Congo: Rebel attacks deepen displacement crisis in Ituri
Rebel attacks in the northeastern province of Ituri have intensified, causing the displacement of people in the region. According to the Norwegian Refugee Council, more than 300,000 people have been forced to flee their homes due to the violence. The council also reports that more than 100,000 people have been newly displaced in recent months. Aid workers in the region are struggling to meet the needs of the growing number of displaced individuals and families, who require assistance with shelter, food, and medical care.
Horn of Africa: Drought linked to climate change, new study finds
A new study has found that the drought in the Horn of Africa, which has caused food insecurity and displacement for millions of people, is not possible without the influence of climate change. The study, conducted by Swedish and American scientists, found that warming temperatures linked to climate change have dried up the region’s soil, exacerbated natural weather patterns, and increased the likelihood of severe drought. The report also warns that the region is likely to experience more frequent and intense droughts in the coming years, unless aggressive action is taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Nigeria: NNPC signs agreement on floating LNG plant
Nigeria’s state-owned oil firm, NNPC, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Norwegian firm Golar LNG to build a floating liquefied natural gas plant in the country. According to NNPC officials, the plant will provide much-needed infrastructure for the country’s gas industry and will help reduce gas flaring. The project is expected to generate significant revenue for Nigeria and will create jobs in the region.
Sudan: US and African states work to extend ceasefire as fighting continues
The US and African states are working together to extend the ceasefire in Sudan, which has been repeatedly violated in recent weeks. Despite reports of gunfire and insurgent activity, officials from the US and African Union say they remain optimistic that the truce will hold, and negotiations will continue. The US has recently increased its focus on Sudan, sending troops and aid to the region in an effort to stabilize the country’s fragile political situation.
France: Evacuation operation underway in Sudan
France is conducting a new evacuation operation in Sudan, offering help to its nationals and other foreign citizens in the region. The operation comes as the ceasefire in Sudan is set to expire, and fighting continues to plague parts of the country. French officials have urged their citizens in Sudan to leave the country immediately, warning them of the serious security situation there.
Egypt: Economy to grow 4% this year as currency weakens
Egypt’s economy is set to grow by 4% this fiscal year, according to a Reuters poll. The country’s currency has weakened significantly in recent months, making its exports more competitive and attracting foreign investment. Despite ongoing political and social unrest, the Egyptian government has pledged to continue implementing structural reforms and expanding its investment base to further spur economic growth.
African Boulevard News – (2023-04-27)