West and Central Africa: Flooding Situation – As of 31 October 2021

SITUATION OVERVIEW   Since the beginning of the year, flooding has affected 1.3 million people in West and Central Africa, particularly in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gambia, Niger, Chad, Nigeria, Togo, the Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, Guinea, Benin, Senegal, and Ghana. Heavy rainfalls, floods, and windstorms killed 248 people, injured 2,787, […]

Why US Is Suspending Ethiopia, Mali, Guinea From Free-Trade Deal

In response to human rights violations, the United States announced this week that it plans to suspend Ethiopia, Mali and Guinea from duty-free access to American markets as of January 1.   U.S. President Joe Biden said in a statement to Congress, released Tuesday, that these nations were no longer in compliance with the eligibility […]

Fuel Tanker Blast Kills At Least 91 in Sierra Leone Capital, Officials Say

At least 91 people were killed in the capital of Sierra Leone on Friday when a fuel tanker exploded following a collision, the central morgue and local authorities said.   The government has not yet confirmed the death toll, but the manager of the central state morgue in Freetown said it had received 91 bodies […]

Coup Puts Into Question Sudan’s Debt Cancellation, France Says

PARIS — The coup in Sudan puts into doubt the process that would have seen France cancel some $5 billion debt it was owed by the African country, France’s foreign ministry said on Friday, the latest power to pressure military leaders who seized power.   France, Sudan’s second-largest creditor, has been a main actor in […]

Paul Biya, Cameroon’s 88-Year-Old President, Marks 39 Years in Power

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON — Supporters of Africa’s second-longest serving leader, Cameroon’s 88-year-old President Paul Biya, are celebrating his 39 years in office November 6. Biya, who has been Cameroon’s president since 1982, is rarely seen in public these days. Meanwhile Biya’s opponents are saying renewed calls for the octogenarian to run for president in 2025 cannot […]

UN Security Council Calls for End to Fighting in Ethiopia

The U.N. Security Council has called for an end to escalating fighting in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region as rebel Tigrayan forces announce the formation of an alliance to end the government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.   In only the second statement on Ethiopia since the fighting began a year ago, the 15-member council Friday […]

Moroccan King’s Speech on Western Sahara Ignores Algeria Accusation

RABAT, MOROCCO — Morocco’s King Mohammed gave a speech Saturday about Western Sahara but made no mention of an Algerian accusation that Morocco targeted Algerian civilians in an incident last week that the United Nations said took place in the disputed territory.   Algeria’s accusation has raised fears of further escalation between the North African […]