United Nations aid agencies are calling for an immediate temporary ceasefire in Ethiopia following more than two weeks of fighting between the army and regional forces in Tigray region.
The agencies have had no access to the conflict zone and want humanitarian corridors set up. The UN fears hundreds, possibly thousands, of civilians have been killed. Journalists report the internet has been regulated, so it’s difficult to tell exactly what is going on there.
30,000 refugees, more than half of them children, have fled Ethiopia into the Sudan. Many are reported to be hungry and frightened. There are fears the influx of more refugees could destabilize Sudan.
The UN has appealed for funding and is planning for the possible arrival of around 200,000 refugees over the coming months.
Governors Deny Hoarding CACOVID Palliatives; Explain Storage Of Looted Food Items
Nigeria Governors’ Forum has denied hoarding food items donated to ease the economic hardship imposed on the poor by the COVID-19 lockdown.
The governors say the had kept the palliatives for distribution in case Nigeria witnessed a resurgence of the covid-19 virus.
Some of those palliatives were looted last week from warehouses where they were kept in different cities around the country, in the violence that upended the #EndSARS protests.
Some Nigerians have accused the governors of withholding the food items throughout the early months of the pandemic when the starving population desperately needed them.
The governors forum says some states were still receiving palliatives from the federal government through the federal ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management, and social development.
Meanwhile, Taraba State government has imposed an indefinite curfew in the state in order to safeguard lives and property.
Senior special assistant on new media to the deputy governor Musleem Aruwa, said in a statement essential workers have been informed to carry with them official identification cards to show security operatives on demand to avoid embarrassment.
Police And Protesters Clash As Mali Starts Post-Coup Transition Talks
Police and protesters have clashed in Mali as post-coup talks start. Supporters of the M5-RFP coalition, which led months of mass demonstrations against deposed president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, clashed with police at the entrance to the conference centre, delaying the start of the talks.
Police fired tear gas to disperse campaigners for civilian rule before substantive talks over Mali’s political future began on Thursday, in what is seen as a sign of a deepening rift over who should lead the post-coup transitional government.
The junta that toppled president Keita on august 18 wants the transitional government to be led by the military, while the democratic coalition and regional leaders have called for a civilian to lead.
International powers fear the political uncertainty in Mali could undermine the fight across west Africa’s Sahel region against Islamist militants linked to al Qaeda and Islamic state, as a previous coup did in 2012.
The talks between the junta, political parties and civil society groups were called to resolve a number of issues including the length of the transition and the make-up of the governing bodies after West African leaders demanded that name of a civilian interim president and prime minister must be provided by Sept. 15
A senior member of M5-RFP, Bakary Keita said “they are trying to confiscate our revolution from us, we were very clear from the start. We want a civilian as president of the transition, not a soldier.
Somali Pirates Hijack Panama-Flagged Ship
Pirates have hijacked a panama-flagged ship that was travelling from the United Arab Emirates to Mogadishu port. Authorities say the ship had developed mechanical problems when the incident happened.
A security official in Somalia’s autonomous Puntland region was quoted as saying the ship was attacked at night when the crew was sleeping.
The governor of Gardafu region in Puntland, Musse Salah said six pirates were involved in the attack.
This is the first piracy incident in the region in several years. Piracy off the coast of Somalia had reduced significantly in recent years, in part because of extensive international military patrols.