The long-suffering of East Africa’s Anuak people who were persecuted by Ethiopia

December 13, 2003, is a day that the long-suffering Anuak people from the fertile Gambella forest region of south-western Ethiopia would never forget. A shocking massacre, led by the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) soldiers, had claimed the lives of about 424 people, including children, largely being Anuak. Some victims were burned alive while women were raped and homes were burned to the ground. What sparked this brutal attack against the Anuak people in Gambella, a region with abundant natural resources, including gold and oil? More about this Accounts say…

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Meek Mill Becomes Co-owner Of Hat Retailer Lids

Meek Mill announced that he is a co-owner of popular hat retailer Lids.  In addition to ownership, Meek will also help oversee brand strategy and he will be dropping a limited-edition hat line in August of 2019 with more products to follow. In a statement, Meek expressed his excitement for the new business venture. “I’ve always… source: https://according2hiphop.com/meek-mill-becomes-co-owner-of-hat-retailer-lids/

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Ethiopia’s sorrow, amid questions of ‘too much, too soon’

In Addis Ababa, the memorial for Ethiopian chief of staff Gen. Seare Mekonnen and retired Major Gen. Gezai Abera on Tuesday was a somber affair with crowds gathering around the venue amid tight security. They came in solidarity as Ethiopia reels from a regional coup attempt in Amhara that left three more leaders dead, and the concurrent fatal shooting of the two military leaders honored during the ceremony. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed wept. President Sahle-Work Zewde wept. Those who hold the highest hopes for Ethiopia and the transition Abiy inititated…

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After impersonating women to get jobs for 3 years, this Ugandan man has been arrested

A Ugandan man has found himself in the grips of the law after he was arrested for impersonating a woman to secure a job. According to the Daily Monitor, 22-year-old John Mark Bukenya, who has for three years been disguising himself as a woman to secure jobs was arrested at Muhorro Rest-house in Muhorro Town Council where he was employed as a barmaid after his female colleagues got suspicious of his demeanor. He was subsequently reported to the owner of the rest house, Mr Charles Mugisa Busigiriko, who alerted the…

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Exiled Gambian president accused of rape by beauty pageant

A beauty pageant winner is accusing Gambia’s former dictator of raping her four years ago. The young woman is one of several now coming forward and accusing Yahya Jammeh of sexual violence while he was in power. Jammeh fled into exile in the reclusive nation of Equatorial Guinea in 2017 after losing the presidential election and initially refusing to step down. The young woman, Fatou Jallow, plans to testify before Gambia’s truth and reconciliation commission that is investigating crimes committed during Jammeh’s rule. Human Rights Watch described Jammeh as a…

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South Africa: Robben Island Joins List of 20 New Protected Marine Sites

analysis South Africa’s Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries recently declared 20 marine sites as protected areas. One of them is Robben Island, the site of the prison where anti-apartheid activists including Nelson Mandela were jailed for decades. The Conversation’s Nontobeko Mtshali asked Alison Kock to explain the significance and what the decision means for the area and surrounding environment. What is a marine protected area and are these unique to South Africa? Marine protected areas are geographically distinct regions of the ocean that are given special protection under law.…

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Gambia’s Jammeh ‘handpicked’ women for rape, abuse

Former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh “handpicked” women to rape or sexually coerce by offering cash, gifts and other privileges, international rights groups alleged. In a statement released on Wednesday, Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Swiss NGO TRIAL International said three women accused Jammeh of rape and sexual assault while he was in office between 1996 and 2017. Jammeh’s administration was notorious for its brutality and corruption, but it was the first time that sexual abuse of women was extensively and publicly documented. “Yahya Jammeh treated Gambian women like his personal property,” said…

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Mauritania joins Ethiopia, Sudan in Africa’s ‘internet blackout zone’

Internet connectivity has been cut in most parts of Mauritania, online rights group, NetBlocks; reported on Tuesday. The group said the outage was linked to post-election incidents in the country. “Mauritania is in the midst of a near-total internet blackout as of 3:30 p.m. UTC Tuesday 25 June 2019, following contested presidential elections held during the weekend. “Real-time network measurement data provide evidence that the country has been disconnected amid the election controversy, following over 48 hours of widespread mobile internet disruptions,” NetBlocks said in a statement. All of Mauritania’s…

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Gambia: Cuba, Gambia Strengthen Sports Ties

By Duanys Hernández Torres Havana:- Osvaldo Vento Montiller, president of the National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (INDER) of Cuba, received Hadrammeh M. Sidibeh, the Youth and Sport Minister of the Republic of the Gambia, who completed a working visit to the Caribbean nation. During his visit, Sidibeh toured centers within the Cuban sports system, including the Anti-Doping Laboratory, the Information Resource Center for Cuban Sports (CRIDC) and the Cuban Sports Research Center (CIDC). He visited the Manuel Fajardo University of Physical Culture and Sport Sciences (UCCFD) and…

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Gambian pageant winner accuses ex-president Yahya Jammeh of rape

A Gambian pageant winner has accused the country’s former president of rape as an investigation claims Yahya Jammeh systematically sexually abused young women. Jammeh, who reluctantly stepped down in 2017 after 22 years of rule, presented himself as a deeply religious figure and an advocate of girls’ rights and declared his small west African nation an Islamic republic. But Toufah Jallow claims he raped her as a teenager at a religious event on the eve of Ramadan. Two other women also accused Jammeh of rape and sexual assault in interviews…

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