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Nigeria Cash Catastrophe

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By Dana Malcolm 

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#Nigeria, February 24, 2023 – A recent decision to move to new banknotes has been delayed for 60 days after causing turmoil in Nigeria with people running out of money and crowding ATMs.

The 200 Naira, 500 Naira and 1000 Naira notes were all scheduled to be discontinued and replaced by January 31st. The deadline had to be pushed to Feb 10 because residents just could not get their hands on the new notes leaving them stuck with old notes that were no longer legal tender.

The country’s courts tried to step in barring the Feb 10 deadline but that ruling fell on deaf ears as the government moved forward anyway, causing extremely long lines at banks and ATMs in the country.

Finally, President Muhammadu Buhari announced in early February that the old N200 notes will remain in circulation for 60 more days along with the new notes.   But the economy is already feeling the effects of the cash shortage.  While a significant cross-section of Nigerians use digital banking and the country’s online banking section is growing rapidly, a large section of the population still relies on cash for daily transactions, especially in rural areas.

The new notes and limits on withdrawing large amounts of money instituted by the Central Bank of Nigeria were initially in an effort to take some of the cash out of circulation but the effort has backfired leaving residents angry, frustrated and cashless.

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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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