archives : December 2008


A coalition of African charities have confirmed that children and adults are subject to slavery in Sudan’s Darfur region. - Wednesday 17 December 2008

Cholera epidemic has claimed nearly 1,000 lives in Zimbabwe, the UN said Monday. The world body said in a statement that, "the total number of suspected cases of the deadly disease in the African nation has reached 18,413’’. - Wednesday 17 December 2008

Ethiopia - Somalia
The United Nations will on Tuesday confront the challenge of an almost total collapse of order in Somalia, a failed state described at the weekend as a “basket case” and potential haven for international terrorism. - Tuesday 16 December 2008

Central African Republic
Elections are being scheduled to be held in 2010, amid peace the talks currently taking place in the anarchical and crumbling Central African Republic, (CAR) offering hope to its dire population. - Tuesday 16 December 2008

Niger - Canada
Reports from Niamey, Niger, claim that the UN’s special envoy to the country, Robert Fowler has been kidnapped. He was with abducted along with Louis Guay, another UN diplomat from Canada and two others. - Tuesday 16 December 2008

All the eight finalists for the inaugural edition of the African Nations Championship have emerged after the second round, second leg matches played across Africa at the weekend. - Tuesday 16 December 2008

Nigeria has recorded a drop in revenue of about N177.62 billion following the crash in oil prices at the international market, according to the Technical sub-committee of the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FACC). - Monday 15 December 2008

Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf’s decision to sack Prime Minister Hassan Hussein has been labelled as a further setback to the efforts to clinch a political agreement in Somalia and risks widening the rift in the unstable country. But Somali parliamentarians widely backed the Prime Minister in a move to salvage the situation. - Monday 15 December 2008

DR Congo - Uganda - Sudan
The Armies of Uganda, DR Congo and the government of South Sudan have launched a joint offensive against Ugandan rebels known as the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) based in the Garamba region of DR Congo. - Monday 15 December 2008

DR Congo - United Kingdom
There is a strong case for Europe to intervene in the crisis in eastern Congo. Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary-general, put it powerfully in a letter to European leaders last week. The disintegration of the Congolese army has left UN peacekeepers as the only legitimate force in the region. They are caught between an ambitious warlord supported from neighbouring Rwanda, and an array of murderous militias backed by the Kinshasa government. - Monday 15 December 2008

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