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  • Rwanda offers to take in Africans abused in Libya

    LIBYA, 2017/11/30 Rwanda's offer follows the release of CNN footage of a live auction in Libya where black youths are presented to north African buyers. Rwanda is willing to provide refuge to as a lot of as 30,000 African migrants suffering abuse and slave-like conditions in Libya, the foreign minister told AFP Wednesday. "Rwanda is currently under discussions... to see how we can help in welcoming migrants held captive in Libya," said Louise Mushikiwabo. "It has just been decided so numbers and means are still under discussion but Rwanda estimates the number to be welcomed around 30,000," she said, adding that this figure "is not confirmed from presently on but an estimation".
  • UN wants Libya to agree to shut down migrant camps

    LIBYA, 2017/11/29 The United Nations wants Libya's internationally-backed government to acknowledge to shut down 30 detention centers holding 15,000 migrants, most of whom will be sent back to their nations, the chief of the IOM said Tuesday. The detention of the migrants, most of whom are fleeing poverty, has become a pressing issue next video footage showing African men sold in Libyan slave auctions sparked world outrage. UN wants Libya's internationally-backed government to agree to shut down 30 detention centers holding 15,000 migrants that will be deported back to their countries.
  • Macron visits Africa amid anger over human trafficking and slavery

    LIBYA, 2017/11/29 The French president, Emmanuel Macron, will start a four-day visit to Africa on Monday amid growing anger across the continent about politicians’ collective failure to do additional to clamp down on human trafficking, and even slave auctions, in Libya. The revelations by CNN of apparent slave auctions in Libya a fortnight ago led to widespread condemnation, but as well claims that European politicians had been repeatedly warned about the dire national of Libyan migrant detention centres, inclunding systematic abuse, amounting to slavery. Macron has called for an emergency conference of the United Nations security council this week, saying such auction houses are a crime against humanity. The fierceness of his intervention may have been prompted by his high-profile visit to sub-Saharan Africa built around a carefully crafted theme of empowering Africa’s youth.
  • Fake coastguards, guns and greed: inside Libya’s secret, shameful, slave trade

    LIBYA, 2017/11/29 At the same time as uniformed men boarded the overloaded rubber dinghy carrying Christelle Timdi and her boyfriend to a new life in Europe she thought the Italian coastguard had come to rescue them. But the men were not the coastguard. They took out guns and began to shoot. “A lot of people fell in the sea,” the 32-year-old Cameroonian said as she described seeing her boyfriend, Douglas, falling in the water and disappearing into the darkness.
  • Cameroonians protest against sale of migrants as slave

    CAMEROON, 2017/11/27
  • Male rape used systematically in Libya as instrument of war

    LIBYA, 2017/11/04 Videos and testimony expose brutal tactics used by several factions in fractured country. Male rape is being used systematically in Libya as an instrument of war and political domination by rival factions, according to multiple testimonies gathered by investigators. Years of work by a Tunis-based group and witnessed by a journalist from Le Monde have produced harrowing reports from victims, and video footage showing men being sodomised by various objects, inclunding rockets and broom handles. In several instances, witnesses say a victim was thrown into a room with other prisoners, who were ordered to rape him or be killed.
  • Namibia Scraps Visas for Africans

    BOTSWANA, 2017/11/01 Namibia has gotten the ball rolling on plans to scrap visa requirements for African passport holders next Cabinet authorised the implementation of this process - to be carried out in line with diplomatic procedures. Namibia will any minute at this time start issuing African passport holders with visas on arrival at ports of entry as a initial step towards the eventual abolition of all visa requirements for all Africans.
  • Africa: Experts Explore Infrastructure and Cooperation to Improve Lives

    BOTSWANA, 2017/11/01 Addis Ababa — African economies require structural transformation to attain sustained increase that trickles down to all its peoples, an official from the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) told experts gathered at the organization’s Ethiopian headquarters. Soteri Gatera, who heads the ECA’s Industrialization and Infrastructure Section, says only such “inclusive” economic increase will help resolve the “persistent social economic problems” Africa faces.
  • Africa's last international banks make their stand

    BOTSWANA, 2017/10/31 On June 1, 2017, Barclays sold a 33.7% stake in its African business, Barclays Africa Group Limited (BAGL). The transaction reduced the UK lender’s stake in its African offshoot to 14.9% and permitted, in accounting terms, the deconsolidation of BAGL from its parent. Additional symbolically, it brought to an end Barclays’ operations on the continent next additional than 100 years. The rise of Africa’s home-grown financial players has led most international lenders to withdraw from the continent. However, Société Générale and Standard Chartered are not only staying put but marking territory for digital expansion. James King reports.
  • Africa’s Growth: Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz Calls For New Strategy

    BOTSWANA, 2017/10/19 Joseph Stiglitz has advised African nations to adopt coordinated strategy encompassing agriculture, manufacturing, mining, and service sectors to attain same success delivered by the old manufacturing export-led strategy. Prof. Stiglitz, an economist and professor at Columbia University, New York, gave the advice at the Babacar Ndiaye lecture series introduced by African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) which debuted in Washington D.C.