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Ethiopian Video Journalist for Associated Press Released on Bail
With World Press Freedom Day approaching, the detainment of Ethiopian video journalist of the Associated Press Amir Aman Kiyaro deserves our attention.
November 28, local Ethiopian forces detained Kiyaro in Addis Ababa. According to the Associated Press, local Ethiopian forces detained him for interviewing officials of groups opposing the Ethiopian government. The Voice of America (VOA) has specified that Kiyaro interviewed members of the Oromo Liberation Army. However, Kiyaro is a journalist who aims for objectivity. “He is a respected, balanced journalist who has covered both sides of the conflict,” said Ian Phillips to Voice of America (VOA), who is International News Vice President of the AP. “
This is arbitrary detention.” Kiyaro was later released on bail. However, fears loom as prosecutors consider more charges.
Since November 2020 Ethiopia has been engaged in an armed conflict pitting the federal government against forces of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front(TPLF)
Somalia Facing Famine
Devoid of much-needed rainfall, Somalis have been left devastated. The Voice of America (VOA) reported that it’s Somalia’s worst drought in three decades. Farmers are unable to maintain livestock and parents are struggling to feed their families. Children are suffering the most, from malnutrition to acute diarrhea, putting the region at greater risk of widespread death.
Talks about climate change are happening all around the world. And effects of climate change can be seen anywhere. Ice is melting at alarming rates in the arctic. California fires are hard to contain. But no other region of the world is facing the brunt of climate change more than Africa. And according to the United Nations (UN), if climate change is not adequately addressed, we will never escape its worst consequences.
UN Security Council Approves New Peacekeeping Mission in Somalia
A new African Union (AU) Mission has been approved by the United Nations Security Council (UNCS). Somalia has been facing a myriad of crises, notably the violent movement of Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Shabaab. Somalia needed to re-establish government legitimacy in order to address the powerful extremist group.
The previous AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) helped stabilize Somalia, allowing for the new AU mission, or the African Union Transitional Mission in Somalia (ATMIS). This new mission recognizes Somalia’s growing ability to implement its own plans to combat Al-Shabaab. The European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) have already fallen in line, and with the optimism of the AU, ATMIS could be a significant step in Somalia’s mere 15-year-long battle to re-establishing its national security.