South Africa says no to building a Mozambique border wall

Now it’s the South Africans living near the Mozambique border who want the government to build a wall. Sandile Sibiya, a spokesman for the African National Congress Youth League in the northeast region, told News 24 this week that residents want a huge wall to prevent the cross-border crime they…

Report calls Kenya to account on surveillance, human rights abuses

A report that investigates the role of state-sponsored surveillance in Kenya charges that information gathered by authorities – outside of the procedures required by Kenyan law – is used to facilitate human rights abuses. That’s especially a concern as Kenya moves forward with the country’s 2017 elections, the report by…

UN relief head visits Mogadishu to assess drought impacts, humanitarian need

United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien visited Mogadishu on Monday, speaking with residents at the Zone K Internal Displacement Camp Settlement as representatives of the international community evaluated Somalia’s deepening humanitarian crisis. O’Brien, head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), was joined by Michael…

Morocco announces withdrawal from Western Sahara border region

Morocco announced it will withdrawal forces from the Guerguerat region of Western Sahara, a move expected to reduce tensions between the government and armed elements of the Polisario Front maintaining their decades-long call for an independent state. Reuters reports the decision came just days after a phone call between King…

Egypt again denies any plan to resettle Palestinians in Sinai

Egyptian officials have again denied any plan to cede part of the Sinai Peninsula to resettle Palestinians there, reaffirming their commitment to a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians in the troubled Middle East. Alaa Youssef, a spokesman for Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, said in a statement Thursday that…