Day: August 27, 2019

Slavery: Could a new museum stop racism in London?

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“Slavery. It's not your fault so you don't have to feel guilty. But it is a topic we need to address.”
Sixteen-year-old Kush says some of his friends feel “like their ancestors were responsible” for the slave trade.
Speaking to Radio 1 Newsbeat at a remembrance event in London, he explains he feels there's no need for guilt – but it's crucial the history is still taught.
A new museum about the slave trade is being proposed for the capital, by a group that says the idea could help reduce racism.
Millions of people were taken from Africa and sold as slaves between the 16th and 19th centuries.

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Kush spoke to us on Sankofa Day, an international day for the remembrance of slavery

Kush agrees that talking about what happened in the past can help with current issues.
“Racism stems from slavery and it's a real problem now – but accepting that it's a thing and accepting that we do ha..

Has Kenya’s plastic bag ban worked?

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Kenya is trying to tackle the problems caused by plastic rubbish

Two years ago, Kenya introduced a ban on plastic carrier bags.
Has it worked?
Tens of millions of plastic bags were handed out in supermarkets every year in Kenya.
They polluted the environment and clogged up drainage systems contributing to floods in rainy seasons.
A study supported by the National Environmental Management Agency (Nema) found that more than 50% of cattle near urban areas were found to have plastic bags in their stomachs.

So after years of promising to take action, the government made the manufacturing, sale and distribution of plastic carrier bags illegal.
Kenya plastic bag ban comes into force

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Plastic waste bags are a major environmental problem in many African countries

Since the ban, the government says 80% of the population have stopped using plastic carrier bags.
Although this is encouraging, so..

Sudan crisis: Activists achieve ‘big win’ over generals

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Sudan's pro-democracy movement has achieved its biggest victory – getting the junta to agree to a civilian government.
The Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) have hammered out a deal with the generals who took power after the fall of long-serving ruler Omar al-Bashir.
They have agreed to a 39-month transitional period. During this time, Sudan's ultimate authority will be a Sovereign Council of five civilians and five generals, with an eleventh member to chair it – initially a soldier, later a civilian.
A technocratic government is being set up and an interim national assembly appointed.
Negotiating the power-sharing formula was hard enough – solving Sudan's deep-seated political and economic problems is going to be harder still.

Newly-appointed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok is under no illusions about the challenge he faces.
He is not a politician. He is an economist, a technocrat who has spent the last decades in the African Developm..

Incendies en Afrique centrale : plus de 10 000 feux recensés en 48 heures en RD Congo et en Angola

A la une du journal de l’Afrique, les feux qui ravagent l’Afrique centrale. Plus de 10 000 incendies se sont déclarés en 48 heures dans la région : près de 7 000 en Angola et 4 000 en République démocratique du Congo. Une photo publiée par la Nasa montre l’étendue des incendies sur le continent et la dimension inquiétante de la situation. Nous recevons Floribert Botamba, responsable de projets à l’ONG WWF.