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Femicide: Third woman killed in Egypt after refusing marriage proposal in three months

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A new wave of femicide is currently sweeping through the North African country of Egypt following the murder of a 19-year-old lady for refusing a marriage proposal from an obsessed young man.

Femicide is broadly a hate crime which is broadly defined as “the intentional and violent killing of women or girls just because they are female,” and has been sweeping through Egypt in recent years.

The recent victim identified as Amani Abdul Karim, was reportedly murdered on Saturday by Ahmed Fathi Amerirah, a 29-year-old man from the village of Toukh Tanbesha in Menoufia Governorate in the Nile Delta, after she turned down his marriage proposal, bringing such murders to three in the last three months.

The Nile Delta police said in a report on Tuesday that Amerirah shot and killed Armani, he turned the gun on himself and committed suicide.

Spokeswoman for the Egyptian Committee for Justice, Shaimaa Elbanna, who also spoke on the wave of femicide in the country, said Amani “was the third female murder victim in Egypt in just three months – each murdered after refusing to marry the killer.

“What happened is not just an ordinary crime, it is a new crime of violence against women, and it is a femicide,” she said.

“The killings are an extension of violence against women in Egypt, which began with threats, beatings and harassment, and have continued every day without confrontation or clear rejection by society.

“This is due to toxic relations between men and women, a cultural heritage that encourages violence, religious interpretations that incited it, the absence of adequate legal protection, the existence of legal loopholes that allow criminals to go unpunished, and the deterioration of the security system in Egypt. And for these reasons, women don’t report what is happening to them.

“Amani was murdered not long after an outpouring of solidarity with the student Naira Ashraf, who in June was beaten and stabbed multiple times outside Mansoura University by Mohamed Adel.

“From Naira Ashraf to the student Amani. The story, ‘Love never kills,’ is an ongoing drama in Egypt,” she added.

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Another Ugandan health worker dies from Ebola Virus

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Another health worker in Uganda has died due to complications from the Ebola Virus Disease, making it the fourth recorded death of an official since the outbreak of the Sudan-strain of the virus in last August, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng, who announced the death of the health worker, said the victim identified as Ms Margaret Nabisubi, an anaesthetic officer, died at about 4.33am after battling the infection for 17 days.

“The 58-year-old succumbed to Ebola at 4.33am this morning at Fort Portal Hospital (JMedic) after battling the disease for 17 days,” Dr Aceng said in a tweet.

“The late Margaret is the 4th health worker we have lost in the current Ebola outbreak after the probable case of a midwife, Dr Mohammed Ali and the health assistant in Kagadi District. May their souls rest in eternal peace,” Aceng added.

She added that President Yoweri Museveni was very concerned about the situation and has mandated the Ministry to do everything possible to contain the spread.

The country’s disease control agency, in a statement said so far, the confirmed cases of the virus infection have increased to 43 and the deaths have also increased to 13 as of Tuesday.

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ECOWAS mediator, Mohamadou Issoufou, meets Burkina Faso new ruler, Captain Ibrahim Traore

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The delegates of regional bloc, Economic Community of West African States have concluded mediation for Burkina Faso after recent unrest surrounding a military coup that ousted Lieutenant colonel Damiba last Friday.

The Friday coup was led by one of his trusted allies, Captain Ibrahim Traore, eight months after Damiba had overthrown the democratically elected President Roch Kabore in January and there has fear of a counter coup as shootings eusued at the capital on Saturday.

The mediator team led by Mahamadou Issoufou on Wednesday met with the country’s new ruler Captain Traoré who promised to keep the commitments made in July by the previous leadership regarding the organisation of elections and a return of civilians to power by July 2024 at the latest.

While briefing newsmen after the meeting, the mediator reaffirmed his commitment to the Burkinabe people.

“We will report on our mission to the current president of ECOWAS and to the heads of state. But I can already assure you that ECOWAS will remain at the side of the Burkinabe people.

“We will continue to accompany the Burkinabe people in this very difficult ordeal they are going through”, said Mahamadou Issoufou, ECOWAS mediator for Burkina Faso.

The West Africa sub-region has witnessed a series of military coups in recent years. In MaliGuinea, and Burkina Faso since August 2020.

 

 

 

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