Africa faces elephant poaching crisis say experts

Experts warned that Africa faces a poaching crisis that is likely to see a further decline in the number of wild elephants on the continent at a summit in Botswana on Monday (March 23). Delegates from Europe, Africa and Asia attended the Africa Elephant summit held in the northern Botswana town of Kasane. Experts from the United Nations body that polices the global ivory trade, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), said […]

Students prepare for class as all schools reopen in Liberia

For some students going to school is a chore, but not for Alfreda and Success, two school girls getting ready to go back to school on Monday (March 2). They’ve been at home for over seven months, as Ebola killed many Liberians, and caused schools to shut down in the fight to stop spreading the infection. Alfreda and Success started their preparations early, as they wanted everything to be ready for their return. “I am […]

Egypt bombs ISIS targets inside Libya in response to beheadings

Egypt’s air force bombed Islamic State targets inside Libya on Monday, the first time Egypt confirmed launching air strikes against the group suggesting President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is ready to escalate his battle against the militants. Cairo residents, speaking to Reuters, reacted on Monday (February 16) with distress and disgust at the news that Islamic State appeared to have beheaded 21 Christian Egyptians in Libya. The 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians, who had gone to Libya in […]

Nigerians flood into Niger to escape Boko Haram attacks

Video released by the United Nation’s World Food Programme(WFP) on Monday (February 9) showed the desperate situation of refugees and displaced people fleeing attacks by Islamic sect Boko Haram in the Diffa region of southeast of Niger, near the border with Nigeria. Relief agencies are scaling up their response to the refugee influx but insecurity is making it increasingly difficult to operate, especially in remote areas. “There has been fierce fighting and the challenge is […]

Hundreds gather in Chad’s capital for anti-Boko Haram march

Hundreds of people gathered for an anti-Boko Haram march in Chad’s capital N’djamena on Saturday (January 17) to support the government’s decision to send troops to Cameroon. Chad said on Thursday (January 15) it would send a large number of troops to its southern neighbour to help fight increasing incursions from the Islamist militants attacking from Nigeria. Protesters holding banners reading “Stop Boko H” marched against the ongoing violence of the militant group, that has […]

Guinea orphanages provide shelter to Ebola orphans

(Reuters) — A number of orphanages have been established in Conakry, capital city of Guinea, to accommodate children who have been left behind by their parents killed by the Ebola virus. Although these children are all Ebola free, community members and their relatives are in constant denial to take their responsibilities in fear of catching infection. The founder of Felfedef Children’s Home, Agnes Mimi Loua, has turned an old fax and photocopy center into an orphanage […]

At least 81 to more than 120 fatalities reported in attack on Muslim congregation in Nigeria

Various news agencies have reported different estimates – from 80 to more than 120– of people killed in two suicide bombings and open fire on a Muslim congregation Friday, Nov. 28, in a central Mosque in northern Nigeria’s city of Kano. Reuters and BBC said at least 81 were killed while CNN reported at least 120 fatalities.  Those injured were estimated at 270. CNN, quoting a source, an unnamed official, said the death toll could […]

Madagascar PM confirms plague outbreak

(Reuters) — Madagascar Prime Minister Kolo Christophe Laurent Roger confirmed on Monday (November 24) that the country is witnessing an outbreak of plague after a previous announcement made by the World Health Organization (WHO). The World Health Organization said on Friday (November 21) that the outbreak has killed 40 people out of 119 confirmed cases in Madagascar since late August and the disease could spread rapidly in the capital of Madagascar, where after two cases and one death had been recorded. Roger reiterated the information […]

Mali tries to trace 343 contacts in second Ebola wave

(Reuters) – Mali is trying to trace as many as 343 people linked to confirmed and probable Ebola victims in an effort to control its second Ebola outbreak, health officials said on Friday. An initial batch of contacts linked to a 2-year-old from Guinea who died of Ebola last month were close to the end of their 21-day quarantine period when Mali confirmed a second, separate batch of cases this week. There have been at […]

Nigeria insurgents retake village of abducted schoolgirls

(Reuters) – Boko Haram insurgents have retaken the village of Chibok in northeastern Nigeria where the group abducted some 200 schoolgirls seven months ago, a lawmaker and a villager who fled the attack said on Friday. Boko Haram, which is trying to carve out a caliphate in religiously mixed northern Nigeria, has stepped up attacks since it rejected a ceasefire announced last month by the government. In a separate incident on Friday, a suicide bomber […]

At least 35 killed in Nigerian school assembly blast

(Reuters) – At least 35 people, most of them students, were killed when a bomb ripped through a school assembly in Nigeria’s northeastern town of Potiskum on Monday, a hospital official said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack in Yobe State, a territory that has been hit by Sunni Muslim Boko Haram rebels during a five-year insurgency seen as the main security threat to Africa’s leading oil producer. Mariam Ibrahim, a teacher at […]

Burkina Faso army backs presidential guard officer to lead transition

(Reuters) – Burkina Faso’s military backed a presidential guard officer on Saturday to lead a transitional government after the resignation of President Blaise Compaore, resolving a power struggle within the armed forces by sidelining the chief of staff. Senior military officials had held talks on Saturday aimed at averting bloodshed after Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida declared himself head of state in an early morning radio address, overruling military chief General Honore Traore’s claim to lead […]