Latest East Africa News

Facing severe drought, Somalia calls for Turkish support

Jul. 06, 2022 10:04 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Somalia’s president on Wednesday called for assistance from Turkey to combat the effects of severe drought that is threatening the Horn of Africa. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud made the comments during his first visit to Turkey since returning to office following an...

Pope's envoy is joyfully welcomed by faithful in South Sudan

Jul. 05, 2022 12:44 PM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Hundreds of people braved a scorching sun Tuesday to welcome Pope Francis' envoy to South Sudan's capital, Juba, where many were disappointed last month when the pontiff canceled a trip to this East African country. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's...

Rwanda, Congo leaders to meet in Angola amid tensions

Jul. 05, 2022 09:50 AM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Congo's President Felix Tshisekedi will meet with his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame in Angola amid rising tensions between the two neighboring countries, a Congolese government spokesman said. The two leaders on Wednesday will discuss bilateral relations and...

Ukraine's shadow: Deadly crises like Somalia starved of aid

Jul. 05, 2022 08:10 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — More than two dozen children have died of hunger in the past two months in a single hospital in Somalia. Dr. Yahye Abdi Garun has watched their emaciated parents stumble in from rural areas gripped by the driest drought in decades. And yet no humanitarian aid arrives. ...

Report: East Africa pipeline 'breaches banking principles'

Jul. 05, 2022 02:12 AM EDT

A controversial oil project that would connect oilfields in a Ugandan National Park to a port in Tanzania breaches global environmental guidelines for banks, according to a new nonprofit report Tuesday. The 897-mile (1443-kilometer) East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP), planned by...

Ethiopia leader reports new massacre in Oromia region

Jul. 04, 2022 15:17 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopia’s leader reported a massacre Monday allegedly by rebels in a restive region where a rebel group opposed to his government is accused of targeting civilians amid fighting with government troops. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's office didn't provide...

Tensions persist as Rwanda denies Congo rebel charges

Jul. 04, 2022 11:54 AM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Monday accused Congo of supporting rebels opposed to his government, escalating tensions with a neighbor who in turn accuses Rwanda of supporting violent rebels who recently captured a town in eastern Congo. Kagame said in a...

UN extends arms embargo on armed groups in volatile Congo

Jun. 30, 2022 18:03 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution Thursday extending an arms embargo on armed groups in Congo, which is facing an upsurge in violence in the mineral-rich east, with Russia, China and its three African members abstaining. Congo’s government has...

UN rep in South Sudan urges authorities to prepare for polls

Jun. 30, 2022 15:27 PM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The head of the United Nations mission in South Sudan urged the East African country's transitional government Thursday to set a date for elections as time passes. Nicholas Haysom told journalists in the capital, Juba that with barely eight months remaining...

UN rights panel says it is alarmed over Ethiopia's abuses

Jun. 30, 2022 11:31 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A United Nations rights panel focusing on Ethiopia says it's alarmed over continued violations and abuses in the East African country. The Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia, created by the U.N. Human Rights Council to investigate abuses and rights...