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HORN OF AFRICA

SUBREGIONAL
Nobel peace laureate Abiy says militants, global powers threaten Horn of Africa  (Reuters)
Militant groups and global military powers both pose a threat to peace and stability in the Horn of Africa, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on 10 December after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for forging a peace accord with Eritrea.

ETHIOPIA
Ethiopia deploys police in universities to stop ethnic violence (Reuters)
Ethiopia’s federal police were deployed to universities across the country on Tuesday, the government said, as authorities sought to calm ethnic tensions which have claimed the lives of seven students in the past three months.

KENYA
Kisumu floods victims get donations from well-wishers (Daily Nation)
Kisumu residents and the county government have now come together to assist flood victims as the number of those affected rose to over 10,000.

Food aid on the way for Tana River flood victims (Daily Nation)
Floods victims in Tana River will receive 1,500 bags of food aid starting next week, Devolution Chief Administrative Secretary Hussein Dado has said.

Sh6b floods kitty to resettle displaced victims (Daily nation)
The government has set aside Sh6.1 billion for restoration of infrastructure damaged by raging floods, State spokesman Col (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna has said.

SOMALIA
Four killed, six injured in hotel attack in Mogadishu (Xinhua)
At least four people were killed, and six others injured after extremist militant group, al-Shabaab, stormed a popular hotel in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on 10 December evening, an official confirmed.

Related:
Al-Shabaab claims attack on elite hotel in Mogadishu (CNN)
At least 82 people evacuated as Somali forces battle militants in hotel attack (Hiiraan)
Somali security forces end 7-hour hotel siege (VoA)

Somali Police chief meets UN envoy on election security (Halbeeg)
The Somali Police Commissioner, General Abdi Hassan Mohamed and Special Representative for Somalia and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia, Ambassador, James Swan held discussions in Mogadishu on 9 December.

Al-Shabaab attack Wajir coordinated by local head teacher (Garowe)
A primary school teacher from Wajir in north-eastern Kenya has reportedly sneaked into Somali after being linked to the recent deadly attack.

Humanitarian Agencies ramp up assistance to flood-affected people in Somalia (Horn Globe)
Some displaced people have gone back home but need assistance to rebuild lives Moderate to heavy Deyr (October-December) rainfall continued across Somalia and the Ethiopian highlands in November.

SOUTH SUDAN
South Sudan rebel leader arrives in Juba to resolve outstanding issues (Xinhua)
South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar on 10 December arrived in Juba and is due to meet President Salva Kiir on 11 December in a bid to evaluate progress on the outstanding issues.

US sanctions five over death of South Sudanese activists (Sudan Tribune)
The United States Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has imposed sanctions on five South Sudanese officials, it says, were responsible for the abductions and likely murders of two human rights activists in 2017.

Calm returns to Maiwut after clashes (Radio Tamazuj)
Government and opposition officials said the security situation was calm Monday in ‘Maiwut State’, located in what is otherwise known as Adar State, following clashes on Friday.

Kiir’s office assists flood victims in N. Bahr el Ghazal (Radio Tamazuj)
27 trucks carrying relief items from South Sudan’s presidency arrived in Aweil State on Saturday, an official said. The food items, procured from neighboring Sudan, are to assist the flood-affected victims in the greater Northern Bahr el Ghazal region.

SUDAN
Escalating cycle of violence in eastern Sudan (Dabanga)
On 9 December, angry protestors closed the main roads from and to the city of Kassala, as a reaction to an assault by a Sudanese army force on civilians in Abugamol in Reefi Kassala locality on 7 December that resulted in the injury of 15 people.

Minor raped, six injured in Central Darfur farm invasion (Dabanga)
Six farmers have been injured and a young woman was gang-raped after unidentified gunmen invaded farms in Khor Ramla in Nierteti in Central Darfur on 9 December morning.

Two dead from dengue fever in Port Sudan (Dabanga)
On 9 December, two people died of what is now suspected to be dengue fever in Sara Hospital in Port Sudan.

Sudan’s government restarts peace talks with rebel groups (The National)
Sudan’s transitional government met rebel leaders on 10 December, resuming peace talks to try to end the country’s protracted civil wars.

Activists held as Sudan police quell White Nile state demo (Dabanga)
The Resistance Committees and the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) in Kenana condemned the police brutality and the unlawful detention of peaceful protesters.

GREAT LAKES DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
A dozen additional cases reported in Ituri province, DRC (Outbreak News)
Health officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reported an additional 12 human plague cases during the week ending Nov. 16, bringing the total to 50 bubonic plague cases this year in Ituri province.

TANZANIA
Tazara transports maize to Zimbabwe on time (Tanzania Daily News)
Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) has managed to transport all the 17,000 tons of maize from Tanzania to Zimbabwe within the given prescribed time of three months.

UGANDA
Twenty-five dead, scores missing in Uganda floods (RFI)
The worst floods in a generation have left 25 dead and many more missing in the east and southwest of Uganda.

Bugisu landslide survivors struggle to cope with life (Daily Monitor)
The landslides also left more than 300 families displaced and they are currently seeking shelter at relatives’ homes, churches and in schools.

UNHCR provides clean water to refugees in NW Uganda (Anadolu Agency)
Solar-powered borehole set up by UNHCR to points closer to almost 500 households, says UN Refugee Agency.

SOUTHERN AFRICA

SUBREGIONAL
Zimbabwe refugees in Botswana return home, but face bleak future (VoA)
Botswana has repatriated 135 Zimbabwean refugees, the majority who fled political persecution at the height of a violent and deadly 2008 presidential election.

Zambia and Malawi still the most hostile countries for gays-IRR (Lusaka Times)
The latest report by the Institute of Race Relations has revealed that Africa is still one of the most hostile regions for LGBTQ people, despite some positive developments.

Zimbabwe & Zambia face imminent power generation shutdown at Lake Kariba (ZBC)
Zimbabwe and Zambia face an imminent power generation shut down at Kariba Hydroelectric Plant by January due to a drastic fall in water levels.

Namibia to deport 53 foreign nationals to South Africa (ANA)
The 53 formed part of more than 600 refugees and asylum seekers who had camped at the UN’s High Commission for Refugees offices in Cape Town and Pretoria while demanding to be taken to safer countries.

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Namibia to deport 53 refugees to South Africa (Xinhua)

ANGOLA
Aid agencies say Angola’s drought affects 2.3 million people (Africa Times)
Aid workers in Angola are appealing for help in the country’s south, where they say climate change is causing a crisis for up to 2.3 million people.

Amnesty condemns the excessive use of force against peaceful protests in Cabinda Province (Today News Africa)
Amnesty International on 10 December condemned the excessive use of force against peaceful pro-independence protests in Cabinda Province.

BOTSWANA
Botswana opposition probe alleges vote rigging and spy intervention (Bloomberg)
An investigation into Botswana’s elections, commissioned by the main opposition group, alleges widespread rigging and the involvement of the country’s secret service.

Floods cause train to derail, two dead (APA)
State-run Botswana Railways on Tuesday reported that two personnel of its crew died in a train accident between Pallaroad and Mahalapye villages in the central part of the country hit by floods.

Rural schools need special attention (Daily News)
Lack of access to research materials has been identified as a major challenge for rural schools which accounts for poor performance in non-urban areas.

MADAGASCAR
Cyclone hits Madagascar, killing 2 and making 1,400 homeless (Associated Press)
Cyclone Belna has hit north-western Madagascar, with 2 dead and three missing from the first tropical storm of the season, according to local officials.

Related:
Cyclone Belna Kills Two in Madagascar, Leaves 1,400 Homeless (Weather.com)
At least two dead after Cyclone Belna hits Madagascar (AFP)

MALAWI
Malawi ballots intact after warehouse damage (Nyasa Times)
Malawi Parliament says voting materials in the damaged warehouse in Blantyre are intact.

Women lawyers to continue fight against gender-based violence (Malawi 24)
The Women Lawyers Association (WLA) has said it is committed to fighting gender-based violence in the country.

MOZAMBIQUE
Cyclone victims face bleak prospects in Mozambique resettlement sites (The New Humanitarian)
The new neighborhoods are meant to protect victims from future disasters: they are built away from low-lying, flood-prone areas that have long left people here vulnerable to windstorms, ocean surges, and floods.

NAMIBIA
Rains bring rivers to life (The Namibian)
Good rains in Kunene and parts of Erongo over the past week have resulted in rivers flowing again, sometimes causing isolated flash floods.

SOUTH AFRICA
South Africa hit by floods and power cuts (BBC)
Heavy rains have battered parts of South Africa, submerging whole neighborhoods and flooding coal mines and power stations in a nation already hit by electricity blackouts.

South African court orders eviction of refugees living in church (Al Jazeera)
The court has ordered the eviction of hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers living in the church in Cape Town, but they are refusing to leave.

Ramaphosa cuts short trip as power crisis grips South Africa (Bloomberg)
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa cut short a trip abroad to deal with an escalating crisis at the state power company, as week-long blackouts threaten to tip the economy into recession.

ZAMBIA
The drought in Zambia is causing starvation, a power crisis and threatening the Victoria Falls (Life Gate)
An estimated 2.3 million people in Zambia are on the brink of starvation, threatened by a severe drought caused by dwindling rainfall, which its president Edgar Lungu has explicitly linked to climate change.

Rising cases of GBV worries President Lungu (Lusaka Times)
President Edgar Lungu has bemoaned the rising cases of sexual and gender-based violence among communities in the country.

Water levels at Kariba sink to two-decade low (Lusaka Times)
The Kariba dam has plunged to its lowest level since 1996, raising further risks to the hydropower plants that Zimbabwe and Zambia depend on for nearly half of their power.

Zambia considering abolishing the death penalty (Lusaka Times)
The government says it is open to discussions on the possibilities of abolishing the death penalty.

ZIMBABWE
Mothers and newborns pay the ‘price’ during Zimbabwe medics strike (PRI)
On 3 December 2019, Everjoyce Juma gave birth to her first child in a “backyard” maternity ward in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital — after being turned away by weary nurses at her local public clinic.

Eskom’s woes force Zimbabwe to escalate power cuts (Bloomberg)
Zimbabwe’s state-owned Zesa Holdings has escalated electricity cuts to if 24 hours after losing power imports from Eskom while its local generation capacity remains critically constrained.

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