Monday 24 July 2017
(AFP (eng) 07/06/17)
The costs of diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa could double to almost $60 billion annually just 13 years from now, as obesity fuels an explosion of the disease, a report said Thursday. In 2015, the overall diabetes cost in the region was nearly $20 billion (18 billion euros), or 1.2 percent of total economic production, according to research published by The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. This included medication and hospital stays, and loss of labour productivity due to illness or death. About half of all treatment costs were paid for by patients themselves.
(The News 07/04/17)
The Rwanda Formed Police Unit (RWAFPU II) currently deployed in the capital Juba under the UN Mission in South Sudan have joined efforts to raise awareness against Sexual and Gender Based Violence (GBV). The awareness, which was launched last week, is being conducted through a football tournament organized by the UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), to which Rwanda police peacekeepers took part. The tournament brought together 8 football teams including RWAFPU II , UNMISS Female Team, IDP Female Team, Nepal I FPU, China Battalion, Ethiopia Battalion, Nepal Battalion, IDPs (PoC I) and IDPs (PoC III). The RWAFPU II beat Ethiopia 3-1 before seeing off Nepal 1with a 2-1 win to qualify for the finals. The Rwandan peacekeepers will play...
(Voice of America 07/04/17)
GENEVA — The U.N. children’s fund warns tens of thousands of malnourished children are at great risk in Yemen, Somalia and South Sudan, which are on the brink of famine. UNICEF reports an estimated 4.7 million children in the cholera-stricken countries are malnourished. Of these, UNICEF spokesman Christofe Boulierac tells VOA, more than one million are suffering from severe acute malnutrition. “Let me remind you that a child who is suffering from severe acute malnutrition are nine times more likely to die of disease than a well-nourished child," he said. "So, having cholera and diarrhea in countries where so many children are so fragile because of malnutrition among other things because of such a bad access to safe water is...
(RFI(EN) 07/04/17)
New tax rules in Israel could leave hundreds of African migrants worse off than they are. In May, the government introduced a new deposit law, enabling the governemnt to take 20 percent of migrants' salaries each month and place it out of reach. The money can only be accessed once they leave the country. Rights groups say the policy is designed to force them out of the country. "We're not pressuring you to leave but will make your life miserable so you decide to leave," Anwar Suliman, a Darfuri refugee living in Israel since 2008, told RFI . "Every time the state makes a different law, different pressure, but we said we can't go back right now." Suliman fled Darfur...
(AFP (eng) 07/03/17)
War crimes judges will Thursday hand down an eagerly anticipated ruling on whether South Africa flouted international law by failing to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in 2015, wanted for genocide in Darfur. The landmark decision will serve as a blueprint for future cooperation between countries and the International Criminal Court, experts say. It will also highlight that the tribunal based in The Hague can only function with the support of its member states and the backing of the UN Security Council. "The ruling is... fundamental for future compliance," said Carsten Stahn, international criminal law professor at Leiden University. A decision against South Africa "would send an important message that states cannot negotiate (their) legal obligations with the court," he...
(AFP (eng) 07/03/17)
Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir will visit Moscow for the first time in August following an invitation from his Russian counterpart to discuss regional and international issues, the foreign minister said Monday. The announcement of Bashir's Russia visit comes days before the United States is expected to announce if it will permanently lift a 20-year trade embargo on Khartoum. "President Bashir will visit Russia in the second half of August following an invitation from President Vladimir Putin," Sudan's Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour said in a statement. The visit aims to enhance bilateral relations in the areas of economy, commerce and politics, he said. "Russia has been a key supporter of Sudan in the UN Security Council and other international organisations, and...
(AFP (eng) 07/03/17)
Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir on Sunday extended a unilateral ceasefire for nearly four months in the war-torn regions of Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan, state media said. The decision to extend the ceasefire from July 2 to October 31 comes days before the United States is expected to announce if it will permanently lift a 20-year trade embargo on Khartoum. Sudan's official news agency SUNA said Bashir signed on Sunday an order to extend the ceasefire until October 31, describing it as "part of the government's initiative to bring peace to Sudan". In June 2016, Bashir declared a unilateral four-month...
(APA 07/03/17)
Sudan’s President Omar Bashir on Sunday has extended ceasefire for 4 months in Darfur and Blue Nile and south Kordfan where rebels have been fighting the government forces for many years. The president decree comes a week ahead of the American president Donald Trump is preparing to decide whether to left or maintain the 20 –year American sanctions on Sudan which were imposed for reasons including the conflict of Darfur , Sudan"s human right records, and sponsoring international terrorism. However, the Decree has extended the ceasefire on all military operation scenes, starting from 2nd of July 2017 and ending on 31th October In a statement , the president said the decision " within the context of implementing the outcome and...
(APA 07/03/17)
Meetings of the Joint Political and Security Committee (JPSC) between South Sudan and Sudan scheduled to be held in Juba shortly after Eid Al Fitr, was postponed due to logistical reasons, a South Sudanese official said. Mawien Makol Ariik, the foreign affairs ministry spokesman, on Monday announced for the second time the delay of security meetings to discuss pending issues between the two countries and allegations of rebel support on both sides, rather than using the media to blame each other. Mr Mawien told reporter that a new date will be fixed for the talks later on. South Sudan broke away from Sudan in July, 2011, following a referendum held in January of that year.
(APA 07/03/17)
Foreign Ministers of African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troop contributing countries on Monday met on the sidelines of the 29th AU Summit in Addis Ababa for a briefing on the joint AU-UN AMISOM review that involves financing a regional force. Early this year, troop contributing countries to the AMISOM were raising concerns over delayed financial and logistical support to the forces meant to stabilize the Horn of Africa country. The meeting dwells on resolving lack of resources AMISOM is facing which will force it to withdraw earlier than expected, and if this is to happen AMISOM has to draw its own exit strategy, a statement from Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said The ministry said the foreign ministers...
(AFP (eng) 07/01/17)
Sudan insisted on Saturday that it respected media and religious freedoms after the United States said it was "very concerned" about Khartoum's human rights record. Washington raised its concerns just two weeks before President Donald Trump is due to decide whether to permanently lift a 20-year-old US trade embargo on Khartoum. "Sudan enjoys freedom of press with more than 30 newspapers supporting government as well as opposition views published daily," the foreign ministry said in a statement. "Sudan also enjoys...
(AFP (eng) 07/01/17)
The UN Security Council's decision to cut peacekeepers in Darfur shows the conflict in Sudan's war-torn region is a "closed chapter", the foreign ministry said on Friday. The council on Thursday unanimously adopted a resolution that will reduce the number of troops and police serving in the joint African Union-UN mission in Darfur known as UNAMID by at least 30 percent. Deployed in 2007, UNAMID has about 16,000 blue helmets on the ground who are tasked with protecting civilians in the war between Sudanese government forces and ethnic minority rebel groups that erupted in 2003. "The ministry of foreign affairs welcomes the cut in UNAMID mission," a statement said. "The UN Security Council resolution confirms that Darfur is now a...
(AFP (eng) 06/30/17)
The United States remains "very concerned" about Sudan's human rights record given the restrictions on religious and media freedoms in the country, the US embassy in Khartoum said. The statement posted on the embassy's Facebook page on Thursday comes ahead of a decision by President Donald Trump on July 12 on whether to permanently lift Washington's 20-year-old trade embargo on Khartoum. "The United States remains very concerned about Sudan's human rights record, including the continued closing of political space, and restrictions on religious freedom, freedom of expression, including press freedom," the embassy said. The protection of human rights is "deeply intertwined with peace and security," it said, adding that the embassy...
(APA 06/30/17)
The Federation of Football association FIFA has decided to suspend activities of football in Sudan following government interference in election of Sudan Football association (SFA), reports said on Friday. There was fear that Sudan football would be suspended after a group backed by Government and led by a Former Sudan's Defense minister Abdo AL Rahman Ser-Alkhatem was declared a winner of SFA, despite an ordered by FIFA to Suspend the The Elections for six months following fears of political interference. One month later it was reported police officers with an order from Sudan’s ministry of Justice evacuated the main building of SFA and chased the original Heads before handing it over to the government group. According to a letter sent...
(AFP (eng) 06/28/17)
Suspected acute diarrhoea has killed 38 Sudanese in the past month and 317 since August 2016, the UN said Wednesday, warning the outbreak could worsen ahead of the rainy season. The UN children's agency -- or UNICEF -- said cases of suspected acute diarrhoea were reported across 12 of the North African country's 18 states during this period. "Over 16,600 cases of acute watery diarrhoea in the past 10 months alone were reported with 317 deaths, which is a rate double than the alert level," UNICEF said, raising a previous death toll of 279 reported by UN agencies in late May. The central state of White Nile was the most affected, UNICEF said in a statement, with more than 5,800...
(AFP (eng) 06/28/17)
Sudan expressed hopes on Tuesday that a US court's decision to partially reinstate a travel ban that includes its citizens will not harm its bid to have American sanctions lifted. The US Supreme Court on Monday partially reinstated President Donald Trump's travel ban imposing restrictions on citizens from Sudan, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Syria. The ruling comes just weeks ahead of an expected decision by Trump on whether to permanently lift the United States' 20-year-old trade embargo on the North African country. "Sudan hopes the decision on sanctions should not be impacted by this latest decision," senior foreign ministry official Abdelghani Elnaim said in a statement. Elnaim said Khartoum had made "progress" on meeting conditions for Washington to permanently...
(AFP (eng) 06/28/17)
The generic version of the most advanced drug against HIV has been introduced in Kenya, a first in Africa where more than 25 million have the disease, the NGO Unitaid said Wednesday. The drug, Dolutegravir (DTG) is the anti-retroviral drug of choice for those living with HIV in developed countries, but its high price has put it out of reach for most struggling with the disease in Africa. "The generic DTG has two advantages: on the one hand, it is very good from a pharmaceutical point of view. On the other hand, it is much cheaper," said Robert Matiru of Unitaid, which works to reduce the costs of medicines treating AIDS, tuberculosis or malaria. He described the drug as "the...
(APA 06/23/17)
Sudanese First Vice President and Prime Minister Bakri Hassan Salih has discussed the lifting of economic sanctions on Sudan with U.S. Chargé d’ Affaires Steven Koutsis. The meeting took place on Thursday night in presidential office in Khartoum, after a three-day visit by the American diplomat to three states in the western Sudan region of Darfur, where he inspected the humanitarian situation of the internally displaced civilians and South Sudanese refugees. In a report by the official news agency SUNA, Koutsis said he briefed the first vice president on his visit to Darfur, and discussed with him bilateral relations. "The meeting touched on Sudanese-US relations, especially the lifting of the US sanctions on Sudan," Koutsis confirmed. The U.S diplomat added...
(APA 06/23/17)
The opposition Sudanese Communist Party rejected the decision to reduce the African Union-United Nations (UNAMID) mission in Darfur. The party warned against a breakdown of the security situation after the withdrawal of UNAMID before completing its tasks in the protection of unarmed civilians in the troubled region. "Despite the Sudanese Communist Party's reservations about the presence of any foreign forces in our country, the dangers facing the people of Darfur in their lives and the security of their communities have made it necessary for the party to approve the deployment of UNAMID in the hope that this force will contribute to stopping violence and protecting the lives of citizens," Central Committee of the Party said in Statement on Thursday. The...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/23/17)
DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sadick Thenest remembers how his 8-year-old daughter had a narrow brush with death two years ago, when she contracted cholera after drinking contaminated water. “She was so gaunt, weak and had terrible diarrhea,” said the refugee from Burundi. “A slight delay in rushing her to hospital would have meant something else - but with God’s grace she survived.” The father of four, aged 35, is among thousands of refugees grappling with frequent outbreaks of waterborne diseases in the crowded Nyarugusu camp in western Tanzania, due to poor sanitation. “Living in a refugee camp is a constant struggle. You either stick to health rules or contract diseases,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by...

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