West Africa: Fighting Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea Needs a Radical Rethink

The Bonita had been anchored off Benin for several days, waiting for a berth in the port of Cotonou. On November 2, 2019 the crew had a traumatic awakening. Armed men boarded the vessel and kidnapped nine crew members. Only two days later, four seafarers were kidnapped from the Elka Aristotle, which was anchored off Lomé in neighbouring Togo. Unfortunately, these were not the only attacks off the coast of West Africa in which seafarers were kidnapped. Nevertheless, the patterns are changing, with gradual signs of improvement. In addition, attacker…

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South Africa: KZN Storms – Residents Warned to Brace for More Bad Weather

As affected residents of Tuesday’s tornado in New Hanover, Pietermaritzburg pick up the pieces, the eThekwini Municipality has warned residents of a looming downpour on Thursday and Friday. In a statement released by municipality spokesperson Mandla Nsele on Wednesday, they warn: “severe thunderstorms accompanied by heavy downpours are expected over most parts of KwaZulu-Natal from Thursday into Friday afternoon”. “Improvement is expected from Friday evening, however, there will still be some rain in places over KwaZulu-Natal,” Nsele said. A video of the tornado forming was circulated on social media on…

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Africa: Diet for Healthy People, Healthy Planet Too Costly for Some

Rome — At $2.84 per head per day, the ‘ideal diet’ would be beyond reach for nearly 1.6 billion people, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, researchers say At least one in five people could not afford science’s ‘ideal diet’ designed to feed 10 billion people without hurting the planet, according to a study published on Friday. The EAT-Lancet report made headlines when it was unveiled in January because it proposed the first scientific targets for both a healthy diet and a sustainable food system. It recommended people double…

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Somalia: Close to 300,00 Now Displaced By Floods As More Homes Submerged

At least 273,000 people had to flee severe flooding of the Shabelle River in Somalia, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said in a report on Friday, Anadolu reports. Calling for urgent humanitarian aid, the report said residents of the worst-affected region of Beledweyne were “sheltering under trees or in emergency tents after their makeshift homes were washed away by floods caused by torrential rain.” “Floods have destroyed more than three-quarters of Baladweeyne [Beledweyne] and submerged many surrounding villages. These are extremely poor parts of Somalia, where there is now no…

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Africa: Climate Change Could Further Escalate Violence

Abu Dhabi, UAE — Nearly 50 million people in west Africa rely on agriculture and livestock for their livelihood but the land available for pastoral use has been rapidly shrinking. While a part of this is because of growing population, climate change has also been a major contributor to this, says George Stacey, an analyst working with Norvergence*, an environmental advocacy NGO. According to the United Nations, nearly 80% of the Sahel’s farmland has been negatively impacted by temperatures rising – which they are at a rate that is 1.5…

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Somalia: Peacebuilding Another Victim of Climate Change?

Nairobi — Climate change is hampering peacebuilding in Somalia as droughts and floods strengthen the hand of militants and weaken the power of government, a report said on Wednesday. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said three decades of conflict – coupled with increasingly severe droughts – were posing serious challenges to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM). UNSOM has been in the east African nation since 2013 to advise government on how best to cement peace, be it disarming fighters or bringing rival communities together. “What…

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Malawi: VP Chimulirenji Donates Maize to Karonga Flood Victims

State Vice President, Everton Chimulirenji says government is committed to assisting people who were affected by floods during the 2018/19 rain season to reduce the impact of the disaster on their livelihoods. Chimulirenji: Government will do all it can to assist every household that was affected by the disaster Chimulirenji was speaking Thursday at Kibwe Primary school Ground in Karonga where he presided over the distribution ceremony of relief maize to 1,350 people who were affected by floods in April 2019 in Karonga District. “Government is aware that many people…

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Nigeria: Wet Black Saturday in Lagos Amid Heavy Rainfall

Tragedies occurred in Lagos on Saturday following a heavy downpour across the state as mother, her two children and sister died in a collapsed building incident during this mornings rainfall at Magodo, Ikosi-Isheri Local Council Development Area, LCDA, of the state. In another sad incident, heavy flood swept away an 11-year-old boy and his rescuer, one Wasiu into a canal in Aboru and Iyana-Ipaja area of Alimosho Local Government Area, LGA, following the overflow of the canal as a result of storm water. Also, a storey building at Ita-Elewa in…

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Kenya: Likoni Channel Now a No-Go Zone as the Military Takes Over

Likoni Channel is now a no-go zone for the members of the public after the military took over the area on Monday afternoon. The announcement banning even the members of the media was made by Kenya Ferry Services Chairman Dan Mwazo, who said the area was under the command of the naval and KFS bosses. “The divers who have been hired by the family from Subsea Company are here. The government has also hired three more divers from South Africa. We have also acquired machines to help in the operations.…

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Ethiopia: Helping Ethiopian Farmers Adapt to Drought and Flooding

Nestled deep in Ethiopia’s highlands, in the Amhara region, Habru Woreda some 500 km from the country’s capital Addis Abeba, the small village of Berebeyu is grappling with the realities of climate change, with hundreds of its inhabitants reeling from land losses and poor harvests, or no harvests at all. Berebeyu lies at the confluence of tributary rivers that flow from the adjacent mountain. The village is highly vulnerable to droughts, seasonal flooding, and mudslides. In 2011 a mudslide killed at least five people and forced dozens from their homes.…

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