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Tomorrow on the 3rd August 2019: Equatorial Guinea can celebrate 40 years of Obiang’s dictatorship!

Guinea is a clear example of genocide, despite the declarations made by Trevijano. In my book there is even a report from the Swiss magazine Review were some Guineans in exile tell atrocious stories about this. The silence is not only to protect individual interests in the cocoa, coffee or timber business but it also responds to a military strategy and huge investments in uranium and oil. […] Soon this country will become the “Kuwait of Africa” where a lot of people will suffer the greed of the most powerful. The future of Equatorial Guinea is still unresolved, […] and the only opinion I share with García Trevijano is that the truth about this country will only be revealed in the next century” (S.Harguindey, A. (25/11/1976) “Guinea ha sido, para unos cuantos, una finca particular”, El País).

Surely, the dictator and the President Teodoro Obiang of Equatorial Guinea will celebrate himself tomorrow and his glorious of day of taking power. The man who had a coup against the regime who ran the Republic 11 years before him. This he did by killing about 250 people and later charge the previous leadership, President and such on several of criminal counts.

What we know, is that all he charged on the Macias administration, he has done himself, all the patronage, corruption, arbitrary arrests and getting rid of enemies is known. That is why the silence is so defining. Their sentencing was this:

1.for Francisco Macias, the death penalty;

2. for Pastor Nsue Salvador Ondo Ela, Fortunato Nsogo, Eduardo Nguema Ede, Bienvenido Micha Nsue, 30 years’ imprisonment;

3. for Miguel Eyegue, Norberto Nsue Micha, Alberto Ndongo Ayang

1 year’s imprisonment” (International Commission of Jurists, P: 52-53, 1979).

So, with the knowledge of this and the retaliation and getting rid of his enemies early stage of the administration of Obiang. The President of 40 years had prepared himself and knew what he needed to do to stay in power. But, while he celebrate the Coup d’etat. Let us remember how it went down and what it has done to the Republic, which he have run and gotten wealthy on. A republic he haven’t served the public, but his own interests.

Just take a look!

-20-IV. THE OVERTHROW OF MAC1AS

Military coup of 3 August 1979

On this day the armed forces of Equatorial Guinea, acting through the National Guard, deposed the dictator Francisco Macias and established a Supreme Military Council to rule the country. The President of the Council, Lt. Col. Teodoro Obiang Nguema, was Military Governor of the province of Bioko and Vice-Minister of the Armed Forces for several years during the Macias government. Macias resisted the uprising with the help of forces remaining loyal to him. In the fighting which broke out on the mainland an unspecified number of people lost their lives. When Macias was abandoned by his supporters, he escaped into the forest and was finally captured on 18 August, alone and hungry. In resisting capture, a bullet slightly injured his left forearm” (International Commission of Jurists, P 20, November 1979).

The coup was backed by the nation’s military and Macías’ Cuban palace guard; several foreign embassies, including those of Spain and the United States, were aware of the plot in advance and provided financial humanitarian aid in its aftermath. Upon his ouster, Macías and his personal bodyguard fled to Macías’ home village of Nzeng-Ayong and took up residence in a fortified bunker protected by military loyalists. The ensuing conflict between Obiang and Macías’ forces killed 400 people; it ended when Macías burned his personal treasury and fled toward the Cameroon border. A force led by naval commander Florencio Mayé captured Macías on August 18, and he and six of his allies were executed on September 29” (Baynham, Simon (February 1980). “Equatorial Guinea: The Terror and the Coup”. The World Today).

First elections under Obiang:
“President of the Republic Francisco Macias Nguema (in power since 1968) was deposed and the 1973 Constitution declared void. The country was thereafter governed by a Supreme Military Council until the current Constitution was adopted in August 1982. In the 1983 elections, candidatures (one per constituency) were decided upon by President Obiang Nguema. There were no political parties. Voters on polling day reportedly totalled approximately 50,000” (archive.ipu.org – Equatorial Guinea – 28 August 1983).

Know that there is no difference between the self-declared President for Life, which was deposed in 1979, the nephew, who conquered and executed his uncle. Therefore, know, as his celebrating his victory, his 40 years in power. There been plenty of political prisoners, there been plenty of allegations against civilian activists, more that has fled the country. As the country is impoverished, while the elite and the family of the President is living lavish on petrodollars. Let this be known. His a despot and a dictator.

So, tomorrow, the republic of Equatorial Guinea will celebrate a 40 years of dictatorship under Obiang, just it had 11 years under Macias. The people have suffered under the same family and been taken hostage, by this one family. It is not a joke, it is dead serious. The worst is that the oppression continues, the violations against human rights and no word. No nothing. Just utter silence. Like it never happen.

Obiang is another self-styled President-for-Life, the only he never did, was to make a decree and put into law. The rest is history and its repeating itself. Peace.

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UNHCR appeals to Eritrea over refugee camp closure (03.07.2019)

Umkulu camp, located some 10 kilometres from the Red Sea port town of Massawa, is Eritrea’s only refugee camp.

GENEVA, Switzerland, July 3, 2019 – UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is appealing to Eritrea not to close the Umkulu refugee camp after hundreds of refugees left the site in recent weeks, amidst reports that local authorities had asked residents to leave.

Umkulu camp, located some 10 kilometres from the Red Sea port town of Massawa, is Eritrea’s only refugee camp. As of mid-June, the camp hosted more than 2,100 Somali refugees. Of these, 1,300 people have now arrived in northern Ethiopia.

“We call on the Eritrean authorities to continue to work with us on securing protection and solutions for refugees who remain in the country,” said Raouf Mazou, Director of UNHCR’s Regional Bureau for Africa.

“Closing a camp which has hosted Somali refugees for close to twenty years without offering alternatives raises serious concerns,” UNHCR’s Mazou added.

UNHCR is coordinating with the Ethiopian authorities to relocate the 1,300 refugees who arrived in Ethiopia away from the border and to transfer them to Melkadida in the Southern part of the country. The first relocations are expected to start on Wednesday, 3 July 2019.

Ethiopia is host to some 257,000 Somali refugees.

Security Council Press Statement on United Nations – African Union Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) (21.05.2019)

The members of the Security Council stressed that attacks against United Nations premises and personnel are reprehensible and unacceptable.

NEW YORK, United States of America, May 21, 2019 – The members of the Security Council strongly condemned the looting of the West Darfur Headquarters of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) in El Geneina on 14 May 2019. During the forceful intrusion into the UNAMID camp, UN property        and contingent-owned-equipment were looted, premises vandalised and the lives of UN staff and personnel put at grave risk.

The members of the Security Council stressed that attacks against United Nations premises and personnel are reprehensible and unacceptable.

The members of the Security Council called upon the Sudanese authorities to take immediate steps to ensure the safety of all UNAMD sites in Darfur, to swiftly investigate these incidents, and to bring all perpetrators of these acts to justice.

The members of the Security Council called upon the Sudanese authorities to facilitate the responsible handover of UNAMID sites.

The members of the Security Council reiterated their full support to the UNAMID Joint Special Representative and to UNAMID and the full implementation of its mandate.

The Sudan – Impact of Early Warning Early Action (20.05.2019)

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is developing innovative early warning systems to anticipate risks and intervene at the right time.

ROME, Italy, May 20, 2019 –  Climate-driven hazards are increasing in intensity and frequency, with weather‑related crises now occurring nearly five times as often as 40 years ago. At the same time, needs are expanding and resources are limited. New tools and ways of thinking and acting are essential to reduce the impact of these disasters as effectively as possible.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is developing innovative early warning systems to anticipate risks and intervene at the right time. The right time is often early – before a crisis becomes a humanitarian disaster. FAO’s approach is shifting from a reactive mind-set to one focused on mitigation and prevention.

When the state of Kassala in eastern Sudan experienced a dry spell in 2017 and 2018, FAO took steps early to protect the livelihoods of vulnerable agropastoralists. This study analyses the outcomes of FAO’s Early Warning Early Action (EWEA) approach in the Sudan. They complement and reinforce earlier findings in EthiopiaKenya, and Somalia which demonstrated that early actions have a significant return on investment and are an effective way to address drought in Africa’s agropastoralist regions.

Joint Statement on UNAMID and the Darfur Peace Process by the African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security and the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations (17.05.2019)

Addis Ababa, New York, 17 May 2019: The African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security Smaїl Chergui and the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix express their strong condemnation of the attack and looting of United Nations African Union Hybrid Operation In Darfur (UNAMID) in El Geneina on 14 May. They are extremely concerned by such unprovoked attacks on UNAMID, which has diligently and resolutely provided security to the people of Darfur since 2007.

Commissioner Chergui and USG Lacroix wish to underline that UNAMID’s withdrawal process from Darfur will continue as per the decisions of the African Union Peace and Security Council and the United Nations Security Council. They join UNAMID in reminding the Government of Sudan and the local population of their continued obligation to safeguard UNAMID personnel and assets in accordance with the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA).

Commissioner Chergui and USG Lacroix remain committed to the full implementation of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) and call on all peace partners to the DDPD to also sustain that commitment.

Sudan: UN expert condemns excessive use of force at protest (17.05.2019)

Sudan: UN chief calls for ‘positive momentum’ as civilian rule talks stall between military and opposition (16.05.2019)

António Guterres urged negotiators on both sides to maintain the positive momentum and reach agreement on the remaining details.

NEW YORK, United States of America, May 16, 2019 –  The UN Secretary-General has commended the progress made so far between Sudan’s military leaders and opposition forces towards agreeing a timetable for a return to civilian rule, following the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir just over a month ago.

On Tuesday, the Transitional Military Council and the Declaration of Freedom and Change Forces, announced they had agreed a three-year transition period, but on Wednesday, the military reportedly announced that talks were being suspended for three days, demanding that protesters remove road blocks from a designated area of the capital Khartoum.

According to news reports, some demonstrators were shot as soldiers tried to clear the barricades, following similar violence on Monday which left at least six dead.

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, António Guterres urged negotiators on both sides “to maintain the positive momentum and reach agreement on the remaining details.”

“The Secretary-General is committed to continue working with the African Union in support of this process,” the statement continued. “The United Nations stands ready to support the Sudanese stakeholders in their efforts to build lasting and sustainable peace.” 

The UN chief also stressed the “importance of upholding the human rights of all citizens and continuing to prioritize dialogue as a means to address outstanding differences. He also stresses the need to avoid any form of violence which could undermine the safety and security of the citizens as well as the stability of the country.”

Protests in Sudan against fuel and food prices began last December, and came to a head on 11 April, when military leaders announced that Mr. Bashir had been overthrown. Mass demonstrations have continued outside the army headquarters in the capital, demanding a return to civilian rule.

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Sudan (16.05.2019)

The United Nations stands ready to support the Sudanese stakeholders in their efforts to build lasting and sustainable peace.

NEW YORK, United States of America, May 16, 2019 – The Secretary-General commends the progress achieved during the negotiations between the Transitional Military Council and the Declaration of Freedom and Change Forces regarding the modalities of the transition in Sudan. He urges the parties to maintain the positive momentum and reach agreement on the remaining details.

The Secretary-General is committed to continue working with the African Union in support of this process. The United Nations stands ready to support the Sudanese stakeholders in their efforts to build lasting and sustainable peace.

The Secretary-General stresses the importance of upholding the human rights of all citizens, and continuing to prioritize dialogue as a means to address outstanding differences. He also stresses the need to avoid any form of violence which could undermine the safety and security of the citizens as well as the stability of the country.

Sudan: AUC Chairperson commends the Sudanese stakeholder for the progress being made toward reaching a political agreement (15.05.2019)

Djibouti: World Bank Approves $6 Million to Ensure Refugees and Host Communities Access Healthcare Services (03.05.2019)

WASHINGTON, May 3, 2019—The World Bank today announced an additional US$6 million additional financing for the continuation of its Improving Health Sector Performance Project in Djibouti. Since its approval in April 2013, 143,000 women and children have received essential health, nutrition and population services in Djibouti. The program has supported improvements in access to quality health care services for maternal and child health and communicable disease control programs (HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis). The additional financing will allow the program to continue serving all of Djibouti, including refugee populations.

The additional financing includes US$1 million in International Development Association (IDA) credit, the World Bank’s arm for the poorest countries, and a US$5 million grant from the IDA18 Sub-Window for Refugees and Host Communities. Djibouti is one of 14 countries eligible to access this financing. The IDA18 Sub-Window for Refugees and Host Communities was created in response to demands from refugee-hosting countries, like Djibouti, as a mechanism for development assistance and concessional financing from the WBG.

“The Government of Djibouti has been committed to addressing the increasing health needs of refugees and host communities,” said Atou Seck, World Bank Resident Representative in Djibouti. “The capacity of health centers throughout Djibouti is under severe strain. In certain communities in Djibouti, displaced populations including refugees make up to 40% of the health service users.”

The new financing will support the Government of Djibouti’s efforts to mitigate the negative health impacts of the protracted refugee crisis and ensure that refugees and host communities have access to quality and equitable health services. The project is implemented by the Ministry of Health.

This is the second additional financing to the project. The first additional financing came in the form of a grant US$7 million from the Health Results and Innovation Trust Fund. The original project, approved in April 2013, was a five-year results-based financing project funded by a US$7 million IDA credit. The program is performance-based, whereby funds are disbursed directly to health care providers based on the number and quality of services delivered. The aim of this design is to encourage healthcare service providers to improve child health services such as immunization, management of childhood illnesses, and treatment of malnutrition. In addition, there is a focus on maternal health services such as prenatal care, family planning, and skilled birth attendance. “With six years of experience with the results based financing in Djibouti we have seen a marked increase in the utilization of maternal and child health services. The increased autonomy of health facilities has led to improved health worker performance and an overall increase in the quantity and quality of health services,” said Elizabeth Mziray, World Bank Task Team Leader for the program. “With the additional financing, the support will extend to reach more vulnerable populations and those most in need.”

The large influx of refugees from neighboring countries into Djibouti and the protracted humanitarian crisis have strained an already fragile health system and have further stretched the limited capacity of the health system to provide basic health and nutrition services. The limited coverage of health services and the absence of essential nutrition and water and sanitation facilities have increased the risk of disease outbreaks.

Contacts

Ghanimah AlOtaibi
202-458-8406
galotaibi@worldbank.org

Kadar Mouhoumed Omar
+253-21 35-1090
kmouhoumedomar@worldbank.org

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