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Mali: Female prisoners get vocational training

Female prisoners in Mali will now get vocational training to help the prisoners reintegrate into society – Africa News reports

Bolle is one of the only women’s prisons in Africa’s Sahel region, which has been plagued by a brutal jihadist conflict since 2012. It is also a centre for vocational training to help women reintegrate into society once out of prison.

“All these ladies or all these girls who are in detention are doing something, they are involved an activity. We are not only a detention centre but we are also here to re-educate and to teach the detainees income-generating activities in order to prepare their reintegration into society,” said Gabriel Flazan Sidibe, Deputy Director of the Bollé detention centre.

Ethiopia: US Election observer found dead

A United States citizen, John Marsh, who was in Ethiopia to observe its sixth general election, was found dead in the capital, Addis Ababa, on Tuesday, 22nd June – All Africa reports

Marsh was a member of the Carter Center team of observers.

“An American citizen was found dead in his bedroom at the Radisson Blu Hotel,” the Addis Ababa Police Commission said in a statement, confirming what sources had told Nation Africa.

A worker at the hotel, who requested anonymity, also disclosed that: “At about 7 o’clock in the morning, our hotel room cleaner saw him on the ground next to his bed when she went to clean the bedroom.” “She reported what she saw to the police, who immediately came to the scene, where they found him dead.”

Sudan asks for UN meeting over Nile dam row

Sudan’s foreign minister, Mariam al-Mahdi, has written to the United Nations Security Council to intervene on the row over Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam (Gerd) on the Nile River – BBC Africa reports

According to the minister, Sudan wants the council to meet and discuss the dam’s “impact on the safety and security of millions of people”.

Minister Mariam’s letter to the council head asks him to urge Ethiopia to stop the “unilateral” filling of the dam.

ECOWAS Court restrains Nigeria from prosecuting Twitter users

A West African court has restrained the Nigerian government from “unlawfully” prosecuting people from using Twitter – Aljazeera Africa reports

On Tuesday, 22nd June, a statement describing the decision to suspend the Twitter operations as an attempt to silence criticism of the government from SERAP quoted the Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) as saying it was restraining the government from acting against citizens or media outlets over the use of Twitter, pending a substantive ruling on the core issue.

Dozens of Congo’s rebels lay down weapons in the east

Dozens of militia fighters in the Democratic Republic of Congo have laid down their weapons and surrendered – Reuters Africa reports

According to reports, this is coming so after President Felix Tshisekedi announced martial law to tackle worsening security in two eastern provinces.


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