KW 43: WHO warns of Ebola, Algeria bans full-face veils in workplaces, Talks on West Sahara conflict planned

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WHO warns of Ebola: The risk of Ebola escaping from the Democratic Republic of Congo is very high, and the outbreak already is nearing Uganda, the World Health Organization has warned. The WHO raised its official alert level because of violence by local militias, which has slowed efforts to contain the outbreak, and population movements in eastern Congo, where the latest outbreak erupted in August. The Congolese Ministry of Health says at least 12 people were killed Saturday and a dozen were kidnapped in the city of Beni after an armed incursion by the Allied Democratic Forces, a rebel group active in the area. The health ministry said that residents of Beni took to the streets on Sunday to protest the killings and abductions, destroying several administrative buildings and forcing Ebola response to be temporarily halted.,

Algeria bans full-face veils in workplaces: The Algerian government announced Thursday that wearing a full-face veils, known as the burqa or niqab, were banned in workplaces. Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia called on his country’s ministers and governors to strictly abide by the instructions to prevent any dress that impedes the exercise of the functions of the public service, in particular the niqab, which is strictly prohibited in the workplace.

Talks on West Sahara conflict planned: Fresh talks on the long-standing conflict over the Western Sahara are planned at the United Nations in Geneva in December, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric announced in New York. The talks are to be mediated by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres‘ personal envoy for Western Sahara, Horst Koehler. Western Sahara is a territory in North Africa largely controlled by Morocco but also claimed by the Polisario Front independence movement. Representatives of Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania and the Polisario Front are to attend the talks.

Hundreds of migrants storm Spanish enclave in North Africa, one dies: Some 300 people rushed a border fence between Morocco and Spain’s North African enclave Melilla, Spanish authorities said on Sunday. One man died of a suspected cardio-respiratory arrest despite being treated by emergency services. Nineteen other people were being treated for fractures or cuts sustained while scaling the fences, authorities said. Another six Civil Guards sustained non-serious injuries during the rush at the border fence. About 200 migrants managed to scale the seven-meter high metal barrier and were taken to a reception center in Melilla where officials started the process of identifying them.,

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German Africa Commissioner faces criticism: Germany’s Africa Commissioner Günter Nooke is facing criticism following problematic statements he made in an interview. „Africa is different. Europe’s solutions cannot be Africa’s solutions“, Nooke had said. „This has to do with clan structures, the role of tribal leaders, the multitude of ethnicities and traditional behaviors.“ In addition, Nooke said the women would get too many children. Statements like these contribute little to a realistic image of Africa, criticized Dominic Johnson in the „taz“ newspaper.

Nigeria: Should I stay or should I go?: Benin City in Nigeria’s south is a hub for illegal migration in West Africa. That’s why „Deutsche Welle“, within the framework of its 77 Percent youth project, held a town hall debate. Over 300 students and other young people had come to the venue at the school of agriculture at the University of Benin. The two-hour debate was broadcast live across Nigeria via DW’s partner broadcaster, Nigeria’s private Channels TV. Facebook users could also follow and participate in the debate on DW and other online platforms. The local government representatives had a tough time contending with the anger in the audience, although the city has put various programs in place, for example, to improve the quality of tertiary education and setting up an online job exchange to bring graduates into the private sector.


Up to 1,000 new refugees reach the Congolese border town of Kamako every hour. 200,000 people from the northeast of Angola have been displaced since the beginning of October. The Angolian government explained the purges by claiming that the government was taking action against illegal diamond miners.


„African states want Europeans to come to Africa and openly say what they want. We know what is good for us, the Europeans don’t always have to tell us what to do. If Austria takes action in response to this crisis, then I do not think that fact is very important. They should just openly say so, and to my knowledge Chancellor Kurz has done just that. And if the issue of migration is to be dealt with, then investments in Africa will be needed.“

Professor Yenkong Ngangjoh Hodu, who teaches international business law in Manchester, is calling for EU governments to preach less and invest more.


Africa’s youngest billionaire is free 9 days after abduction: Tanzanian billionaire Mohammed Dewji, who was seized by gunmen outside a luxury hotel nine days ago, is home safe after his kidnappers freed him, police said. Unknown gunmen snatched Dewji on October 11th as he left his early morning workout in the commercial capital of Dar es Salaam. He was found over a week later in the same city, regional police commissioner Lazaro Mambosasa told reporters. Police officials did not provide additional details on his release. It’s unclear whether a ransom was paid.

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