What are Russian mercenaries doing in West Africa? — BBC Africa

The Wag­n­er Group is an organ­i­sa­tion of Russ­ian mer­ce­nar­ies. Thou­sands of their sol­diers have been fight­ing on the Russ­ian side in the war in Ukraine. But they have also been active on the African con­ti­nent in sev­er­al coun­tries — includ­ing the Cen­tral African Repub­lic, Mali and now, alleged­ly, Burk­i­na Faso. These Wag­n­er sol­diers are fight­ing in…

Africa’s Top Companies

  These African com­mu­ni­ty resources — links and pages to elect­ed offi­cials, Africa’s top com­pa­nies, soc­cer clubs, African-led busi­ness­es and orga­ni­za­tions, gro­cery stores, church­es, and more, are designed to give quick, easy access to the ser­vices that the African com­mu­ni­ty needs and desires.  Africa’s Top Com­pa­nies on our list were pulled through online research. This ran­dom list­ing is…

W/Africa’s challenges not insurmountable, say Catholic Bishops — Vanguard News

.By Lumi­nous Jan­namike, Abu­ja Catholic Bish­ops from the 16 West African coun­tries, on Sat­ur­day in Abu­ja, said the sub-region will over­come its cur­rent challenges.However, they insist­ed that polit­i­cal lead­ers must halt poli­cies and prac­tices that per­mit the exploita­tion of the peo­ple. The cler­ics also resolve to work with crit­i­cal stake­hold­ers to remove all obsta­cles to peace­ful coex­is­tence, devel­op­ment and pro­duc­tiv­i­ty in the region.The Bish­ops under the aus­pices of the Reunion of the Epis­co­pal Con­fer­ences of West Africa (RECOWA) said this in a com­mu­nique made avail­able to jour­nal­ists at the end of their 4th Gen­er­al Assem­bly, which was held in Nigeria’s cap­i­tal city. The reli­gious lead­ers, who acknowl­edged that West African coun­tries were bat­tling the com­mon chal­lenges of inse­cu­ri­ty, cor­rup­tion, and sec­tion­al mar­gin­al­i­sa­tion among oth­ers, nonethe­less said there is no need to despair because tough times do not last forever.They said, “We rec­og­nize the inher­ent dan­gers in our cur­rent soci­ety, but we remain opti­mistic that none of the prob­lems bedev­illing our sub-region is insur­mount­able. “How­ev­er, we need to work togeth­er, with like minds in pol­i­tics, reli­gion, eco­nom­ics, social life the media, in syn­er­gy to fight against all forms of man’s inhu­man­i­ty to man.”The com­mu­nique was signed by RECOWA Pres­i­dent, the Most Revd. Alex­is Touabli Youlou, fur­ther stressed that all stake­hold­ers must sus­tain the advo­ca­cy for pos­i­tive change in soci­ety. To this end, it added: “As Church, we call on politi­cians, oth­er lead­ers and indeed our peo­ple to order in their nev­er-end­ing crav­ing for self-aggran­dis­e­ment and acqui­si­tion of wealth.“We urge Chris­t­ian politi­cians, tra­di­tion­al rulers, tech­nocrats, pro­fes­sion­als, espe­cial­ly those in the media, busi­ness­men and women, and indeed all our peo­ple to live out their Chris­t­ian voca­tion in fight­ing cor­rup­tion, eth­no­cen­trism, sec­tion­al­ism, and all forms of injus­tice in society.“We strong­ly denounce the poli­cies and prac­tices of our gov­ern­ments and lead­ers who facil­i­tate and per­mit the exploita­tion and mar­gin­al­i­sa­tion of our peo­ple and endan­ger the future of our children.“Tragically, some indi­vid­u­als engaged in acts of vio­lence and ter­ror­ism have aggra­vat­ed the state of inse­cu­ri­ty in our sub­re­gion. We, there­fore, call on all nev­er to grow weary in denounc­ing and root­ing cut such evils in our midst.”The Catholic Bish­ops also said that at the end of their delib­er­a­tions, they held elec­tions and the fol­low­ing emerged as the lead­ers of RECOWA for the next three years:“Most Rev­erend Alex­is Touabli Youlou, Bish­op of Agbovilie in Cote D’Ivoire, Pres­i­dent; Most Rev­erend Joseph Kwaku Afrifan-Agyekum, Bish­op of Koforid­ua in Ghana, first vice pres­i­dent; and Most Rev­erend José Lam­pra, Bish­op of Bis­sau in Guinea Bis­sau, sec­ond vice president.“Also elect­ed to the sec­re­tari­at of the reunion are Father Vital­is Anae­ho­bi, Sec­re­tary-Gen­er­al, from Nigeria.”Vanguard News Nige­ri­aRE­LAT­ED NEWS

West Africa moves in unison to promote vaccination and curb falsehoods — Poynter

In West Africa, fact-check­­ers are coop­er­at­ing to expand their influ­ence on local, nation­al and inter­na­tion­al lev­els to curb mis­in­for­ma­tion about vac­cines. Orga­ni­za­tions are band­ing togeth­er, form­ing alliances with inter­gov­ern­men­tal groups and cre­at­ing cross-con­ti­­nent task forces to ele­vate health knowl­edge across Africa. “I think the most impor­tant thing is to high­light how fact-check­­ers lever­age col­lab­o­ra­tion to…

UN agencies, partners establish global Ebola vaccine stockpile

In a major mile­stone in the fight against dead­ly dis­eases, Unit­ed Nations agen­cies and human­i­tar­i­an part­ners announced on Tues­day, the estab­lish­ment of a glob­al Ebo­la vac­cine stock­pile, to help con­trol future epi­demics by ensur­ing time­ly access to vac­cines for pop­u­la­tions at risk, dur­ing outbreaks. 

West Africa: Democracy ‘a constant process’ top UN official tells Security Council 

While elec­tions are one-time events, “democ­ra­cy is a con­stant process of delib­er­a­tion and con­sul­ta­tion” where dia­logue pro­vides an “impor­tant are­na for the build­ing of nation­al con­sen­sus”, the top UN offi­cial in West Africa told the Secu­ri­ty Coun­cil on Monday. 

Navy Warship’s Secret Mission Off West Africa Aims to Help Punish Venezuela

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