Top Congolese Opposition Member Dies of COVID-19

A major Congolese politician and leading opposition member has died of COVID-19. DRC media reports the family of Pierre Lumbi announced his death in Kinshasa Sunday. His exact age is unknown. Lumbi was opposition leader Martin Fayulu’s campaign manager in his unsuccessful bid for the presidency in 2018. “Very saddened by the death of Senator P. Lumbi,” Fayulu tweeted. The Deputy Africa Director at Human Rights Watch, Ida Sawyer, tweeted that she is also “very sad” to hear about Lumbi’s death. “I have fond memories of many engaging conversations with…

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Thousands of African Migrants Prepare for Sea Crossings to Europe

ROME – Ports remain closed in Italy, but the end of lockdown measures, combined with favorable weather conditions, have authorities concerned that a new wave of immigrant arrivals is imminent. Intelligence sources have said more than 20,000 migrants are ready to depart from North Africa. Arrivals of migrants on Italian shores never really stopped during the months of lockdown imposed because of the coronavirus, but ports were closed as Italy declared them unsafe, and NGO vessels stopped patrolling the Mediterranean because of the emergency. Nonetheless, according to the Italian Interior…

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