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Why Sokoto Should Domesticate Child Rights Act

By Abdallah el-Kurebe Cruel happenings surrounding the child today have surged the calls for the respect of the rights of the vulnerable group. Globally, children suffer all manner of ill treatments; most are abandoned or 'sold' into slavery. Man's inhumanity to the child has drawn the attention of the United Nations General

Somalia declares 'national disaster' over drought

Somalia’s new leader has declared a national disaster for a prolonged drought that has forced about half of the country’s population to seek urgent food assistance and sparked fears of a potential famine. The announcement on Tuesday by President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed’s office came a day after the World Health Organisation

Should Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari resign?

President Muhammadu Buhari flew to the British capital London in mid-January to be treated for an undisclosed medical condition. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is temporarily leading the country. But opposition leaders say Buhari has been out of the country for too long and he should resign. What will this mean for Nigeria and

Refugee child abuse rampant in Libya: UNICEF

Refugee children and women are routinely suffering sexual violence, exploitation, abuse and detention along the Central Mediterranean migration route, UNICEF warned in a new report. In the report, titled “A Deadly Journey for Children”, which was released on Tuesday, the UN children’s agency said a total of

Dying of hunger: What is a famine?

From ancient Rome to modern times, mankind has suffered devastating periods of hunger caused by drought, war or misguided politics. Last week South Sudan was declared the site of the world’s first famine in six years, affecting about 100,000 people. Here is an exploration of a term that evokes the very

South Sudan famine: Eating water lilies to survive

Thousands of people at the epicentre of a man-made famine in South Sudan emerged from the safety of the swamps this past weekend hoping to receive emergency deliveries of food. For months now, Bol Mol, a 45-year-old former oil field security officer, has struggled to keep his family alive, spearfishing in

Blast near Mogadishu hours after al-Shabab vows attack

A car laden with explosives has blown up near an army checkpoint outside Mogadishu, wounding at least four soldiers, according to a Somali  security officer. Soldiers reportedly chased the driver before he detonated the explosives. “We received information of the car bomb and we pursued it, but he blew up

At 93rd birthday bash, Robert Mugabe says he won't quit

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has marked his 93rd birthday with lavish celebrations, addressing his own mortality in a speech, but showing no signs of quitting politics. Thousands of government supporters, some wearing clothing adorned with Mugabe’s image in younger days, converged in Matabeleland for Saturday’s birthday bash and show of strength for


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