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  1. Anger after South Sudan boy abused in Tik-Tok clip

    Nichola Mandil

    Juba

    Some people have been taken into custody in Egypt after a video began circulating on social media this week showing a South Sudanese teenager being verbally and physically assaulted.

    The subsequent outrage prompted Sudan Sudan’s embassy in Egypt to investigate.

    It found that the footage, which seems to have first appeared on Tik-Tok, showed Akok Kuol, a 14-year-old asylum seeker whose family is registered with the UN refugee agency in Egypt.

    The incident was filmed last Friday in the capital, Cairo, and showed the boy being sworn at, beaten and forced to wash dishes.

    “His private parts [were] also exposed to a source of flame,” the embassy said.

    Joseph Moum Majak, South Sudan’s ambassador to Egypt, said in a letter published on Twitter that he had taken action to ensure Akok Kuol and his family were safe.

    “The authorities arrested the perpetrators and remanded them for two weeks for further investigation,” he said.

    Egypt’s embassy in Juba has also released a statement condemning the “unjust behaviour" in the video, saying it did not represent Egyptian values.

  2. Tanzania's president wears her face mask at home

    Munira Hussein

    BBC News, Tanzania

    Samia Suluhu Hassan
    Image caption: Other officials at the event with President Samia also wore face masks

    Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan has appeared for the first time at a public event in the East African nation wearing a face mask.

    Her predecessor, John Magufuli - who died in March - had always refused to wear one, and was considered a coronavirus sceptic.

    Ms Samia has worn face masks outside of Tanzania - most notably this week on her two-day state visit to neighbouring Kenya.

    At the event in Dar es Salaam on Friday, she was addressing an audience of more than 800 elders from across the country.

    “We apologise, our lifestyle has changed, we have come here today in face masks and this is because the elderly are at a higher risk of contracting this disease, so we have to protect them,” the president said.

    Since coming to power, the 61-year-old has not been afraid to show that she is prepared to take a different and more considered path than Mr Magufuli.

    She has formed a committee of experts to advise her on the status of Covid-19 in the country and the necessary steps to take to keep people safe.

    During her visit to Kenya she made a light-hearted comment about mask wearing - comparing it a herder muzzling a goat to stop it eating crops.

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  3. Dismay after martial law imposed in eastern DR Congo

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    The granting of additional powers to the military in the volatile east of the Democratic Republic of Congo could lead to further abuses against the civilian population, Human Rights Watch has warned.

    President Félix Tshisekedi has just appointed military governors to Ituri and North Kivu provinces to combat the rising violence.

    Fact file about Luboya N'Kashama

    Lt-Gen Johnny Luboya N'Kashama, the new governor of Ituri, is a former rebel chief of military intelligence with the Rwanda-backed Congolese Rally for Democracy (RCD-Goma), "who may bear command responsibility for killings, rapes, and other abuses by his forces", HRW says, citing an internal UN memo.

    Fact file about Ndima Kongba

    Lt-Gen Constant Ndima Kongba, the newly appointed North Kivu governor, is better known as “Effacer le Tableau” (Erase the Board), HRW says.

    He earned "his nickname from an abusive operation he allegedly led as a rebel commander with the Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC) in Ituri province in 2002", the rights group says.

    Neither has commented on the allegations.

    President Tshisekedi has launched two military operations against rebels in the two provinces since taking office in 2019.

    But these have only stoked the violence and forced more people from their homes, HRW says.

    The rampant impunity for abuses by both rebel groups and national forces continues to drive conflict, the group says.

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    Video caption: 'People are reluctant to follow Covid-19 measures'

    Despite repeated warnings many ignore coronavirus safety procedures, a doctor in West Bengal says.

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    Video caption: Cargo plane carrying oxygen generators departs for India

    The three generators, built in Northern Ireland, are capable of producing 500 litres of oxygen a minute.

  6. Somali troops withdraw easing civil war fears

    Andrew Harding

    BBC Africa correspondent

    Members of a section of the Somalia army opposed to the president's term extension seen in Mogadishu - 5 May 2021
    Image caption: Somali troops allied to the opposition had taken up positions on the streets of the capital - these soldiers were angered by president's term extension

    Convoys of troops allied to the opposition are have been seen withdrawing from Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, a fortnight after clashes in the city sparked fears of a return to civil war.

    The withdrawal is the result of new political negotiations aimed at resolving a bitter dispute over long-delayed elections.

    Their sudden arrival in the city, last month, led to clashes with pro-government forces and an exodus of civilians.

    There was widespread fear that brinkmanship by the country’s political elites was pushing Somalia back towards the days of clan warfare and anarchy.

    But under international pressure President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, known as Farmajo, backed down on his controversial plan to hold on to power for an extra two years.

    Election talks resumed - and Somalia even reached out to its neighbour, Kenya, to end a separate crisis and restore diplomatic relations.

    None of this resolves the underlying tensions in Somalia:

    • A centralising government pitted against powerful clans and regional leaders.
    • The enduring strength of the Islamist militant group al-Shabab
    • And a range of humanitarian crises.

    But a country that often makes the news for all the wrong reasons, has embraced political compromise, and persuaded an assortment of armed groups to leave Mogadishu in peace.

  7. Rwanda hopes to open Covid-19 vaccine plant

    Samba Cyuzuzo

    BBC Great Lakes

    Covid-19 vaccine
    Image caption: Africa has only administered 2% of all the vaccine doses administered globally so far

    Rwanda is working with international partners to bring in the latest technology to help the country produce Covid-19 vaccines of the mRNA type - such as Pfizer and Moderna.

    These are a new type of vaccine and only a small number of people understand how to make them.

    They use a fragment of the virus's genetic material - or messenger RNA - to teach the body how to fight Covid-19 and build immunity.

    Rwanda's Health Minister Tharcisse Mpunga said discussions were at an advanced stage to open a vaccine plant to aid the vaccination campaign in Africa.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) says African countries are running out of supplies of Covid-19 vaccines, and there is concern over the availability of further doses.

    So far, seven countries have already exhausted the vaccines they received from the UN-backed Covax scheme.

    Africa has only administered 2% of all the vaccine doses administered globally so far.