Creating Humanitarian Crisis
The latest news coming from Juba is that the Civil Aviation Authority has now banned all flights terminating in or coming from the territories which are under control of forces opposed to the regime in Juba. That according to an aviation source at the international airport includes such places as Bor, Malakal, Panyabor, Akobo and other places as the source was unable to obtain a full listing of banned destinations.
The flight ban is reportedly only valid for commercial flights, though it appears quite blanket, leaving open the question of humanitarian relief and evacuation flights operated by the United Nations or neighbouring countries intent to bring their stranded nationals home.
There is some indication that for such humanitarian flights commanders in control on the ground are given advance information to avoid inbound aircraft to be fired upon, especially as rumours persist that the airforce of a neighbouring country had earlier…
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The Chimanimani beauty
I have yet to make a reservation over 24 hours in advance for anything in Africa. Most of Nicaragua and China was the same, granting me the flexibility to go where I want, when I want. This flexibility, I quickly learned, is one of the top benefits of traveling solo- hostels usually have at least one dorm bed left, and other companies tend to be able to squeeze in one more customer.
The reason I left so much time for Africa is that I felt I didn’t have enough time to visit the first two countries this year. I wanted to be able to include destinations recommended by other backpackers, yet hop off the tourist trail whenever possible. Therefore, in late September, I found myself trekking through Chimanimani National Park, located in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe.
The night before departing for Zimbabwe, with the plan to bolt straight…
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DJ Commander has died
Tendai Samu, a well known Disc jockey and Entreprenuer, originally from Zimbabwe has died. A cause to his death is still shallow. Dj Commander once lived in South Africa, and had recently moved back to Zimbabwe.
In Zimbabwe it’s understood that Mr Samu was part an entertainment organisation called “Cranborne Dj’s” where he continued practicing a hobby he’d passion for, with fellow Zimbabwean Dj’s including Dj Tam-z, Dj Knoxinatorr, and Dj Bad’Ass.
News about his death went viral on various social networks, including Facebook, twitter, soon after 1400hours GMT (Saturday 28th December 2013). Many people (his friends and fans), couldn’t believe and thought it was a rumour. Hours later (Saturday 28th December 2013), after reliable sources had confirmed about Tendai’s death, the Zmbabwean entertainment industry plunged into mourning. Fans and close friends paid deep respect to Dj Commander. To date, messages of condolences of his death are pouring from…
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What would Dr Garang say about Kiir
This is from a speech given by Dr. John Garang on the occasion of the signing of the Nairobi Declaration, June 5, 2004. Dr. John’s words need no commentary. They are obviously applicable to the events ongoing today in both Sudan and South Sudan:
There are many – here and elsewhere – who think that peace is about job allocation, is about apportionment of positions of authority, is about lining pockets through misuse or abuse of public assets, or is about lording it over others. Those who thus think must be reading from a different script than mine.
We have more supreme goals and loftier ideals and alternatives. My script reads that peace is what people think and believe peace should hold for them. Peace to my mind and in the depth of my soul is a promise of better living to the young, the middle aged and the aged, to each individual, to the unemployed…
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This Pastor fails to walk on water in Gabon
A news organization,WORLDNETDAILY has reported the following unfortunate incident: “An evangelist who tried replicating Jesus’ miracle of walking on water has reportedly drowned off the western coast of Africa. Pastor Franck Kabele, 35, told his congregation he could repeat the biblical miracle, and he attempted it from a beach in Gabon’s capital of Libreville.
‘He told churchgoers he’d had a revelation that if he had enough faith, he could walk on water like Jesus,’ an eyewitness told theGlasgow Daily Record. ‘He took his congregation to the beach saying he would walk across the Komo estuary, which takes 20 minutes by boat. He walked into the water, which soon passed over his head and he never came back.’ A researcher at Florida State University believes he has a natural explanation for the account of Jesus’ miraculous walk on the surface of water — ice. Professor of Oceanography Doron Nof and the…
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White army threat has been averted
December 28, 2013: South Sudan’s current Vice-President James Wani Igga, centre left, arrives to visit wounded patients at the Juba Military Hospital in Juba, South Sudan. (AP Photo)
JUBA, South Sudan – Twenty-five thousand young men who make up a tribal militia known as the “White Army” are marching toward a contested state capital in South Sudan, an official said Saturday, dimming hopes for a cease-fire.
Seeking an end to the nearly two-week crisis in which an estimated 1,000 people have been killed, leaders from across East Africa announced on Friday that South Sudan had agreed to a “cessation of hostilities” against forces loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar, accused by the government of leading a coup attempt on Dec. 15 that erupted into spiraling violence.
But Machar rejected that, saying in an interview with the BBC that any cease-fire had to be negotiated by delegations from both sides…
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