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KW 50: Afrigen for Africa, Africa summit in Ankara, Commission for Ethiopia

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Afrigen to bring vaccination boom to Africa: Africa is still waiting for Covid vaccines. A laboratory in South Africa is now developing its own mRNA vaccine. It’s supposed to be better adapted to local conditions, cheaper and patent-free. But the developing company is running out of time – and not all problems have been solved by a long shot.

Africa summit in Ankara: Turkey has invited African heads of state and government to a summit lasting several days. Turkish President Recep Erdogan emphasized that he has big plans for Africa: the volume of trade with Turkey with the African continent was around 25 billion US dollars last year. By 2025, it is expected to reach 50 billion, Erdogan announced.

Germany approaches Morocco diplomatically: Relations between Germany and Morocco have been severely strained since March. Following Germany’s change of government, Berlin wants a fresh start. The German Foreign Ministry has already changed the information on bilateral relations on its homepage. Morocco is „politically, culturally and economically an important link between North and South“, it says. For Germany and the European Union, the country is a „central partner“ in North Africa.

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UN Human Rights Council sets up commission for Ethiopia: Serious concerns over alleged severe human rights violations and abuses in Ethiopia should be investigated by an international rights probe, the Human Rights Council agreed in a vote on Friday. In a special session held at the request of the European Union, to discuss the impact of conflict that began in Tigray in the north of the country 13 months ago, delegates were told that nine in 10 people in the region now require humanitarian assistance.

Widespread racism against black people in Germany: Anti-Black racism is widespread, according to a new survey of thousands of Black individuals living in Germany. The problem is structural — and crucial to address, say experts. „It’s been a really long road and it’s been a struggle,“ says racism researcher Daniel Gyamerah of the organization Each One Teach One. He is Black, and mentions „painful accounts“ collected as part of the survey. He says the previous German government did not prioritize collecting such data despite „its human rights obligation“ to do so.

Omicron in South Africa: More infected, fewer seriously ill
Covid: South Africa donates Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses to African countries
Amnesty denounces violence in Ethiopia
Six African countries join: OPEC fund approves $352 million for development aid worldwide


Racism on the radio: Yes, Africa knows about Christmas: Every year, the radio plays „Do They Know It’s Christmas“, one of the most popular Christmas songs in Germany. Yet the song was already controversial when it appeared in 1984, because it relies on racist stereotypes about Africa. As a result, African artists didn’t want to take part. The image conveyed has consequences for Africa’s standing in the world, especially in the global North. Perhaps the best response in this debate came from Norway. There, nine years ago, black exchange students joined forces to respond to the mediated image with a parody. „Africa for Norway“ is the name of the project in which Africans are asked to collect heaters and blankets for the freezing children in Norway.

Yumbi massacre: Tough hope for justice: Exactly three years ago, more than 500 people were massacred in an otherwise peaceful area of Congo. A highly political trial has now begun at a military court. Whether the trial can create the basis for reconciliation is currently unknown. However, many suspects are still at large and not on the list of defendants. About a thousand Banunu have still not returned to their devastated villages and live on the other side of the Congo River in refugee camps in the neighboring Republic of Congo. The victims are demanding full compensation and help with reconstruction.

Youth in the focus of African politics: With more than 60 percent, the generation under 25 years of age represents the largest population group in sub-Saharan Africa, but the majority of African governments do not address young people. While the African Union (AU) has made important contributions to improving youth policies, its concepts often remain impractical and are rarely implemented by member states. The latter, for their part, focus too much on employment policy.

Winter Olympics bypass Africa: The Winter Olympics in Beijing practically bypass Africa with its 1.3 billion inhabitants in 55 countries. The fact that an entire continent doesn’t play a role in one of the biggest sporting festivals, however, has not been the subject of sports conferences which consider participation or the facilitation of the first African winter medal. No, it’s a state of affairs that is accepted – and explained away with climate conditions or the economic situation.


Turkey wants to donate 15 million doses of its self-developed Covid vaccine „Turkovac“ to Africa. It’s a disgrace to humanity that only six percent of the African population has received a COVID-19 vaccine, said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.


„Reports indicate that the Central African armed forces have received bilateral support from Wagner; this cooperation has been established without any transparency,“

said Peter Stano, the European Commission foreign affairs spokesperson.


Pablo Escobar’s ‘cocaine hippos’ are people too, US court rules: The offspring of hippos once owned by Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar can be recognized as people or “interested persons” with legal rights in the US following a federal court order. The case involves a lawsuit against the Colombian government over whether to kill or sterilize the hippos, whose numbers are growing at a fast pace and pose a threat to biodiversity.