Author: Globe Afrique News Desk

Guinean Hides in Michigan Church to Avoid Deportation

A West African man with a genetic kidney disease has taken refuge in an Ann Arbor church to avoid deportation. Mohamed Soumah will die without regular dialysis treatments. His native Guinea lacks adequate equipment and training for proper treatment. The 44-year-old University of Michigan employee has lived in the U.S. for 15 years, married an American woman and has two native-born children. But they separated. And for seven years he’s had to apply for yearly work visas, which were all approved — until recently. He was going to be deported last month, but ended up in the hospital instead....

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Political Unrest in Guinea

Two young men were fatally shot amid continuing political unrest following the disputed results of this West African country’s first municipal elections in 13 years, authorities said Thursday. The two were killed at a demonstration in the capital city of Conakry on Wednesday night, according to police and opposition officials. Protesters have called on the government to release what they consider to be the true results of the poll. After years of waiting, the municipal elections were held in February. More than 100 people have died in the ongoing political violence following that vote. “The party in power stole...

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China’s role in tackling Africa’s infrastructure deficit

BUILDING COMPETITION: How to separate the myths and realities of China’s role in tackling Africa’s infrastructure deficit Chinese president Xi Jinping is visiting a number of African countries this week. This brings up the usual debates about Chinese activities in building and financing infrastructure in Africa and whether China is ultimately good or bad for the continent. China’s investments in Africa are already huge, it was the fourth largest foreign investor in Africa spending about $40 billion in 2016, according to UNCTAD’s World Investment 2018 report (pdf, page 38). It came behind the US ($57 billion), the UK ($55...

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Burkina Faso prefect killed ‘by jihadists: sources

Oursi prefect, Patrick Kabore Media source: Agence France-Presse A top official in Oursi, a town in Burkina Faso bordering Mali, has been killed by suspected jihadists, sources said Tuesday. “Armed individuals shot the Oursi prefect, Patrick Kabore, at his home, which was also set on fire,” a security source told AFP. The body of the prefect — the government’s highest representative in the area — was found not far from his official residence after the attack which took place at around 11:00 pm (2300 GMT) Monday, the source added. “A thorough search is underway to apprehend the individuals” whose...

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Jailed Shiite leader makes rare appearance in Nigeria court

Ibrahim Zakzaky Media Source: Agence France-Presse A pro-Iranian cleric who has been in Nigerian custody since 2015 after clashes between troops and his followers made a rare public appearance in court on Tuesday to face criminal charges. Ibrahim Zakzaky and his wife were brought from Nigeria’s capital of Abuja to the Kaduna State High Court to face charges including culpable homicide and unlawful assembly. It is only the second time the leader of the Shiite Muslim Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) has been seen in public after being taken into custody. Despite court orders that he should be freed,...

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