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1Interpol Raids Hot Spots for Modern Slavery in West Africa

West Africa Child Slavery

Police have rescued 216 human trafficking victims, mainly children, from forced labour and prostitution in a major operation in Benin and Nigeria. Operation Epervier II involved 100 police officers across the two countries rescued 157 child slaves, said the global police organisation, which coordinated the raids in early April. Many of the children were working in markets peddling goods, carrying heavy loads or fetching water, while others worked as housemaids or were forced into prostitution, Interpol said. Of the minors rescued, 36 were boys and 121 were girls. Investigations are underway to dismantle the crime networks active in Benin and Nigeria, which source, transit and destination countries for human trafficking, said Paul Stanfield, Interpol’s director of organised and emerging crime.

SOURCES: CGTN AFRICA

2The Mystery behind Lake Chad’s Shrinkage

Lake Chad’s Shrinkage

Lake Chad is the world’s shallowest lake; a great inland body of fresh water shared by Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria. It’s critically important, both economically and culturally, for millions of people in one of the world’s most impoverished regions. Its levels have varied dramatically for decades with heads of state, their cabinets, and Western aid organisations have presumed that Lake Chad was on a downward path – a victim of global climate change. These concerns led the four countries’ governments to commission several studies between 2008 and 2010. From this, an extensive report was published in 2014. One study, as yet unpublished, gathered data to determine whether irrigation may have adversely affected the lake; another, contained in the 2014 report, examined how much water would be needed to restore it to its former large state. This second study had a geopolitical angle: if the lake’s ills could be pinned on the forces of global change, international climate change negotiations would hold the promise of dozens of billions of dollars needed to build and maintain an inter-basin water transfer system, to bring waters from the Congo Basin into Lake Chad’s main tributary. This would be an economic boon for the region.

SOURCES: THE CONVERSATION

3Airbnb’s Impact in Africa Worrying for Some

Airbnb’s Impact in Africa

Among African governments and the hospitality sector, there’s a growing call to regulate the world’s biggest accommodation-sharing site: Airbnb. South Africa’s hotel federation last week said the platform was taking business away from registered hotels and eating into their profits. The 70-year-old industry body described Airbnb as a “massive problem,” and said existing laws failed to keep up with a fast-changing sector. It also asked the government to create a level playing field. The move follows calls to regulate and tax the short-term rental service in countries including Kenya, Tanzania, and Namibia. Kenya’s tourism sector, for instance, said this year it was working with Airbnb to facilitate registration of all properties on the platform and start remitting taxes by July. In Tanzania, homeowners were ordered to register their facilities last September or face arrest. The same happened in Namibia in 2017, where regulators ordered accommodation establishments with two or more bedrooms to register with the tourism board.

SOURCES: QUARTZ AFRICA

4East Africa Braces itself for a Storm

Cyclone Kenneth

Authorities in Tanzania have advised people in southern coastal regions to move to safer ground ahead of the expected arrival of a cyclone. Cyclone Kenneth is predicted to also hit neighbouring northern Mozambique with winds of up to 200km/h (124 mph) and torrential rain. Residents have been told to expect damage to their houses and farms. Tanzania’s Lindi, Mtwara and Ruvuma regions have been listed as the most prone to the weather, which is predicted to hit the country on Thursday. Mozambique is still reeling from Cyclone Idai which killed hundreds of people and left thousands homeless. The storm made landfall near the port city of Beira on 14 March, packing winds of up to 177 km/h and bringing torrential rain which caused extensive flooding. More than 700 people were killed in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe and at least three million were left in need of humanitarian assistance.

SOURCES: BBC

5A Piece of Livingstone’s Legacy in Africa

Livingstone's Legacy in Africa

The diary of an African attendant on the Scottish explorer David Livingstone’s final journey into the continent has been published online, containing the only handwritten witness account of the the Victorian missionary’s death in 1873. The manuscript was written by Jacob Wainwright, a member of the Yao ethnic group from east Africa and the only African pallbearer at the explorer’s funeral in Westminster Abbey in 1874. The diary contains a rare insight into the role of Africans involved in British colonial exploration and Livingstone’s death aged 60 in the village of Chitambo, present-day Chipundu, Zambia, after suffering from fever and excruciating back pain that prevented him from walking. Livingstone was one of the most famous 19th-century European explorers of Africa. In 1855, he became the first European to see Victoria Falls – and gave the landmark its European name.

SOURCES: THE GUARDIAN

63 Ways to Network in the Diaspora

Networking in Diaspora

With the current online social media landscape, there is no excuse for not having a social network of people that you interact with and get inspiration from. It is becoming increasingly important to have a social network of people who you can get feedback from, especially if you are an entrepreneur or are running a business in the African diaspora. One of the ways for creating a networking relationship in the diaspora is by attending conferences or workshops where people who are interested in similar things as you are meeting. Secondly, Social media is now one of the most utilized tools for building a network. It is a crucial tool for keeping your network organized and up to date. Finally, Ii the diaspora, people in your network are prone to change location frequently. This can often make it hard to keep up with people and plan meetups. The challenge in keeping up with people in the diaspora is that people are not always online at the same time due to time zone differences and other factors. This becomes a challenge especially when you need to communicate or discuss a potential future partnership or need confirmation on a business deal in an instant. A good way to combat this challenge is by having a set time or schedule of contacting your network online and being consistent with it.

SOURCES: SHE LEADS AFRICA

7Floods Leave Trail of Destruction in South Africa

Destruction in South Africa

Fifty-one people have died in floods that ravaged parts of the coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa’s southeast, local authorities said. The flooding began on Monday after heavy rain caused mudslides in several towns in Durban, the largest city in KwaZulu-Natal officials said there were reported incidents of collapsed buildings, walls and flooded homes in the area. Makeshift shelters and food are being provided for those displaced from their homes in the aftermath of the flooding. State-owned broadcaster SABC puts the number of those displaced at over 1000. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was forced to cut short his trip to the African Union (AU) summit in Egypt to visit the areas affected by the tragedy. South African Weather Service has warned there could be more rains in the coming days.

SOURCES: CNN

8The First Carrier to Operate the New CRJ-series Atmosphere Cabin in Africa

Bombardier CRJ900 jets

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has received two Bombardier CRJ900 jets from Canada at Entebbe International Airport. The arrival of the new planes, with the words Ugandan Airlines on the sides of the aircraft, marks the official comeback for the East African country’s national carrier that was grounded in 2001. Authorities hope that revival of the national carrier will help the economy and boost tourism. Commercial flights are expected to start in July, and two more bombardier planes are to be added to the fleet later this year. Atmosphere cabin design allows passengers to carry and store an “oversized” roller bag within the aircraft cabin bins, which minimizes the need to check bags at the counter or the gate. According to the manufacturer, the new model atmosphere cabin sets new standards of passenger experience in the regional jet market segment. Key features of the new interior comprise of larger passenger living space, wheel-first roller bag capability, more spacious lavatory, increased cabin connectivity options, all integrated into a contemporary design and material choices. Uganda paid $74,885,202 for the first two planes, and will operate the CRJ900 in dual-class configuration with 76 economy seats and 12 first class seats.
 

SOURCES: AFRICA NEWS

9Angola’s Poisoned Chalice

Angola’s Luanda Province

Angola’s Luanda Province, home of the nation’s capital, is surrounded by water. But clean water is not available for many of its residents. While Angolan authorities work to improve access to portable water, delivery services are cashing in. The lack of clean water is also an opportunity for hundreds of drinking water delivery boys. They say people need this water because in the neighborhood where they sell it, there is no water whatsoever. There are taps, but they have never had running water. Luanda’s water company says financial issues have slowed progress, but production projects in the works will eventually improve access to clean water. Meanwhile, Angolans do their best to get by, using what dirty water they have or the clean water they can sell. Luanda Province is surrounded on three sides by water — the Bengo and Cuanza Rivers, and the Atlantic Ocean.

SOURCES: VOA

10The Moroccan Fight Club you Can Talk About

Moroccan Fight Club

The North African country has often been portrayed in the West as mysterious and exotic, a land of belly dancers, enticement and Arab enchantment. This outmoded stereotype is firmly laid to rest by the country’s burgeoning combat sports scene. In Casablanca, the regional qualifying stage of the Moroccan amateur boxing championships is just weeks away and the young boxers at the Bateha club are training for the biggest fights of their lives. It’s here that a 75-year-old parking attendant and former Moroccan featherweight champion, Saleh Rouman, mentors fresh young boxing talent. Saleh founded Bateha in 1979 and his honours board boasts national champions. He gets a government subsidy for rent and electricity but has to fund the rest from his day job, devoting all his free time to nurturing young boxers in the modest Derb Ghallef area of town. “There are kids without any education or trade, I save them from the street and encourage them to be productive. I point them in the right direction, but in the end, it’s up to them. I do my best with them.” His club was the first in Casablanca to admit female fighters and Sanaa Akeel was a four-time national champion.

SOURCES: AL JAZEERA