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Third UN wheat vessel leaves Ukraine for Ethiopia

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A third United Nations aid vessel chartered by the World Food Program (WFP), has left Ukraine’s Chornomorsk Black Sea Port carrying over 30,000 tonnes of wheat on board, and heading for Ethiopia.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Infrastructure, said on Saturday that it had an existing partnership with the WFP to ship more than hundreds of thousands tonnes of wheat to the famine stricken Horn of Africa nations and other countries undergoing food crisis.

“The vessel is headed for Ethiopia. According to UN estimates, Ethiopia is on the verge of a food crisis,” the ministry said in a statement.

“We plan to export another 190,000 tonnes, which are currently being purchased by UN partners,” the ministry said.

The ministry added that apart from the vessel, IKARIA ANGEL, another nine vessels have left Ukrainian ports on Saturday for various destinations including Sudan, Somalia and Djibouti.

Ukraine, the world’s largest producer of grain, has seen its wheat exports witnessing a slumped since the country was invaded by Russia in Februay which has led to a full scale war.

The war also affected the Black Sea ports which is a key route for shipments as the ports were closed off, driving up global food prices and prompting fears of shortages in Africa and the Middle East.

But the intervention of the UN saw three Black Sea ports unblocked in July under a deal between Moscow and Kyiv, brokered by the United Nations and Turkey so vessels can take food aid to starving nations.

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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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