UN’s Global Cease-fire Plea Falls on Deaf Ears

As the pandemic started to unfold early in 2020, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made a plea for a global cease-fire, saying the world needed to focus on “the true fight” against the coronavirus. “Silencing the guns will not only support the fight against COVID-19, but also create opportunities for life-saving aid, open windows for diplomacy, and bring hope to people […]

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Sudanese Church Leaders Preach Caution About COVID-19 on Christmas

KHARTOUM – Church leaders in Sudan are asking people to strictly follow government and World Health Organization guidelines this Christmas to avoid spreading the coronavirus. Some churches have suspended the traditional midnight prayer service to avoid transmission of the virus. The Reverend Shimal Kuwa, head of the Christ Church in the Isba neighborhood of Khartoum, […]

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Report: Sudan Security Forces Who Killed Kassala Protesters Never Held Accountable

WASHINGTON – Sudanese security forces who killed seven Sudanese protesters in Kassala two months ago were never held accountable, according to a recent report released by Human Rights Watch. Mohamed Osman, an assistant researcher with HRW’s Africa Division, said Sudan’s transitional government must bring all perpetrators of human rights abuses to justice to prevent further […]

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Residents of Kenya-Somalia Border Area Fear Conflict Amid Diplomatic Tensions

NAIROBI – There is growing concern the tensions between Kenya and Somalia may erupt into fighting, due to a military buildup along the two countries’ borders. The Somali federal government has sent troops to the border town of Beled-Hawo, while forces from Somalia’s Jubaland region, which enjoys a good relationship with Kenya, are stationed in […]

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Malawi Reintroduces COVID-19 Restrictions as Cases Surge

BLANTYRE, MALAWI – Malawi has closed its borders after confirmed cases of COVID-19 jumped 75 percent in the past two weeks.  Malawi authorities attribute the surge to relaxed preventive measures and increased cross-border traffic for the holidays.  Health campaigners have welcomed the border closure, but say Malawi should also mandate face masks and sanitizers. Malawi […]

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