Conde Seeks Controversial Third Term in Guinea Elections

Voters in Guinea went to the polls Sunday to cast ballots for a president, as incumbent Alpha Conde seeks a controversial third term. Conde, a member of the Rally of the Guinean People party, was the country’s first democratically elected leader since the country’s liberation from France in 1958. He came to power in 2010. Conde faces opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo, who served as prime minister under authoritarian leader Lansana Conte. In March, President Conde pushed through a new constitution, arguing that it would modernize the country. But the…

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Uganda’s ‘Taxi Divas’ Rise From Covid-19’s Economic Gloom

KAMPALA, UGANDA – The women grappled with each other inside the vehicle. The driver jerked to ease the grip around her neck, then turned to elbow her attacker in the back seat. She flung the door open to make her escape, ending the simulated attack. “This one is too strong for me,” the attacker said, smiling and shaking her head. Then it was another woman’s turn in the exercise to prepare drivers for Uganda’s new all-female ride-hailing service, Diva Taxi. The taxi service, dreamed up by a local woman who…

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Cameroon: 11 hostages freed by troops in restive Anglophone region

YAOUNDE, Cameroonian troops have rescued 11 kidnapped victims during a mopping-up operation in Southwest, one of the two troubled English-speaking regions of the country, the army said. The operation took place Friday afternoon in Lebialem, a division of the region where armed separatists are known to train and host separatist fighters, officials said. The hostages, including a Catholic priest and three women in their late 40s, were abandoned by the gunmen after a tough gunfight with troops, according to local authorities. The victims, some of whom had life-threatening injuries, had…

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Schools in Northern Cameroon Close as Boko Haram Steps Up Attacks

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON – Cameroon says it has again closed more than 60 schools on its northern border with Nigeria to protect children and teaching staff from increasing Boko Haram attacks. Many people have fled the region and are now displaced. The Islamist group has stepped up its use of suicide bombers, even as the country’s military has drastically reduced the jihadists’ firepower. The central African country has deployed its military to assure the safety of the remaining civilian population in the affected regions. Ousmanou Garga, Cameroon’s basic education official on…

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Nigeria: Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) Emergency Tracking Tool (ETT) Report: No. 192 | 05 – 11 October 2020

A total of 1,026 movements were recorded, comprising 786 arrivals and 267 departures, between 5 and 11 October 2020. Arrivals were recorded at locations in Askira/Uba, Bama, Dikwa, Gubio, Gwoza, Jere, Mobbar and Monguno Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the most-affected Nigerian State of Borno. Arrivals were also recorded in Fufore, Gombi, Hong, Lamurde, Maiha, Michika, Mubi North, Numan, Song and Yola South LGAs of the state of Adamawa. Departures were recorded in Askira/Uba, Hawul and Kala/Balge LGAs of Borno; Demsa, Fufore, Girei, Hong, Madagali, Maiha, Mubi North, Mubi South,…

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Sahel Very Close to Tipping Point, UN Humanitarian Chief Warns

UNITED NATIONS – The U.N. humanitarian chief warned Tuesday that daunting problems in Africa’s Sahel region are getting worse and the region “is very close to a tipping point — and so by extension are its African neighbors, Europe, and the world.” Mark Lowcock said in a virtual speech to students at the Paris Institute for Political Science that he deals with the world’s worst humanitarian tragedies, and “nowhere scares me more than the Sahel.” He said six central Sahel countries — Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Mali, Niger, and northeast…

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African Union: Reflections on ICRC African Union Delegation activities

In an exclusive interview with 105.3 Afro FM, Head of ICRC Delegation to the African Union (ADO), Mr. Bruce Mokaya Orina reflected on the delegation’s activities. ARTICLE 14 OCTOBER 2020 Mr Mokaya conveyed his perception of the progress of ICRC and the evolving ADO’s engagement with the African Union Commission. He also presented his perspective on COVID-19 related challenges for ICRC and the humanitarian sector. Amid public health emergency, Mr. Bruce Mokaya reiterated ICRC’s effort to monitor, assist, and protect communities that are in need across Africa. He we went…

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No end to world hunger without an end to conflict — WFP warns

Make food a tool for peace instead, urges Executive Director By Simona Beltrami Marking International Day of Peace today, the World Food Programme (WFP)’s Executive Director David Beasley is adamant: “There’s no two ways about it — we can’t end hunger unless we put an end to conflict.” As the world stands on the brink of a hunger pandemic, with the impact of coronavirus threatening to almost double the number of acutely hungry people to 270 million, those living in conflict-affected areas are suffering the most. According to the Global…

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