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African First Ladies Unite to End Polio Tags: Africa Women News 2015 News

The African Union First Ladies made a call for action on 31 January 2015 for continent-wide efforts, leadership and political commitment to kick polio out of Africa. The First Ladies agreed to advocate for a polio-free Africa as a top priority for their governments in 2015 at an event jointly organized by the Organization of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA), Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (WHO, Rotary, CDC and UNICEF) at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa.

The First Ladies pledged their personal and country commitment to deliver a polio-free Africa through heightened advocacy and personal participation in supplementary immunization and accelerated routine immunization activities, such as the African Vaccination Week. Calls for action were heard from the First Ladies of Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda. ?If you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together ? thank you OAFLA for going the distance with us to end polio," Dr Rebecca Martin, Director of CDC?s Global Immunization Division and the Moderator of the event, said acknowledging the important role of the First Ladies in leading advocacy efforts.

The WHO is in the process of formalizing a partnership with the Organization of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA). A memorandum of understanding and a joint action plan are being prepared. ?The draft agreement between OAFLA and WHO provides an opportunity for intensified engagement to protect all African children from polio and other disease" said Dr Pierre M'Pele-Kilebou, WHO Representative to Ethiopia at the meeting on 31 January 2015. Some of the areas for collaboration between WHO and OAFLA will be around continental and country level advocacy to mobilize resources to support HIV/AIDS and maternal and child health activities.

The OAFLA polio eradication pledge coincided with the 24th Ordinary Session of the OAFLA General Assembly and the 24th Summit of the African Union. The WHO Regional Director for Africa was represented by Dr Tigest Ketsela, Director of the Health Promotion Cluster at the 24th General Assembly of the OAFLA and by Dr Pierre M'Pele-Kilebou, WHO Representative to Ethiopia, assisted by the WHO Liaison Officer to the AU and ECA, at the AU Summit.

Source: Afro

Somali ex-Shebab chief tells others to surrender Tags: News Africa Somali Shebab War

Mogadishu - A former top commander from Somalia's Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab rebels, Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi, called on his former comrades Tuesday to follow his lead and surrender to the country's internationally-backed government.

"I call on and encourage all my friends to seek out a peaceful way of resolving all conflicts and towards reconciliation, as ... Al-Shebab is now in total collapse," Hersi said in his first public appearance since his surrender last month.

Hersi, who was the subject of a $3 million bounty under the US State Department's "Rewards for Justice" programme, spoke to reporters from the information ministry in Mogadishu, where he appeared without guards.

It is not clear if Hersi -- described as a former Shebab intelligence chief -- will face trial, but Somalia's government said in a statement that it had offered surrendering militants the "opportunity to reintegrate with Somali society, and guarantees their safety".

It added that it hoped Hersi's surrender would "inspire others to follow his example and join the peace process."

The Shebab are fighting to overthrow Somalia's internationally-backed government, but have also carried out a string of revenge attacks in neighbouring nations.

Hersi surrendered in late December in the southern Gedo region, where Somalia borders Kenya and Ethiopia.

He was reportedly once close to former Shehab chief Ahmed Abdi Godane, who was killed by a US air strike in September. But Hersi suggested he was among a group of commanders who had already fallen out with Godane prior to his death -- some of whom were killed in a purge.

"There were a number of us who opposed the leadership's approach and its flawed doctrine," Hersi said.

He said current Shebab leadership, under Godane's successor Ahmad Umar Abu Ubaidah, is carrying out a "distorted form of the holy jihad, which has resulted in countless innocent Somali citizens being killed."

Hersi also said his appearance on Tuesday in public was to put to rest those who said he had been tortured in government custody, or had been handed over to "foreign countries."

Source: AFP

Fans clash with police before Equatorial Guinea match, AFCON 2015 (VIDEO) Tags: news Afcon 2015

Supporters and police clashed before host nation Equatorial Guinea's second game at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Fans threw stones and bottles outside the stadium in Bata, with police responding by firing smoke grenades.

The violence, involving hundreds of fans, occurred as supporters were trying to enter the ground through a single entrance before the match against Burkina Faso began.

Some supporters reportedly did not have tickets for the game, which ended 0-0.

Fans have faced delays getting into other venues being used in the tournament, with two group matches played back-to-back at a single stadium each night.

Riot police and fans also scuffled before the first games in the city of Ebebiyin on Sunday.

Equatorial Guinea are hosting the tournament after Morocco's request to postpone the event because of the possible spread of Ebola was rejected by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) in November.

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Supporters have their temperatures checked and are then asked to clean their hands with sanitising gel as they enter stadiums, which is also resulting in long queues.

Source: BBC

Ordinary Heroes For AFRICA, HAPPY NEW YEAR AFRICA Tags: News Africa News 2015

DEAR AFRICA

As we begin this NEW YEAR with celebrations and praises, let’s remember, deeply with our hearts, that we are witnesses to the accomplishments of those who fought and died from the deadly Ebola virus, and those who are still fighting against that virus; those who unite and joined others to either donate or organize a program or done some things to help the victim's of Ebola, may God/Allah' blessing and mercy lead you to endless victory, from and over everything and anyone that are evil.

Salute to those ordinary heroes of Africa who are, and were, on their feet and knees helping people and praying for better Africa, better World and for themselves --achievements and success, shall come; salute to some of Africa' late legends: Mandela and Chinua Achebe.

Also, salute to the innocent African children, women, and men who are suffering from great depression, abuse, hunger, and illnesses from our greedy African leaders, and those that lost their lives in the fight for peace and ones loved, we are with them in spirit.

The unknown and ordinary heroes, men, women and children, and elders that went on to perform such an extraordinary and difficult task and challenge to help curb with the deadly Ebola viruses, and without no help from some African governments, we want to salute you and others brave souls.

Therefore, Africans let’s rise with dignity, applaud with happiness and jubilate with praise, dance our ancestor's victorious dance, and call on the one and only GOD/ALLAH of this universe to UNITE Africa, “which is in peace with itself”. Furthermore, sing with Bob Marley “How good and how pleasant it would be before God and man, yeah to see the unification of all Africans.”

RESOLUTION QUOTE 2015:
“We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?” Nelson Mandela.

Bob Marley once said, “Love would never leave us alone.”

ONE LOVE, ONE PEOPLE. AFRICA UNITE

California African Church's Ebola Donation Drive Shipment Heading to Liberia Tags: Delphina Swen Kofi Moulton Tim Wulah Alice Poison Ebola West Africa

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Mrs. Alice poison, Mr. Kofi Moulton, Ms. Delphina Swen and Mr. Bestman Larmena and others were named some of the best workers during the Friends In Jesus, the African church, first Ebola Donation Drive shipment to the affected West African region.


Sacramento, Calif -After a long and endless campaign and the unity of African and other foreign nationalities who came to together to help curb with the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa, one of California African Church, which is located in California’s capital, sacramento, known as Friends In Jesus International Church's first Ebola donation drive shipment filled with donated medical supplies, food, equipment, and drink supplies such as surgical gloves, exam gloves, infrared thermometers, isolation gowns, body bags(adults and children), Oatmeal, cornmeal, flour, sugar, canned meat, van vegetables, beans, rice and among other supplies that are heading to the affected West Africa's Ebola region such as Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and perhaps Nigeria. 

The African church held an endless two Ebola Donation Drive events in which they were able to get all of the donated products (medical supplies, food, drinks, and equipment supplies) from big medical companies, medical supply hospitals, ordinary Africans and other foreign nationalities; the two Ebola Donation Drive events were successful due to huge support from all the African churches in the region and the common Africans themselves, friends, family, relatives, etc.

On Friday, November 26, 2014 which marked a historical day in the church's first big donation relief abroad (internationally), the African church gathered its members, other Africans (family, kids, women and men) in the region and foreign nationalities to help with the loading of some donated supplies into a big cargo container; the first Ebola Donation Drive cargo container shipment is set to leave California’s port for the West Africa's Ebola affected region in about a one or two days, Pastor Tim Wulah Jr, the senior pastor and founder of the church and the idealist of the Ebola Donation Drive committee, confirmed.

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And as people gathered to load the first cargo container shipment full of expensive donated supplies -which begins at 10:30 am PT to 7:30 pm PT, cheers from Mrs. Bendu Hunter, one of the inventory committee and others at the loading site gave those that were loading the cargo container a victory applauded performance -and with such praises, happiness and performance, the church was able, yet again, to win its first Ebola international donation cargo container shipment.

And even though there were people who loaded the cargo container, there were other extraordinary people that really enabled the church to complete its first Ebola international shipment; they are namely, Mrs. Alice Poison, who was actually in the container and trying to speed things up; Mr. Kofi Moulton, who was the head stacker, and he was accompanied by Mr. Bestman Larmena; finally, Ms. Delphina Swen, one of the extraordinary female loaders, made sure that all supplies were handled well, and people and stuff were safe; when she (Ms. Delphina Swen) was asked what encourages her to work that hard, she replied,“I am happy to take on this role. I am part of the community, and I did it not for the price but for the people who are suffering.”

On the other hand, however, Mrs. Alice Poison the extra- extraordinary woman felt that the church has done what it was made to do -and that’s helping the innocent Ebola's victims back home, and also showing that working together comes with victory over the deadly virus -which has claimed over 5000 victims -so far in the affected West Africa's Ebola region.

The estimated arrival of the church's first cargo container shipment, which is filled with food, medical supplies, and drink supplies, is scheduled to reach in the affected West Africa's Ebola region in late January; including in the first cargo container (on the medical side) are surgical gloves, exam gloves, infrared thermometers, isolation gowns, body bags(adults and children), medical supplies, vitamins, acetaminophen and other medical supplies; (for the) Foods are oatmeal, cornmeal, flour, sugar, canned meat, canned vegetables, beans, rice, canned or powdered milk, cereal, cream of wheat or other non perishable food; (finally,) for the drinks are bottled water, canned juice, canned soda, Gatorade and other health beverages; and no cash. 

Also, all the shipments including the first, second, third and perhaps the fourth will go directly to the people and not the government of the affected West Africa's Ebola region, the church committee responded to a question which was asked about “who is going to receive the shipment if it gets there [on the ground].”

Background: Church's Ebola Donation Drive Events:
While in Germany for a family visit, Pastor Tim Wulah jr, the founder and the senior pastor of the church, called a three day fast and prayer ceremony soon after his arrival back to Sacramento; but the church decided that it was not enough, and as a result, they rallied together in conjunction with other churches, organizations and news media to call upon on other Africans around the World and in the region to help ordinary Africans such as children, women and men back home -who at that time of the height of the wide spread of the Ebola virus were the victims.

And as a result of such urgency, the church held two back to back Ebola Donation Drive events, which ran on Saturday, August 23, 2014 and the following Saturday, August 30, 2014 from 9am to 6pm -and the church ended up with a warehouse and part of the church filled with donated supplies; also, they held an Ebola gospel concert in November, 1 2014, and it was hosted by some its most prestigious members: Mrs. Zinnah Barclay and Mr. Lobo Marwieh, Grandson of the late Bishop Marwieh -who was renowned for his peace keeping role in Liberia’s 14 year civil war.

Friends In Jesus International Church is part of the Nazarene churches and it’s located at 8115 Elder Creek RD, Sacramento, CA 95824; they are still accepting donations for the Ebola Donation Drive.

Source: Lartink@beeafrican.org

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