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ECOWAS delivers over 6,500 tons of food to internally displaced in Burkina Faso

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Regional bloc, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have handed over 6,500 tons of food to Burkina Faso to address the effect of continued terror which has left thousands displaced in the country.

The food items which are intended for the internally displaced fleeing the jihadist violence in the country were received on Friday.

The minister of Agriculture of Burkina Faso, Delwendé Innocent Kiba, revealed that the food supply is a form of loan which the troubled West African state must pay.

“We had asked for 10,000 tons, and the ECOWAS granted a loan of 6,579.5 tons of food. It should be noted that this loan will be entirely repaid. while also seeking solutions to issues related to the replenishment of our stocks at the national level and also, of course, working to implement means of resilience to be able to succeed in the upcoming campaigns and move towards food sovereignty”, Kiba explained.

Terrorist activity in Burkina Faso  has involved religious terrorism conducted by foreign-based organizations, although some activity occurs because of communal frustration over the lack of economic development. Recent attacks are concentrated in the Hauts-Bassins, Boucle du Mouhoun, Nord, Sahel, and East regions, along the border with Mali and Niger.

The food supply initiative is done through the ECOWAS’s regional food security reserve, and with the support of the European Union.

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Sudanese Janjaweed mercenaries fighting for Libyan warlord agree to withdraw, return home

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Seven Sudanese mercenaries who were members of the Janjaweed rebel forces fighting for Libyan warlord, Khalifa Haftar, have agreed to withdraw their services and leave Libya with immediate effect.

According to Libya Observer, the fighters made the decision early this month during a meeting held in Niger on June 11-12.

The meeting took place at the invitation of a French organisation which was attended by representatives from the United Nations (UN), the United States, the European Union, Norway, Turkey and Egypt.

The meeting had discussed practical ways to disarm the many rebel groups fighting in the North African country and how they might be reintegrated into the national army.

Libya Observer reports that about 30,000 mercenaries are fighting in the ranks of the Libyan eastern strong with the UN repeatedly asking foreign countries vying for influence in Libya to withdraw their mercenaries.

The meeting, which was the second of such to be held, had rebel groups and representatives from the governments of Sudan, Chad, Niger, and Libya were in attendance, and discussions were centred on modalities to withdraw all mercenaries from the countries.

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Egyptian court sentences 10 Muslim Brotherhood members to death on terrorism charges

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Ten members of the Muslim Brotherhood have been sentenced to death by an Egyptian court on Wednesday while 56 others bagged life sentences after they were convicted of supporting or carrying out attacks against security forces and sabotage of state infrastructure.

The defendants were also accused of committing premeditated murder and attempting to murder policemen and civilians, protesting, sabotaging, using of force, violence and threats with public officials to stop them carrying out their work.

The attacks were linked to incidents which took place in Cairo between 2013 and 2015, all traced to the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

Following the unrest, which led to several deaths, Egypt mounted one of the biggest crackdowns in its modern history on the Muslim Brotherhood following the army’s 2013 overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

The court also referred the defendants to Egypt’s top religious authority, the Grand Mufti, for a possible appeal and an approval for a death sentence in January.

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