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Enslaved, tortured Nigerians and Ghanaians begin journey back home; UN Sec-General reacts

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Enslaved, tortured Nigerians and Ghanaians begin journey back home; UN Sec-General António Guterres reacts.

Special to USAfrica (Houston) and USAfricaonline.com

“I am horrified at news reports and video footage showing African migrants in Libya reportedly being sold as slaves.

I abhor these appalling acts and call upon all competent authorities to investigate these activities without delay and to bring the perpetrators to justice. I have asked the relevant United Nations actors to actively pursue this matter.

Slavery has no place in our world and these actions are among the most egregious abuses of human rights and may amount to crimes against humanity.

I urge every nation to adopt and apply the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its protocol on trafficking in persons and I urge the international community to unite in fighting this scourge.

This also reminds us of the need to address migration flows in a comprehensive and humane manner: through development cooperation aiming at addressing its root causes, through a meaningful increase of all the opportunities for legal migration and through an enhanced international cooperation in cracking down on smugglers and traffickers and protecting the rights of their victims.”

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#USAfrica #BrkNews: Barbara Bush has died at their home in Houston

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Barbara Bush, first lady from 1989–1993 during the presidency of her husband, George H. W. Bush, has died at their home in Houston. She was 92; and the mother of George W Bush

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WInnie Mandela’s burial on Saturday; 3 presidents attending

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Three presidents will pay their respects at the funeral of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on Saturday.

EFF leader Julius Malema is also expected to speak, while Fikile Mbalula will speak on behalf of the ANC as will Bathabile Dlamini in her capacity as leader of the ANC Women’s League.

Another politician, Energy Minister Jeff Radebe, will deliver a tribute on behalf of the extended family. Gauteng Premier David Makhura will welcome the mourners at the ceremony.

The AbaThembu Prince Azenathi Dalindyebo will deliver a royal address and Zukiswa Madikizela will pay tribute on behalf of the Madikizela family.

Among the expected musical performers are Thandiswa Mazwai and Sipho Hotstix Mabuza.

The funeral service at the Orlando Stadium is scheduled to start at 09:00 and is expected to finish at 13:00, after which a military ceremony will take place before the procession moves to the Fourways Memorial Park. By Jane Gerber/News24

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USAfrica: Catholic priest Etienne killed by militia in DR Congo, after a wedding mass

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Goma – A Catholic priest was found shot dead hours after he said mass in Democratic Republic of Congo’s restive North Kivu province, a member of the church told AFP.

“Father Etienne Sengiyumva was killed [on] Sunday by the Mai Mai Nyatura (militia) in Kyahemba where he had just celebrated a mass including a baptism and a wedding,” father Gonzague Nzabanita, head of the Goma diocese where the incident occurred, told AFP.

The Mai Mai Nyatura are an armed group operating in North Kivu, in eastern DRC.

Nzabanita said Sengiyumva, 38, had had lunch with local faithful before “we found him shot in the head”.

North and South Kivu provinces are in the grip of a wave of violence among militia groups, which often extort money from civilians or fight each other for control of mineral resources.

Last week unknown assailants kidnapped a Catholic priest in North Kivu, demanding $500 000 for his release.

Eastern DRC has been torn apart by more than 20 years of armed conflict, fuelled by ethnic and land disputes, competition for control of the region’s mineral resources, and rivalry between regional powers.

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