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A good website for Africa-related news:

https://allafrica.com/
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Africa: Continent Nears 5 Million Confirmed Cases of Covid-19

11 June 2021

As of June 11, confirmed cases of Covid-19 from 55 African countries reached 4,983,779 while over 28,179,798 vaccinations have been administered across the continent.

Reported deaths in Africa reached 133,678 and 4,484,147 people have recovered. South Africa has the most reported cases - 1,722,086 - and 57,410 people died. Other most-affected countries are Morocco (522,765), Tunisia (362,658), Ethiopia (273,678), Egypt (271,047), Libya (188,386) and Kenya (174,285).

For the latest totals, see the AllAfrica interactive map with per-country numbers. The numbers are compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (world map) using statistics from the World Health Organization and other international institutions as well as national and regional public health departments.

https://allafrica.com/stories/202106110289.html


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President Macron Acknowledges France’s Role in Genocide Against Tutsi

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President Emmanuel Macron of France has visited Rwanda and formally recognized the role of France in the genocide against the Tutsi. In so doing he has broken with his predecessors. The genocide claimed an estimated 800K- 1 million lives and was organized by a government backed by France. President François Mitterrand was in power in France at the time of the genocide.

While in Rwanda, Macron visited Kigali Genocide Memorial, where more than 250K people are buried in mass graves. There he embraced the president of the Women’s Association of Genocide Survivors, in what was seen by many as a sign of reconciliation with those affected by the genocide.

Jean Damascene Bizimana, the executive secretary of the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide, said the visit reflects hope for the future. “It’s the symbol of new relations and respect for historic facts of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi. In the right place, and in a televised speech at the memorial, President Macron recognized the role of France in the Genocide against Tutsi.”

In his televised address, Macron said, “France has a role, a history, and a political responsibility in Rwanda. And she has a duty: to face history and recognize the amount of suffering it has inflicted on the Rwandan people by making silence prevail over the examination of the truth for too long.” Macron added that by wanting to prevent a regional conflict or a civil war, France in effect stood alongside a genocidal regime. “By ignoring the warnings of the most lucid observers, France took on an overwhelming responsibility in a spiral that ended in the worst, even as it sought precisely to avoid it,” he said.

Rwandans and many international analysts had expected an apology from Macron, and a request for forgiveness. Instead, he said, “As I stand with humility and respect by your side today, I come to recognize the extent of our responsibilities … This journey of recognition, through our debts, our donations, offers us hope to come out of this night and walk together again. On this path, only those who have been through the night can perhaps forgive, give us the gift of forgiving ourselves.”
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Time to bring back the Africa News and Discussions thread from the previous forum, please put all African related News within it.

World’s third largest diamond discovered in Botswana
Wed 16 Jun 2021

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The diamond firm Debswana has announced the discovery in Botswana of a 1,098-carat stone that it described as the third largest of its kind in the world.

The company showed the stone, which was found on 1 June, to the country’s president, Mokgweetsi Masisi, in the capital Gaborone.

“It is believed to be the third largest gem-quality find in the world,” said Debswana’s managing director, Lynette Armstrong.

The “rare and extraordinary stone ... means so much in the context of diamonds and Botswana,” she said. “It brings hope to a nation that is struggling.”

It is also the biggest stone of gem quality to be discovered in the history of the company, a joint venture between the government and the global diamond giant De Beers.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/ ... n-botswana
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Gabon is first African country paid to protect its rainforest

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Gabon has become the first African country to receive payment for reducing carbon emissions by protecting its rainforest.

The UN-backed Central African Forest Initiative (Cafi) has handed over $17m (£12m) - the first tranche of a $150m deal struck in 2019.

Nearly 90% of Gabon is covered by forest, which captures more carbon than the country emits.

Rainforests are vital for absorbing the globe's climate-heating emissions.

Gabon has been able to show that it managed to reduce deforestation and so lower its carbon emissions in 2016 and 2017 compared to the previous decade, Cafi says.

As a result Norway, through Cafi, has paid Gabon $17m based on a formula relating to the number of tonnes of carbon that would otherwise have been released. The rest of the $150m should be handed over in the coming years.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-57567829
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