Nigerian migrants returning home from Libya each come with their tale of horror – but few are more shocking than the ones told about a detention centre in the mountains, writes the BBC’s Stephanie Hegarty.
Africa heads in different directions – politically and economically
The African Union’s laudable objective of a ‘peaceful, prosperous and integrated’ continent likely to remain a distant dream African leaders will meet in Addis Ababa at the end of January to discuss the good news and the bad across the continent.
Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/02/africa-heads-different-directions-politically-economically
To Sate China’s Appetite, African Donkeys Are Stolen and Skinned
NAIROBI, Kenya — “This is the spot,” said Morris Njeru, gazing down at a tangled patch of farmland where he recently found the bloody corpses of David, Mukurino and Scratch — his last donkeys. Mr.
Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/02/science/donkeys-africa-china-ejiao.html
Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah & Sadio Mane to fly to Africa before Everton game
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says it is a matter of “respect” to allow Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane to go to an awards night in Ghana 24 hours before the FA Cup game against Everton.
Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/42536295
Gunmen kill 14 churchgoers after services in Nigeria
Gunmen killed at least 14 churchgoers returning from midnight services on Monday in Nigeria’s Rivers State, a police source said, after the latest violence to hit the oil-rich region.
Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/02/gunmen-kill–churchgoers-in-nigeria-shooting
Rwanda scheme shows saving lives can be as easy as getting blood from a drone
A Silicon Valley robotics company has teamed up with the Rwandan health ministry to hasten the delivery of vital medicines to hospitals in remote areas An ingenious drone delivery service known as “Uber for blood” has slashed the delivery time of life-saving medicine to remote region
Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/jan/02/rwanda-scheme-saving-blood-drone
Calestous Juma, 64, Dies; Sought Innovation in African Agriculture
Calestous Juma, a prominent global advocate for sustainable development in struggling countries, particularly in his native Africa, could trace his passion for technological innovation to his arduous childhood in colonial Kenya.
Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/01/science/calestous-juma-african-agriculture-dies.html
A widening budget gap is forcing the U.N. to slash food aid to refugees
MELKADIDA REFUGEE CAMP, Ethiopia — Eight years ago, Khadija Abdi fled the fighting and chaos in Somalia that killed her father and brother and made it across the border to a refugee camp in southern Ethiopia. Life isn’t so bad here, she says. Tents have gradually been replaced by huts.
Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/a-widening-budget-gap-is-forcing-the-un-to-slash-food-aid-to-refugees/2017/12/27/b34cfd40-e5b1-11e7-927a-e72eac1e73b6_story.html
Nigerian army says 700 Boko Haram captives have escaped
An army spokesperson, Col Timothy Antigha, said they had fled several islands in Lake Chad and arrived in the town of Monguno, in Borno state. There has been no independent verification of the army’s claim.
China’s ban on ivory trade comes into force
China has long been one of the world’s biggest markets for ivory, but as of 2018 all trade in ivory and ivory products in the country is illegal. The move is being hailed as a major development in efforts to protect the world’s elephant population.
Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-42532017