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The East African : February 10th 2014
24 BEHIND THE HEADLINES Two people killed in Mombasa clashes US billionaire to fund Serengeti airport Suspected Seleka rebel lynched Eight trapped miners found dead The EastAfrican OUTLOOK FEBRUARY 8-14,2014 T I T B I T S The News: At least two people were killed and two security officers seriously injured in clashes in Mombasa after police stormed a mosque. Lowdown: Police raided the Musa mosque after worshippers defied a warning not to meet. The raid followed an intelligence alert that a meeting to recruit fighters was going on at the mosque. The more than 100 people arrested in the raid have appeared in court on charges of membership of Somalia’s Islamist militant group Al Shabaab. Kenya has been under pressure to crack down on militants blamed for a spate of terrorist attacks. The News: A US- based billionaire conservationist has partnered with the government of Tanzania to construct a modern airport near Serengeti National Park. Lowdown: Paul Jones, who has invested heavily in tourism and conservation in Tanzania, has pledged to finance the construction of the airport, which will ease the movement of tourists visiting the national park. The $30.8 million airport will cut the time tourists spend on travelling from the nearest airport in Arusha to the national park and back. The airport will serve flights with the a capacity of up to 60 passengers. The News: Central African Republic soldiers on Wednesday last week lynched a man accused of being a rebel, as violence continued to afflict the country. Lowdown: The incident occurred moments after interim President Catherine SambaPanza finished speaking at a function for the army. A crowd accused the man of being a Seleka member, before members of the Central African Armed Forces (Faca) stabbed him to death and burned his body in Bangui. The Central African Republic — one of Africa’s poorest nations — descended into religious violence after Seleka seized power in a coup last March. The News: Eight of nine gold mineworkers trapped underground in a shaft west of Johannesburg, South Africa were found dead, the National Union of Mineworkers said Thursday last week. Lowdown: Damage to electric cables triggered a fire underground after a rock fall. Initially, 17 workers were trapped underground after a fire broke out about 1.7 kilometres beneath the surface at mining firm Harmony Gold’s Doornkop operations late Tuesday, in an accident that may have been triggered by a seismic event. Eight of the workers were rescued on Wednesday morning after escaping to a chamber, while the ninth man was missing. UN seeking $2b to feed people in the Sahel belt Mali Niger Mauritania Senegal Nigeria Burkina Faso Chad The UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) has appealed for more than $2 billion to care for 20 million “food insecure” people across Africa’s Sahel belt, an impoverished area that includes Sudan and the Central African Republic. The belt is a semiarid area stretching from the Atlantic to the Red Sea, and countries in the region face food crises including Mauritania, the Gambia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Senegal and Cameroon. The doubling of food insecurity figures to 20 million people in the belt, is highlighted by UN-OCHA. 2.5 million The UN Development The estimated number of people out of those affected who need urgent humanitarian assistance just to survive. Programme (UNDP) in 2007 asked donors from the developed world to provide $85 billion for adaptation projects in developing countries around the world. Donors gave just over 60 per cent of the $1.7 billion the UN appealed for the Sahel in 2013. More than half the working-age population in the Sahel is engaged in or dependent on agriculture and is responsible for more than 40 per cent of the region’s collective GDP. 80pc Of the land in the Sahel is degraded, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation. WHO warns that rising temperatures will lead to more epidemics such as dengue and cholera. But large parts of the region will become unsuitable for malaria transmission by 2050.
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