Mass burial for Sierra Leone mudslide victims

Mass burial for Sierra Leone mudslide victims

Image caption The graves were prepared at Waterloo, 30km from Freetown A mass burial for about 300 people killed by a mudslide and flooding has taken place on the outskirts of the capital Freetown. President Ernest Bai Koroma attended a multi-faith memorial service at the burial site in the city of Waterloo. Some 600 people […]

South Africa borders on ‘red alert’ for Grace Mugabe

South Africa borders on ‘red alert’ for Grace Mugabe

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Grace Mugabe is the second wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe South African police have issued a “red alert” at the country’s borders for Zimbabwe’s First Lady Grace Mugabe, the police minister has said. She is accused of hitting a 20-year-old woman over the head with an extension cord in […]

ICC Timbuktu case: Mali Islamist liable for €3m in damages

ICC Timbuktu case: Mali Islamist liable for €3m in damages

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mahdi expressed remorse during his trial An Islamist militant who is serving a prison sentence for destroying ancient mausoleums in Timbuktu has been found liable for nearly 3m euros in damages. Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi was jailed for nine years last September by the International Criminal Court (ICC). He admitted leading […]

Mass burials being held for Sierra Leone mudslide victims

Mass burials being held for Sierra Leone mudslide victims

Media captionPeople are angry, reports the BBC’s Martin Patience from outside Freetown’s mortuary Mass burials are being held on the outskirts of the Sierra Leone capital Freetown for the 400 people known to have died in a mudslide and flooding. President Ernest Bai Koroma is expected to join Christian and Muslim religious leaders for a […]

Uganda receives one million South Sudan refugees

Uganda receives one million South Sudan refugees

Image copyright AFP Image caption The UN says that 85% of the refugees who have arrived in Uganda are women and children The number of refugees fleeing violence in South Sudan to Uganda has passed the one million mark, the UN says. The organisation is appealing to the international community for “urgent additional support”. It […]

Burials for Sierra Leone mudslide victims

Burials for Sierra Leone mudslide victims

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Relatives have been waiting to identify bodies Nearly half of the 400 people known to have died in a mudslide and flooding on the outskirts of the Sierra Leone capital Freetown have already been buried, health officials say. The government had said mass burials would be postponed until Thursday to […]

South Sudan conflict: Poet Emi Mahmoud on Uganda refugee landmark

More than one million South Sudanese refugees have now fled into Uganda to escape the conflict, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Slam poet Emi Mahmoud, whose family were forced to leave Sudan when she was a child, performs a poem reflecting on the landmark. Source Article from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-40954588South Sudan conflict: Poet Emi Mahmoud […]

Sierra Leone mudslide: At least 600 still missing in Freetown

Sierra Leone mudslide: At least 600 still missing in Freetown

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The hillside collapsed on to dozens of houses in Regent after heavy rain At least 600 people are still missing following a mudslide and flooding that devastated parts of Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, a spokesman for the president has told the BBC. President Ernest Bai Koroma earlier pleaded for “urgent […]

Grace Mugabe back from SA despite assault claim

Grace Mugabe back from SA despite assault claim

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Grace Mugabe is the second wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe has returned home from South Africa after failing to turn herself in to police in Johannesburg to face accusations of assault, officials say. Police in South Africa had said they had expected her to […]

Zambia opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema released

Zambia opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema released

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Hakainde Hichilema strongly denied the allegations Zambia’s opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema, who has been held in prison since April on treason charges, has been released. Mr Hichilema was due to stand trial, but instead walked free from Lusaska’s high court after 100 days in custody. Sources say the charges against […]

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