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June 8, 2011. The Consul General for Angola moved from her job in New York to a consular position in Houston. Dr Chika Onyeani, above, gave a speech in recognition of the great work she has been doing in African communities. Dr Chika Onyeani publishes African Sun Times, and is a prolific writer of intellectual works.

Pictures of dancers above right and on Aug Daily Updates. Also on Aug Daily Updates, picture of the Consul General Mrs Julia Machado Esq with Princess Tosin Mustapha and Dr Susanna.
The Republic of Angola
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The Portuguese colonized Angola, and left in 1975, and a civil war started which ended in 2002. Angola has a lot of oil, a lot of minerals and a lot of poverty. They banned Islam in 2013.

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Migrant Caravan Embarks From Honduras, Posing Challenge to Region
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Thu, 16 Jan 2020 01:16:11 GMT

El Salvador’s Endless Ordeal
The 1989 killings of six Jesuit priests caused an outcry that led to the end of the civil war. But the effects of that war are still sending migrants north.

Sat, 16 Nov 2019 02:10:07 GMT

La oleada histórica de niños migrantes que cruzan solos la frontera surge de la desesperación
Las detenciones han aumentado a medida que la agresiva política migratoria del gobierno de Donald Trump ha coincidido con un éxodo de niños que huyen de Centroamérica.

Wed, 30 Oct 2019 18:23:03 GMT

Detentions of Child Migrants at the U.S. Border Surges to Record Levels
Detentions have surged as the Trump administration’s aggressive policy toward migrants has collided with an exodus of children fleeing Central America.

Tue, 29 Oct 2019 21:48:41 GMT

Un marine veterano es deportado a El Salvador
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Mon, 28 Oct 2019 16:47:48 GMT

Marine Veteran Is Deported to El Salvador
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Fri, 25 Oct 2019 17:00:49 GMT

Building for Real With Digital Blocks
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Tue, 15 Oct 2019 15:45:30 GMT

Trump Attracts Central American Support for Hard-Line Migration Policies
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Wed, 25 Sep 2019 09:00:06 GMT

To Influence El Salvador, China Dangled Money. The U.S. Made Threats.
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Sat, 21 Sep 2019 16:00:12 GMT

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Fri, 20 Sep 2019 16:44:59 GMT

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Tanzanian court jails 8 fishermen for 3 years over illegal fishing
DAR ES SALAAM -- A Tanzanian court on Thursday jailed eight fishermen for three years each after it had convicted them of involvement in illegal fishing in a national park northwest of the country.,

The convicted fishermen will each serve the jail terms after they failed to pay fines.

Chato District Court in Geita region in northwest Tanzania also confiscated three boat engines and one fishing boat which the fishermen used for illegal fishing.

The court also ordered the burning of illegal fishing nets that were seized from the fishermen.

Erasto Anosisye, a state attorney, had told the court that police arrested the fishermen early this month in the Burigi-Chato National Park engaged in illegal fishing.

On Jan. 19, 2020, Tanzanian authorities declared a special crackdown on importers of illegal fishing gear saying the malpractice affected the fisheries industry in the east African nation.


Thu, 23 Jan 2020 10:55:46 GMT

Uganda on high alert as locusts approach common border with Kenya
KAMPALA-- Ugandan Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda on Wednesday said the country is on high alert as locusts draw close to the common border with Kenya.,

All nine ministries have been instructed to work together to collectively heighten the country's preparedness to prevent or handle the invasion, said Rugunda in a statement issued here.

The locusts have reached Kenya's Samburu and Turkana areas, which are close to Uganda's northeastern border, he said, citing relevant reports.

"This is an emergency, and all efforts and agencies must be on alert to play their role in a timely manner," Rugunda said.

He noted that the agriculture ministry has been instructed to submit a budget to the finance ministry to make clear the resources required to prevent the invasion.

The agriculture ministry earlier indicated that it needed a contingency fund of 1.35 million U.S. dollars to be used for aircraft fuel, pesticides and other supplies.

Rugunda said the government is in touch with Kenya to seek joint efforts to contain the locusts.

The prime minister urged the public to stock up food reserves as a precaution.

Experts have warned that an invasion of locusts would wreak havoc by destroying crops and vegetation and cause famine.

According to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, a very small swarm of locusts eat as much food in one day as about 35,000 people.

Uganda last experienced a major locust invasion 70 years ago, with immense damage on crops, according to the agriculture ministry,XINHUA.


Thu, 23 Jan 2020 10:46:09 GMT

Two-day national mourning declared after terrorist attacks in Burkina Faso
OUAGADOUGOU-- Burkina Faso's President Roch Marc Christian Kabore declared on Tuesday a 48-hour national mourning on Wednesday and Thursday in memory of the 36 civilians killed in Monday's terrorist attacks.,

Heavily armed men stormed into the villages of Alamou and Nagraogo in the West African country's central-north region on Monday, killing 36 civilians and setting fire to a local market.

Burkina Faso is faced with a worsening security situation in the northern regions where frequent militant attacks have sparked a wave of panic.

Since 2015, terrorist attacks in the country have killed over 700 people, including 200 soldiers, and displaced thousands of others,XINHUA.


Wed, 22 Jan 2020 13:20:29 GMT

Over 20 abducted school children rescued in Cameroon's troubled Anglophone region
YAOUNDE, -- Cameroonian troops on Tuesday rescued 24 school children held hostage by armed separatists in the country's restive English-speaking region of Meme division, an official said.,

The children were kidnapped early Tuesday from their school in the southwestern city of Kumba and "taken to the forest where the camp of the separatists is located," Ntou Ndong Chamberlain, senior officer of Meme division, told reporters Tuesday afternoon.

Two armed separatists were shot dead during the rescue operation and weapons and ammunitions were found, the official said.

The children, aged five-10, have been reunited with their families, he added.

Abductions have become rampant in the northwest and southwest Anglophone regions of Cameroon as general elections draw near.

Armed separatists have been clashing with government forces since 2017 in an attempt to establish an independent nation in the two regions,XINHUA.


Wed, 22 Jan 2020 13:17:45 GMT

Mohamed Wahab named Africa's best technical official of 2019
RABAT -- Morocco's Mohamed Wahab was named Africa's best technical official of 2019 by the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA).,

Wahab received the award in recognition of "the excellent work he has done as meeting director of the 12th African Games in Rabat", reported the MAP news agency.

Ethiopia's Hussen Shibo Chrfe was named 2019's best African coach on Tuesday in Lome, Togo, by CAA President Hamad Kalkaba Malboum.

Malboum is leading a delegation to the Togolese capital to inquire about preparations for the sixth edition of the African cross country championships, to be held there next April.


Wed, 22 Jan 2020 13:14:39 GMT

African unicorn Jumia looks to services, platforms to halt slide
LAGOS - E-commerce unicorn Jumia Technologies, which last year became Africa’s first tech firm to list in New York, will focus on proving it can turn a profit after a bruising 2019, one of its co-founders told Reuters. ,

Jeremy Hodara said the company aims to capitalize on its payment platform and infrastructure network and to boost revenue from services for third-party sellers on its online marketplace.

“We’re going to be extremely disciplined and very focused on our path to profitability,” Hodara told Reuters on Tuesday at the company’s office in Lagos.

Jumia, which hit a peak value of close to $4 billion, has seen its shares fall by nearly 70% since its IPO last April.

They tumbled after short-seller Citron Research cast doubt on its sales figures, which dealt a major blow to investor confidence.

Late last year, it shut its e-commerce service in Cameroon and Tanzania and halted food delivery in Rwanda. Hodara declined to say whether more markets could face the axe.

Its third-quarter adjusted EBITDA loss widened to 45 million euros, up nearly 27% from a year earlier, and as it burned through cash, analysts warned that raising more could be a challenge.

“Clearly it’s a bit uphill, but I think in the end if investors believe they’re going to make money on the story, they’re going to buy into it,” said Sarah Simon, senior analyst at Berenberg. “But they have to prove themselves.”

Hodara declined to comment on whether Jumia planned to seek more outside cash, but said that as the business scaled up, costs would come down. Improvements to its algorithms were also helping, he said.

JumiaPay, the company’s online payment platform, is a key part of the growth plan, Hodara said. The company is interested in making it and its logistics network available to third-parties, even those not selling on its e-commerce platform.

Jumia has tested this on a small scale, but said widespread access - where, for example, an individual could drop a package at a Jumia hub in Lagos and have it delivered to a friend in Nairobi - could come eventually.

“We have a very significant footprint of physical locations across the continent where we can inject packages and parcels and distribute it. That’s unique,” Hodara said.



Wed, 22 Jan 2020 13:12:28 GMT

Some Kenyans say Chinese-built railway leaves them in the dust
KIU, Kenya - The soporific buzz of bees fills the abandoned train station at Kiu, a two-hour drive from Kenya’s capital Nairobi. Rusting rail sleepers lay on the grass outside; a slender snake slithers away after footsteps disturb his sunbaked snooze. ,

A new Chinese-built rail track lies about 500 meters away from the old colonial-era railway station, which closed down in 2012. But the new high-speed trains thunder through without stopping; Kiu is just a dusty blur glimpsed through the window.

Residents of this eastern Kenya town serving 6,000 people, feel bereft without their station and the old railway line, which they depended on to get to work, or the nearest hospitals. Traveling by road is a slow and costly alternative.

Opened in 2017, the new $3.3 billion railway is part of China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative, a multi-trillion dollar series of infrastructure projects upgrading land and maritime trade routes between China and Europe, Asia and Africa.

The new railway sliced travel times in half for passengers and cargo traveling between the capital Nairobi and the port city of Mombasa. The non-express service takes just over four hours to make six stops but only runs once a day, a steep reduction from the 46 stops of the old service that ran twice a day.

“This new railway is just for the rich. We do not benefit,” said Thomas Mutevu, a welder in Kiu.

He used to commute to work in Nairobi by train every day, he said. But now the train no longer stops and it is too far and expensive by road, he has stopped commuting. Other Kiu residents who work in Nairobi now only come home at weekends, he added.

State-run Kenya Railways said the new line has boosted local travel. Passengers surged to 1.765 million in the year to June 2019, up from 1.239 million in the year to June 2018, as people who used to travel by road or air opt for the new train.

Cargo was up to five million tonnes last year, although some businesses complain they are being forced to use the new line.

The new rail sliced Emily Katembua’s farm in half. Although she was compensated, she struggles to get to the market without the train.

“The government should put a station here so we can benefit since we are traders who need to travel and sell our produce,” she said, surrounded by goats and sheep.  

Vegetable seller Margaret Njeri struggles to see a doctor without the old train. The nearest hospital is 24 kilometers away, mostly on an unpaved road.

Residents must now pay about 500 shillings ($4.93) to get there by motor-bike and minibus, five times what it used to cost on the old rail, they said. Taxis are only for emergencies – they cost 10,000 shillings, almost a month’s wages for a laborer.

“We have to wait on the road many hours for transport because the new railway does not have a stop here,” said Njeri.

Some want the old line, dubbed “the Lunatic Express” when British colonialists built it more than a century ago as it cost the lives of thousands of construction workers from British India and was considered a huge waste of British taxpayers money, revived as an attraction.

“It should actually be a steam train so you can actually see the smoke,” said Mohammed Hersi, the chairman of the Kenya Tourism Federation, a private sector lobby. “That would be something special.”


Wed, 22 Jan 2020 13:06:42 GMT

Tripoli airport closes again after rocket fire
TRIPOLI - The only functioning airport in Libya’s capital Tripoli closed on Wednesday after rockets were fired toward it, the airport said in a statement.,

A plane coming from Tunis trying to land at Tripoli’s Mitiga airport had been diverted to Misrata, a city about 200km (125 miles) east of Tripoli, the airport said on its website.

Mitiga had only reopened on Jan. 14 after months of closure following repeated air strikes, part of a nine-month campaign by eastern forces commanded by Khalifa Haftar to seize Tripoli from the internationally recognized government,REUTERS.


Wed, 22 Jan 2020 13:02:10 GMT

Whatever the weather: Southern Africa tries new hunger fixes
JOHANNESBURG - From drone-mapping in Mozambique to community radio weather programs in Zambia, aid agencies are innovating to help millions of people in drought-ravaged southern Africa prepare for climate threats and produce enough food on a warming planet.,

Across the region, a record 45 million people face growing levels of hunger due to repeated drought, widespread floods, lost harvests and an economic crisis in Zimbabwe, the World Food Programme (WFP) said last week.

A business-as-usual approach to providing aid will no longer do, humanitarian officials said.

“We cannot see food insecurity through an emergency lens alone,” said Michael Charles, head of the southern African office for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

“We will always be chasing shadows if we don’t take a step back, go back to the drawing board, and work as a collective on long-term solutions with more impact,” he added.

Failing to do so would be “devastating”, he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Over the past year, much of the central and western parts of southern Africa have experienced their lowest rainfall since 1981, according to the United Nations.

Lola Castro, WFP’s director for the region, told journalists last week a “silent catastrophe” was playing out.

The humanitarian innovation required to address it includes the use of new technology like drones but also simple solutions that deploy limited resources effectively, said Bettina Koelle, a researcher with the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre.

“Aid groups need to engage in constant dialogue with those most affected by climate shocks to understand what it is they need,” she said. “There are no quick fixes.”


Jesse Mason, an atmospheric scientist with WFP, and his team use long-term meteorological forecasts to predict weather patterns up to six months ahead and to finance humanitarian responses upfront.


Bringing these projections to government, donors and farmers can stop “the vicious cycle” of responding to climate shocks and redirect energy to better preparation, Mason said.

Zambia’s government, meanwhile, has partnered with the United Nations Development Programme on a seven-year project aimed at safeguarding farmers’ incomes against climate threats.

Using community radio broadcasts in local languages, forecasts are announced every hour to reflect erratic weather patterns, and tips provided on “climate-smart” agriculture.

So far 170,000 small-scale farmers across 16 districts have been involved in the project, some via extension officers on motorcycles who bring new information directly to them.

In Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi, insurance schemes for 140,000 rural households have been rolled out by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation (CTA), which is backed by African, Caribbean, Pacific and European states.

Farmers sign up via their mobile phones, with low rainfall measurements triggering payouts they can use to purchase new seeds to replace crops destroyed by drought.

“People are tired of hearing about climate problems,” said Oluyede Ajayi, a senior program coordinator for the CTA.

“We need solutions - especially farmers whose families, livestock and livelihoods depend on them.”


The unpredictability of climate change makes data and information from the ground even more valuable, said Koelle.

WFP has used drones to map vulnerable parts of Mozambique and Madagascar ahead of the upcoming cyclone season so they know where people are and how to get aid in,

said Castro.

“Drones will be used for the first time to help in search and rescue operations, to identify people stuck in trees so helicopters can come and pick them up,” she added.

This is much cheaper than using helicopters for the initial search, she noted.

U.N. children’s agency UNICEF has said drones hold great promise for delivering medical supplies to rural areas and responding to disasters like earthquakes and floods, with their potential being explored from Namibia to Kazakhstan.

WFP is also working with farmers to improve post-harvest storage facilities, providing people with food vouchers to spend locally rather than bringing in supplies, and encouraging people to switch to more drought-resistant crops.

Innovations are also being tested in other parts of Africa.

Global aid group Action Against Hunger, for example, has created a “Pastoral Early Warning System” that uses satellite data to track drought and anticipate risks by measuring plant growth and surface water in the semi-arid Sahel, which skirts the Sahara desert.


Koelle highlighted the need to consider where the limits to adaptation might lie. Where they are crossed, it might be necessary to put in place social welfare programs, such as cash transfers for women-headed households, to ease suffering.

Protecting people’s consumer choices is another important part of climate resilience, said WFP’s Charles.

Ensuring farmers have good links to markets to sell their harvests will help maintain their livelihoods and give them “choices about how they want to use their money”, he added.

“This gives people dignity and space to thrive, and to break out of the cycle of food insecurity”, he explained.

For now, as southern Africa approaches the “lean” season - the period between planting and harvesting - aid groups are bracing for a tough few months.

“We need to learn from what has happened already,” said Charles. “No single entity can fight climate change - we need resilience as a collective to get through this.”REUTERS.


Wed, 22 Jan 2020 11:15:05 GMT

Nearly 7,000 People Have Fled Niger Region Hit by Islamic State Attack: UNHCR
Niamey Nearly 7,000 people have fled the region in western Niger where jihadist fighters killed 89 soldiers in a devastating attack earlier this month, the UN refugee agency said.,

But insecurity in the region is making it difficult for the UNHCR to bring them the help they need, the statement added.

Following the attack at the town of Chinegodar, around 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the Malian border, "an estimated 7,000 civilians including 1,000 refugees have been forced to flee their homes in search of safety," the statement said.

"We are receiving accounts of people being given an ultimatum by armed groups to leave the area, of civilians being targeted, kidnapped or killed, of properties being looted."

Those who fled had to leave with little more than the clothes on their backs, UNHCR said.

"They are in urgent need of food, water and shelter, as well as sanitation, protection and security," the statement added.

"Insecurity in these areas severely hampers our ability to reach the affected population, those forced to flee and the communities hosting them," it said.

"In Sahel, the protection of those forced to flee must be at the core of the response to this displacement crisis."

Last week the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the January 9 attack on the army base, one their deadliest in the region.

While the official death toll was 89, the jihadists claimed they killed more than 100 people. The authorities in Niger say their troops killed 77 of the attackers.

In Niger, some 5,000 people fled to the nearby towns of Banibangou or Oualam, which are already hosting more than 7,000 Malian refugees, UNHCR said.

Around 1,000 Nigerien refugees, including unaccompanied children, have crossed over into Mali at the border town of Anderaboukane in the Menaka region, receiving help from local people.

According to UN figures, jihadist fighters killed more than 4,000 people across the Sahel region in 2019.

There is growing concern from Libya's neighbours including Niger that they are suffering the fallout from the increasing instability there.

African Union Chairman Moussa Faki is among those attending Sunday's Berlin talks on Libya as African countries seek a greater say in the peace process,news18.


Tue, 21 Jan 2020 12:16:33 GMT