- The two-year violence in the northern region of the Central African Republic (CAR) has forced tens of thousands of people to vacate their homes.
According to an estimate by humanitarian and development partners in the Central African Republic, at least 291,000 civilians were forced to leave their homes in desperation.
Over 200,000 have been internally displaced [living in appalling conditions in the forest] while 79,000 have fled to Chad, Cameroon and Sudan.
This followed a report by the United Nations Security Council in June, expressing concern about the gross violation of human rights and international humanitarian law by armed groups and the country's armed forces.
Despite the mounting international condemnations and concerns, the country’s northern region, especially the north-west, continues to be under attacks by armed gangs, rebel groups and government forces.
Civilians, who have been accused of supporting either sides, have become victims of armed brutality.
Violence has taken its tolls on CAR’s war zone regions where it is estimated that 450 children succumb malnutrition. Besides, women and girls have become regular victims of rape.
With more than 70% of its population reeling with poverty and high illiteracy rate, CAR government is faced with the challenge of providing food for thousands of its citizens, especially those in the northern region, as they battle acute food shortage.
In the past, Central African Republic has become the scene of intense fighting between soldiers loyal to the state and the rebels.
afrol News - It is called "financial inclusion", and it is a key government policy in Rwanda. The goal is that, by 2020, 90 percent of the population is to have and actively use bank accounts. And in only four years, financial inclusion has doubled in Rwanda.
afrol News - The UN's humanitarian agencies now warn about a devastating famine in Sudan and especially in South Sudan, where the situation is said to be "imploding". Relief officials are appealing to donors to urgently fund life-saving activities in the two countries.
afrol News - Fear is spreading all over West Africa after the health ministry in Guinea confirmed the first Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa. According to official numbers, at least 86 are infected and 59 are dead as a result of this very contagious disease.
afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.