Wednesday 28 June 2017
(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...
(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...
(AFP (eng) 06/21/17)
A Sudanese military helicopter has crashed in Northern State, killing all four crew members on board, the army said on Wednesday, in the latest accident to hit its ageing fleet. The Russian-built Mi-17 helicopter crashed late on Tuesday due to "bad weather" in state capital Dongola, army spokesman Brigadier Ahmed Khalifa Shami said in a statement. "All four crew members on board were martyred." Sudan's fleet of Russian-manufactured aircraft has suffered several crashes in recent years, with the military frequently...
(AFP (eng) 06/21/17)
Sudanese authorities on Tuesday brought home from Libya eight children, including a one-year-old, whose parents are allegedly members of the Islamic State group. The children were flown into Khartoum from the Libyan capital Tripoli, an AFP correspondent said. "Thanks be to Allah, today eight children," were brought back from Libya, Brigadier Tijani Ibrahim of Sudan's powerful National Intelligence and Security Service (NSS) told reporters. Six of the children will be handed over to relatives while the state will take care of the other two because authorities could not find any next of kin, he said.
(APA 06/21/17)
A Sudanese military helicopter has crashed in northern Sudan, killing all four crew members, the Sudanese army said on Wednesday. The Mi-17 helicopter crashed on Tuesday night after taking-off on an official mission from Dongola town to Al-Daba town in northern Sudan, Sudanese army spokesman Ahmed Khalifa Al-Shami said in a statement. There were no survivors from the crash, the statement said, without disclosing the identities of the victims. It blamed “bad weather conditions” for the incident.
(Voice of America 06/21/17)
WASHINGTON DC — On June 5, Saudi Arabia and its allies, including Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of funding extremist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic State. In response, Qatar said it was the victim of a policy of “domination and control” by its larger neighbor and that Saudi Arabia was, in fact, the one responsible for backing extremism. So what is the truth? Fundamentalist strains of Islam, including...
(AFP (eng) 06/16/17)
War crimes judges will rule next month on whether South Africa flouted international law when it failed to arrest visiting Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in 2015, wanted on charges of genocide in Darfur. The International Criminal Court "convenes a public hearing on 6 July... for the delivery of its decision," the court said in a statement Friday. The tribunal based in The Hague "invites representatives of South Africa and the prosecutor to attend," it added. Pretoria, at an unprecedented hearing in April, disputed accusations by ICC prosecutors that...
(APA 06/16/17)
The Sudanese government welcomed the report of the UN Secretary-General to the Security Council, which decided to reduce the military component of UNAMID in Darfur, reports said on Friday. The report said the reduction would take place in two six-month periods in the first phase. Eight military battalions would be withdrawn from 16 battalions, with the remainder being withdrawn at the strategic review early next year, along with the reduction of the police and civilian component. "This is a happy...
(AFP (eng) 06/14/17)
Extortion, corruption and fear; violence, hunger and sometimes even death: for west African migrants dreaming of reaching Europe, the road to get there can be an absolute minefield. - Departure - Whether it's The Gambia, Ivory Coast, Senegal or Nigeria, everything starts with the "hustlers" -- slang for the middlemen or fixers who organise the trip. Their honesty and prices vary, with the would-be migrant usually deceived about the welcome expected in Europe. Many possess no official documents from their home country, and do not understand illegal status in Europe. Most are ignorant about the extreme difficulties they will encounter en route. "We didn't know we were risking our lives," said Kante Sekou...
(APA 06/14/17)
The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU PSC) has urged the government of Sudan to urgently implement its disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) programme, in order to disarm all armed militia, movements and civilians. The council’s push came at its 691st meeting held on 12 June 2017 at AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, where it adopted a decision on the situation in Darfur, Sudan, and the activities of the AU-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID). In...
(AFP (eng) 06/14/17)
Maria gave smugglers all her family savings and crossed three countries and the searing Libyan desert, but when she finally boarded a boat for Europe her dream was swiftly shattered. She was 24 and pregnant with her second child when she left Liberia with her husband and their three-year-old son. The family passed through Guinea and Mali before crossing southern Algeria to reach the Libyan desert. "The smugglers took all our money" -- more than $2,150 (2,000 euros), she said...
(AFP (eng) 06/13/17)
Uche's real journey had yet to begin but he had already spent four days in the northern Nigerian city of Kano after travelling on public buses and potholed roads from Imo state in the southeast. He planned to go to Agadez, a transit town on the southern edge of the Sahara desert in central Niger, take a truck to Sebha, in southwestern Libya, and from there to the capital Tripoli, and then to Italy or Spain. But his contact, who...
(AFP (eng) 06/12/17)
At least 279 people have died and thousands sickened in Sudan from suspected acute diarrhoea since August, UN agencies said Monday, raising health concerns in the country ahead of the rainy season. About 87 percent of those affected are children aged five and above from across 11 states including Khartoum, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Office (OCHA), said in its latest bulletin.
(APA 06/12/17)
The United States has announced a 1.5 million dollars support for the demining programme in Sudan at a donors' and non-governmental organizations meeting on demining organized by the permanent mission of Sudan in Geneva on Saturday. Sudan has previously complained weak external funding as a challenge in carrying out the activity. Sudan’s permanent representative in Geneva, Mustafa Osman Ismail, said they are working to provide a safe environment and development in areas affected by mines and wars. According to the...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/08/17)
More girls are completing secondary school across sub-Saharan Africa as attitudes change and state spending rises, but some of the most marginalized girls — like those married young or forced to work — are still missing out, education experts say. The percentage of girls completing secondary school has risen in all regions of Africa since 2005, said a recent report by the African Development Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the U.N. Development Program. Almost twice as...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/07/17)
Building a network of African women leaders in fields ranging from business to politics could galvanize female leadership across the continent and boost peacebuilding efforts and good governance, the head of U.N. Women said on Tuesday. The African Women Leaders Network, which was launched last week in New York by the United Nations and the African Union Commission, hopes to drive more women into leadership roles, through mentoring, peer learning and harnessing contacts. By supporting women's leadership in Africa, the...
(AFP (eng) 06/06/17)
A prominent Sudanese human rights activist detained for several months has been charged with spying for foreign embassies, an offence punishable by death, a prosecutor said on Monday. Mudawi Ibrahim Adam, an engineering professor at the University of Khartoum, was arrested in December by security forces as part of a crackdown on opposition leaders and activists. Prosecutor Babikir Abdel Latiff said that charges have been filed against Ibrahim Adam and that the activist will soon face trial. "He and some...
(Xinhuanet 06/06/17)
China has lodged solemn representations to Zambia for detaining 31 Chinese nationals, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying on Monday. "China never defends illegal actions, but opposes 'selective' law-enforcement actions against its citizens overseas," Hua said at a routine press briefing. According to Hua, the 31 Chinese nationals, who were working for copper smelting Chinese companies in the African country, were detained by police of Zambia's Copperbelt province for suspected illegal purchasing of copper tailing raw materials. Hua said...
(AFP (eng) 06/05/17)
A prominent Sudanese human rights activist detained for several months has been charged with spying for foreign embassies, an offence punishable by death, a prosecutor said on Monday. Mudawi Ibrahim Adam, an engineering professor at the University of Khartoum, was arrested in December by security forces as part of a crackdown on opposition leaders and activists. Prosecutor Babikir Abdel Latiff said that charges have been filed against Ibrahim Adam and that the activist will soon face trial. "He and some...
(Xinhuanet 06/02/17)
Sudanese Health Minister Bahar Idris Abu Garada on Friday said that watery diarrhea has killed 265 people and infected 16,121 others in 11 states of Sudan since August 2016 until now. In a report to the Sudanese parliament, the minister warned against increase of watery diarrhea infections and deterioration of the health conditions, saying "we expect the worse with the rainy season." According to the minister's report, Sudan's White Nile State registered the highest rate of infection with the disease...

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