KW 49: Second worst Ebola outbreak in history, World Bank doubles climate aid, German-African magazine „Africa Positive“ celebrates its 20th birthday

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Second worst Ebola outbreak in history: The World Health Organization says Congo’s deadly Ebola outbreak is now the second largest in history, behind the devastating West Africa outbreak that killed thousands a few years ago. WHO emergencies chief Dr. Peter Salama called it a sad toll as Congo’s health ministry announced the number of cases has reached 426. That includes 379 confirmed and 47 probable cases, with 242 deaths. Salama predicted this month that the outbreak in northeastern Congo will last at least another six months before it can be contained. The West Africa Ebola outbreak killed more than 11,000 people from 2014 to 2016. While the numbers were far from those from West Africa in 2014, the dynamics of conflict posed a different kind of threat, said Michelle Gayer, senior director of emergency health at the International Rescue Committee.

World Bank doubles climate aid: The World Bank will make about $200bn available to fund action on climate change from 2021-25, helping countries adapt to the effects of warming and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The sum represents a doubling of the five-year investment plan put in place after the landmark Paris agreement of 2015. German Development Minister Gerd Müller has emphasized the role of the industrial nations responsible for the majority of emissions. The consequences of climate change hit the poorest countries hardest. For example, most African countries suffer most from droughts and floods, while contributing the least to climate change. The African delegation hopes to receive financial support from the UN Climate Change Conference.

German-African magazine „Africa Positive“ celebrates its 20th birthday: The German-African magazine „Africa Positive“, whose first issue came out in 1998, has celebrated its 20th anniversary. The magazine’s founder, Veye Tatah, is keen to paint a more positive image of Africa in Germany and Europe, where negative coverage of the country still dominates. The magazine covers a variety of topics such as politics, fashion and culture and is highly valued by the African community. The magazine offices are located in the North Rhine-Westphalian city of Dortmund. In 2010, Tatah was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit.

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No Africa cup for Cameroon: The Confederation of African Football (Caf) announced on Friday that its executive committee had withdrawn Cameroon as hosts of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations because of delays in preparation for the tournament, due to start in June. Cameroon’s Minister of Communication, Issa Tchiroma Bakary said the government was dismayed. There had been much scrutiny on Cameroon ahead of the Caf executive committee meeting on Friday, with focus also on the security situation in the northern and Anglophone regions of the country. Delays in construction were an issue, but Bakary said the country is determined to ensure the projects will be completed despite fears that some of the work may now be abandoned.

Financial dispute in Angola: Since resigning in September of last year, former Angolan President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos, who headed the Angolan government for nearly forty years, has avoided an open confrontation with his successor Joao Lourenco. At that time, the transfer of power was celebrated as a model for democracy throughout Africa. But that peace is over. According to Lourenco, Dos Santos left him with empty state coffers. Dos Santos countered this statement and insisted that the government had 15 billion dollars at the time of his departure. A heated debate has broken out in Angola about whom to believe.


Starting in 2020, rich industrial nations are expected to pay an annual amount of 100 billion US dollars to support developing countries in their fight against climate change and its consequences.


„Climate policy means investing in developing and emerging countries. Africa, Brazil, India and China: Key climate protection decisions will be made there.“

German Development Minister Gerd Müller has pointed to the key role of emerging economies in the fight against climate change.


Surfing in West Africa: German Carlo Drechsel traveled along West Africa’s coasts for a year and half while surfing the waters. Drechsel has written a book about his travels: „Insight Africa. A road trip. A surfboard. A story.“ His journey in an SUV took him across 25 African countries, in total he traveled over 60,000 kilometers. Drechsel’s journey continues – he is now going on tour with his book.

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