Category Archives: P

UN SECURITY COUNCIL ELECTS NON-PERMANENT MEMBERS

Mozambique was among five countries elected on Thursday to hold a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council for 2023 and 2024. VOA’s Paul Ndiho has more

EMPOWERING ZAMBIAN YOUTH WITH CODING SKILLS

Mobile app developers in Africa are scrambling to release more and more apps, many of which are primarily aimed at solving their local problems. For example, in Zambia, young software developers create applications to address their needs in many areas, including mobile banking, information gathering, farming, healthcare, and education.

For more insight, I spoke to Bright Kunda Molumba, a self-taught app developer and founder of New Age Developers in Lusaka, Zambia.

50 CONFIRMED DEAD AFTER SHOOTERS ATTACKED A CATHOLIC CHURCH IN NIGERIA

At least 50 people were killed and others injured after shooters attacked St Francis Catholic Church in the southwestern town Owo in Nigeria’s Ondo state during Mass on Sunday. The government has declared 7-days national mourning for the victims, with all flags flying at half-mast in the state. VOA’s Paul Ndiho has our report

MANSA MUSA ONLINE CRYPTO CURRENCY EXCHANGE IN ZIMBABWE

As cryptocurrencies go mainstream, countries in Africa seem to be warming up to the idea of digital currencies.

In Zimbabwe, a new startup Sawasawa Technologies, Inc., is trying to tap into this growing demand for cryptocurrencies by creating an online exchange platform dubbed Mansamusa where people can trade in Cryptocurrencies. I spoke to Thulani Mthunzi, CEO of Sawasawa Technologies based in Harare, Zimbabwe.

ATM – THAT DISPENSES SANITARY PADS IN KENYA

Kenyan sisters Faith and Linda are making their mark in the innovation and tech space. Their award-winning automated tailored machine ATM – dubbed DIAL A PAD, dispenses sanitary pads at a low cost, making Pads accessible to school-going girls. Could this innovation be a game-changer? I spoke to Faith Mutindi, co-founder of Dial A Pad based in Nairobi, Kenya.

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MORE THAN 100 PEOPLE RESCUED OFF THE LIBYAN COAST

More than one hundred people are breathing a sigh of relief after being rescued off the Northwest coast of Libya as they attempt to make their way across the Mediterranean Sea to Europe. 

Libyan coast guard officials say boats carrying more than 100 people after being rescued off the coast of the Libyan city of Garabulli on Monday. The migrants are from many countries, including Egypt, Eritrea, and Bangladesh. For many migrants, Libya evokes painful memories of abuse, torture, and trafficking.

“We commonly see stab wounds, bullets wounds, burns even; we’ve seen evidence of electrocution, lots of beatings with whips, hoses, things like that.” So said Mohammed Fadlalla, MSF doctor.   

Libya is a significant transit point for Africans seeking to make the arduous journey to Europe across the Mediterranean Sea.

“I entered Libya; traffickers coached me. The traffickers beat me and used electricity. Look at my face, my hands.” 

Libya is being singled out as a dangerous country for migrants, and a United Nations report revealed that “crimes against humanity” are being inflicted on the most vulnerable people.

The dangers are all too familiar for some aboard the Geo Barents ship run by medical charity Doctors Without Borders.  

“In Libya, there is so much human violence. Like capturing people from their main camps, taking them to the prison, and trying to ask them for money. So it’s difficult.”

Hoping for a better life, some migrants reach their destinations; some are rescued, but others often die during their journey to Europe.

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