Uganda witnesses first Ebola Outbreak, Nigerian celebrates 20 years of democracy and Shinzo Abe becomes first Japanese PM to visit Iran in 41 years.
A lot is happening in the world today and we have selected some of the key talking points in the global news circle. We’ll start off with Africa.
Protests in Sudan
Protesters in Sudan have called off their strike action as talks with the ruling military regime is set to resume. The Sudanese Professionals Association, has been the leading body organizing the protests. But they have encouraged their protesters to go back to work while they engage the military in another set of negotiations.
The months-long pro-democracy protests in Sudan caught the world by surprise and eventually led to the fall of the Omar Al Bashir regime months ago. The military arrested Bashir and took over government. They promised to handover to a democratic regime, but protesters want the handover to happen sooner. This has been the key issue in the recent protests in the country.
Uganda Records First Ebola Outbreak
Yesterday, Uganda announced the first ebola outbreak in the country. The recent outbreak was as a result of a recent spike in Ebola cases in Congo, a region highly vulnerable to Ebola. The cross border outbreak is expected to pressure the World Health Organisation (WHO) to become more aggressive in combating the virus.
Advisers to the WHO Director General have declined to declare Ebola a global threat, partly because it has not spread to regions abroad. Meanwhile cross border outbreaks have previously occurred in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, leading to the worst Ebola outbreak in history. It killed more than 11,300 people in these countries between 2014 and 2016.
Nigeria Celebrates 20 Years Uninterrupted Democracy
Nigeria is celebrating 20 years since the end of the military era. The period also represents the country’s longest ever democratic dispensation. However, Nigeria is in a very difficult state presently.
The country is riddled by insecurity in nearly every region of the country. In the North, the country has struggled to address the Boko Haram terrorists devastating Nigeria and neighbouring countries in the Chad Basin. There’s also the rise of killings related to bandits in the country’s north west. Meanwhile the central region of the country continues to grapple with horrific killings caused by Fulani Herdsmen.
But now recent insecurity concerns stem from the south, where reports say kidnapping and violent killings are increasing fast.
Added to the insecurity situation, Nigeria’s economy is quite unstable and has seen poverty and unemployment figures reach new highs. As much as 45% of the country’s population is living in poverty.
Japan’s PM Heads to Iran
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has made a trip to Tehran as he hopes to ease tensions in the region. Abe told reporters Wednesday that he wants to do as much as he could to secure peace and stability in the region.
Abe is the first Japanese leader to visit Iran in 41 years.
Mexico Sends Troops to Its Southern Border
Mexico has begun sending troops to its southern border to reduce the number of illegal migrants coming in from Southern America. The move is part of a crucial deal it signed with the US government to stop the US from imposing tariffs on Mexican trade.