Fresh airstrikes hit capital of Ethiopia’s war-torn Tigray region

The airstrikes on Mekelle were targeting weapons sites used by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), said Billene Seyoum, an Ethiopian government spokesperson. Ethiopia’s federal government launched a military offensive to oust the TPLF last November and fighting has been ongoing since. Seyoum added that one of these sites, Mesfin Industrial Engineering, has been “appropriated … Read more

Three children killed in airstrikes on Ethiopia’s Tigray region, UN says

Jens Laerke, spokesperson of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said at a briefing in Geneva that local health workers in the Mekelle hospital confirmed that the children had been killed as a result of an airstrike on the outskirts of the city. A second airstrike in Mekelle town “reportedly injured … Read more

‘He died in my arms.’ Twelve months on, a mother’s agonizing wait to find out why her son died at Lekki toll gate

In a blind panic, she called his phone, but there was no answer. She immediately hailed a passing motorcycle taxi, known locally as an Okada, and raced to the scene. But nothing could have prepared her for the harrowing scenes she witnessed when she got there, she said. “While I was looking for my son… … Read more

Climate report: Africa’s rare glaciers soon to disappear

Africa’s rare glaciers will disappear in the next two decades because of climate change, a new report warned Tuesday amid sweeping forecasts of pain for the continent that contributes least to global warming but will suffer from it most. The report from the World Meteorological Organization and other agencies, released ahead of the U.N. climate … Read more

Death of a 15-year-old girl while giving birth exposes dark practice of child marriage in Zimbabwe

Her son and the babies of other teenage mothers play together in the dirt while the mothers wait for their instructor. “I heard of her death with great shock. What if it were me? I feel lucky to be alive because I gave birth in the house. Anything could have happened,” Faith said. Faith and … Read more

How a US group with links to the far-right may have influenced a crackdown on Ghana’s LGBTQ community

Tucked away in a neighborhood of Accra, off Aflao Road, a group of Ghanaian gay activists use the house to gather in secret and provide shelter to LGBTQ people in need. Sitting on the corner of a couch in the gloomy interior, Joe holds a small clutch in both hands and speaks with a quiet … Read more

African scientists’ historic malaria breakthrough celebrated by peers

Dr. Akpaka Kalu, WHO Regional Advisor for Tropical and Vector-borne Disease, said positive results from ongoing pilot programs of malaria vaccinations in three African countries — Ghana, Malawi and Kenya — had led the organization to recommend widespread use of RTS,S/AS0 or Mosquirix among children in sub-Saharan Africa. “The datasets that were generated in these … Read more

WHO recommends world’s first malaria vaccine for children at risk

The World Health Organization on Wednesday endorsed the RTS,S/AS01 malaria vaccine, the first against the mosquito-borne disease that kills more than 400,000 people a year, mostly African children. The decision followed a review of a pilot programme deployed since 2019 in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi in which more than two million doses were given of … Read more

Ethiopian parliament confirms Abiy Ahmed as prime minister

Abiy’s party won a landslide victory in June’s election. He was sworn in on Monday, and a ceremony was being held later in the capital Addis Ababa attended by several African heads of states. President Sahle-Work Zewde told parliament on Monday that government priorities included easing inflation — which has hovered around 20% this year … Read more

Twitter says it is ‘continuing to engage’ with the Nigerian government as they discuss lifting ban

However, he said it has strayed into a “platform to organize, coordinate, and execute criminal activities, propagate fake news, and promote ethnic and religious sentiments.”  President Buhari said that this contributed to the federal government pulling the plug on Twitter in June. He added that a committee set up to resolve the dispute agreed the … Read more