South Sudan had allies everywhere – including in the IGAD region (Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda), the African Union, the United States, Europe, China, the Middle East and the UN. The people of South Sudan have been greeted warmly in all corners of the world. In the United States, where I served as the then Government of South Sudan (GOSS) Chief of Mission to the United States and the United Nations, President General Salva Kiir Mayardit (then the First Vice President of Sudan and Chairman of GOSS) was received with honor each year at the White House […]

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Retracing the Alliances of the Republic of South Sudan (By Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth)

Retracing the Alliances of the Republic of South Sudan (By Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth)By Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth On July 9, 2011, the Republic of South Sudan was welcomed by millions of South Sudanese and around the world as the newest nation in the world. Juba, the capital of the republic, was inundated with people who came to witness his birth. The Republic of South Sudan had allies everywhere – including in the IGAD region (Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda), the African Union, the United States, Europe, China, the Middle East and the UN. The people of South Sudan have been greeted warmly in all corners of the world. In the United States, where I served as the then Government of South Sudan (GOSS) Chief of Mission to the United States and the United Nations, President General Salva Kiir Mayardit (then the First Vice President of Sudan and Chairman of GOSS) was received with honor each year at the White House […]

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Sudan Shifts To Managed Currency Float Amid Economic Crisis

  Sudan announced Sunday it was ditching its fixed exchange rate and adopting a managed float, in line with an IMF programme but at the risk of fanning already-smouldering discontent. The move aims to stem a flourishing black market that has seen the local pound recently trade at around 400 to the dollar, while the … Continue reading Sudan Shifts To Managed Currency Float Amid Economic Crisis Read Full Story

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Secretary-General appoints Khardiata Lo N’Diaye, Senegal, Deputy Special Representative, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Sudan

Secretary-General appoints Khardiata Lo N’Diaye, Senegal, Deputy Special Representative, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for SudanThe Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, announced today the appointment of Khardiata Lo N’Diaye of Senegal as his new Deputy Special Representative for Sudan in the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), who also serves as the United Nations Resident Coordinator Humanitarian Coordinator. Ms. Lo N’Diaye brings 35 years of experience in development, humanitarian assistance, women’s empowerment, democratic governance, conflict prevention, and peacebuilding. Most recently, she served as Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim in Niger (2020) and as Representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) ad interim in Nigeria (2019). Prior to this, she was UNDP Resident Coordinator and Representative in Togo (2011-2018), as well as Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Representative in Niger (2007-2011). Before joining the United Nations, Ms Lo N’Diaye held various high-level positions in the Senegalese public administration, including as General Manager of the Social Development Fund, as […]

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Coronavirus: African Union member states reported COVID-19 cases as of February 16, 2021, 6 pm EAT

Coronavirus: African Union member states reported COVID-19 cases as of February 16, 2021, 6 pm EATAfrican Union member states (55) reporting oases (3,760,854), deaths (98,962) and recoveries (3,305,491) of COVID-19 by region: Central (94,750 cases, 1,668 deaths, 79,592 recoveries): Burundi (1,849, 3, 1,155), Cameroon (31,394, 474, 29,501), CAR (4,997, 63, 4,908), Chad (3,664, 131, 3,182), Congo ( 8,419; 122; 7,012), Democratic Republic of the Congo (24,386; 655; 15,544), Equatorial Guinea (5,694; 86; 5,426), Gabon (12,865; 75; 11,750), São Tomé and Príncipe (1,482; 19; 1,114). Eastern (381,925, 7,199, 305,867): Comoros (3,358, 132, 2,911), Djibouti (5,981, 63, 5,865), Eritrea (2,566, 7, 1,914), Ethiopia (147,825, 2,209, 128,946), Kenya (103,014, 1,795) ; 85,250), Madagascar (19,598; 292; 18,915), Mauritius (601; 10; 554), Rwanda (17,484; 239; 15,125), Seychelles (1987; 9; 1,534), Somalia (5,273; 154; 3,876), South Sudan (5,710; 79; 3,769), Sudan (27,956; 1,858; 22,485), Tanzania ** (509; 21; 178), Uganda (40,063; 331; 14,545). North (1,132,445; 31,549; 982,699): Algeria (110,802; 2,945; 76,108), Egypt (174,426; 10,050; 135,349), Libya (128,036; 2,051; 111,864), Mauritania (16,996; […]

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African Scholars Join Forces to Investigate African Narratives in New Scholarship Program

African Scholars Join Forces to Investigate African Narratives in New Scholarship ProgramJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, February 15, 2021, – / African Media Agency (AMA) / – Does the development community contribute to stereotypical narratives about Africa? How is the continent represented in cinema, literature and spoken poetry? How is the restitution of African art in Africa discussed? These are some of the research topics that scholars who have been selected to participate in the first Africa No Filter Scholars Program will pursue. Selected fellows will bring academic rigor and an evidence-based approach to African No Filter’s work to understand and change harmful and stereotyped narratives about Africa. The fellowship is part of a larger research agenda to understand the narrative and its impact. It is co-funded by Facebook and supported by the African Union, AUDA-NEPAD, and the New York-based Africa Center. African fellows, who are based both on the continent and in the diaspora, will conduct research in more than 15 African […]

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Protests spread in Sudan over cost of living

Protests flared Tuesday in several parts of Sudan over the high cost of living as the United States voiced support for the new government’s efforts to revive the economy. The new cabinet includes rebel leaders and has been tasked with fixing an economy decimated by decades of US sanctions, mismanagement and civil war under ousted
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