Extreme heat around the world as fires rage in southern Europe (Europe)
Southern Europe is set to experience another period of scorching temperatures this week, marking the continent’s second extreme heat wave. This weather phenomenon poses a risk to people’s health and increases the likelihood of wildfires. Italy, Spain, and Greece have already endured relentless heat for several days, with the European Space Agency warning that the heat wave is just beginning. CNN: “‘This is just the beginning’: Extreme heat around the world as fires rage in southern Europe”, Accessed:19th July, 2023.
Kenyan demonstrators clash with police as 3-day protest begins (East Africa & Middle East)
About 100 protesters hurled rocks at police in the Kibera neighbourhood of Nairobi as three days of demonstrations against the cost of living and tax hikes kicked off in Kenya. Protesters burned tyres in Kibera and were met with volleys of tear gas by police. Al Jazeera: “ Kenyan demonstrators clash with police as 3-day protest begins”, Accessed: 19th July, 2023.
Families raise alarm as spill contaminates drinking water in Rivers (Nigeria)
Some families in Omuobizu, Omkpoba and Mgbere communities of Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State, have raised the alarm that their underground water has been destroyed by spillage from the manifold operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, in the area. Vanguard Newspaper: “ Families raise alarm as spill contaminates drinking water in Rivers”, Accessed: 20th July, 2023.
Measles immunisation yet to recover after COVID-19 backslides, WHO, UNICEF warn (Nigeria)
New data from World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has shown vaccination against measles, one of the most infectious pathogens, has not recovered after COVID-19 backslide, putting an additional 35.2 million children at risk of infection. Tribune Newspaper: “ Measles immunisation yet to recover after COVID-19 backslides, WHO, UNICEF warn”, Accessed: 20th July, 2023
Russia warns ships traveling to Ukraine considered part of war (International Security)
Russia’s defense ministry said that the Russian Federation will consider all ships traveling to Ukraine to be potentially transporting military cargo on behalf of Ukraine and “the flag countries of such ships will be considered parties to the Ukrainian conflict. Al Jazeera: “ Russia warns ships traveling to Ukraine considered part of war”, Accessed: 20th July, 2023.
Prigozhin tells Wagner troops to prepare for Africa (International Security)
The head of Russia’s mercenary Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, welcomed his fighters to Belarus, as they pulled out from the war in Ukraine. He admonished his troops that they would take no further part in the Ukraine war for now but to prepare for “a new journey to Africa”. Wagner has been active in African states such as Mali, CAR, Libya, and Sudan. Al Jazeera: “ Prigozhin in video tells Wagner troops to prepare ‘for Africa’”, Accessed: 20th July, 2023.
Guinea suspends agricultural exports to preserve stocks (Int’l Economic Crisis)
Guinea’s ruling junta has suspended the export of several agricultural products, including rice, potatoes, and palm oil, for six months to preserve its “food sovereignty” and “social peace”. This decision is linked to the concern to preserve stocks before the next harvests, and “not at all” to the expiry of the agreement between Moscow and Kiev, which allowed Ukraine to export cereals, notably to Africa, despite the war, the Guinean Ministry of Trade said. Africa News: “ Guinea suspends agricultural exports to preserve stocks”, Accessed: 20th July, 2023.
Guinea Junta suspends membership in regional development group (Int’l Economic Crisis)
Guinea’s ruling junta announced on Tuesday evening that it was suspending its membership of the Organisation for the Development of the Senegal River (OMVS), made up of four West African countries through which the river flows because it “does not take its strategic interests into account”. Africa News: “Guinea Junta suspends membership in regional development group”, Accessed: 20th July, 2023.
Nigeria: ECOWAS discusses democratic transitions and security (Nigeria)
Nigerian President Bola Tinubu, who was elected ECOWAS President last Sunday, held talks in Abuja with officials from Niger, Guinea-Bissau and Benin. They notably discussed security in Mali after the withdrawal of the UN mission (MINUSMA). Africa News: “ Nigeria: ECOWAS discusses democratic transitions and security”, Accessed: 20th July, 2023.