Tuesday 17 October 2017
(Bloomberg 08/21/17)
GreenWish Partners, a renewable energy company run by a former Morgan Stanley executive, is planning to invest $800 million on solar-powered telecommunications towers across Africa. The project could fuel economic growth by providing power for essential services. Sub-Saharan Africa has the lowest rates of energy access in the world and is home to about half of the world’s 1.2 billion people without reliable electricity, according to the International Energy Agency. The problem extends to businesses as well as households, cutting into productivity and growth. “We reduce the total cost of power by 30 percent,” said Charlotte Aubin-Kalaidjian, the founder and chief executive officer of GreenWish, who was formerly a managing director at Morgan Stanley Investment Management. “Smaller towers can run...
(AfricaNews 08/18/17)
Hailemariam Desalegn, the Ethiopian Prime Minister has identified poverty as the main underlying factor of instability in the Horn of Africa region. He added that economic integration was a sure means to secure the region. The 52-year-old Premier who just ended a three-day official visit to Sudan was addressing Khartoum-based diplomatic community and Sudanese intellectuals. His research paper titled: ‘Horn of Africa: Possibilities of an Economic Community,’ stressed the need for the region despite its security challenges to build global competitiveness via economic integration. The time is now for Africans to play their role by filling the market gap observed at the global level. “The time is now for Africans to play their role by filling the market gap observed...
(AFP (eng) 08/17/17)
South Sudan's brutal civil war has forced more than one million people to flee to neighbouring Uganda alone, with another million seeking refuge elsewhere in the region, the UN's refugee agency said Thursday. The UNHCR said additional funds were desperately needed to help the refugees flooding into Uganda, adding that most were women and children fleeing "barbaric violence". Over the past year, an average of 1,800 South Sudanese have arrived in Uganda every single day, it said. South Sudan, the world's youngest nation, descended into civil war in December 2013, just two years after it split from the north. Thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced by the violence, which briefly plunged part of the country into famine...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/17/17)
The number of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda hit one million on Thursday, the United Nations said, as hundreds of desperate families pour across the border every day seeking a haven from the civil war. The conflict in South Sudan has created Africa's biggest refugee crisis since the 1994 Rwandan genocide, and U.N. agencies are receiving a fraction of the cash they need to provide food and shelter. But the crowds keep flowing across rickety wooden bridges near the northwestern Ugandan border town of Busia, staggering under the weight of babies and a few pots or bundles of clothing balanced on their heads. Women and children make up more than 85 percent of the arrivals. "Two weeks ago my husband's...
(Xinhuanet 08/17/17)
Chinese companies and medical team members operating in Sierra Leone on Wednesday donated 200,000 U.S. dollars in cash as well as other materials towards the efforts of the government in trying to support people affected by the flood and mudslide disaster. The disaster, which struck the outskirts of the West African nation's capital city Freetown on Monday buried hundreds of Sierra Leoneans in various communities, including Regent, Mount Sugar-Loaf, Kamayama, Kaningo and Dworzark, among others. The incident, apparently the worst of its kind in the country's history, also left thousands of people homeless across the city of Freetown. Speaking during the donation ceremony, charge d'affaires at the Chinese Embassy Wang Xinmin said the people of China are with Sierra Leone...
(Xinhuanet 08/17/17)
Under the scorching sun, midwives at a tented health facility here at the world's largest refugee settlement are taking care of over 20 pregnant mothers, among them some teenagers. The midwives at Bidi Bidi Reception Health Center III said the numbers can reach up to 300 mothers per month. These mothers, mostly South Sudanese, are being treated by only two midwives. As the number of South Sudanese refugees continues to grow internally, the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced on Thursday that over one million South Sudanese have crossed to Uganda since the fighting started in 2013. The refugee agency warned that the number of the refugees is swelling against dwindling service provision. Uganda needs 674 million...
(AFP (eng) 08/16/17)
The UN's refugee chief said Tuesday a long period of exile lies ahead for South Sudanese refugees fleeing the war that erupted in their country after it split from the north. Tens of thousands of South Sudanese have been killed and millions displaced since the world's youngest country fell into a civil war less than three years after it seceded in 2011. Urging crowds of refugees at Al-Nimir camp in the Sudanese state of East Darfur to "be strong and hopeful", Filippo Grandi said it was about time leaders of South Sudan ended a war that continues to rage on. "I must confess that I think it may be a long-term exile" for the refugees who continue to flee from...
(AFP (eng) 08/15/17)
The UN's refugee chief said Tuesday a long period of exile lies ahead for South Sudanese refugees fleeing a war that erupted in their country after it split from the north. Tens of thousands of South Sudanese have been killed and millions displaced since the world's youngest country fell into a civil war less than three years after it seceded in 2011. Urging crowds of refugees at Al-Nimir camp in the Sudanese state of East Darfur to "be strong and hopeful", Filippo Grandi said it was about time leaders of South Sudan ended a war that continued to rage on. "I must confess that it may be a long term exile" for the refugees who continue to flee from their...
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead next year, Gates said in an interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital. “It’s quite clear that they won’t make those drastic cuts,” Gates said. “I’m hopeful they won’t make any cuts at all, but that’s still subject to...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/11/17)
Heavy fighting erupted on Friday in the South Sudanese town of Pagak near the border with Ethiopia when rebels launched an offensive against government forces, the rebels said. Rebel spokesman Lam Paul Gabriel told Reuters that the rebels were seeking to regain Pagak, which was captured by government forces on Aug. 7. "We decided to launch an attack on them because Pagak is our base. They took it from us and we want to take it back," Gabriel said. "We cannot say right now that we are in full control but we are going towards taking control." Dickson Gatluak Jock, a spokesman for the forces of South Sudan's First Vice President Taban Deng Gai, confirmed that they were engaged in...
(Xinhuanet 08/11/17)
The Chinese government on Thursday handed over 1,500 tonnes of rice as emergency food aid to hunger-stricken South Sudan. In April, Beijing pledged to provide 8,800 tonnes of rice to the war-torn East African nation to help fight the severe food shortage. Li Xiangfeng, charge d'affaires of the Chinese Embassy in South Sudan said the first batch of 60 containers of rice has already been handed to South Sudan's Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (RRC) and more are expected to arrive in the coming months. The envoy said China attaches great importance to the bilateral friendship and cooperation between Beijing and Juba. "As a true friend and sincere partner of South Sudan, China will continuously provide strong support to South Sudan...
(Xinhuanet 08/10/17)
The German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Thursday urged President Salva Kiir to involve the armed opposition in the ongoing national dialogue process launched last year to help end more than four years of violence. Sigmar told journalists in Juba after he held talks with South Sudanese leaders that the two warring sides need to dialogue rather than pursue endless military solution to the violence. "Still there is no alternative to this peace process because neither of the two sides in this conflict can win the conflict militarily. And therefore we support the vision of the President to launch the national dialogue," he revealed. Sigmar added that the international community is still supporting the youngest nation with humanitarian support to...
(Andalou Agency 08/10/17)
Killings on Monday and Tuesday were revenge attacks, police say. At least 38 people were killed and 42 others injured in a tribal fight in South Sudan, security officials said Wednesday. Killings on Monday and Tuesday in the country’s remote northeast region of Cueibet appeared to be a revenge attack, after clashes between rival clans of the Dinka ethnic group in July, police said. “It is unfortunate that 38 people were killed and 42 more were injured in tribal violence over the last few days,” said Azuma Mangar, the police commissioner in Gok state, where the violence occurred. Mangar said that due to the ongoing civil war citizens have easy access to heavy ammunition including machine guns, which are now...
(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
The skull of an infant ape buried by a volcano 13 million years ago has preserved intriguing clues about the ancestor humans shared with apes -- including a likely African origin, scientists said Wednesday. A previously-unknown creature that shared an extended family with the human forefather, had a flat face like that of our far-flung cousin the gibbon, but did not move like one, its discoverers wrote in the journal Nature. They named it Nyanzapithecus alesi after "ales" -- the word for "ancestor" in the Turkana language of Kenya, where the lemon-sized skull was unearthed. The sole specimen is that of an infant that would have grown to weigh about 11 kilogrammes (24 pounds) in adulthood. It had a brain...
(AFP (eng) 08/09/17)
More than 20 million people are at risk from famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and the northeast of Nigeria, the United Nations warned on Wednesday. The Security Council officially declared for the first time that the threat was directly linked to the armed conflicts raging in the afflicted areas. "The Security Council notes the devastating impact on civilians of ongoing armed conflict and violence," the 15-member UN body said. The declaration added that the council "also emphasizes with deep concern that ongoing conflicts and violence have devastating humanitarian
(Xinhuanet 08/09/17)
South Sudan plans to construct road projects, oil pipeline and oil refinery after government forces captured the rebel stronghold of Pagak near Ethiopia border. Speaking to Xinhua on Wednesday, South Sudan's Ambassador to Ethiopia James Morgan said despite Ethiopia and South Sudan signing an economic Memorandum of Understanding early this year, the lack of control by South Sudan government forces bordering Ethiopia had hindered implementation of the agreement. Although South Sudan gained independence in July 2011 from Sudan, less than three years later, it plunged into a civil war pitting forces broadly loyal to President Salva Kiir against those of his Ex-Deputy Riek Machar South Sudan plans to build a road project and oil pipeline from the oil fields to...
(Xinhuanet 08/09/17)
Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on Wednesday vowed to revitalize the stalled South Sudan peace process. IGAD Director of Peace and Security Tewolde Gebremeskel told Xinhua in Nairobi that they are currently developing a matrix that will outline timelines to return the country to stability. "The matrix will soon be presented to the Heads of States of IGAD member states for approval so that the stalled peace process in South Sudan is revived," Gebremeskel said. He said the implementation of the peace process stopped due to a split of the opposition wing of the transnational government. Gebremeskel said that the revitalized peace process will also include a provision for the development of a new constitution. "The constitution will play a...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/09/17)
About 120 Rwandan peacekeepers have arrived in South Sudan, United Nations said on Tuesday, the first detachment of 4,000 extra troops approved by the U.N. last year to help protect the capital of Africa's newest country. The U.N. approved the deployment in August after days of heavy fighting in Juba between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and those backing former Vice President Riek Machar. There are already 13,000 U.N. peacekeepers in South Sudan. South Sudan four-year civil war triggered by Kiir's sacking of Machar as his deputy. The men come from rival ethnic groups and the fighting, which has uprooted a quarter of the country's 12 million people, has been largely along tribal lines. The U.N. Secretary General's special...
(Voice of America 08/09/17)
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is calling for rapid action to prevent a cholera epidemic in South Sudan from spiraling out of control as the rainy season in the country progresses. More than 18,000 cases of cholera, including 328 deaths have been reported in South Sudan since June 2016. The International Organization for Migration warns the number of cases and deaths is likely to grow as the rainy season this year will leave as much as 60 percent of the country inaccessible by road. IOM spokeswoman, Olivia Headon, tells VOA a combination of factors including the ongoing crisis, the rainy season and the movement of displaced people across the country is making it extremely difficult to contain this deadly...
(Xinhuanet 08/09/17)
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) on Wednesday affirmed the commitment of his country to Africa and saw "great potential to grow and deepen trade relationship." Robert E. Lighthizer expressed this in opening speech of the ministerial plenary as part of the 16th Forum of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), on Wednesday here in Togolese capital Lome. "The United States is committed to Africa. We see great potential to grow and deepen our trade relationship, with the goal of establishing a true partnership for the future", Lighthizer said. "By lowering barriers and tackling other constraints that impede trade and investment, we are poised to see U.S.-Africa trade flourish", he said, underscoring that "much more work needs to be...

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