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Congo: Tens of thousands flee Goma over fears of new eruptions, Mali: Leaders resign during ECOWAS meeting | 5 Things That Should Matter Today

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Congo: Tens of thousands flee Goma over fears of new eruptions, Mali: Leaders resign during ECOWAS meeting | 5 Things That Should Matter Today

Across the 54 Countries in Africa, these are the 5 top stories you may have missed:


Congo: Tens of thousands flee Goma over fears of new eruptions

Tens of thousands of people fleed Goma over fear of a second eruption form Mount Nyiragongo in DR Congo – Africa News reports

Authorities also disclosed that an evacuation of part of the city had been ordered, and urged residents to leave calmly.

“The most important thing right now is to get my family to safety. We don’t know what can happen with the volcano. We are also told that there is a probability of a gas explosion. We have to run away from all these possibilities for the moment,” says Sergees Nguru, stuck in traffic whilst fleeing Goma.


Mali: Leaders resign during ECOWAS meeting

Transitional President of Mali Bah N’Daw resigned on Wednesday, 26th May, with his resignation presented to Assimi Goita, the transitional vice president, during an emergency meeting with delegates from The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) – News Central Africa reports

The ECOWAS meeting which had former Nigerian president Jonathan Goodluck and his delegation from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union, and the UN, saw to the tasking of the Interim President Bah N’daw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane with steering the country back to civilian rule after a coup in August.


US official condemns violence in Tigray, warns of new sanctions

A top United States official has disclosed that the Biden administration is preparing to impose more sanctions on Ethiopia and Eritrea if attacks against civilians in the Tigray region continue – Aljazeera Africa reports

“The violence in Tigray is horrifying. It shocks the conscience,” US Assistant Secretary of State Robert Godec said on Thursday.


Macron asks Rwanda to forgive France over 1994 genocide role

Emmanuel Macron, the French President, has asked Rwandans to forgive France for its position in the 1994 Rwandan genocide in which about 800,000 lives were lost – BBC Africa reports

Speaking at the genocide memorial in Rwanda’s capital Kigali, he said France had not heeded warnings of impending carnage and had for too long “valued silence over the examination of the truth”.


Over 22 million COVID-19 vaccination administered across Africa

As of May 27, confirmed cases of Covid-19 from 55 African countries reached  4,785,524 while over 22,044,854 vaccinations have been administered across the continent – All Africa reports

Reported deaths in Africa reached  129,259 and  4,329,308 people have recovered. South Africa has the most reported cases –   1,645,555 – and  56,077 people died. Other most-affected countries are Morocco (  517,808 ), Tunisia (  338,853 ), Ethiopia (  270,180 ), Egypt (  257,275 ), Libya (   184,151 ) and Kenya (  169,356 ).

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