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Kenya: Raped by employer – now she is the strength for others

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CrossOver 101: Your Testimony – Mary Mwende

Listen to this powerful testimony. It might change your life.

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The Special Envoy for the Sahel visits Niger

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DAKAR, Sénégal, July 4, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — As part of her Sahel tour, the Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for the Sahel, Mrs. Hiroute Guebre Sellassie, on July 4th visited Niger, and met with President Mahamadou Issoufou and the national authorities.

The Special Envoy briefed President Mahamadou Issoufou on the latest developments regarding the implementation of the United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel, and stressed the importance to coordinate all initiatives and strategies for the Sahel region.

For her first official visit to Niger, the Special Envoy commended the President of Niger for his government’s efforts to ensure peace and stability in the region. She encouraged national authorities to continue their efforts to consolidating the democratic achievements in order to tackle the multiple challenges faced by Niger and the region.

For his part, President Issoufou expressed his personal support to the Special Envoy for the implementation of the United Nations Strategy for the Sahel, and reiterated Niger’s commitment to work with the United Nations, the countries of the region, as well as with the other partners, in order to address insecurity issues and establish a durable peace and stability in the Sahel.

In this regard, President Issoufou reaffirmed the importance of a coordinated approach by all stakeholders in the Sahel – as mentioned in the UN Integrated Strategy – to better respond to the needs of the region. He also underlined that the G5, which Niger is a member, is complementary to the existing initiatives in the Sahel and that it will work in coordination with the United Nations and other partners.

Mrs. Guebre Sellassie also confered with the Prime Minister, Mr. Brigi Rafini, and the President of the National Assembly, Mr. Hama Amadou, as well as with other national officials and representatives of the United Nations system in Niger.

For her next visit, the Special Envoy will visit Islamic Republic of Mauritania

 

SOURCE

Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for the Sahel (OSES)

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Nigerian editor missing since Tuesday

Posted by African Press International on July 6, 2014

ABUJA, Nigeria, July 4, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Committee to Protect Journalists holds Nigerian authorities responsible for the safety of an editor who was seized by armed men on Tuesday and has not been seen since.

Thomas Thomas, editor of the thrice-weekly Global Concord newspaper, was seized by three men in plainclothes in Uyo, the capital of the oil-rich state of Akwa Ibom, according to news reports. The journalist was handcuffed and forced into a waiting car, the report said.

Unyime Ekwere, chairman of the Global Concord’s editorial board, told CPJ that Thomas was being detained by the State Security Service, but did not elaborate on the identity of his source. He said no reason had been given and that the SSS denied having him in custody.

In separate telephone calls with CPJ, SSS Director Toma Minti and Etim Dickson, police spokesman, declined to comment on Thomas’s whereabouts.

Global Concord has been very critical of the Akwa Ibom state government, according to news reports and local journalists. Ekwere told CPJ that Thomas’ disappearance could be connected to a recent story published in the paper that alleged plans by the Akwa Ibom state government to assassinate traditional chiefs ahead of the 2015 general elections over their refusal to support a government-chosen candidate. The story was based on a press release from the traditional chiefs, Ekwere told CPJ.

“CPJ is alarmed by the seizure of Thomas Thomas and calls on Nigerian authorities to do all they can to ensure his safety and well-being,” said CPJ Africa Program Coordinator Sue Valentine from Cape Town, South Africa.

 

SOURCE

Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

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Li Keqiang Meets with Vice President James Wani Igga of South Sudan

Posted by African Press International on July 6, 2014

BEIJING, China, July 4, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — In the afternoon of July 1, 2014, Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and Premier Li Keqiang met with Vice President and Deputy Chairman of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) James Wani Igga of South Sudan at Ziguangge of Zhongnanhai.

Li Keqiang expressed that South Sudan is China’s good friend and good partner in Africa. The Chinese government supports the South Sudanese people to choose the development path according to their own national conditions, and stands ready to provide help and support within its capacity to South Sudan. The Chinese side appreciates the efforts made by the South Sudanese government to solve internal crisis in a peaceful way and the mediating role played by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) of East Africa in this regard, and hopes South Sudan realize national reconciliation, security and stability at an early date. We are also ready to continue to play a constructive role in promoting South Sudan and Sudan to achieve peace and development. The Chinese government encourages the two countries to strengthen cooperation in economy and trade, agriculture, infrastructure construction, energy resources and so on, and hopes that the South Sudanese government will take effective measures to ensure the safety of Chinese enterprises and personnel in South Sudan.

Li Keqiang pointed out, under the new situation, the Chinese side will adhere to the concept of “sincerity, real results, affinity and good faith” to treat Africa sincerely and equally, to enhance solidarity and mutual trust, to jointly seek inclusive development, and to innovate practical cooperation. Both sides should push forward cooperation in the six major fields of industry, finance, poverty reduction, ecological environment protection, people-to-people and cultural exchanges as well as peace and security, jointly construct the three networks of railways, highways and regional aviation in Africa, and create an upgraded version of China-Africa cooperation, so as to achieve mutual benefits and win-win results.

Wani expressed that South Sudan and China enjoy a profound friendship, and that the country thanks for the long-term precious support given by the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Chinese government for promoting peace, stability, and economic development in South Sudan. East African countries are deeply encouraged by the framework for cooperation with Africa raised by Premier Li Keqiang during his recent visit to Africa, and are willing to work with China to jointly advance construction of such transportation networks as regional railways. South Sudan will continue to commit itself to realizing peace and reconciliation, and will ensure the safety of Chinese enterprises and personnel in South Sudan.

Wang Jiarui, Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), was present at the meeting.

 

SOURCE

China – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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