Monthly Archives: May 2020

Botswana to Allow Farmers Keep Wildlife to Boost Agro-Tourism

GABORONE, BOTSWANA – Botswana’s president, Mokgweetsi Masisi, says his government will allow farmers to keep small game as a way to encourage locals’ participation in agro-tourism. He added that it is paramount for them to have a stake in the industry. Speaking in a televised address Saturday, Masisi said Botswana’s tourism sector needs a boost

Cameroon Military Acknowledges Soldiers Arrested in Togo

YAOUNDE – Cameroon’s military says three of five men recently arrested by Togolese police and portrayed by Togolese media as notorious criminals who committed serious offenses against Togolese citizens are Cameroonian soldiers, while the other two are former convicts. The three military men stole weapons from the military headquarters in Yaoundé and went to Togo’s

Agencies Step Up Aid to Camp Fire Victims in Eastern Nigeria’s Borno State

GENEVA – U.N. and private aid agencies are scaling up assistance to thousands of people who have lost everything in a fire that engulfed their camp in Maiduguri, the capital of eastern Nigeria’s Borno state a week ago. What was meant to be a festive occasion celebrating the end of Ramadan turned into a nightmare.

In Unusual Move, US Embassies in Africa Speak up on Floyd

JOHANNESBURG – As Minneapolis burns over the police killing of George Floyd and shock and disappointment in Africa grow, some U.S. embassies on the continent have taken the unusual step of issuing critical statements, saying no one is above the law. The statements came as the head of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat,

World Reacts with Anger, Dismay to US Man’s Death

Protests were held in several cities around the world Saturday, in seeming solidarity with demonstrators in the U.S. over the death of an African American man while in police custody earlier this week. The U.S. embassies in several countries drew protesters, angered by the death of George Floyd on May 25. Floyd died after a

FIFA, WHO and football stakeholders draft medical considerations and risk assessment tool

FIFA is sharing a football risk assessment tool with its 211 member associations, the six continental confederations and other stakeholders in order to facilitate the planning of the resumption of football activities by competition and match organisers, as soon as health authorities and governments consider it safe. It has been developed in conjunction with the

UN seeks solutions for urban refugees in eastern Africa amid coronavirus and raises alert on war crimes in north-east DR Congo

UNITED NATIONS, May 29 (NNN-AGENCIES) — The UN refugee agency has said it is working closely with partners and governments in eastern Africa to find solutions for urban refugees in these challenging times sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic. The UNHCR said urban refugees are struggling to survive as economic impact of COVID-19 worsens in East,

UN rights chief urges US to take “serious action” to stop police killings of African Americans

GENEVA, May 29 (NNN-AGENCIES) — The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights condemned the killing by US police of an unarmed, handcuffed Black man whose death was captured on video and led to violent protests in the state of Minneapolis. “This is the latest in a long line of killings of unarmed African Americans by

Cameroon Prison Fire Seriously Injures Inmates

Authorities in Cameroon are investigating a fire inside a maximum-security prison in the port city of Douala that sent three inmates to the hospital with serious burns. A fire official said two firefighters were also injured Thursday trying to put out the blaze at the New Bell jail in the commercial capital. Firefighters were able