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Charity: 70,000 African Children Face Starvation

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Charity: 70,000 African Children Face Starvation

A charity organization, save the children, is warning that nearly 70,000 children in sub-Saharan Africa are at risk of dying from extreme hunger before the end of the year.

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The charity says the COVID-19 lockdown measures have meant families are facing a serious decline in their livelihoods, and nutritious food is becoming expensive and increasingly hard to find.

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Save the children says its clinics in east and southern Africa are treating a rising number of children suffering from malnutrition.

Before the pandemic, communities most at risk were already facing food insecurity because of floods, displacements and swarms of locusts in east Africa.

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

Mali’s new interim president Bah Nda`w has been sworn into office today, Friday at a ceremony in the nation`s capital, Bamako.  The former defence minister and retired army colonel was picked by coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held. Colonel Assimi Goita, will serve as deputy president.

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Nda`w said, in his inauguration speech, that he will end militant insurgency in the country’s north and stop organized crime.

The military junta in Mali took over power and forced Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta out of office five weeks ago. ECOWAS leaders have overseen negotiations for a return to democracy.  The appointment of a civilian president was a condition for the west African regional group, ECOWAS, to lift the sanctions it earlier imposed after the coup.

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Mali leaders are hoping ECOWAS will lift sanctions on the country after the inauguration. The new government is expected to be in office for a transition period of 18 months that will lead to an election.

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