What to remember from the African news for the week of January 16th    January 24th

What to remember from the African news for the week of January 16th January 24th

Published on: 01/20/2023 – 17:03

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Football held hostage in the diplomatic conflict between Morocco and Algeria over Western Sahara

With the Atlas Lions withdrawing from the African Nations Championship (CHAN), the diplomatic standoff between Morocco and Algeria continues on the sports field with the issue of Western Sahara and the organization of CAN-2025 in the background.

Players from Morocco have never joined Algeria for CHAN.

Players from Morocco have never joined Algeria for CHAN. © Fadel Senna, AFP

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The Democratic Republic of the Congo is preparing for the Pope’s visit

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the capital Kinshasa is preparing for the visit of Pope Francis. The Pope is expected on January 31st. The program is full until his departure on February 3rd: A total of 11 events are planned, including a high mass at Ndolo airport, to which a million believers are expected.

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“Africa needs help as well as investments,” said Thomas Melonio from the AfD

Executive Director for Innovation, Strategy and Research at the French Development Agency (AFD), Thomas Melonio, presents the book “The African Economy 2023”. He looks back on the main economic problems in Africa, the aftermath of the war in Ukraine and global warming.

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Seal attacks in South Africa, consequences of global warming?

For the past few weeks, South Africa has watched helplessly as freak seals attack Cape Town’s popular beaches. Several swimmers were injured by a baby seal earlier this month. According to scientists, the presence of a toxin that develops on algae due to the warming of seawater causes neurological problems that would make marine mammals aggressive.

South Africa: Abnormal seal attacks in Cape Town

01:52 South Africa: Unusual seal attacks in Cape Town © France 24

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Democratic Republic of the Congo: In order to survive, the displaced people exploit the Virunga Park

Since late October, tens of thousands of people have taken refuge in makeshift camps in Virunga National Park, at the foot of Nyiragongo volcano, to flee the advance of the M23 rebellion in North Kivu and clashes with the Congolese army. Since the evictees’ arrival, park officials have noted “worrying deforestation” related to the illegal charcoal (dubbed “makala”) trade. In less than two months, more than 200 hectares of vegetation have disappeared.

Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo: Displaced people exploit Virunga Park to survive

02:47 East of DRC: displaced people use Virunga Park to survive AFP – GUERCHOM NDEBO

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Homage to the high school girls of Chibok in Nigeria

In Nigeria, visual artist Prune Nourry pays tribute to the Chibok High School Girls, those 276 young girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in April 2014. A total of 108 face sculptures will be on display to commemorate the 108 girls who were still missing as those who were released try to rebuild their lives.

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