Save the Children tells the BBC that in Niger, “the food crisis has now reached a ‘tipping point’ where the weakest children are beginning to die.”
As tensions between Sudan and South Sudan continue, the United Nations Security Council has “called for an agreement between Sudan and South Sudan on the status of the disputed, oil-rich border region of Abyei and extended the U.N. security force’s mission there by six months.”
VOA gives a close-up look at South Sudanese soldiers (from the Sudan People’s Liberation Army or SPLA) near the border.
The Malian parliament grants amnesty to the leaders of a March 22 coup, “part of an agreement signed by the putschists and west African bloc ECOWAS on April 6 to restore constitutional order in the country.” The interim civilian government has also “raised the combined sales tax on gold by 2 percentage points to 8 percent, a move aimed at bringing it in line with peers in the West Africa region.” Meanwhile, ECOWAS (which stands for the Economic Community of West African States) is beginning a dialogue with “all factions” among the rebels in northern Mali.
Speaking of talks, VOA reports that the Nigerian government may re-attempt a dialogue with Boko Haram, the Northern rebel movement, possibly through the intermediary of the Arewa Consultative Forum, a group of Northern leaders (“arewa” means north in Hausa). A previous dialogue effort failed when the mediator withdrew.
Ethiopia has begun trial proceedings against eleven people accused of conspiring to overthrow the government and of having links to Al Qaida and Somalia’s Al Shabab.
In Somaliland, “a military court…has sentenced 17 people to death for attacking a military base over a land dispute.”
And last but not least, the BBC’s Mary Harper posted a photo of her “trip in the golden Bentley owned by a Somali in Dubai,” promising more on the story today.
What else is going on?