Saturday 27 May 2017
(Xinhuanet 02/22/17)
Official Sudanese statistics indicate that the number of homeless children in the capital Khartoum alone tops 6,000, while some organizations set the number at 13,000. The homeless or street children are suffering from miserable conditions and they are living in streets, abandoned buildings, tunnels and sewers, besides that they are exposed to physical and psychological abuse, not to mention that they do not have access to education. Mujaddidon Organization, a Sudanese NGO, established an open street school on the Nile Avenue in the Sudanese capital Khartoum targeting mainly street children or homeless children. The organization attracts these children to join the open school in return for provision of meals for them. "The project tends to rehabilitate the category of street...
(Xinhuanet 02/22/17)
Africa Energy Indaba, the continent's premier energy event, kicked off in Johannesburg on Monday with the aim of finding solutions to the continent's energy future. The three-day conference is being attended by the governments' representatives, business and funders. The meeting seeks to unleash the continent's potential by coming up with an energy mix to develop Africa. Dr. Garth Strachan, Deputy Director General and Head of Gas Industrialization Unit in South Africa's Department of Trade and Industry said the recent discoveries of gas in Mozambique, Angola and Tanzania provides a huge opportunity for the continent. He said there is a need for the countries to work together to tap benefits from the gas for the good of the continent. Strachan said...
(The Guardian 02/21/17)
Dialogue with Sudan to tackle migrant numbers is putting UK and EU’s reputation for championing human rights at risk, says parliamentary committee. UK and European Union attempts to reduce migration from Sudan risk giving legitimacy to its government, which has been accused of human rights abuses, politicians have warned. The focus on cutting migration from Sudan “is likely to push the UK towards institutions and individuals with whom we differ on principle”, said a report by MPs and peers (pdf) on the all-party parliamentary group for Sudan and South Sudan. Mark Durkan, the APPG’s chairman, said official language, which depicts the efforts as humanitarian engagement to tackle
(Bloomberg 02/21/17)
Ashish Thakkar, who co-founded Africa banking conglomerate Atlas Mara Ltd. with ex-Barclays Plc head Bob Diamond, lost a ruling over the ownership of family assets in a London divorce case, with a judge questioning Thakkar’s truthfulness. Judge Philip Moor ruled that Thakkar, and not his mother and sister, was the owner of disputed assets in the divorce. He found that the 35-year-old owned 100 percent of Mara Group Holdings Ltd. and other corporate entities. The result will have ramifications in the proceedings where a judge will have to decide how much Thakkar -- described in videos posted on his foundation’s website as "Africa’s Youngest Billionaire" -- is worth. Thakkar says he has assets of 445,532 pounds ($553,000) while his wife,...
(AFP (eng) 02/16/17)
Assailants firing machine guns staged a raid Thursday on a market in Sudan's war-scarred Darfur, sending schoolchildren and shoppers into flight, officials and residents said. The day-time raid in North Darfur's capital of El-Fasher came as the government continues to claim that the conflict in Darfur -- a huge region the size of France -- has ended. The attack in an eastern district of the town that also houses several government buildings came weeks after gunmen in military uniforms killed eight people in the mountainous Jebal Marra area of Darfur. Gunmen in several vehicles stormed the market and began firing and looting shops, a resident told AFP. The attack began at around 12:30 pm (0930 GMT), he said, adding that...
(Xinhuanet 02/16/17)
The United Nations International Children's Fund (UNICEF), Sudan office, on Wednesday launched an appeal to raise 110 million U.S. dollars to meet humanitarian needs for children in Sudan. The appeal is part of a UNICEF annual global Humanitarian Action for Children, which aims at mobilizing resources and drawing attention to the plight of children worldwide, Abdullah Fadil, UNICEF representative to Sudan said in a statement Wednesday. UNICEF in Sudan is planning to reach over two million children this year across the country, he added. About 13 percent of African children who suffer from severe acute malnutrition are in Sudan, the statement said. Figures show that two million children under the age of five are acutely malnourished, 550,000 of them severely...
(AFP (eng) 02/15/17)
Sub-Saharan Africa, where more than a half billion people live without electricity, trails the world in government policies that promote sustainable energy, according to a new World Bank report Wednesday. Much of the rest of the world, however, has made strides toward making energy broadly available, developing renewable power sources and increasing efficiency, the inaugural Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy report said. In a survey of 111 countries, the World Bank found that through 2015 nearly 80 percent had begun to adopt policies to expand electrical grids, connecting them to solar and wind generation, and to help make electric utilities creditworthy and financially viable while keeping energy prices down. More than a third of countries, home to 96 percent of...
(Sudan Tribune 02/14/17)
President Omer al-Bashir Monday has asserted that Abyei remains a Sudanese territory pointing that the national authorities perform their full administrative duties. Bashir made his remarks over the disputed area in a meeting with a delegation of the Sudanese Women parliamentarians’ Caucus headed by MP Wafa Mekki Ali. "Sudanese President reaffirmed that Abyei is a Sudanese territory and every Sudanese can apply for all the identification documents from Abyei," reported the news agency SUNA. The official news agency didn’t explain why al- Bashir made this statement. But seemingly the women group raised the administrative difficulties Sudanese are facing in the disputed area which is without official institutions. In March 2015, speaking from Al-Fula the capital of West Kordofan state, Sudanese...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/14/17)
Standard Chartered will consider whether it can restart correspondent banking relationships with Sudan following the proposed lifting of U.S. sanctions, a senior executive said. Anurag Bajaj, who oversees the British-based lender’s correspondent banking business, where it provides services for other banks, said the bank was reviewing the implications of last month’s move by the outgoing Obama administration to unfreeze assets and remove financial sanctions in return for its help in fighting Islamic State and other groups. The sanctions relief will come in six months if Sudan takes further steps to improve its human rights record and makes progress resolving its military conflicts. “How significant the unravelling of the sanctions are [in Sudan] we will look at,” Bajaj, Standard Chartered’s global...
(Voice of America 02/14/17)
U.S. President Donald Trump made his first phone calls to African heads of state Monday, speaking with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and South African President Jacob Zuma. Nigeria and South Africa said the calls were made at the request of the U.S. president, who until now has said little about Africa or African issues since assuming office last month. The Nigerian presidency said Trump and Buhari discussed issues of terrorism, and said Trump assured Buhari the United States is ready to make a new deal to help Nigeria "in terms of military weapons." The statement said Trump also commended Buhari for the strides Nigeria is making against Islamist radical group Boko Haram, and invited Buhari to come to Washington at...
(Xinhuanet 02/13/17)
The Sudanese police on Sunday downplayed an explosion that earlier took place inside an apartment at a neighborhood of the Sudanese capital Khartoum. "A simple explosion took place inside an apartment due to a home-made bomb that a particular defendant started to build before it explodes," said Sudanese police in a statement. "The materials seized are not considered highly explosives as appeared in the light effects left at the scene of the incident," it added. The police further said it found inside the apartment local materials used in making home-made explosives along with foreign passports. It reiterated that it would resolve the crime and arrest the defendants within hours. The Sudanese police raided on Sunday an apartment inhabited by foreigners...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/13/17)
Standard Chartered will consider whether it can restart correspondent banking relationships with Sudan following the proposed lifting of U.S. sanctions, a senior executive said. Anurag Bajaj, who oversees the British-based lender's correspondent banking business, where it provides services for other banks, said the bank was reviewing the implications of last month's move by the outgoing Obama administration to unfreeze assets and remove financial sanctions in return for its help in fighting Islamic State and other groups. The sanctions relief will come in six months if Sudan takes further steps to improve its human rights record and makes progress resolving its military conflicts. "How significant the unravelling of the sanctions are [in Sudan] we will look at," Bajaj, Standard Chartered's global...
(AFP (eng) 02/11/17)
Hours after an American court struck down a controversial travel ban, Mohamed al-Khatim's family began finalising plans to leave Sudan, despite concerns over their new life in the US. Going to the United States has been a seven-year dream, but he worries that US President Donald Trump's speeches have created a hostile atmosphere. "This American president's speeches are feeding hatred in American society and on the streets of the US," Khatim said. "If I'm going for a better life than in my country, this kind of talk makes me hesitate." Trump's executive order banning refugees and nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Sudan, had put the family's plans on hold. But last week a Seattle court struck down the ban,...
(AFP (eng) 02/10/17)
A veteran Swiss archaeologist has unearthed three temples in Sudan built thousands of years ago, a discovery he says promises to throw new light on Africa's buried ancient past. The round and oval shaped structures dating from 1,500 to 2,000 BC were found late last year not far from the famed archaeological site of Kerma in northern Sudan. Charles Bonnet, 83, considered a master student of Sudan's rich archeological heritage, told AFP that the sites unearthed during recent digs were unlike anything so far discovered. "This architecture is unknown ... there is no example in central Africa or in the Nile Valley of this architecture," Bonnet said as he wrapped up his months-long excavation. The temples were found at Dogi...
(AFP (eng) 02/10/17)
Up to 18 players at the just-completed Africa Cup of Nations could be involved in the new-look CAF Champions League when it kicks off this weekend. Among them is Georges Bokwe, one of two unused goalkeepers in the Cameroon squad that defeated Egypt in the final last Sunday in Gabon. Bokwe was kept out of the starting line-up by the consistent brilliance of Spain-based Fabrice Ondoa, who was included in the team of the tournament. But Bokwe is the first choice for regular Champions League entrants Coton Sport from northern Cameroon cotton town Garoua. Coton qualified for the 2008 final, losing to Al Ahly of Egypt, but have fared poorly recently with first round exits in the past two seasons...
(Standard Digital 02/09/17)
Hundreds of business and political personalities yesterday attended a German-African economic summit in Nairobi, where German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Mueller talked about his “Marshall Plan” for Africa. The plan is “with Africa, not for Africa,” Mueller (pictured) said, stressing that it would be based on cooperation between equals rather than the principles of traditional development aid. The plan, which Mueller presented to the German parliament’s development committee on Wednesday, is based on fair trade conditions, investment and increasing aid for educational projects. One of the goals of the plan, which the German opposition received with scepticism, is to curb migratory flows from Africa to Europe. Mueller called on German companies to focus on Africa, which he...
(AL Jazeera 02/08/17)
The EU must espouse a transnational approach with a clear development agenda that replaces its current security policy. One year ago, 22-year-old Patrick left Douala, the largest city in Cameroon, to become a football star in Europe. A talented midfielder and an ambitious young man, Patrick felt compelled to reach Europe to help him to realise his dreams. But, as he passed through Agadez in Niger, which has become a major transit hub for migrants taking the Central Mediterranean route, reality proved to be grimmer than he had anticipated. Patrick and two of his male relatives, also travelling from Douala, were beaten, robbed and held captive by organised predatory groups. Finally, their tumultuous journey came to an end in Algeria,...
(AFP (eng) 02/07/17)
Sudanese security agents on Monday brought home a four-month-old baby girl whose parents were killed in Libya while fighting for the jihadist Islamic State group, a security official said. The infant, born to Sudanese parents, was brought to Khartoum after the Libyan Red Crescent alerted Sudan's powerful National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS). "The mother and father of the baby were IS fighters who were killed in Sirte during the fighting to liberate" the city from the group, the Sudanese Media Centre (SMC) reported Brigadier Tijani Ibrahim of NISS as saying. The baby's mother had travelled to Libya in August 2015
(Xinhuanet 02/07/17)
The Sudanese government renewed on Monday its support for the restoration of legitimacy in Yemen. The remarks came at a meeting between Sudanese Oil Minister Mohamed Zayed Awad and his Yemeni counterpart visiting Saif Al-Sharif. "Sudan has renewed its stand with Yemen and support for the restoration of legitimacy," al-Sharif told reporters after the meeting. He also commended Sudan's continued support for Yemen in all political, military and diplomatic fields. Sudan is taking part in the operations of a Saudi-led Arab coalition against the Houthi rebels in Yemen.
(AFP (eng) 02/06/17)
Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir accused the Egyptian government of harbouring and backing Sudanese opposition figures fighting his troops, in remarks broadcast on Sunday. In his first such accusation against Cairo, Bashir said in an interview broadcast by Al-Arabiya that Sudanese opposition figures were "backed by Egyptian intelligence services". "We raise this issue every time when we meet Egyptian officials," said Bashir. Sudanese troops are fighting rebels in three conflict regions -- Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan. "Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is a good man and he is my friend, but it's the Egyptian intelligence that I am accusing," he said. "I'm not accusing President Sisi. I'm accusing the regime." Bashir also denied allegations that Khartoum was hosting several...

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