February 18 – 23, 2024

Nigeria (Health)

A suspected outbreak of viral haemorrhagic fever (Lassa fever) has claimed the lives of three staff members of 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna.

The revelation was contained in a letter by the Acting Commander Nigerian Army Medical Corps copied to all Nigerian Army healthcare facilities and made available to Daily Trust in Kaduna.

Daily Trust: Kaduna Orders Probe As Lassa Fever Kills 3 Army Hospital Employees

Nigeria (Politics)

Hamas leaders spotted in Nigeria

Senior leaders of Islamic militant group, Hamas have been spotted in Nigeria. Ghazi Hamad, former chairman of the border crossings authority in the Gaza Strip and Deputy Foreign Minister in the 2012 Hamas government is currently in Abuja with some officials and he even had an interview with a Nigerian television channel. According to the New York Times, Hamad left Gaza for Lebanon weeks before the Hamas October 7, 2023 attack upon Israel that triggered the 2023 Israel–Hamas war.

AP News: Hamas leaders spotted in Nigeria

Sudan (Politics)

Rape, sexual violence and war crimes, according to the UN

The U.N. human rights office said in a new report Friday that dozens of people, including children, have been victims of rape and other forms of sexual violence in the ongoing conflict in Sudan, attacks which could be assimilated to war crimes

African News: Rape, sexual violence and war crimes, according to the UN

Israel-Palestine War (Politics)

The ordeal of Rafah residents continue as Israel intensifies attacks

A mosque and a residential building were hit, killing four people. Some 1.5 million Gazans are crammed into the area, most of them displaced from other parts of the enclave due to the ongoing war. Many buildings were damaged in the crowded Shabour refugee camp. “The mosque they hit destroyed the entire neighbourhood,” said local Marwa Abu Moussa as she cleared debris in her home. Gaza’s Health Ministry estimates more than 29,000 Palestinians have been killed

African News: The ordeal of Rafah residents continue as Israel intensifies attacks

Israel-Palestine War (Politics)

Houthis support for Palestine

The Houthis have recruited and trained more than 200,000 new fighters since the group began its actions in the Red Sea in support of Palestine. To pressure Israel for a ceasefire in Gaza, the group has been intercepting and attacking Israel-linked ships passing through the Bab al-Mandeb Strait on their way to the Suez Canal. Popular support gave the Houthis enormous political capital in Yemen and led to the recruitment of “tens of thousands” of new fighters, according to analysts and statements by the group. Yemenis are super passionate about the Palestinian cause and it gives the Houthis leverage. So much so that it has pushed recruitment up “every single hour”.

Al jazeeral: Houthis are recruiting record fighters.

ECOWAS Commission (Politics)

Our doors remain open to the Sahel countries

Oumar Touray, president of the regional body, is optimistic a solution can be found over the pending departure of coup states Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger – and Senegal’s stalled election. Never before has a sub-regional organisation been in such turmoil. Already the target of fierce criticism, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) faces the announced departure of three of its founding members, which would represent the exit of around 70 million citizens from the community space, as well as the political crisis in Senegal.

The African Report: Our doors remain open to the Sahel countries

Lake Chad Basin (Politics)

African Development Bank Group, Lake Chad Basin Commission sign MOU to restore Lake Chad Basin

The African Development Bank Group and the Lake Chad Basin Commission have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to rehabilitate and restore the Lake Chad Basin. The agreement, signed on the sidelines of the 37th African Union Summit held in Ethiopia, will mobilise financial and technical resources to improve the development and management of water resources, support livelihoods and restore peace in the region. Lake Chad, once considered the sixth-largest inland water body on earth for livelihood, has shrunk in area by some 92% in recent decades. The larger Chad Basin contributes to food security for about 50 million people.“The population living in this ecosystem are facing major socio-economic challenges – add to that the insecurity situation due to terrorist groups which brings loss of livelihood, destruction of households, forced internal displacements and beyond our national frontiers,” said Republic of Chad Minister of Water, Passalet Kanade Marssela.

The African Development Bank Group: Lake Chad Basin

Lake Chad region (Security)

MNJTF forces intercept arms haul supply for terrorists in Lake Chad region

As air strikes kill scores, destroy terrorist boats carrying equipment and insurgents on the Chad-Cameroon-Nigerian border. One Nigerian and One Chadian Soldier killed during operation. In its determined effort to ensure the restoration of security and economic development in the Lake Chad Basin region, troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force have intercepted a major arms haul meant for delivery to Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists aimed at destabilization and conducting attacks. This is just as Fighter aircraft from the Chadian airforce attached to the Joint Task Force guided by reliable intelligence, conducted strikes on Boko Haram strongholds along the southern rim of Lake Chad, near the Chad-Cameroon-Nigeria border, neutralizing several terrorists and causing the destruction of terrorists equipment on waterways. “During the strikes, several terrorists were seen jumping into the lake from their boats and are believed to have died,” a statement by MNJTF said.

Vanguard: Lake Chad region

Russia-Ukraine War (Security)

Ukraine endures a second year of war with scenes of grief, suffering and also joy

The second year of Ukraine’s fight against Russia’s full-scale invasion brought no respite for Ukrainian soldiers or civilians. The conflict has killed more than 10,000 civilians and wounded nearly 20,000 others, the United Nations says. The cost of reconstruction is likely to run into hundreds of billions of dollars. Among the casualties, Ukraine expects that more than 20,000 people, many of them soldiers, will have a limb amputated. Many are victims of anti-tank mines, aerial bombs, missiles and artillery shells.

AP News: Ukraine endures a second year of war with scenes of grief, suffering and also joy

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