ONE REPUBLIC, TWO PRESIDENTS

ONE REPUBLIC, TWO PRESIDENTS

My cry of heart for Côté d’Ivoire – Préface Georges Alula Lou Amanan Hélène Dandi This book features the testimony of a humanitarian worker who witnessed the aftermaths of war : Dandi Lou saw danger coming and tried to thwart it from exploding in Côté d’Ivoire, preaching peace to all the politicial leaders of her country and those who claimed to be heirs of late President Houphouet-Boigny. Yet, it did not save the country from…

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In Somalia some 855,000 people face acute food insecurity

In Somalia some 855,000 people face acute food insecurity

Widespread acute malnutrition persists across Somalia and large numbers of people will be acutely food insecure through December 2015, following below average cereal harvests in crop dependent areas; poor rainfall in some pastoral and agropastoral areas; trade disruption in some southern urban areas due to insurgent activities; and new and continued population displacement. This situation is likely to be exacerbated by heavy downpours and flooding which typically happen during Deyr rainy season. These rains fall…

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MASKS “Objects of wisdom”

Masks are the means of transmitting something beyond our understanding. Amadou Hampâté Ba Masks are to be found throughout Africa. As used by secret societies, fraternal organisations and in rites of passage for various age groups, and as possessors and distributors of knowledge, they are associated with all the important life stages and events. Masks are regularly used in public performances to tell creation myths and to instruct in the secrets of initiation ceremonies. They…

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ARTS OF AFRICA. SEEING THE INVISIBLE

An object is a thought in concrete form. Claude Lévi-Strauss The traditional creative arts in the cultures of sub-Saharan Africa – which boast an exceptional wealth of form and function – serve as the support for a thought system that is based on a vision of a world teeming with invisible forces. These remarkable powers act via a network of connections which man must do his best to decipher and control. It is this necessity…

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CAMEROON

A Lion Deeply Asleep – Building A New Cameroon    Linus Patem There’s no doubt that Cameroon has a gargantuan potential for growth. Cameroonian people must all work together as one people, in their own way, depending on how they’ve been gifted by God. But how do you go about this considering the present circumstances? It comes from the depth of the love one has for his country and the strong desire to see it…

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UN envoy urges restraint among all Burundian parties; heads to region for weekend summit on crisis

The United Nations Special Envoy for Burundi today travelled to Tanzania where he hopes an East African community summit over the weekend will help reinforce dialogue among the Burundian parties amid concerns raised by UN agencies that the current political instability and violence puts children at risk and could lead to a humanitarian crisis. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said that amid the ongoing crisis in Burundi, children are at risk, especially those who have…

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Libya: UN envoy hopes new draft of political deal can be agreed within four weeks

Libya is on the verge of economic collapse amid ongoing violence, political infighting and efforts by terrorists to “build strong bases” throughout the country, the envoy facilitating the United Nations efforts to restore peace there said as he briefed journalists on meetings held in Brussels discussing the situation in the North African country and efforts towards a political transition. Speaking to the press yesterday, Bernardino León, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya, said the…

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Ramping up northern Mali relief efforts, UN agency aims to assist thousands newly displaced by violence

Across northern Mali, a flare-up in clashes between armed groups has spurred a renewed exodus of people fleeing the violence and their homes, the United Nations refugee agency said today, reporting difficulties in reaching the beleaguered populations with critical humanitarian aid. “The volatile security situation is hindering access for humanitarian workers to all affected areas and the growing insecurity in the region is making the provision of protection and assistance to the newly-displaced very challenging,”…

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Young leaders debate on the future of Africa

The “African Leadership: a Generational Dialogue” event, taking place on May 25, 2015 during this year’s Annual Meetings in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, aims to engage young leaders around the world to contribute to the vision for Africa in the coming 50 years. The event will see the launch of the Emerging Leaders Programme (ELP), an initiative that seeks to provide a ‘legacy’ of developing leaders across the continent for the next generation. The ELP will…

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UN urges Kenya to reconsider Dadaab camp closure, displacing some 350,000 refugees

The United Nations refugee agency today urged Kenyan authorities to reconsider their decision to shut down within the next three months Dadaab refugee camps, a decision that would require some 350,000 Somalis to return to their country and would cause “extreme” humanitarian consequences. “Large-scale returns are still not possible in many parts of the country, in particular to South Central Somalia,” spokesperson for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Karin…

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