Africa
ECOWAS lifts sanctions on Niger weeks after Sahel states announce withdrawal from bloc

The West African bloc has lifted a majority of the sweeping sanctions it had imposed on Niger, including border closures and a freezing of state assets. The move followed soon after Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso declared their withdrawal from ECOWAS after forming the Alliance of Sahel States

Starvation and disease threaten millions in Sudan as civil war rages on

With over half the population hungry and starvation deaths increasing by the hour, Sudanese brace for worse as the country enters the lean season on the heels of a harvest season lost to war.

NUMSA calls for boycott of PUTCO bus company over “inhumane” treatment of workers

Around 120 members of NUMSA employed by South African transporter PUTCO, who were suspended following an unprotected strike in 2022 over a wage dispute, have been subject to undignified conditions including a lack of access to decent toilets at the company’s depots.

Senegalese civil society “remains vigilant” as top court overturns election delay 

The Constitutional Council nullified a presidential decree and a law passed by parliament postponing the February 25 elections. The chief election body has ordered that elections be held “as soon as possible,” with President Macky Sall’s term set to expire on April 2

Cholera still poses risks in Zambia despite decrease in cases

A deadly cholera outbreak in Zambia continues to endanger lives despite a reduction in confirmed cases. The government and public health authorities need to carry out more public health education programs and improve living conditions that have facilitated the outbreak in the first place

“There’s no explanation for Israel to be killing women and children,” says Lula in Egypt

Brazil’s president made the statement during his visit to Egypt and while Israel was escalating attacks against Rafah

Turkish President Erdogan makes rare visit to Cairo ending decade-long hostility

The Turkish and Egyptian Presidents demanded an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. The countries have been at odds since the coup that overthrew then Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi in 2013

Abiy Ahmed faces a divided Ethiopia and growing pressure

Significant miscalculations by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government have pushed the once hopeful Ethiopia to worrying instability, says former diplomat Mohamed Hassan

Thousands forced to flee in DRC’s North Kivu province as M23 attacks intensify

Attacks by the Rwanda-backed M23 has led to another wave of mass displacement in the province of North Kivu. The rebel group has tried to make advances towards the provincial capital of Goma, attacking the town of Sake which lies just 25 kilometers away.

South African Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor reveals threats to family in wake of ICJ case against Israel

Pandor has reported receiving threats against her and her children and has alleged involvement of Israeli intelligence

Anger grows over “constitutional coup” in Senegal after deferral of presidential election

On February 3, President Macky Sall announced an indefinite suspension of the presidential election set for February 25. On February 5, after opposition deputies were forcibly removed by security forces from the parliament, the chamber voted to push the polls to December 15.

“We will fight in the streets of Nairobi for our brothers and sisters in Haiti”

Despite the prohibition by Kenya’s High Court, President William Ruto has vowed to deploy policemen within this week to Haiti. Communist Party of Kenya leader Booker Omole says Ruto is selling the country’s foreign policy to the highest bidder, namely the US