(GIN)—A gleaming green and white urban commuter train was launched this week in the capital Addis Ababa. It is the first fully electrified train service in sub-Saharan Africa. The $470 million Addis Light Rail project was mostly funded by China’s Exim Bank. A delegation of Chinese officials stood at attention at the launch. Hundreds of […]
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(GIN)—On the Day of the African Child—June 16—the African Union estimated that 58 million young women in developing countries will have been married off before their 18th birthday. At the present trend, by 2020, 143 million girls would be married before age 18, an average of 14.2 million girls every single year. In South Africa, […]
(GIN)–In a closely-watched meeting of African Union leaders, the presence of alleged war criminal Omar al-Bashir, president of Sudan, neither produced an arrest or interference with his departure, outraging international rights activists and the International Criminal Court which is seeking his prosecution for the alleged massacre of civilians in Darfur in 2003. President Al Bashir […]
(GIN)–Conflicts in Burundi and Libya, xenophobia, migration and terrorism will be high on the agenda at the upcoming African Union summit taking place this week in Johannesburg’s Sandton Convention Center, South Africa. Crisis hotspots in South Sudan, Mali, Kenya, Somalia and Nigeria are also expected to be taken up at the gathering of national leaders […]
(GIN)–At a recent summit of African heads of state, the president of oil-rich Equatorial Guinea strongly rebuked western countries for “interfering” in Africa, and urged leaders to end economic dependence on the West. Teodoro Obiang Nguema, hosting a two-day summit of the 54-nation African Union, said a post-colonial relationship of unequals was holding back the […]
(GIN)—The West African nation of Niger has one of the highest rates of child marriage. About a quarter of all girls are married by 15 and on the road to child-bearing. That rises to nearly 80 percent by the age of 18. Prominent clerics in Niger staunchly defend the practice. Sheikh Abbas Yahaya at the […]
The African Union has given notice to the International Criminal Court that it should end trials of sitting heads of state and postpone the active trials of the president and deputy president of Kenya, both tied down by the recent Westgate shopping mall terror attack.