Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Nigeria's Iheanacho bursts onto Premier League stage

Nigeria's Iheanacho bursts onto Premier League stage: Nigeria's Iheanacho bursts onto Premier League stage

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Egypt Donates K 19.5 million to help Malawi cope with impending food shortages

Lilongwe, January 26, 2016 (MaraviPost): The Arab Republic of Egypt through the Egyptian Agency of Partnership and Development (EAPD) has donated about K 19.5 million in a humanitarian gesture to help Malawi cope with the impending food crisis.

The donation comes as 17 per cent of the population (around 2.8 million) face severe food shortage in the lean period (October 2015 to March 2016) following prolonged dry spells and flooding in some parts of the country that led to a decline in production of maize and other food crops.

Egyptian Ambassador to Malawi, Maher El-Adawy said the donation is aimed at boosting food supplies distributed by the Department of Disaster and Management Affairs (DoDMA) to the people affected.      Egypt Donates K 19.5 million to help Malawi cope with impending food shortages: Egypt Donates K 19.5 million to help Malawi cope with impending food shortages

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Pope’s historic visit to Central African Republic (CAR) must address sectarian conflict

 In more than two years of violence, thousands have been killed and at least 900,000 displaced. Civilians remain under severe threat of violence and serious human rights abuses – including killings, sexual assaults and looting.    Pope’s historic visit to Central African Republic (CAR) must address sectarian conflict

Monday, November 23, 2015

US President Barrack Obama makes strong statements on Burundi and those resorting to violence

President Nkurunziza's pursuit of a third term in office has precipitated a humanitarian, economic, and security crisis, forcing more than 200,000 Burundians to become refugees in neighboring countries. We have received multiple, credible, and ongoing reports of targeted killings, arbitrary arrests, torture, and political repression by security forces, as well as violence and abuses by youth militia affiliated with the ruling party.US President Barrack Obama makes strong statements on Burundi and those resorting to violence


Friday, November 20, 2015

Metrojet crash in Egypt initiates airport security review

Media coverage following the crash of the Metrojet flight to Saint Petersburg drew attention to extensive security failings at Sharm el-Sheikh airport. Criticisms have included allegations of scanning machines rarely being used, bribery of security guards, and reports that only 20-30 percent of airport employees were subject to searches on entry to the airport. The incident has also led to scrutiny of other Egyptian airports, reinforced by reports that two criminals were able to breach a perimeter fence at Hurghada airport on 1 November.

Though the cause of the crash has not yet been made clear, speculation by UK and US authorities has pointed to the possibility of a bomb in the luggage compartment or near the skin of the aircraft, leading to concerns it was planted by a member of staff or supplier. None of the crew or passengers on board the flight have yet been identified as a potential suspect.

Responding to criticism of lax security, Egyptian authorities have increased physical searches of airport personnel at Sharm el-Sheikh to include all staff, including guards and caterers. International teams have also been deployed to examine the scanning of passengers, cargo and baggage, as well as catering teams and security guards at Cairo International Airport. The introduction of more security equipment, tighter baggage checks and improved employee screening is likely to continue at Egyptian airports in an effort to reassure airlines and passengers that preventative measures are being taken.

Short-term impacts

The alleged security breach has already prompted several airlines and airports to review their operations and security procedures. Russia suspended all flights to Egypt on 6 November, amid concerns over security at Sharm el-Sheikh airport, and indicated that the ban might last several months and could be applied to other countries considered to be vulnerable to terrorism. On 13 November, Russian authorities announced they were temporarily banning flights to the country from national carrier Egypt Air, the only airline still operating direct services between both countries since the Metrojet crash. Several international airlines have temporarily suspended flights to Sharm el-Sheikh, and KLM restricted passengers flying from Cairo to only carry hand luggage on 10 November.

The security fallout is not limited to Egypt. Western authorities, concerned by the threat from Islamic State, have encouraged airports with perceived vulnerabilities to increase security measures. Britain’s Secretary of State for Defence Philip Hammond said that a confirmation of the reports of an IS bombing would prompt a review of aviation security in countries where the militant group is active. This was reiterated by Prime Minister David Cameron in the wake of the 13 November IS attacks in Paris, when he announced a review of airports used by British travellers around the world, as well as more advice, training and equipment for local authorities at those airports. The full details of these plans are to be outlined in the five-year strategic defence review, to be published on 23 November.

     Metrojet crash in Egypt initiates airport security review

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Prohibiting Corporal Punishment is Crucial To Ending Violence against Children in South Africa

Today, Sonke Gender Justice in collaboration with Africa Child Policy Forum, The Africa Experts Committee on the Rights and the Welfare of the Child, Child Helpline International, Plan International, Save the Children and UNICEF launched the Action on Violence against Children campaign.

This is a multi-country campaign initially focusing on Kenya, Tanzania, Swaziland, Uganda, South Africa, Malawi and Zambia. The number of reported cases of sexual, physical and emotional violence against children in Eastern and Southern Africa is horrifying - and these are just the instances we know about.

In South Africa - a country with one of the highest levels of interpersonal violence, including violence against children - prohibiting corporal punishment offers a catalytic opportunity to reduce violence.    Prohibiting Corporal Punishment is Crucial To Ending Violence against Children in South Africa

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A Black South African Woman’s Journey to Atheism

South Africa is one of the least religious countries in Africa. About 15 percent of the population identifies as having no religious affiliation and that includes atheists. While some would argue that the country’s non-theistic demography is mainly white, there is a growing number of black South Africans who are atheists and who do not profess any religion. So, the religious demography in the country is undergoing a rapid change.

Recently I conversed with a black South African woman, Nosipho, who narrated how she abandoned her Christian faith and embraced atheism: “I am 39 years and was raised by my grandparents, my mother had me when she was just completing school and when she got married, my grandparents thought it was better that they raised me. My grandparents both attended Assemblies of God and so I grew up having to compulsorily attend church. I therefore became aware of "Jesus the Savior" early in my life and of course the promise of heaven through Jesus and Hell if you reject him”.

Nosipho had a difficult childhood and that made her to become very religious, “Growing up with a mother who was in and out of my life (as every time she had marital problems she would come back home and then after a period she went back to her husband), I started to have poor self-image issues and found it very difficult to relate to my peers as I somehow felt like a rejected person as I had no mother to guide me. So I had moments where I would try to find my identity independent of human beings and of course I had the belief in a "Jesus" or God who was the perfect father who would not disappoint me”

Nosipho’s struggles continued in her teenage years: “I had some years from my early teens through to my late teens of being on and off with my being ‘born again’ and struggling with the challenges of being a teenager who was trying to discover herself as a woman. It was in 1997, when I was doing the last year of my three year tertiary education that I finally made the full "conversion".

However Nosipho’s ‘full conversion’ took a toll on her education:

“I then poured out all my being into becoming a fervent "child of God". I remember that at the time I was doing my third year, I was very determined to do well and score high grades, but unfortunately, when "Jesus" came, everything else took a second seat so much so that I dropped my grades even though I was able to pass”

The experience did not deter or cause Nosipho to question her faith instead it made her even more fervent and devout:  

A Black South African Woman’s Journey to Atheism