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    Central Africa news summary: Tackling Pressing Issues from State Visits to Human Rights Abuses and Refugees’ Plight.

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    Rwanda: Kagame in Benin for Two-Day State Visit

    President Paul Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame have arrived in Cotonou, Benin for a two-day State Visit, the Office of the President announced on Saturday, April 15. The visit aims to deepen the “already fruitful ties” between the two countries and discuss areas of mutual interest and cooperation.

    Angola: Angolan Forces Linked to Abuses Against Migrant Women

    Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called for authorities to investigate reports of rape and other crimes committed by Angolan forces against migrant women. The press release highlights the need for urgent action to address these serious allegations and protect vulnerable populations.

    Congo-Kinshasa: DRC Authorities Detain 2 Journalists, Threaten Another With Arrest

    The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has urged Congolese authorities to immediately release journalists Gustave Bakuka and Diëgo Kayiba and ensure the safety of journalist Sylvain Kabongo. All legal proceedings against the journalists should be dropped, according to CPJ.

    Angola: Capital Market Commission to Register More Companies

    The Capital Market Commission (CMC) plans to register four more brokerage firms and six distributors to operate in the Angolan market, announced on Friday in Luanda. This move is expected to boost the country’s financial sector and attract more investment.

    Angola: Banking Sector Adapts to IASB System

    The Angolan banking sector has adapted to the harmonized accounting system of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), a European body responsible for drawing up and implementing international financial reporting standards.

    Chad: WFP and UNHCR Call for Urgent Funds to Avert More Ration Cuts to Refugees in Chad

    The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, have warned that WFP will be forced to make additional cuts to already dwindling food assistance to refugees in Chad if urgent funds are not provided. The situation is dire, and the international community must step up its efforts to support these vulnerable populations.

    Cameroon: Villagers Say Elephants Devastate Farmlands, Plead for Help

    Villagers in southern Cameroon are complaining about the destruction of farmland by wild elephants in areas bordering Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. They are calling on authorities to take action and protect their livelihoods from further devastation.

    Chad: Islamic State’s Use of Tech Could Prolong Lake Chad Basin Violence

    An analysis by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) warns that the deployment of drones and other technology by the Islamic State could change the conflict dynamics in the Lake Chad Basin, giving violent extremists the upper hand and potentially prolonging violence in the region.

    Rwanda: Artists on Using Poems as Mediums of Healing

    A group of artists, including authors, poets, actors, writers, and painters, have joined efforts in composing both written and recorded poems for the commemoration week. These creative works aim to promote healing and reconciliation among Rwandans as they remember the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

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