DRC Ebola cases now at 500, with death toll at 289

DRC Ebola cases now at 500, with death toll at 289

The Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo has reached another milestone, as the cases reported by the country’s Ministry of Health now stand at 500. The new total in what has become the second-largest Ebola outbreak in global history, after the 2014 West African outbreak, includes 452 confirmed cases…

Kinshasa goes to the polls

Kinshasa goes to the polls

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is at a crucial turning point. Among the world’s most conflict-prone countries and with one of the lowest rates of gross domestic product (GDP) per capita, the DR Congo will hold general elections on December 23. Congolese citizens will go to the polls to…

Ethiopia’s satellite plans come with strings attached

Last month, Ethiopia officially announced plans to launch its first earth observatory satellite, with China footing 75% of the $8 million bill and providing technical assistance. Such comprehensive assistance is of course welcome news for Ethiopia’s burgeoning space program, but it’s an open question to what extent the government is aware…

Here come the harmattan winds of West Africa

They’re starting to feel the dry, dusty Saharan winds known as harmattan in West Africa, where Nigerians and neighboring Togolese say the season is in the air. The annual weather pattern is common from December to March, with blowing desert dust across Ghana or Côte d’Ivoire to the south, or…

Huawei confirms CFO arrested in Canada

The CFO of Chinese technology company Huawei, a firm with significant investments across Africa, was detained in Canada earlier this week for extradition to the United States, the company confirmed early Thursday. Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of the global company’s founder, is believed to be under investigation in connection with…

Calls for justice after mass rape attacks in South Sudan

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is acting to stop a troubling trend in sexual attacks on women and girls travelling from villages to the town of Bentiu in the Unity region of the country. Approximately 125 women and girls have sought medical treatment after having been raped…