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World Refugee Day: UN honours Germany’s humanitarian efforts

The United Nations has praised Germany as a “humanitarian frontrunner” in the resettling of refugees, but German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel warns that the country can’t face the challenges alone. The United Nations’ refugee agency on Tuesday honoured Germany for being a “humanitarian frontrunner” in helping to tackle the world’s refugee crisis as it marked World Refugee Day. The day …

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Libyans post abuse of kidnapped Africans on social media to demand ransom

People smugglers and criminal gangs in Libya are using social media to broadcast the abuse and violence they inflict on African migrants in their captivity and demand ransoms from their families back home, according to the United Nations. In a video posted on Facebook, hundreds of emaciated Somalis and Ethiopians, including several children, are seen huddled in a concrete room …

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No development without security, German chancellor tells African leaders in Berlin

Germany seeks a partnership for a common future with Africa, Chancellor Angela Merkel said at the opening of the G20 Africa Conference in Berlin. She encouraged the participants to an open, purposeful discussion: “Talk openly, we have to learn from each other and we have to achieve results.” “I hope that this conference will help us take responsibility together,” Chancellor …

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Ghana’s President visits Germany, to meet Ghanaians in Berlin

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will visit Germany on 11-13 June. During his stay in the country, he will attend the G20 Conference on Africa in Berlin on 12-13 June. The conference will propose the ‘G20 African Partnership Initiative’ to spur private investment in infrastructure and employment in the continent. [The G20 is comprised of 19 countries plus the EU. …

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Activists protest across Germany against hunger catastrophe in Africa

More than 20 million people are currently threatened with starvation in Africa. The United Nations is warning of the biggest humanitarian disaster since its inception. Activists hit the streets across Germany on Friday to draw attention to the suffering of the affected. More than 23 million men, women and especially children are acutely threatened by starvation in Africa. The UN …

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Obama speaks out in Berlin against ignoring the problems afflicting other countries

Former US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke in front of tens of thousands of people before the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on Thursday to discuss God, faith and the state of the world at the first day of Germany’s Protestant Church Assembly, Kirchentag. Former US President Barack Obama told an audience in Berlin on Thursday that …

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Nigerians gather in Dortmund for NIDO Europe Project Summit

Members of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Europe (NIDOE) gather in the western German city of Dortmund on 26-27 May to deliberate on how to contribute to solving the socio-economic problems bedevilling their home country. The NIDOE Project Summit 2017 will discuss the role of the Diaspora in the development of Africa. The focus is, of course, Nigeria, with participants …

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AfricanTide Union hosts Africa Day in Dortmund 

“We need a day to discuss the problems that we don’t usually talk about,” said Dr RosaLyn Dressman, the chairperson of AfricanTide Union, a non-governmental organisation based in the western German city of Dortmund. These are the issues that will be discussed during the activities marking this year’s Africa Day in Dortmund on 25-27 May. Dr RosaLyn Dressman, a sociologist …

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Non-EU parents could have residence rights if children are EU citizens – European Court

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that non-EU citizens may, as the parent of a minor child who is an EU citizen, have the right to residence in the European Union.Non-EU nationals could have the right to residence if their children are citizens of the EU, the European Court of Justice ruled on Wednesday (10 May) in Luxembourg.The …

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Tragedy! 200 migrants die crossing the Mediterranean from Libya to Italy

More than 200 migrants are feared to have drowned in the Mediterranean over the weekend trying to reach European shores, according to testimony from survivors.The UN refugee agency UNHCR says it recorded more than 6,000 people crossing the Mediterranean to reach Italy from Friday to Sunday.But the perilous journey in rickety, overcrowded boats means many of those risking everything don’t …

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German minister rejects camps for African migrants in Libya

Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel says setting up camps in North Africa will not solve Europe’s migrant crisis and that stabilizing African countries is a better strategy during a visit to the headquarters of the African Union on Tuesday. A deal between Italy and Libya to hold migrants in camps in the North African country ignores “catastrophic conditions” in Libya and …

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German church begs Namibian genocide descendants for forgiveness

The Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) has asked the descendants of the victims of the OvaHerero and Nama genocide in Namibia during the German colonial rule of the country for forgiveness.“As the successor organisation of the former Prussian Evangelical High Church Council (Oberkirchenrat), we expressly confess our guilt today towards the entire Namibian people and before God,” says the statement …

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Jailed Ethiopian journalist named ‘World Press Freedom Hero’

Ethiopian journalist and blogger, Eskinder Nega, has been named the winner of a top press freedom award despite being in jail since 2011.The International Press Institute (IPI) on Tuesday (25 April) named him as the winner of the ‘World Press Freedom Hero for this year.Nega was imprisoned reportedly after criticizing his country’s abuse of anti-terror laws to silence the press. …

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Ghanaians in Diaspora write to President Akufo-Addo on illegal mining

A coalition of groups has written a letter to Ghana’s  President Nana Akufo-Addo on the need to act without delay on illegal mining in the country. The groups are concerned about ecocide and the damaging effect of illegal mining on human lives, animals and the environment in Ghana.A delegation representing the Ghanaians presented the letter to the acting Ghanaian High …

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Record numbers of migrants rescued in the Mediterranean as crisis takes dramatic turn

More than 8,000 migrants trying to reach Europe were rescued in the Mediterranean Sea during the Easter weekend.The Associated Press news agency said that 8,300 people were saved, including 1,300 in 13 search-and-rescue missions by the EU’s border agency Frontex.CNN, citing the Italian coastguards, said that 8,500 people were saved. Seven people were confirmed dead on Sunday after their boat …

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