South Africa: HAWKS unit launches #Guptaleaks investigations

South Africa’s elite police service says its investigators have opened a case into the “Guptaleaks,” following the agency’s silence after thousands of emails were leaked to South African media outlets and first surfaced in May. The cache of emails – some estimates put it as high as 200,000 – are…

Morocco: Zafzafi, ‘hirak’ protesters due in court Monday

Nasser Zafzafi, the prominent activist of the “hirak” movement in Morocco’s restive Rif region, is due to appear in a Casablanca court on Monday. Zafzafi and 30 other protesters detained during the latest round of demonstrations spreading from Al Hoceima to other Moroccan cities will appear before Casablanca’s Criminal Chamber…

Somalia’s cholera outbreak linked to drought, climate

World Health organization officials say an “unprecedented” outbreak of cholera in Somalia is linked to the drought that began in October 2016, creating widespread shortages of clean drinking water and food. There are more than 40,000 suspected cases since the beginning of the year, with nearly 700 deaths to date,…

Somalia: World Bank approves USD$50 million for drought emergency

The World Bank has approved USD$50 million in grant funding to assist with the drought and famine response, and provide humanitarian aid to Somalia. The Somalia Emergency Drought Response and Recovery Project (SEDRP) will be coordinated through the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the United Nations Food…