KW 28: Unrest in Ethiopia, Uganda opens border to thousands fleeing Congo violence, Protest against Turkish intervention in Libya

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Unrest in Ethiopia: Ethnic unrest in the aftermath of the killing of Ethiopian singer Hachalu Hundessa has left at least 166 people dead, officials say. A police chief said 145 civilians and 11 security personnel died in Oromia region alone. Ten people have been killed in the capital Addis Ababa. Hachalu was killed on Monday, sparking unrest that spread from Oromia where he was seen as a hero. The motive remains unclear. Hachalu had said he had received death threats. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, himself an Oromo, who came to power in April 2018, has warned that those behind Hachalu’s death wanted to derail his reform program.

Uganda opens border to thousands fleeing Congo violence: An estimated 45,000 people have fled attacks in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that erupted in May. According to community representatives, armed groups began a violent rampage in War-Palara chiefdom, Mahagi Territory, including killings, sexual violence and looting. On Wednesday, Uganda temporarily re-opened two border crossing points, through Guladjo and Mount Zeu in Zombo district, to provide a safe haven with access to life-saving aid and protection to those who remained. Some 1,500 asylum-seekers crossed into Uganda. The border will remain open until Friday once the humanitarian operation is complete and then close again until further notice.

Protest against Turkish intervention in Libya: In Benghazi, thousands of people protested on Sunday against Turkey’s intervention in Libya. Turkey has dispatched mercenaries and weapons to the country’s internationally recognized government in Tripoli. Libya has been in turmoil since 2011, when a civil war toppled long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi. He was later killed. The North African nation has been divided between two rival governments since 2015. One in the east, allied with Eastern commander Khalifa Haftar, and the UN-backed government in Tripoli.

Dozens of dead elephants in Botswana: Botswana is investigating the mysterious deaths of dozens of elephants in the country’s treasured Okavango Delta. Twelve carcasses have been discovered in the past week, all with their valuable tusks still present, suggesting that poachers are not the culprits. Another 44 dead elephants were found in March, the environment ministry said. Botswana, in the south of Africa, is home to the world’s largest elephant population. A search is underway for more dead. Samples from the carcasses have been taken for analysis, and the public has been cautioned against eating meat from any dead elephants they find.

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Coronavirus in Africa not as bad as feared: In spring, there were still great concerns that the African continent could be particularly affected by the coronavirus. However, so far it has been shown that the number of infections is comparatively low. There are several reasons for this. For one thing, the governments had reacted quickly and prudently. Lockdown in aviation was also an important factor in curbing the spread of the virus. In addition, many African countries are not involved in international air traffic to the same extent as most Western European countries. Some African societies are also not very spatially mobile, only move within a smaller radius and, as a result, would not spread the virus as quickly. Nevertheless, the World Health Organization warns against easing protective measures too quickly.

Black tobacco market in South Africa is booming: The ban on tobacco in South Africa since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic is now causing a real boom in the black market. The ban came into force to protect smokers as a special risk group. While the government hopes to sustainably motivate the population to adopt a healthier lifestyle, the tobacco industry is worried about its existence while the Roiboos cigarette and similar businesses are booming.

Another incident in Iran’s nuclear facility: An incident damaged an under-construction building Thursday near Iran’s underground Natanz nuclear enrichment facility, though it did not affect its centrifuge operations or cause any release of radiation, a spokesman said. The fire hit a centrifuge assembly workshop. Some Iranian officials have blamed possible cyber-sabotage. Behrouz Kamalvandi, a spokesman for Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, said on Sunday that security officials were not talking about what caused the Natanz fire because of security reasons. The incident, he said, had caused significant damage, but there were no casualties. Other fires and explosions have also occurred in the past week in Iran.,

Coronavirus vs. equality: It has become noticeable in Germany that the coronavirus pandemic is associated with restrictions, especially for women: homeschooling, care work and home office, that was the norm in many families for weeks. A report from the United Nations warns that the pandemic could potentially undo some achievements in equality. Lockdowns have increased the number of domestic violence cases worldwide. Initial restrictions often make cases of sexual abuse or ill-treatment less visible. The situation is particularly problematic for the menstruating part of the world’s population. In many places the period is a taboo subject with shame associated with it, and women rarely have money for hygiene products. During their period, girls stay at home instead of going to school. The coronavirus has made it even more difficult to gain access to menstrual products: there are supply bottlenecks, shop closures, and waves of layoffs. In a Plan International survey that polled 61 healthcare professionals in 24 countries, 81 percent of respondents said that the pandemic led to women having less access to hygiene products.


According to the United Nations, one million people from the Democratic Republic of the Congo have been displaced since the beginning of 2020.


“(…) Images have power, they can turn into firm assumptions. For example, that all of Africa is underdeveloped. Of course there are diseases and malnutrition. But why do you only see that? For example, when do you see cities? (…) African metropolises are fascinating places.”

Author Ekow Eshun on the motivation for his photo book “Africa State Of Mind: Contemporary Photography Reimagines a Continent”.


Tabansi re-release: The British label BBE (Barely Breaking Even) has announced the re-release of the works of Nigerian label Tabansi. Sixty albums will be re-licensed.

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