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#CongoIsBleeding: New hashtag draws attention to deadly exploitation in Congolese mines

Exploitation in the mines of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is now receiving global attention thanks to a new trending social media hashtag, #CongoIsBleeding, that seeks to highlight the child slavery, deadly conflicts and corruption spawned by the quest to feed megacompanies with minerals. The hashtag was conceived just around the time Nigerian protesters put together #EndSARS so as ...

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Ivory Coast election: High stakes for the youth

Violence linked to the election is once again threatening Ivory Coast, and civil society won’t stay silent. Ange Brou, an activist with the NGO Youth Space For Peace, is one of the people calling for the youth and the politicians to have a peaceful dialogue. He is organising an event at the Belleville market in Abobo. “Youth is the driving ...

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Sudan protests against dire living conditions turn deadly

Protests in Sudan have turned deadly after one person was reportedly killed and a dozen others were wounded, according to a group of doctors linked to the movement that led to the downfall of President Omar al-Bashir. The demonstrations on Wednesday in the cities of Khartoum and Omdurman are over the country’s worsening economic situation. Protesters are also demanding justice ...

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Mohammed Kudus to miss Ghana’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifications next month

Ghana international, Mohammed Kudus will miss next month’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifications following a long-term injury. The Ajax Amsterdam midfielder suffered a knee injury on Wednesday in their UEFA Champions League fixture against Liverpool FC. Kudus sustained the knee injury after a collision with Liverpool midfielder Fabinho before he was substituted. The Dutch giants have announced that he ...

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Government disburses over GHc310 million in royalties

The government, through the Minerals Development Fund (MDF) and Stool Lands Administration, received and disbursed GH¢310 million mineral royalties to traditional authorities and to fund legacy projects. Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources announced this at the Meet-the-Press series in Accra on Wednesday. The Minister said GH¢240 million of the amount came from ground and farm rents ...

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Passage of controversial Public Universities Bill put on hold

The controversial Public Universities Bill, which is under consideration in Parliament, has been put on hold. According to a Citi News report, Ranking Member on the Education Committee of Parliament, Peter Nortsu Kotoe, made the revelation during an interview. “The Akatsi North MP said the Bill is not part of the Bills being considered before Parliament goes on recess in ...

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The world is watching Nigeria as ECOWAS, UN, and EU condemn EndSARS violence

All eyes are on Nigeria right now amid protests by citizens against police brutality that have turned violent, including reports of many dead. Witnesses told Reuters Tuesday that soldiers fired at the protesters in the Lekki district of the commercial capital, Lagos. Amnesty International said in a statement it had received “credible but disturbing evidence of excessive use of force ...

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Nigeria’s SARS: A brief history of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad

In April last year, Kofi Bartels, a 34-year-old radio journalist in Nigeria’s Rivers State, was filming three police officers from the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) beating another man when they and three of their colleagues turned their attention to him. In a series of tweets, he described being beaten and arrested: “They took turns to slap, punch and kick me ...

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Uganda, DR Congo decide to make roads, not war

If the road to hell is paved with good intentions, that to lasting peace with neighbours is layered with bitumen and straddled by high-voltage electricity lines. That appears to be the lesson from the Uganda government’s strategic shift in its regional policy towards the Democratic Republic of Congo, its large, rich, but a troubled westerly neighbour. After two-and-a-half decades of ...

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A call for the passage of an Affirmative Action Law in Ghana

Madam Cynthia Maamle Morrison

The Affirmative Action Bill is among the outstanding listed Bills by Parliament for consideration and we expect that this exercise would be undertaken before the dissolution of the 7th Parliament. To this end, ABANTU for Development and PLAN International need to reiterate the urgent need for the Bill to be passed into Law. An Affirmative Action Law presents itself as ...

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