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AFRICA NEWS BRIEF • April 27, 2016






Ivory Coast: ‎€20 m fund to fight child labor on cocoa fields

Ivory Coast produces about 70 percent of the world’s cocoa, but behind the scenes of its production are children as young as 5 years who work on the cocoa plantations. In a bid to stamp out the practice, the government has implemented a 20 million euro education action plan that will see them study instead of working on these fields. “Since there’s been a school, these children come everyday. When we opened in 2013, we had many students in the first class, big kids 10-year-olds who hadn’t been to school. They managed to catch up and it stopped them going to the fields,” said Mr Kouakou Angoua Denis, school director of the Goboué Primary School.


Mali: The country arrests another ‘conspirator’ in the Grand Bassam attack

Malian authorities have apprehended a man suspected to be linked to a deadly al-Qaeda attack last month in neighboring Ivory Coast. Alou Doumbia was arrested in Bamako on Saturday during an operation by Malian Special Forces. Doumbia is suspected to have played a role in the attack on a popular beach resort in Grand Bassam which left at least 19 people dead.

“Without Alou Doumbia, a car dealer, the leader could not leave Mali to travel to Ivory Coast. He is the logistics chief of the group. He is the closest collaborator of Kunta Dallah”


Cape Verde: Eleven Men Shot Dead ‘By Soldier’

Eleven men were shot dead in Cape Verde on Tuesday, including eight soldiers, a local civilian and two Spanish citizens, the minister of Internal Administration for the archipelago off the African coast said in a statement. The men were killed at a telecommunications site at Monte Tchota, a forested area on Santiago island about 17 miles north of the capital, Praia, Minister Paulo Rocha said. “A soldier assigned to the military team itself is missing, and there are strong indications that he was responsible in the events,” said Rocha, adding that the victims were 20 to 51 years old.


Central Africa: UN peacekeeper killed in alleged LRA attack

New York – A UN peacekeeper from Morocco was killed in the Central African Republic while on patrol near a village that came under attack, allegedly by rebels of the Lord’s Resistance Army, a UN spokesperson said Monday. The soldier was shot on Sunday in southeastern Mbomou prefecture, which borders the Democratic Republic of Congo. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the killing and said attacks against those working for peace in the Central African Republic were “unacceptable.”


Burundi: Army Commander’s Killing Escalates Burundi Chaos

Bujumbura — BURUNDI is teetering on the brink of full scale mayhem following the assassination of a top army general. There is a spree of assassination attempts rocking the East African country. They were shot at the school premises as they dropped the daughter offer. The assassination of Brigadier General Kararuza comes in the wake of several instances of politically-motivated assassination attempts, including another attacks on Monday on Martin Nivyabandi, Minister of Human Rights, Social Affairs and Gender, as well as those on prominent members of the security forces. This has sparked outrage from the international community.


Somalia: Islamic State Publishes New Video Claiming Presence

slamic state of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) has produced what is seen as its first video showing presence inside Somalia. The largely propaganda video shows fighters training in undisclosed location inside recuperating state of the horn of Africa.

Self proclaimed ISIS leader in Somalia Abdikadir Mumin who appeared in the video said he is happy in his new front to realize the agenda of his group in Somalia.


Nigeria: ex-MP sentenced to 154 years for corruption

Gabriel Daudu, from central Kogi State, was found guilty of 77 charges, Nigeria’s anti-corruption body says. But the judge ruled that the sentences would run concurrently, meaning Dauda will only spend two years in jail. Corruption is endemic in Nigeria and so far the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has only managed to secure a handful of convictions. President Muhammadu Buhari won elections last year, promising to tackle the problem.



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