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The East African : Jun 21st 2015
The EastAfrican 2 BEHIND THE HEADLINES Video exposes brutality of Burundi police China to fund Kenya’s 50MW solar plant Chad bans full-face veil for women Luanda still most expensive city - study OUTLOOK JUNE 20-26,2015 T I T B I T S The News: A human-rights watchdog has released a short video on police abuses during demonstrations that began on April 26 in the Burundian capital, Bujumbura The Lowdown: The video by the African Human Rights Watch shows how police officers used excessive force against people protesting President Pierre Nkurunziza’s election bid for a third term. Police shot at crowds indiscriminately and severely beat demonstrators and detainees. The video also reveals how some demonstrators resorted to violence, injuring policemen and damaging buildings and vehicles. Burundi’s local and legislative elections are scheduled for June 29. The News: China has signed an agreement to assist Kenya to set up a 50MW solar plant, which will be one of the largest in Africa. The Lowdown: The power plant will be located in Garissa county in the northeast. China Import-Export (Exim) Bank will provide a concessional loan to Kenya in order to complete the renewable energy project, which will boost development in the Garissa region especially in creating employment and also help to reduce terrorism in the region. Chinese nationals in Kenya have donated approximately $67,000 to the families of victims and survivors of the Garissa terror attack in April. 869 Ebola on the decline, still fatal In recent weeks, the World Health Organisation has reported a decline in case incidence and deaths in the geographic area affected by Ebola virus disease transmission since April last year. 45 y≥s • Number of health worker infections reported in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone; there have been 507 reported deaths. • Compared with children (people aged 14 years and under), people aged 15 to 44 are approximately 3 to 4 times more likely to be affected. People aged 45 and over are 4 to 5 times more likely to be affected than children. Ebola virus disease infections in health workers 27, 237 • Number of reported confirmed, probable and suspected cases of Ebola virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with 11,158 reported deaths. Confirmed, probable and suspected EVD cases worldwide up to mid June Country Guinea Liberia Sierra Leone Mali Nigeria Senegal Italy Spain UK US Total Cases 3670 10666 12901 8 20 1 1 1 1 4 27,373 Deaths 2437 4806 3915 6 8 0 0 0 0 1 11,173 Laboratory technicians and physicians working on samples during research on the Ebola disease in bats Cumulative number of confirmed cases by sex and age (per 100,000 population) Country Guinea Liberia Male 1557 1911 Sierra Leone 4648 Female 0 - 14 years 1677 1838 4953 505 561 1912 15 - 44 years 1846 2060 5459 45 +years 838 703 2061 Source: GRAPHICNEWS Country Guinea Liberia Sierra Leone Total Cases Deaths 187 378 304 869 94 192 221 507 The News: Chad has banned women from wearing the full-face veil, following two suicide bomb attacks that killed more than 20 people. The Lowdown: At a meeting with religious leaders, Prime Minister Kalzeube Pahimi said the ban applied everywhere, not only in public places. He added that any clothing that covers everything but the eyes was a camouflage. The prime minister said the veil was used as a “camouflage” by militants and said the security forces will burn all full-face veils sold in markets. Chad is to host a new regional force set up to tackle Boko Haram. The militant group has previously threatened to attack Chad, after its forces started to help Nigeria. The News: The Angolan capital, Luanda, remains the world’s most expensive city for expatriates, according to an annual survey by consultancy Mercer. The Lowdown: The city has held the number one spot for the past three years because of the high cost of rent, imported goods and security in the oil-rich nation. However, the rest of the cost of living rankings saw significant shifts due to exchange rate fluctuations. Luanda and N’Djamena in Chad are the two cities in Africa among the top 10 most expensive in the world. N’Djamena also used to rank consistently high but dropped from second to 10th place. History of the contagion However, 16 new confirmed cases were reported in Guinea and 15 in Sierra Leone since the outbreak in Liberia was declared over on May 9.
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