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Children Killed In School Attack Given State Funeral By Cameroonian Government

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Seven schoolchildren who were shot dead by unknown gunmen in Cameroon’s south-western city of Kumba last month have been laid to rest. Thousands of people turned out on Thursday at their funeral.

Gunmen stormed the mother Francisca school late last month, killing the seven children.

Cameroon’s prime minister Joseph Dion Ngute was present at the burial. He said the government had borne both the hospital and burial costs and promised that the killers would not go unpunished.

Parents of the children said their loss was deep, and no amount of punishment meted out to the killers, if caught, will assuage their pain.

Recent violence in Cameroon has led to several attacks on schools, especially in the English-speaking regions, where four attacks have been recorded in the past 11 days.

Numbering at least 20 gunmen attacked another school on Wednesday, forcing students and teachers to undress before beating them up and molesting some of them. The attackers then set parts of the school building on fire.

On Tuesday, a Presbyterian school in Kumba city in the north-west was attacked and at least 11 teachers kidnapped.

Armed separatists are fighting for a break-away nation they call Ambazonia. The government has accused separatist fighters of carrying out the attacks.

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DR Congo In ‘World’s Largest Food Crisis’

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The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned that nearly 22 million persons in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are facing acute food insecurity, a dramatic rise from last year.

An FAO report says conflict and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, which have impacted food prices and livelihoods, have worsened the problem. The report says, the country is now experiencing the world’s largest food crisis as these factors are exacerbating humanitarian needs in the DRC.

The UN also cites as contributing factors “an economic decline linked to currency depreciation and drop in GDP growth and natural hazards,” such as flooding.

The UN agency says in a report the number of people facing acute food insecurity at crisis or worse levels has dramatically increased – from fifteen and a half million in 2019 to nearly twenty-two million.

The FAO warns that with the acute hunger, any further disruption of food supply chains will only worsen human suffering and hamper efforts to address the problem.

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UK Deploys 300 Troops To Mali

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The UK’s defence ministry says the first batch of 300 British troops have arrived in Mali to bolster the united peacekeeping mission there.  The rest will follow within a week.

The force will join 14,000 peacekeepers from 50 nations to protect Mali’s population from growing Islamist violence.

The mission to Africa’s Sahel region has been described as the world’s most dangerous peacekeeping deployment.  More than 5,000 French troops have underpinned the operation, but president Emmanuel macron is under pressure to reduce his forces.

Meanwhile, Mali’s interim government announced, on Thursday, the composition of a new legislative body for the country’s transition to civilian rule, with the military retaining a key role.

Young army officers in Mali toppled president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in august after weeks of anti-government protests.

Military junta handed power to an interim government, between September and October under the threat of international sanctions.  The interim government is meant to rule for 18 months before elections.

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South Africa Fears COVID-19 Resurgence

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South Africa is facing a possible resurgence of COVID-19 as localized outbreaks drive infection rates.

The country is Africa’s most affected nation, and authorities have been struggling to control the number of outbreaks since an increase was reported last month in the eastern and western southern cape provinces. Daily new cases have surpassed 3,000, a 50% jump from an average of 2,000 earlier last month. The emergence of new outbreaks in several parts in South Africa has raised concerns that the virus could be encouraged by the expected gatherings during the festive season.

So far, 796,000 cases have been reported including 21,709 deaths. Transmission rate had dropped sharply after its peak in July, with fewer than three cases detected daily per 100,000 persons between late august and early November. But the lull was short-lived, and authorities are now trying to combat a possible resurgence of the coronavirus epidemic. President Cyril Ramaphosa has ruled out a new lockdown at this stage.

Hospitals are reported overwhelmed. The health services requested assistance in three public facilities from the NGO, doctors without borders.

Meanwhile, South Africa has missed its first payment to join the World Health Organization’s initiative to help poorer countries get hold of coronavirus vaccines.

Finance minister Tito Mboweni had set aside $33m for vaccines, but it appears the treasury has not yet released the funds.

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