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Chad begs local, foreign partners for help after declaring food emergency amid severe hunge

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One of Africa’s poorest countries, Chad, has appealed to its local and foreign partners to come to its aid as extreme hunger looms in the arid country, leading to the government declaring a food emergency.

The food emergency was declared on Thursday Chadian military leader Mahamat Idriss Déby in a decree while also calling “all national and international partners to help the population” who are starving as a result of a drought that has ravaged the impoverished country.

The appeal comes as a meeting between the AU chairperson, Macky Sall and the the Chairman of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat and Russian President Vladimir Putin, is scheduled to hold on Friday.

At the meeting, the African leaders will try and mediate in the war in Ukraine and discuss the release of stocks of grain and fertilizer whose blockage is affecting importing nations, with most African countries bearing a bigger brunt of the Russian-Ukraine war.

In a message addressed to leaders of European countries during a meeting in Brussels on Tuesday, Sall had asked the EU heads to do everything “to release the grain stocks available” in Ukraine but blocked because of the Russian offensive that organizes a blockade in the Black Sea and prohibits access to the port of Odessa.

The Senegal President also spoke of “the catastrophic scenario of shortages and generalized price increases” as well as raising the issue of the impact of Western sanctions imposed on Russia on the African.

According to the United Nations in a report late last year, around 5.5 million Chadians, or more than a third of the population, were in need of urgent humanitarian aid as drought-nduced famine had continued ravage the nation.

However, the situation has worsened following the war in Ukraine which had put serious strain on the government leading to the appeal and the food emergency.

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Malian migrants, including children, die as makeshift Europe-bound boat capsizes in Libya

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Twenty-two Malian migrants including three children, have been killed when their makeshift Europe-bound boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya, the United Nations as well as the Malian government have confirmed on Wednesday.

The UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM), also confirmed that 61 other migrants were rescued and taken to a detention centre in Libya.

The Ministry of Malians Abroad, in a statement, said the people who died were part of a group of 83 mostly Malian nationals who were stuck on a distressed vessel since June 22.

The IOM, in statement by its spokeswoman Safa Msehli, said the rescued victims were brought back to shore with the help of the Libyan coastguard after nine days at sea, adding that the “cause of death for the 22 people was drowning and dehydration.”

Msehli also said some of the survivors were in very poor health and had to be taken to hospital by the IOM.

“The remaining migrants were taken to al-Maya detention centre” in Libya, she said.

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Monkeypox: WHO records over 6,000 cases in 58 countries in recent outbreak

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According to the World Health Organization, more than 6,000 cases of monkeypox have now been reported from 58 countries in the current outbreak.

The United Nations agency is yet to decide declaring the outbreak a global health emergency, the WHO’s highest level of alert.

Its committee reconvene a meeting in July 18 to decide or sooner.

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual news conference from Geneva.

Monkeypox, a disease that was once largely restricted to Africa, has also penetrated Europe and North America in its recent spread with more than 100 cases recorded outside Africa.

The UN committee meeting in June 27 decided that the disease was not yet a health emergency. There have recently been reported cases in other African countries like Nigeria and Morocco.

“I continue to be concerned by the scale and spread of the virus across the world,” Tedros said, adding that a lack of testing meant that there were likely many more cases going unreported.

Until recently, monkeypox had been a disease that was once largely restricted to Africa, but has gradually penetrating Europe and North America in its recent outbreak.

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