Activists: We’re shutting down Sudan government websites

Activists: We’re shutting down Sudan government websites

Activists in Sudan say that more than 200 government websites have been shut down by the Anonymous group, in retaliation for Khartoum’s violent actions against Sudanese protesters. The main Sudanese government site, along with local and regional governments and various official agencies, remained inaccessible early Wednesday and had been for…

New UNSMIL report details African migrant horrors in Libya

New UNSMIL report details African migrant horrors in Libya

Migrants and refugees are being subjected to “unimaginable horrors” from the moment they enter Libya, and at every stage of their journey as they seek to cross the Mediterranean Sea, according to a report released Thursday by UNSMIL, the UN Support Mission in Libya. The 61-page report is based on…

Nigerian military ups pressure against NGO Amnesty

The Nigerian army has asked citizens to tune in Tuesday morning to an interview with its public relations spokesman, one day after the country’s military again accused an international NGO of collaborating with Islamic extremists and destabilizing the nation. Brig. Gen. Sani Kukasheka Usman’s media message followed his statement on…

Nigeria reverses UNICEF suspension tied to Boko Haram suspicions

The Nigerian military says it has lifted a suspension against UNICEF, the United Nations children’s relief agency, imposed earlier because of allegations that the agency was collaborating with Boko Haram terrorists and training spies in the country’s northeast. In a statement issued late Friday, military spokesman Onyema Nwachukwu said that…

French police search for Strasbourg attack suspect

Police in France are still searching for the suspect in Tuesday’s attack on a Christmas market in the city of Strasbourg. The suspect is identified as Cherif Chekatt, a 29-year-old French national of Moroccan descent, who they say opened fire on the market after escaping arrest during a roundup earlier…

Global Compact for Migration is adopted in Marrakech

Global leaders meeting in Morocco have adopted the Global Compact for Migration, an international strategy to deal with migrant flows first introduced at the United Nations General Assembly two years ago. The compact approved by 164 countries on Monday is meant to end the trauma of migrant experiences across Africa and…

Togo’s opposition defies ban, vows to protest ahead of elections

Opposition leaders in Togo on Sunday confirmed their opposition to the planned December 20 legislative elections, and their resolve to continue protests after at least two people died in clashes on Saturday. Jean-Pierre Fabre and the Coalition of 14 (C14) political opposition accused the government of President Faure Gnassingbé of…

DR Congo militant attacks kill 18 as Ebola cases spike again

Ebola in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo shows no signs of abating, as the second-largest outbreak in global history, behind the 2014 West African outbreak, claimed new victims. There are now 275 fatalities, the country’s Ministry of Health said in its Friday update. The total of cases stands at 477,…

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…

Monica Gitau

Monica is a freelance journalist based in Kenya

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…