The report, that coincides with World Refugee Day, illustrates the challenges facing migration. Ongoing crises in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo contributed in raising the overall figure of those forcibly displaced in 2017 to 68.5 million. Eighty per cent of refugees are in developing countries, according to the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. "The new displaced came mainly from the DRC," UNHCR spokesperson Celine Schmitt told RFI, saying that many Congolese refugees either fled to neighbouring countries or are displaced at home. "They're nearly 5 million in the DRC," she said. Refugees who fled their countries to escape conflict and persecution accounted for 25.4 million of the 68.5 million, 2.9 million more than in 2016. "There are definitely very big challenges with migration, and we don't want to underestimate them," Claudia Roethlisberger, an Economics Officer with UNCTAD, the main U.N. body dealing with trade, told RFI. "But we want to show that there is a … [Read more...] about Could African migration stem migrant crisis?
It may come as a surprise to some of the participants, but South Sudan President Salva Kiir will meet his rival and former vice president Riek Machar in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa today. That's according to the Ethiopian foreign ministry, reported on the front page of regional paper the East African. The two men are to hold talks with a view to ending the civil war which broke out in 2013. The reason the report is surprising is because the South Sudan government yesterday rejected Ethiopia as a suitable venue for the face-to-face talks, insisting that the meeting should take place in a neutral country. President Kiir said he was prepared to travel to meet Machar in South Africa, where the rebel leader has been under house arrest since November 2016. Even more seriously, the Sudan Tribune reports that the South Sudan Opposition Alliance has rejected a proposal by the Intergovernmental Development Authority to end the four-and-half year conflict in the country, saying it failed to … [Read more...] about African press review 20 June 2018
Africa 19 June 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-44539856 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Confusion surrounds a claim by former tennis champion Boris Becker that he holds diplomatic status on behalf of the Central African Republic (CAR).He asserted last week in London that his appointment as a diplomat by the CAR … [Read more...] about Confusion over Becker ‘diplomat’ claim
World Bulletin / News Desk The South African Minority Rights Equality Movement (Samrem) has said it will take opposition leader Julius Malema to court for making a racial slur against Indians. Legal Notice: Copyright, trade marks and other intellectual property rights in this website can not be reproduced without the prior permission. … [Read more...] about Opposition S.African leader faces suit over Indian slur
South Sudan has rejected the venue for the face-to-face talks between President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar. The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (Igad) had proposed to hold the meeting, scheduled to take place tomorrow, in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. South Sudan's Information Minister and government spokesperson, Michael Makuei, says the historic meeting must take place in a neutral country. “There are competing interests among Igad member states such as Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya,” Makuei said. All three countries had offered to host the Kiir-Machar meeting. Makuei said President Kiir would rather travel to South Africa to meet Machar. Riek Machar has been under house arrest in South Africa since November 2016. Motor problem slows free trade deal Member countries of the African Tripartite Free Trade Area will have to wait a little longer to benefit from the deal, following a dispute over levies on motor vehicles. The three trading blocs … [Read more...] about African press review 19 June 2018