South Sudanese refugees homeless again after Sudan floods

by Mujahed Sharaf al-Din AL-JABALAIN, Sudan (AFP) — South Sudanese refugee Dawood Kour fled to Sudan to turn the page on a life of displacement, only to be forced onto the streets once more after floodwaters submerged his rickety shelter. Kour crossed the border in November, fleeing years of conflict in his home city of Malakal — itself prone to flooding. South Sudan became the world’s newest independent nation in 2011, seceding from Sudan. But […]

Cholera kills over 2,300 in Nigeria’s worst outbreak in years

by Joel Olatunde AGOI LAGOS, Nigeria (AFP) — Cholera has killed more than 2,300 people and infected thousands more, mostly children, in Nigeria since the start of the year, a senior health official said on Monday, in the nation’s worst outbreak in years. Africa’s most populous nation suffers from a high rate of water-borne diseases as a result of dilapidated infrastructure and under-investment.` “As at September 5, 2021, a total of 69,925 suspected cases, including […]

North Africa virus cases plummeting after summer spike

  by AFP bureaus across the Maghreb Weeks after a spike in coronavirus cases overwhelmed intensive care units across North Africa with severe oxygen shortages sparking public anger, case numbers are sharply declining. Here is a look at the situation in the four countries of the Maghreb — Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria and Libya — based on official figures collected by AFP. – Tunisia – Images of intensive care units overwhelmed with Covid patients in July […]

E.Guinea tightens Covid-19 restrictions as third wave hits

MALABO, Equatorial Guinea (AFP) — Equatorial Guinea on Friday stiffened measures to tackle Covid-19, citing a third wave of the pandemic in the small central African country. President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo reinstated a curfew, tightened travel restrictions and imposed a complete cycle of vaccination on all civil servants. Those previously affected worked only in the health, safety and education fields. Vaccination is now also compulsory for any citizen who undertakes an approach to the […]

‘Ebola is defeated’, says Congolese professor who discovered virus

KINSHASA, DR Congo (AFP) — Ebola has been defeated. Vaccines and medical treatments have brought the deadly and terrifying disease under control, says Jean-Jacques Muyembe, the Congolese professor who first discovered the virus more than 40 years ago. The 79-year-old virologist was speaking at a ceremony in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital Kinshasa marking the arrival on the market of the “Ebanga” treatment, which was approved last December by the US Food and Drug […]

Nine killed, 23 injured in Nigerian air strike

KANO, Nigeria (AFP) — An emergency official in northeast Nigeria said Friday nine people were killed and 23 others injured in an air strike this week that reportedly hit civilians, in the first official tally of victims. The Nigerian air force confirmed that earlier in the week it sent an aircraft to the area where Boko Haram and Islamic-state affiliates operate, and that it was investigating claims “civilians were erroneously killed”. Since 2009, Nigeria has […]

Guinea declares end of Marburg virus outbreak: WHO

CONAKRY, Guinea (AFP) — Guinea has declared the end of an outbreak of the Marburg virus, which belongs to the same family as Ebola, the World Health Organization said Thursday. Health authorities in the country confirmed West Africa’s first recorded case of Marburg on August 9, in a man whose infection was detected after he had died a week earlier. No treatment or vaccine exists for Marburg, which belongs to the same filovirus family as […]

DR Congo health budget disappears without trace, NGO says

BRAZZAVILLE, Congo (AFP) — DR Congo’s health authorities have failed to explain where millions of dollars meant for building hospitals and other treatment centres have gone, a public accountability group said on Monday. The Congolese arm of the Publish What You Pay global network — primarily concerned with transparency in the resources sector — said it looked into 35 of 77 projects funded in the 2019 budget to the tune of 9.6 billion CFA francs […]

Sudan floods kill over 80 people: official

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AFP) — Floods following heavy rain in Sudan have killed more than 80 people and damaged or destroyed tens of thousands of homes, an official said Monday. “A total of 84 people were killed and 67 others injured in 11 states across Sudan since the beginning of the rainy season,” said Abdel Jalil Abdelreheem, spokesman for Sudan’s National Council for Civil Defense. The deaths were drowning, electrocution and house collapses, he added. Some […]

WFP to slash food aid to 100,000 in S.Sudan

  JUBA, South Sudan (AFP) — The UN World Food Programme will suspend food aid to over 100,000 displaced people in South Sudan, as funding shortages force the agency to make “painful decisions”, it said Monday. The cuts will start next month and last until January, affecting 106,000 people living in the capital Juba as well as Bor South county and the town of Wau, WFP said, warning of further reductions unless funding was increased. […]

Africa Covid death toll tops 200,000

by Sofia CHRISTENSEN JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AFP) — More than 200,000 people have died from Covid-19 in Africa since the start of the pandemic, according to an AFP tally compiled from official records as of 1700 GMT. The 54 countries of the region may not have suffered as badly as other parts of the world — at least according to the officially recorded figures. They seem to have avoided the catastrophic scenarios some feared at […]

Guinea’s new strongman: combat-hardened ex-Legionnaire

CONAKRY, Guinea (AFP) — Lieutenant Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, the leader of the latest coup in Guinea, is a highly educated, combat-hardened soldier who once served in France’s Foreign Legion. Doumbouya’s special forces on Sunday seized Alpha Conde, the West African state’s 83-year-old president — a former champion of democracy accused of taking the path of authoritarianism. Sporting a red beret and sunglasses, Doumbouya announced the dissolution of the constitution, whose changes had enabled Conde to […]