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AFRICA: Congo demands for more than an apology over Belgium’s colonial impunity.

AFRICA: Congo demands for more than an apology over Belgium’s colonial impunity.

AFRICA, Belgium, DRC
King Philippe’s ‘regret’ for Belgium’s brutal colonial past received mixed reactions in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In a letter the Monarch addressed to President Félix Tshisekedi on the 60th anniversary of the country’s independence, Philippe expressed unprecedented sorrow for the colonial acts that historians say led to the death of millions of Congolese. On the streets of the capital Kinshasa, views were mixed. Anacelt Tshikunku, a taxi driver is among those that think there is more to be done. “Let all those responsible for the instability in the DRC take the example of Belgium, a former colony that is asking us for forgiveness. They have asked forgiveness from the Congolese people, and all those who destabilise the Congolese people will one day ask forgiveness.” Whi...
AFRICA: Women sue Belgium for colonial-era ‘abduction’ from Congo

AFRICA: Women sue Belgium for colonial-era ‘abduction’ from Congo

AFRICA, Belgium, DRC
Five biracial women born in Congo who were taken away from their Black mothers during Belgian rule have filed a lawsuit for crimes against humanity targeting the Belgian state. With their claim, they hope Belgium will finally recognize its responsibility in the suffering endured by the thousands of biracial children, known as “métis,″ who were snatched away from families and placed in religious institutions and homes. Lea Taveres Mujing is among them: “There is no consideration, there is nothing, nothing. We were dumped like that. After they broke our entire life. We had no adolescence or childhood, there is nothing. “What do we have to give to our children? The children don’t even know where to turn to in case of trouble. We don’t know, we are exhausted.” According to the leg...
EUROPE: Belgian Prince Joachim tests positive to Covid-19  after lock-down party.

EUROPE: Belgian Prince Joachim tests positive to Covid-19 after lock-down party.

Belgium, CORONAVIRUS, COVID-19, EUROPE
Prince Joachim, 28, travelled from Belgium to Spain for an internship on 26 May, the palace said. Two days later, he went to a party in the southern city of Córdoba, before testing positive for Covid-19. Spanish reports suggest the prince, a nephew of Belgium's King Philippe, was among 27 people at the party. Under Córdoba's lockdown rules, a party of this size would be a breach of regulations, as gatherings of no more than 15 people are currently permitted. Spanish police have launched an investigation into the party. Those found to have flouted lockdown rules could be fined up to €10,000 (£9,000; $11,100). Everyone who attended the party is said to be in quarantine. Prince Joachim, the youngest son of Princess Astrid and 10th in line to the Belgian throne, is said to have...
Coronavirus – Mali: Belgium supports FAO in the rapid recovery of vulnerable households’ livelihoods in Mali during COVID-19

Coronavirus – Mali: Belgium supports FAO in the rapid recovery of vulnerable households’ livelihoods in Mali during COVID-19

AFRICA, Belgium, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, EUROPE, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, MALI
In Mali, the first cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) were reported on 25 March 2020 in a context of growing insecurity and when the Government had just declared a food security and nutrition emergency, for which it requested support from its international partners especially in view of last year’s poor crop production results. Extreme weather events during the 2017/18 and 2018/19 campaigns led, among other things, to significant fodder shortages in the Sahelian strip in the Kayes region. These deficits were also recorded in Mauritania and Senegal, which have increased the pressure on fodder resources in western Sahel and specifically in Mali. In addition, increased insecurity and conflict by armed groups in the northern and central regions of the country have severely affected ...
Coronavirus – Africa: Humanitarian Air Deliveries to Africa ramped up with dispatch from UN’s New Cargo Hub in Belgium

Coronavirus – Africa: Humanitarian Air Deliveries to Africa ramped up with dispatch from UN’s New Cargo Hub in Belgium

AFRICA, Belgium, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, EUROPE, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, UNITED NATIONS
A WFP-contracted Boeing 757 cargo flight departed the newly-established Global Humanitarian Response Hub in Liège, Belgium The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has kick-started a network of global logistics hubs that will support the entire aid community and ensure the delivery of vital medical and humanitarian supplies to developing countries at a time when commercial air transport is at a virtual standstill. “The window of opportunity to surge medical and humanitarian equipment into Africa to curb the pandemic is closing fast,” said Amer Daoudi, WFP’s COVID-19 Response Director. “Our global logistics support system is up-and-running, and this delivery marks the first of many cargo shipments we will fly to all corners of the globe,” he added. A WFP-contracted Boeing...
Coronavirus: Belgium  becoming a hotspot for COVID-19 in Europe

Coronavirus: Belgium becoming a hotspot for COVID-19 in Europe

Belgium, CORONAVIRUS, EUROPE, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS
This week Belgium recorded the highest death rate from COVID-19 cases in Europe. 1,329 new people have tested positive for the new coronavirus (Covid-19) in Belgium, with 5,163 deaths confirmed according to the Federal Public Health Service during a press conference on Friday. This brings the total number of cases in Belgium, since the beginning of the pandemic, to 36,138. The total reflects all people in Belgium who have been infected, and includes confirmed active cases as well as patients who have since recovered, or died from the consequences of the virus. Belgium’s neighbours Britain and France have averages of 202 and 274 deaths per one million respectively, with total reported deaths on the order of 14,000 and 18,000 for populations that are six times bigger. 1,287 ...