Cameroon bans weapon sales in Anglophone regions

Cameroon’s government has banned the sale of weapons in six of the country’s regions, including the troubled Anglophone areas and those adjacent to them. Paul Atanga Nji, the Permanent Secretary of the National Security Council and Minister of Territorial Administration, said the sale of weapons for hunting and self-defense, as…

Namibia tightens up on travel, troops amid economic woes

A budget crisis in Namibia has forced the suspension of all international travel for ministers and elected officials through the end of February. It’s the latest announcement from President Hage Geingob as the southwestern African nation tightens up on government spending. “This directive is specifically in the interest of curtailing…

Standoff at Bamenda market a sign of rising Cameroon tensions

Tension is high in Cameroon as armed security forces sealed off a market district in Bamenda that’s been the site of ongoing protests by Anglophone activists. Cameroon media say that angry business owners blocked from entering their shops gathered outside the market, the site of weekly boycotts in what is…

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…