South Sudan: Latest News
Derek Dias, 9:47 am
From 1549 until 1875, Jolof or Wolof, was a powerful kingdom in what is now Senegal and Gambia. In 1875, the theocratic Imamate of Futa Jallon brought jihad upon its neighbor. The kingdom never recovered and the French took over soon after. C’est la vie. The next time you eat Jollof rice, you can thank this kingdom. Not enough people besides history buffs know about the great empires, kingdoms, and sultanates of Africa. Here are some of the great African empires you may never have heard of.
Godfrey Olukya, 10:26 am AFKI Original
Rwandan trader Pierre Ndimwibo exports raw materials and imports electronic devices. Eliminating barriers like roadblocks and weigh stations will help his profits and grow his business, he said. East African Community members agreed on Jan. 14 to no new non-tariff barriers. Now they want all non-tariff barriers removed. It will save up to 20% of the time it take to import and export goods. Cross-border traders are all for it — if it ever actually happens.
Kevin Mwanza, 6:44 am
South Sudan refugees in Uganda are selling their clothes to raise money to buy food as a food rationing crisis bites due to influx of more refugees into the nation, which has strained World Food Program’s (WFP) food provision. The high influx of refugees have forced WFP and the Ugandan government to reduce food rations by nearly a half, driving most of the refugees to get means of supplementing the sorghum and beans rations they receive in the camps.
Kevin Mwanza, 7:23 am
Facebook and Instagram, some of the world’s widely used social media platforms, greatly contributed to a damning report on how South Sudan warring leaders profiteered from an ongoing civil unrest as shown by an investigative report. The report dubbed ‘War Crimes Shouldn’t Pay’, developed by The Sentry revealed how South Sudan President Salva Kiir, Riek Machar and top army generals have benefited from the civil war in the young African nation.
Kevin Mwanza, 7:26 am
South Sudan President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar, his warring rival and former Deputy President, alongside several top-ranking military generals, have amassed huge amount of wealth in the ongoing civil war that started in December 2013, an investigative report released by a George Clooney-led team has said. Their families lead lavish lives in posh suburbs of Nairobi and Mombasa in Kenya and Uganda. Kiir’s wife and several of his sons have shares in several lucrative businesses in the nation.
Staff, 11:14 am
The Twitter hashtag #IfAfricaWasASchool was trending a few weeks back. It’s is a celebration of what makes each country unique in a fun way, says Egyptian-American Malaka Gharib. The funny memes, tweets and one-liners disarm people and cut tension about political strife and interstate rivalries. They also defy backward stereotypes the West may have about people on the continent. And they invite Africans in the diaspora to participate.
Dana Sanchez, 12:53 pm
When Tanzania gets electric power from Ethiopia, it has to pass through Kenya. The dam has strained relations between Ethiopia and some of its neighbors. Countries that are integrated economically have to watch out for their political relationship, Ethiopia says. Ethiopia’s potential production capacity from hydro, geothermal, wind and solar is over 60,000MW — about 40% of Africa’s current installed capacity. South Africa’s Eskom exported 13,465GW of power during 2015-2016. Most of it wasn’t renewable. A gigawatt is 1,000MW.
Keren Mikva, 10:18 pm AFKI Original
Machar said initially he was “around Juba,” but would not return to the capital until outside forces intervened. This week, he showed up in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital Kinshasa, but said he wanted to travel on to Ethiopia. “I am waiting for the international community and regional body to say they will deploy troops to Juba and once they do that, I will return to implement the (peace) agreement,” Machar said. The U.N. said Machar was in danger and helped him go into exile.
Kevin Mwanza, 7:55 am
South Sudan, Africa’s newest independent nation, has invited foreign investors to the nation’s oil-rich areas by saying that regions are safe. The oi-rich nation has seen an escalation in violence since July 7, when fighting broke out in the country’s capital, Juba. The conflict has left over 300 people dead and thousands of others displaced as fierce battle between government forces and rebels allied to deposed Vice-president Riek Machar rages on.
Dana Sanchez, 3:13 pm AFKI Original
Informal cross-border trade is so important for Africa that about 43 percent of Africans are involved in this form of commercial activity in the 19 countries that make up the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa. It contributes to economic growth, job creation and food security for the majority of the region’s population. The majority of informal cross border traders are women, and they’re extremely vulnerable.
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