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First time, African Football Club makes World Cup Finals

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By Dana Malcolm

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#Qatar, December 12, 2022 – In what is being described as one of the most unpredictable in the tournament’s history some of the biggest names in football including the No.1 team in the world was booted out of the FIFA World Cup last weekend and one African team in particular made history.

We are down to four; defending champions France; former finalists Croatia; hopefuls Argentina and complete wildcards Morocco who managed to send home one of the world’s top teams.

It was a weekend of tears and disbelief as Croatia first sent Brazil packing on Friday with some brilliant goalkeeping by Dominik Livakovic in penalty shootouts denying the No.1 team all but a single goal.  It caused pandemonium in football fans worldwide as bets were lost and a select few won big.

It was a dramatic scene following the match as a crowd favorite Neymar Jr. collapsed on the ground in shocked tears.

But the drama was not over, on Saturday for the first time in history, an African team made their way to the semi-finals of the World Cup as a determined Morocco barreled past Portugal, denying Cristiano Ronaldo any chance of a World Cup title this year.

France the title holders, unsurprisingly, sent England home to the chagrin of English fans and Argentina won a nail biting match over the Netherlands in penalties.

This week Argentina takes on Croatia on Tuesday at 2PM and France goes head to head with Morocco on Wednesday at 2pm.

Will Argentina and France go against each other again in the final, recalling their 2018 match when the French sent home the blue and whites in the round of 16?  Will Morocco make history yet again and become the first African team in the World Cup final?  Will Croatia steamroll over Argentina and face France in the finals, a callback to 2018 once again?

Given the nature of the tournament so far football fans must be prepared for anything.

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Kenya multinational force to arrive in February in Haiti 

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Rashaed Esson

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#Kenya, December 21, 2023 – Saving Haiti from the current crisis is becoming less of just spoken word and more of real action as Kenya is scheduled to send more than one hundred soldiers to the republic come February 2024.

This is according to reports on Sunday by Kenyan authorities, following Haiti’s visit to Nairobi, Kenya on Wednesday December 13th.  The Haitian delegation was led by Mr. Frantz Elbé, Director General of the Police National D’Haiti (PNH) or Haitian National Police in English, and it included members of the High Command and Senior Officers from the Ministry of Justice.

Elbé, according to the PNH, met with the Director General of the Kenyan Police and his Deputy Inspector General in charge of the Administrative Police.

This meeting was to discuss technical details related to the deployment of the Multinational Support Mission to Security (MMAS).

Reports say that regarding the mission, Kenya is demanding the disbursement of a first portion of $230 million. Also, it is important that the potential cost of the mission is noted, that is USD$600 million, reports say.

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DRC to get Worse for Women and Children says UN report

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Dana Malcolm

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#Africa, November 25, 2023 – As the country prepares for general elections in December women and children in the Democratic Republic of Congo are experiencing some of the worst human rights abuses in the world according to UN reports.

“The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is on track to have record levels of verified grave violations against children for a third consecutive year in 2023 – In both 2021 and 2022, DRC had the world’s highest levels of verified cases of sexual violence against children committed by armed forces and armed groups,” UNESCO explained. The 2023 levels of ‘grave abuses’ against children has risen 41 percent this year.

It’s years of armed conflict between over 100 different rebel groups both foreign and local that has precipitated the foreboding increase. The UN is describing the resulting humanitarian crises in DRC as an epidemic of gender based violence.

Armed groups have been struggling for control of the DRC ever since rebels ousted from Rwanda captured the capital of then Zaire and renamed it the DRC.

Increased tensions have followed the planned departure of UN peace keepers under the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).

MONUSCO, established by the UN in 2010 had been authorized to use all necessary means to carry out its mandate to ‘protect of civilians, humanitarian personnel and human rights defenders under imminent threat of physical violence and to support the Government of the DRC in its stabilization and peace consolidation efforts.’

It’s another UN intervention which has been labeled a failure.

More than five million people have been displaced because of the ongoing clashes.  The situation is expected to worsen in 2024.

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Congo human rights violations

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Dana Malcolm

 

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#Congo, November 22, 2023 – As the country prepares for general elections in December, women and children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are experiencing some of the worst human rights abuses in the world, according to UN reports.

 

“The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is on track to have record levels of verified grave violations against children for a third consecutive year in 2023 – In both 2021 and 2022, DRC had the world’s highest levels of verified cases of sexual violence against children committed by armed forces and armed groups,” UNESCO explained. The 2023 levels of ‘grave abuses’ against children have risen 41 percent this year.

 

It’s years of armed conflict between over 100 different rebel groups, both foreign and local, that have facilitated the increase. The UN is describing the resulting humanitarian crisis as an epidemic of gender-based violence.

 

Armed groups have been struggling for control of the DRC ever since rebels ousted from Rwanda captured the capital of then-Zaire and renamed it the DRC.

Increased tensions have followed the planned departure of UN peacekeepers under the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). 

 

MONUSCO, established by the UN in 2010, had been authorized to use all necessary means to carry out its mandate to ‘protect civilians, humanitarian personnel and human rights defenders under imminent threat of physical violence and to support the Government of the DRC in its stabilization and peace consolidation efforts.’

 

More than five million people have been displaced from their homes because of the ongoing clashes   The situation is expected to worsen in 2024.

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