Libye: l’état de santé de Khalifa Haftar préoccupe

Victime d’un cancer depuis plusieurs mois, le maréchal Khalifa Haftar a été évacué d’urgence dimanche dernier en Jordanie avant d’être transféré par la suite à Paris en France où il est interné dans un hôtel militaire. Selon l’entourage de l’homme fort de l’est de la Libye, le patient est dans un état stable. Sa dernière apparition publique remonte au 28 mars dans une vidéo diffusée par son bureau militaire dans laquelle il apparait en bonne santé donnant des instructions à ses troupes sur les opérations de Derna contre les extrémistes.

Nelson Mandela Centenary: Blood Donation Organised

Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s nationalist leader and first black President, died on December 5, 2013 at the age of 95 after serving one term of office from 1994-1999. If Mandela had been alive, he would have turned 100 years on July 18, 2018. To mark the centenary anniversary of his birthday, the South African High Commission in Cameroon, the Ministry of Public Health and a local telephone company, on December 11, 2018 organised a blood donation exercise in the University of Yaounde I at Ngoa-Ekelle.

Speaking at the event, High Commissioner Kgomotso Ruth Magau said they chose the charity event because there are always people in need of blood. “In memory of Nelson Mandela, the High Commission encourages people to do something – no matter how small – to change lives. Like Mandela always said, take action, make a difference,” she underscored. The South African High Commissioner also encouraged university students to be followers of Nelson Mandela.

Dr Noah Owona, Permanent Secretary of the National Programme for Blood Transfusion, described the blood donation event as “another opportunity for Cameroonians to save lives and show solidarity towards each other.” Staff from the Hospital Centre for Applied Research in Endoscopic Surgery and Reproductive Health, CHRACERH, the Military Hospital, Central Hospital and Jamot Hospital – all in Yaounde – were present to collect the blood. “The donated blood will be shared amongst the four hospitals because many patients are waiting to receive blood transfusion in these health facilities and elsewhere in the city,” Dr Owona explained.

Dikoua Bassam Jean Lambert, a Sociology student of the University of Yaounde I said he donated blood to help sick people, though it was his first time to do so. “I also took advantage to get tested for HIV, Hepatitis and Syphilis,” Dikoua explained. Nyungu Mess Christine, another Sociology student of the University of Yaounde I, told Cameroon Tribune she came to donate blood to save lives after being sensitised. It was also her first time to do so.

Solidarity

The recent decision by the United States President Donald Trump to halt his country’s funding to the World Health Organization (WHO), has been received with a lot of mixed feelings. First, from World leaders especially the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres who has not only qualified it as “untimely, but uncalled for” at a moment when the organization is pleading for funds (at least $1bn), and solidarity to help fight the pandemic. Secondly, the medical experts who are now the eyes and ears of the entire World in their day-to-day struggle to bring sanity. 

Though it is true that announcing such a decision President Donald Trump did not close the door with regards to its eventual funding, it is also no more a secret that President Trump has long questioned the value of the United Nations and scorned the importance of multilateralism as he focuses on an « America First » agenda. Since taking office, Trump has quit the UN Human Rights Council, the UN cultural agency UNESCO, a global accord to tackle climate change and the Iran nuclear deal. 

Thus, by suspending the US funding at a time when the World needs aid and solidarity most, does not give a good image of a country known for her unlimited generosity. 60 to 90 days (time to review the process) might not be long, but is largely enough to save thousands or millions lives, bring the pandemic under control, boost the economy and put smiles on the faces of many people who have been leaving in fear and psychological agony. Everyone knows that before coming up with such a decision, President Trump and his health advisers have weighed the pros and the cons and know very well that is not time for scapegoat, but international solidarity.

Kenya: plus de 52 islamistes tués

Le contingent kényan de la Mission de maintien de la paix de l’Union africaine en Somalie (AMISOM) annonce avoir tué 52 combattants de la rébellion Al-Shebab au cours d’une attaque survenue dans le sud de la Somalie le week-end dernier. Selon le colonel Joseph Owuoth, porte-parole des Forces de défense du Kenya (FDK), les soldats kényans ont également détruit avec succès un camp terroriste situé dans la région de Badhaadhe.

RDC: manifestations dans plusieurs villes

Les villes de Goma, Butembo et Bukavu, ont été secouées hier par des manifestations. A l’appel des jeunes de la Lutte pour le changement (Lucha), les manifestants ont investi les rues pour «une marche pacifique» contre le maintien au pouvoir de Joseph Kabila. Mais ces différentes manifestations ont dégénéré en de  violents affrontements entre manifestants et forces de l’ordre. Plusieurs coalitions et des personnalités d’opposition comme Moïse Katumbi ont apporté leur appui à cette manifestation organisée à l’expiration du délai sollicité par la Commission électorale nationale indépendante (CENI) pour boucler l’opération.