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#Belgium begins long road to returning stolen Congolese art works.

Belgium’s Africa Museum will begin a multi-year process of returning stolen art to Democratic Republic of Congo, the Belgian government announced Tuesday.From the late 19th century to 1960, thousands of art works including wooden statues, elephant ivory masks, manuscripts and musical instruments were stolen by Belgian and other European theives like so called  scientists, explorers and soldiers.Following a recent $78 million overhaul of the Africa Museum to take a more critical view of Belgium’s colonial past, the Belgium claims it is ready to meet DRC calls for restitution.Tens  of Millions of Congolese are estimated to have been massacred by Belgium from the late 19th century when Congo was first a personal property of Mad King Leopold II, before becoming a colony of the Belgian state.

Mozambique:

#Community Leaders Become Allies in Ending Child Marriage in the country.

In December 2019, the Mozambican Parliament approved its first law criminalizing unions with minors (under 18-year-olds). This was the culmination of years of efforts by the Government, civil society and rights-based organizations, concerned that almost half of girls in Mozambique married before 18.Despite this legal milestone, there is fear that the restrictions imposed by COVID-19 may result in an increase in child marriage in Mozambique, as in other countries.To mitigate this risk, the Spotlight Initiative is working collaboratively with public institutions, civil society and a network of around 300 community leaders to educate communities about the harmful effects of child marriage, and to teach them about the country’s recently-aproved law which criminalizes it.

Namibia

#Namibia Calls Out World Athletics.

WORLD Athletics acted with negligence and insensitivity after inexplicably breaking a confidentiality agreement with the Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC) and Athletics Namibia over the handling of the Beatrice Masilingi and Christine Mboma case.Last week, World Athletics (WA) barred the 18-year-old track sensations from competing in the 400 m at the upcoming 2020 Olympics in Japan due to their elevated natural testosterone levels.That news came as a shock to the nation and indeed the NNOC president, Abner Xoagub, who yesterday claimed WA went behind their backs in making the matter public.He added that it was unacceptable invasion of the athletes’ right to privacy and to the confidentiality of their health records.He also stated that the agreement was to l treat the matter with the respect and confidentiality it deserves because of its sensitivity, but World Athletics did not take that into consideration.

Ethiopia

#Ethiopians mourn philanthropist Abebech.

Ethiopians are mourning a humanitarian icon Abebech Gobena.She founded one of the first orphanages in Ethiopia.Abebech, 85, was being treated for Covid-19 at a hospital in the capital Addis Ababa since the beginning of June.She was known by a term of affection “Edaye” by the many children she raised, as well as the community. She was known by a term of affection “Edaye” by the many children she raised, as well as the community.Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed described Abebech as “Ethiopia’s icon of compassion”.Although she did not have biological children of her own, Abebech raised thousands of children.For her kindness she received many awards in the country and abroad, including an honorary doctorate from Jimma University in Ethiopia.She will always be remembered for her selfless acts and as a role model for generations to come.

Kenya

#Kenyan Scientist-Doctor Creates Reusable Nanomask

A Kenyan scientist and doctor at Kenyatta National Hospital has created an antiviral surgical mask that kills viruses on contact.The new innovation, called a nanomask, is the creation of Dr Joseph Nderitu, who, when Covid-19 struck, saw how some masks in the market were substandard and caused allergic reactions for some wearers.He said even doctors who wore two masks, one on top of the other, were still getting infected.He wanted to produce a mask that not only filtered but also killed microbes, was reusable and could reduce allergies, like the peeling of skin and the inhalation of allergic agents that cause asthma. The doctor stated  that the main challenge for his invention was that nanotechnology is a new field of science and, therefore, there aren’t readily available how-to manuals and ready-made equipment. There aren’t people with whom to consult and bounce ideas. It is a rather expensive undertaking.

Nigeria

#Soyinka Accuses Nigerian Govt of Kidnapping Nnamdi Kanu

The Nigerian government kidnapped Nnamdi Kanu from a foreign country in order to bring him to trial in Nigeria, Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka has said.

Mr Soyinka, condemned the Nigerian government’s action and also criticised Mr Kanu’s ‘hate rhetoric’ while he was hiding outside the country. The Nobel Laureate said there could be a nationwide furore when the truth about the circumstances surrounding the arrest of Mr Kanu becomes public.

Ethiopia

#Ethiopia Tells UNSC It Rejects “Unwelcome Meddling” By League of Arab States

In a letter from Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Demeke Mekonnen and sent to the United Nations Security Council, Ethiopia says it “rejects the unwelcome meddling by the League of Arab States on the matter of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).”

The letter followed the Arab League’s “submission of a letter to the UN Security Council and UN General Assembly to intervene in the matter,”The letter noted that the AU, as a common organization for Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan, offers the tripartite platform to negotiate and reach a win-win outcome guided by the conviction of finding “African solutions to Africa’s challenges.Ethiopia also reiterates its request for the international community to encourage Egypt and Sudan to abide by the accepted principles of international law on the utilization of transboundary water resources.