Weekly Highlight of WPS events on the African Continent from 22nd to 26th February 2021

Justice for Victims of Liberian War

Seven Liberians filed a case against ULIMO rebels and its leader in a Swiss federal court where the group’s members are being charged for war crimes. A woman amongst the 7 plaintiffs recounted her horrifying experience of rape and forced marriage and sexual enslavement with the commander of the group Alieu Kosiah. Mr Kosiah faces a sentence of 20 years by the court.

Further details: https://frontpageafricaonline.com/liberia-war-crimes-trial/liberia-kosiah-raped-me-four-timesswiss-court-hears-in-ongoing-war-crimes-trial/

Cameroon Women Raped by officers of the law

20 women including women with disabilities in Cameroon have accused the military of rape in Ebam, southwest of Cameroon in its 4-year armed battle with separatist. The women recounted their ordeal stating that the soldiers rounded up men while they raped women and killed some men. According to eyewitnesses this was a reprisal attack on civilians suspected to be cooperating with the separatist movement in the region. These women await justice.

Further details: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2021/02/cameroon-soldiers-raped-20-women-killed-man-%E2%80%95-hrw/


Church Leaders call for peace security and stability in South Sudan As South Sudan celebrates its one year of Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity, the Council of Church Leaders supported by Civil Society Organizations and the South Sudan Women Coalition have called on the government of South Sudan to ensure the restoration of peace security and stability to the war torn nation.

Further details:  https://www.vaticannews.va/en/africa/news/2021-02/south-sudan-peace-security-stability-government.html

Displaced Persons in West Darfur in Dire need of food and shelter According to International Displacement Monitor, the recent conflict West Darfur has displaced over 1800 people. The organization has called on the immediate attention of the Sudan transitional government to work with humanitarian partners to provide relief for the displaced people of Darfur. The organization has also called on government to work on ending inter communal violence.

Further details: https://www.voanews.com/africa/south-sudan-focus/184000-displaced-west-darfur-need-food-shelter

Tigray Victims Plea for Justice

The people of Axum in the Tigray region have accused the Eritrean forces of Massacre of the civilian population. This atrocity was brought to light by Amnesty International, which in a report detailed the systematic killings of the people of Axum in the Tigray region. The report further stated that the killings were in retaliation of the attack by a small group of militiamen loyal to TPLF on a mountainside of Eritrean base

Further details: https://www.voanews.com/ethiopia-tigray/i-hope-get-justice-tigray-victims-plea-after-eritrean-soldiers-allegedly-massacre

Hundreds of School Girls Abducted in Nigeria

317 schoolgirls have been abducted from Zamfara state as this continues a trend off abduction following the Chibok schoolgirls abduction.  This horrific event occurs in Government Girls Junior Secondary Boarding School in Jangebe town. Despite the strong presence of the Nigerian military forces in the area, the girls remained unprotected from the armed bandits.

Further details:  https://www.voanews.com/africa/hundreds-nigerian-schoolgirls-taken-mass-abduction


Child Marriage in the Sahel Growing Rapidly

According to a data published by the United Nations, the Sahel has the highest rate of child marriage.  The report also showed that in the Sahel, gifting of daughters and kidnapping of young girls is a common practice. The report detailed the work of Save the Children in ensuring that this common practise comes to an end.

Further details: https://www.voanews.com/africa/sahel-child-marriage-growing-rapidly

Horror, Conflict and Electoral Violence in Central African Republic Amnesty International has compiled a detailed account of the electoral violence in CAR in December 2020. This detailed account comprised of first-hand testimonials and photographic analysis of 14 people killed within the week in Bambari and Bangui in the Capital. The report also stated that since December 17th, the Coalition of Patriots for change has launched series of attacks in other to stop the elections from taking place.

Further details: https://allafrica.com/stories/202102260074.html

Death in the Mediterranean Sea
A commercial vessel carrying African migrants fleeing from conflict thorn Libya in search of a better life and traveling through the Mediterranean Sea to Europe capsized in the sea. It is estimated that at least 41 migrants onboard included women and children. A rescue operation was only able to recover one body while the bodies of missing person aboard included 3 children and four women with one of the women reportedly leaving a new-born baby in Lampedusa.  

Further details: https://www.arabnews.com/node/1815651/world

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