New DR Congo government charts a course beyond Kabila

New DR Congo government charts a course beyond Kabila

Congolese Prime Minister Sama Lukonde said Monday that the announcement of a new government is “a first step taken” toward progress in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as the nation distances itself further from former leader Joseph Kabila. Lukonde, who became prime minister under President Felix Tshisekedi in February, presented…

SADC puts Mozambique security assistance plan in motion

SADC puts Mozambique security assistance plan in motion

President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe signaled that regional military support for Mozambique may be on the way in its fight against Islamic State-aligned extremists in the Cabo Delgado region. Mnangagwa made the comment while talking with reporters following Thursday’s Southern African Development Community (SADC) meeting, called to elevate the urgency…

Cabo Delgado attacks add to humanitarian crisis

Humanitarian workers in Mozambique say thousands of people fleeing the violence in Cabo Delgado province are arriving in other parts of the country, while still others escape across the border into Tanzania. So far there are 3,300 people seeking assistance, according to an update from UNOCHA, the United Nations agency…

Report: Child deaths underscore scope of Cabo Delgado crisis

The UK-based charity Save the Children reports children as young as 11 and 12 are beheaded by Islamic insurgents operating in the Cabo Delgado province of north Mozambique. The agency said Tuesday that it’s hearing accounts of the deaths from families who are among nearly 670,000 people now displaced because…

Bata blast leaves at least 98 dead in Equatorial Guinea

At least 98 people are dead and hundreds injured after a series of explosions rocked the port city of Bata in Equatorial Guinea on Sunday. Images shared by Radio Macuto showed shattered and burned out buildings at a military barracks in the Nkoantoma neighborhood of Bata, where residents reported hearing…

US takes helm at UN Security Council with focus on Africa

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the new United States Ambassador to the United Nations, said Monday that African affairs will be a priority as the U.S. takes up the presidency role for the United Nations Security Council this month. A briefing on South Sudan is set for Wednesday, followed by a Sudan briefing…

Nigeria shuts boarding schools after 317 girls abducted in Zamfara

Boarding schools in Nigeria’s Zamfara and Kano states were closed indefinitely on Friday, in order to protect vulnerable sites following the abduction of 317 girls from the Government Girls Secondary School in Jangebe. “As you know, the state government always takes proactive measures on issues related to security,” said the…

Niger elections trigger violence, fatal explosion

Seven members of Niger’s Independent National Electoral Commission died Sunday when the vehicle they traveled in struck an improvised explosive device along a route near Waraou in the country’s troubled west. The explosion injured three others, according to an RFI report. It happened as Nigeriens went to the polls for…

UN report details ethnic violence in South Sudan

South Sudan has seen progress on peace since a February 2020 agreement, but violence continues at the local level in more than 75 percent of the country and it threatens to spiral out of control in several regions. That’s according to a report released Friday by the Commission on Human…

Ebola concerns spread as Liberia warns of suspected case

Liberians waited anxiously for the results of an Ebola test after a woman with serious symptoms was treated at a Monrovia clinic, reportedly having traveled to Nzerekore, the city at the center of neighboring Guinea’s expanding Ebola outbreak. Health minister Dr. Wilhemina Jallah confirmed the suspected case during press comments…

On heels of Sahel summit, another 35 die in Chad

Another 35 people have died in Chad following clashes in Salamat Province in the southeastern part of the country, a development that follows on this week’s regional security summit among the five Sahel nations and France. The communal fighting between farmers and herders began with an attack at a roadblock,…

Norwegian government calls on Ethiopia to protect NGOs

The government of Norway has condemned the destruction of humanitarian aid facilities in Ethiopia, where the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) aid group is trying to assist those affected by conflict in the Tigray region. “All parties must fulfill their obligations under international humanitarian law,” the foreign ministry said in response…

Interim Libyan leaders chosen, but no easy road to elections

The announcement Friday of new leadership in Libya brought some optimism that the volatile and fractured nation may have turned toward peace and a pathway to elections, but much skepticism remains despite the establishment of an interim presidency council. “Realistically, I don’t think we are beyond the military phase in…