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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".
  • Pope Francis leads special prayer for peace in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo

    CONGO KINSHASA, 2017/11/29 Pope Francis led a appropriate prayer for peace in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday, saying the mass murder of women and children is where “war shows its most horrid face”. “This evening, in prayer, we want to sow seeds of peace in the lands of South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and in all lands devastated by war,” the pope said in a homily at St Peter’s Basilica.
  • Uganda denies minister was bribed by former Hong Kong home affairs secretary Patrick Ho

    HONG KONG, 2017/11/29 US Department of Justice claims Ho considered setting up yuan exchange centre in Uganda with the family of foreign minister Sam Kutesa. Uganda on Friday rejected US accusations that its foreign minister curried favour with a Chinese energy firm in return for US$500,000 in bribes from Patrick Ho Chi-ping, Hong Kong’s former home affairs secretary presently under arrest in the US on corruption charges. According to the Department of Justice in the United States, Ho was contemplating last year setting up Africa’s initial yuan exchange centre in Uganda by collaborating with the family of foreign minister Sam Kutesa.
  • Eritrea suffers new U.S. sanctions over human trafficking

    ERITREA, 2017/10/05 Eritrea has been hit by new United States (U.S.) sanctions according to a White Home statement. Under the new sanctions regime the U.S. said it was constraining Eritreans from engaging in educational or cultural exchange programs with the U.S. Eritrea has long been on a U.S. sanctions inventory for failing to combat human trafficking. The new measure is a further squeeze on Asmara’s relations with Washington. North Korea, Russia and Syria have all been put into the same bracket.
  • Burundi: Govt Rejects UN Accusations of Crimes Against Humanity

    BURUNDI, 2017/09/11 he UN is accusing Burundi's government of severe human rights violations. Burundi says it is the target of an international conspiracy. Is this case headed for the International Criminal Court in The Hague? Two plainclothes men threatened to break down her door, a young woman from Burundi told Deutsche Welle. The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, remembers being so afraid she told her young daughters and nieces to hide under their beds.
  • Rwanda police rearrests female critic of Kagame, her mom and sister

    RWANDA, 2017/09/09 Diane Rwigara, a fierce critic of Rwandan president, Paul Kagame, has been rearrested by the police days next she was released. A relative confirmed to the BBC that the 35-year-old, her mother, Adeline and sister, Anne were picked up on Friday morning at their home in the capital, Kigali.
  • Burundi to receive 15,000 repatriated refugees from Tanzania:

    BURUNDI, 2017/09/05 Burundi is to receive over 15,000 refugees from Tanzania this week as part of the ongoing repatriation of Burundian refugees who had fled the country's 2015 crisis, a senior government official said Monday. A tripartite conference held on Aug. 31 in Tanzania, which brought together representatives from Burundi, Tanzania and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) decided that the initial batch of Burundian refugees from Tanzania should arrive in Burundi on Thursday this week, said Terence Ntahiraja, the assistant to the Burundian home affairs and civic education minister.
  • Bill Gates sees US likely to maintain aid levels for Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2017/08/15 The US will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest nations in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump government will go ahead next year, Gates said in an interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital.
  • Tanzania: TWA Launches Portal for Girls' Economic Growth

    TANZANIA, 2017/08/13 THE Tanzania Women of Succcess (TWA) yesterday launched an online portal and mobile app, 'twaa,' designed to provide mentorship and learning on the go for girls and women in Africa. Speaking at the launch, TWA President and Founder Ms Irene Kiwia said that the one-onone mentorship and knowledge sharing would facilitate the (economic) increase of girls by enhancing their skills, empowering them to perform to their highest capabilities to realise their full potential.
  • South Sudanese refugees in Uganda near million mark

    SOUTH SUDAN, 2017/08/03 Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, spiritual leader of the world's Anglicans, prayed on Wednesday with South Sudanese refugees in northern Uganda, home to a nearly million fugitives from a four-year civil war in the world's youngest country. Around 1.8 million people have fled South Sudan since fighting broke out in December 2013, sparking what has become the world's fastest growing refugee crisis and major cross-border exodus in Africa since the 1994 Rwandan genocide.