Afronews June 2022

In Ethiopia , behind the scenes negotiations are being organized between the government and the Tigray rebels  which are expected to meet around the same table in Tanzania starting from the end of June.

According to several African and Western diplomats, discussions could begin as early as late June in Tanzania, probably in the city of Arusha, known for having already hosted the peace process in Rwanda in 1993.

At the origin of this rapprochement, Olusegun Obasanjo, special envoy for the Horn of Africa of the African Union (AU), former Nigerian president. The war, which began in November 2020, has already caused tens of thousands of deaths, millions of displaced people and plunged northern Ethiopia into a serious humanitarian crisis.

Negotiations behind closed doors are expected to bring together two delegations of five members each. The signing of a ceasefire, an agreement on humanitarian renditions and the resumption of basic services are under discussion, while territorial issues should not be addressed. 

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ETHIOPIA

Who wants what?

In the federated regions of Tigray, Ahmara, Oromia there are local militias and mercenaries (primarily the FANO group) that make claims on territories and rights that the central government is not willing to accept. Since President Abiy took office in 2018, Amhara's elites have been among the groups that have benefited the most, and Amhara's militias have played a key role in the federal government's assault on Tigray. Furthermore, the war in Tigray provided the opportunity for Eritrea to settle ancient accounts with the TIGRAY TPLF and occupy the disputed border territory of Badme. Eritrean forces have been involved since the war began and helped federal forces take control of Tigray in the early months of the conflict. Abiy promised in 2018 that Badme will be relocated to Eritrea in accordance with the Algiers Agreement of 2000.

However, peace is not easy to achieve and the conditions of ordinary people are really difficult ( for this see the cuamm.org site ).

See original article.

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CENTRAL AFRICA

The mercenaries of the Wagner group, settled in the heart of power in Bangui, organize demonstrations against the UN and France, and control the media to stifle their tolls against civilians.

The mercenaries of the Wagner Group, a company without official existence but present wherever the Kremlin has interests, are at the center of Central African power, protecting a government favorable to Moscow. Bangui then signs a defense agreement with Moscow, which over time will send up to 2,000 "instructors" to form a disbanded and poorly equipped national army, but also deal with  propaganda, according to Le Monde.

To the article:

https://www.lemonde.fr/afrique/article/2022/06/08/comment-la-centrafrique-est-devenue-le-laboratoire-de-la-propagande-russe-en-afrique_6129431_3212.html

A story that promises well.

A Kenyan-born American photographer launches a global platform to market the talents of many black female photographers.

After having long suffered the loneliness of her own project of becoming a photographer, after having tolerated isolation and a lack of points of reference, support and mentoring, Polly Irungu, born in Nairobi and raised in the US, has finally found a way out: she has created a platform, to build a network of black female photographers who share insights and resources that would push them to recognition in the creative sector.

Currently BWP (Black Women Photographers) maintains a digital database of nearly a thousand members since its first launch in July 2020 with the support of a COVID-19 relief fund (#BWPReliefFund) which has raised over $ 14,000 to provide financial support to black women  during the pandemic.

To find out more, see the UN website https://www.un.org/africarenewal/magazine/may-2021/black-women-photographers-shine-new-network-creatives or at the organization's website https: // blackwomenphotographers .com / about

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