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Hundreds of migrants await evacuation from Lampedusa, Cameroonian transgender women convicted of ‘attempted homosexuality’ | 5 Things That Should Matter Today

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Hundreds of migrants await evacuation from Lampedusa, Cameroonian transgender women convicted of ‘attempted homosexuality’ | 5 Things That Should Matter Today

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


Hundreds of migrants await evacuation from Lampedusa

Hundreds of migrants were waiting to be transferred from the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa on Tuesday, 11th May, after more than 2,000 migrants had earlier reached Lampedusa between Sunday and Monday – Africa News reports

Dozens spent the night just outside the centre, carefully watched by Italian state police and military personnel, after spending hours on the dock.


Cameroonian transgender women convicted of ‘attempted homosexuality’

A Cameroonian court has sentenced two transgender women on Tuesday, 11th May, to five years in prison for “attempted homosexuality” – Reuters Africa reports

According to their lawyers, they were also charged for other offences after they were arrested for the clothes they wore to a restaurant.


Kenya suspends Somalia flights for three months

Kenya has suspended flights to Somalia a few days after its neighbour had said diplomatic ties between the two countries had been normalised after months of tension between the two East African countries – Aljazeera Africa reports

The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) disclosed this on Tuesday, 11th May, without giving any reason for the move.


ANC: Magashule must apologise this week

The ANC has stated that it hopes suspended Secretary-General Ace Magashule would apologises publicly to the party and the public by the end of the week – eNCA reports

The ANC had ordered Magasule to do so after he wrote a letter suspending ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa.


Africa: COVID-19 death toll nears 125,000 across continent

As of May 11, confirmed cases of Covid-19 from 55 African countries reached 4,641,049 while over 13,443,942 vaccinations have been administered across the continent – All Africa reports

Reported deaths in Africa reached 124,745 and 4,158,698  people have recovered. South Africa has the most reported cases –  1,597,724 – and 54,825  people died. Other most-affected countries are Morocco ( 513,922 ), Tunisia (321,837), Ethiopia ( 263,120 ), Egypt ( 238,560 ), Libya (180,226) and Nigeria (165,468).

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