Sall opens Senegal’s Musée des Civilisations noires

Sall opens Senegal’s Musée des Civilisations noires

Senegal opened its long-awaited Musée des Civilisations noires (MCN) on Thursday, with President Macky Sall on hand to deliver the keynote address at inaugural ceremonies in Dakar. The museum realizes a pan-African vision that dates to the era of the country’s first president and was completed with more than USD$34…

Comoros referendum vote under scrutiny after landslide approval

Comoros referendum vote under scrutiny after landslide approval

Officials in the Comoros said Tuesday that a constitutional referendum that would allow current President Azali Assoumani to extend his term has passed with an overwhelming 93 percent of the vote. The provisional results released by the country’s electoral commission showed 170,240 votes in favor of the measure, which would…

Tense Comoros awaits results on Assoumani referendum

Officials in the Comoros said they’re still tallying the results of a divisive referendum that would allow current President Azali Assoumani to extend his term in the Indian Ocean island nation. Interior Minister Mohamed Daoud said late Monday that 63 percent of voters participated across the three islands, with an…

Earthquake swarm (and the stress) continue in Mayotte

It was June 14 when officials in Mayotte opened up a psychological support services unit, designed to help residents deal with the stress of hundreds of earthquakes they’ve experienced as part of the ongoing seismic activity the Indian Ocean island nation has endured for weeks. The situation has “caused concerned…

New experts arrive in Mayotte to assess quake-swarm damage

The weeks-long earthquake swarm in Mayotte continues, as a new team of seismic experts arrives Monday to begin estimates on the vulnerability of buildings and assess the level of damage on the Indian Ocean island nation. The French territory is home to about a quarter million people, historically and culturally…

Specialists arrive in Mayotte to deal with quake crisis

A team of French government specialists in seismology and civil security arrives in Mayotte on Friday, as the small Indian Ocean island continues to experience the jolting of an earthquake swarm that began on May 10. Their arrival follows a request for support from Dominique Sorain, the new prefect for…

BRGM continues quake swarm updates as Mayotte closes schools

The small Indian Ocean island of Mayotte continues to experience an earthquake swarm that began on May 10, according to BRGM Mayotte, the France-based geological agency serving the territory. Schools in some parts of the island have now been temporarily closed as a precaution. Several hundred earthquakes have been recorded…

BRGM geologists discuss sudden swarm of quakes near Mayotte

The small Indian Ocean island of Mayotte has experienced an earthquake swarm since last week, according to BRGM Mayotte, the France-based geological agency serving the territory – and the swarm is consistent with seismic activity last seen in the 1980s. In a statement Monday, the BRGM said Mahorans began feeling…

In Comoros, Africa’s island nations talk disaster preparedness

Africa’s island nations in the Indian Ocean are increasingly vulnerable to natural disaster and need to urgently make a priority of their community resilience and preparedness, says the head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). “The devastating humanitarian and economic impact of natural disasters…