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The Central African Republic: Mahamat Said Abdel Kani surrenders to the ICC

On 24 January 2021, Mr Mahamat Said Abdel Kani, also known as “Mahamat Said Abdel Kain” and “Mahamat Saïd Abdelkani” (“Mr Said”),  was surrendered to the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “the Court”) by the authorities of the Central African Republic (“CAR”) on account of an ICC  warrant of arrest issued under seal on 7 January 2019. Mr Said is suspected of war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Bangui (CAR) in 2013.  When issuing the warrant…

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Travel & Destination: African Countries Often Overlooked by Tourists

Africa is the second-largest continent in the world after Asia, and it is one of the most diverse places, thanks to its cultures and expansive geographic. The continent boasts a warm tropical climate, friendly people and exotic wildlife. It is also one of the most multilingual continents on the planet, with over 2,000 languages. Arabic is the most spoken language, mostly in Muslim African countries. For instance, Nigeria and Cameroon alone have more than 500 and 200 languages respectively….

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Human trafficking in Africa: the Multi-Billion Dollar Business Venture

“Maybe slavery has been with us for centuries because of the inclination to maintain economic systems geared more toward commodifying human existence than developing its spiritual, creative, or scientific potentials. Such commodification instantly erases any recognition of humanity as a priceless value unto itself and reduces individuals as well as entire races, or a specific gender, to a bargain-priced ‘other.” ― Aberjhani, Dreams of the Immortal City Savannah The United Nations Trafficking Protocol 2003 defines human trafficking as the recruitment, transportation,…

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The Latest Issue Of Kata Kata Magazine !!!!

Read the latest issue of Kata Kata Cartoon Magazine, including an educational, yet humorous illustrated story about Tuberculosis….. and more…. Log in now and have yourself a laugh. Visit: https://katakata.org/kata-kata-magazine-vol-7-issue-27-digital/

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Bride Price in Africa: He Who Pays The Piper Calls The Tune

Dowry, a payment made by the family of the groom in the form of money, presents, or a mixture of both, to their future in-laws at the start of their marriage, to enable the groom to marry the bride, has endured the strong wave of westernization in the Africa continent. The long-standing customary practice is shared across the societies from Egypt to South Africa, down to Ghana and Rwanda. On the other hand, in the Hindu culture, the bride’s…

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ICC Chief Prosecutor’s Statement on the conclusion of the preliminary examination of the situation in Nigeria

Today, I announce the conclusion of the preliminary examination of the situation in Nigeria. As I stated last year at the annual Assembly of States Parties, before I end my term as Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”), I intend to reach determinations on all files that have been under preliminary examination under my tenure, as far as I am able. In that statement, I also indicated the high likelihood that several preliminary examinations would…

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Talking About Violence Against Women

Being seen (and treated) as inferior, weak, less intelligent than male, a sex object and, in fact, as everything opposite the male, the discriminatory perception and maltreatment of women can itself be a bitter traumatic experience for the female gender. Justifying such perception with the violent treatment of women, and in some cases, being killed for not living up to that patriarchal sex-role stereotype and expectations, can indeed be a nightmare for a woman and a huge stumbling block…

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Senegalese Football Star Papa Bouba Diop dies.

Former Senegal, Fulham and Portsmouth midfielder Papa Bouba Diop had died on 29 November in France at the age of 42, after a long sickness. According to media reports he had Charcot–Marie–Tooth disease and ALS. The 1.95 m tall (nicknamed “The Wardrobe” for his imposing stature) was a strong, aggressive, but good-hearted player, loved by both club members and opponents. His playing style and ability drew made many football pundits compare him to Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira, who was equally born in Dakar,…

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ICC Prosecutor’s Statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

On the occasion of this year’s Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, I join the calls for a world free of violence against women and children. Women and girls around the world continue to be the victims of unspeakable crimes, from sexual and gender-based violence to harassment, human trafficking, child marriages, and being forced to serve as child soldiers. Despite progress made in the fight against impunity for such crimes, they remain prevalent. These are crimes that…

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Gender inequality and Gender-based Violence

While we fight against gender inequality and gender-based violence, many around the world have decided to leave no stone unturned in creating a gender-balanced society. Kata Kata Village is not an exception. A glimpse at the conversations amongst some members of the village tells you how important the subject has become. Hear them: PICCOLO: You mean shouting on your wife frequently till she breaks down emotionally is not a kind of violence against her? MAN: Why is it dat…

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Sierra Leone ex-leader Koroma risks arrest over anti-graft body summons snub

The former president of Sierra Leone Ernest Bai Koroma faces an arrest after he failed to honour summons from the country’s anti-corruption commission. The anti-graft body in Sierra Leone says it is considering issuing an arrest warrant against Mr Koroma to force him to appear before the commission and answer corruption-related charges against him. However, Ernest Bai Koroma’s lawyers have argued the former president could not travel from his home in the north to the capital Freetown due to…

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Say No To Gender-Based Violence!

Discrimination against women and girls is one of the biggest challenges the world is facing. Just like elsewhere in the world, women and girls in Africa had gone through thick and thin due to gender inequality on the continent. And the menace is hardly far from being eradicated in modern African society. Gender inequality, which is a by-product of the sexist ideology, which maintains that the female is inferior to the male, persists through the enaction and (re)enforcement of…

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