Today the world celebrates the birth and legacy of an African giant, Guinea-Bissauan and Cabo Verdean nationalist Amílcar Cabral, born September 12 1924. We commemorate the legacies of Cabral and pay homage to him by remembering the words he left us with in his quest to see the liberation, unification and development of Africa.
Unicef has made startling revelations that female genital mutilation is on the rise across the world, with at least 200 million women and girls have undergone the procedure in 30 countries. More than half live in Indonesia, Egypt and Ethiopia. A staggering 44 million of those who have been cut are 14 years-old and younger.
Days after the World Health Organisation declares the Ebola outbreak over in the affected West African countries, Sierra Leone has reported the death of 22 year-old, Mariatu Jalloh. WHO has warned of the risk of more flare-ups or “residual Ebola risks”.
Alpha Conde, President of Guinea-Conakry has pledged to close Islamic schools where teachers and students wear the full veil, saying it’s a security threat and cited the “fight against terrorism” as reason for the decision. Senegal recently announced its intention to ban the burqa for security reasons
In an ‘unusual case’, a baby born to ‘healthy parents’ has tested positive for the Ebola virus in Guinea
When will customs officials at airports stop checking your temperature upon arrival from an African destination? In countries like Ethiopia, half a dozen medics in white coats check whether travellers had recently visited Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea. Admittedly, Addis Ababa hosts the headquarters of the African Union (AU), where most of Africa’s 54 member states are represented. And these officials travel a lot.
In the latest incident involving an African attempting to enter the EU, a migrant of Guinean origin has been found in a feotal position beneath the bonnet of a car in an effort to enter Spain
The AU is certainly aware that the call for open borders has fallen on deaf ears many times before. The idea of an African passport has surfaced periodically at AU summits but it has never become a reality