Ethiopia to plant 20 billion trees by 2022, Namibia issues travel documents to children of gay couple | 5 Things That Should Matter Today

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

Ethiopia to plant 20 billion trees by 2022

Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopian Prime Minister is leading a campaign that will see to the planting of 6 billion trees across the country this year – Africa News reports

The Prime Minister disclosed that it forms part of his ‘’Green Legacy’’ project to promote eco-tourism and combat the effects of climate change. The initiative highlights his focus on the environment ahead of the elections.

Namibia issues travel documents to children of gay couple

Namibia on Tuesday, 18th May, issued emergency travel documents to the twin daughters of a gay couple – Reuters Africa reports

According to the report, the couple has been battling to take their twin daughters home following their birth to a surrogate in South Africa.

Kenya ‘about to run out’ of Covid-19 vaccines

Dr Willis Akhwale, the chairman of Kenya’s vaccination task force has disclosed that Kenya is about to exhaust its supply of COVID-19 vaccines as early as next week – BBC Africa reports

Willis revealed that Kenya had received more than one million doses out of 3.5 million AstraZeneca vaccines that it requested from Covax.

“We have vaccinated close to 940,000 Kenyans, so we don’t have more doses remaining,” he said.

Starvation stalks Tigray as war drags on

Starvation and the availability of food has remained an issue in Tigray as war continues to drag on for months – Aljazeera Africa reports

In an exclusive report, Aljazeera speaks to Kiflom Tekleweyni who has eaten very little in nearly two months.

The 23-year-old, who was born with an undiagnosed mental illness, and his mother fled their hometown of Dansha in Ethiopia’s war-hit Tigray region in mid-March.

Lesotho: Correctional Services boss sued by subordinate

Chabana Majara, The Acting Commissioner of the Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS), is deep in a fresh legal fight with his subordinate, Bokang Ramotena – All Africa reports

Bokang is suing her boss for the decision taken to demote her from her current rank at the correctional services.


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