Tuesday news round-up

25 years since the Rwandan genocide

April 7th marked the 25th commemoration of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide against the Tusti ethnic group. Approximately 800 000 people were murdered in just 100 days. With repeats of atrocities seen through the case of Srebrenica and now Syria, one wonders whether the world has learned its lesson because we continue to watch as our fellow humans are slaughtered.

Health consequences of Cyclone Idai

With lack of clean drinking water, cases of cholera are increasing in Mozambique following major destruction from the Cyclone Idai last month.

In Beira in central Mozambique the cyclone inundated an already flooded region, creating an inland sea that submerged homes, businesses and roads. The storm and floods that followed killed at least 800 people in Mozambique and neighbouring countries of Malawi and Zimbabwe.

Africa set to become the Global centre of Christianity

With the Christian population steadily growing in Africa, the continent is set to become the global centre of Christianity in the next 50 years.

It has been predicted in a new Pew Research Center report that by 2060, six of the countries with the top 10 largest Christian populations will be in Africa. The projections are in line with the gradual shift that has increasingly seen Christian populations live outside the historical cultural centres of the religion.

Sudan anti-government protests intensify

Fresh anti-government protests have rocked Sudan since Saturday in what may be a new phase of the four-month popular uprising against President Omar al-Bashir’s regime.

Thousands of demonstrators staged protests in the capital Khartoum outside the presidential palace. This is the first time protesters reached the army headquarters, a sign that security force efforts to settle the rebellion may be weakening.

Partial compensation of white farmers in Zimbabwe  

Next month Zimbabwe will start  partial compensation to white commercial farmers whose properties were seized nearly 20 years ago under Robert Mugabe’s land reforms.

President Bouteflika of Algeria resigns

The situation in Algeria is rapidly changing. The resignation of former-president Bouteflika was recently announced. The military have taken control of the situation and anti-corruption probes have been launched, placing actors close to Bouteflika into custody. This includes Algeria’s notorious businessman Ali Haddad. But the Algerian people are applying pressure on the military institution as well.

Humorous news

The Zimbabwe government has come under fire after it emerged that it spent thousands of dollars on importation of judicial wigs from the UK for local judges.

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