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Brutal acts in west of Sudan's capital.

The situation remains tense and unpredictable in El-Obeid town, north Korodofan region, west of Sudan's capital, Khartoum, where at least six people including four secondary school students were killed after security forces opened fire to disperse hundreds of demonstrators.
James Shimanyula reports…

Sarafina back at theatre

Broadway renowned, award winning South African production of SARAFINA is back at the Joburg theatre. The musical deals with the radicalisation of a young school girl who becomes involved in the riots and is tortured by the South African police. The primary setting is the Morris Isaacson High School where students revolt against the use of Afrikaans as medium of instruction. More from the shows director Nhlanhla Ngema .

3rd Annual Youth Academy

The third annual youth academy continues in Kigali in Rwanda under the theme: "Youth Contribution to Prevent and Mitigate Electoral and Political Violence in African Countries". The overall objective of the academy is to strengthen capacities and skills of participants to become more effective agents of positive and constructive change in electoral and political conflict prevention and mitigation in their respective countries. It is hosted by the department of Political Affairs of the African Union Commission and the Africa and West Asia Programme of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, in partnership with the African Governance Architecture Secretariat and the National Consultative Forum of Political Organizations in Rwanda. More from Hassa Mahboub Maalim, policy analyst: conflict prevention at the early warning division of the AU"s Peace and security department.

Italy Decree

The Italian government has come under fire after passing a security decree that aims to curb migration by criminalizing charity search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean, despite repeated warnings - including from the United Nations - that the new rules violate the rights of refugees and rescuers alike. The decree, which was championed by far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, also gives additional power to the Ministry of the Interior on issues of migration, and mandates that ships which ignore bans and limitations on entering Italian waters will be seized. More than 12,000 people have died since 2014 trying to flee Libya to Europe by what the UN refugee agency calls the world's deadliest sea crossing. Channel Africa's Khumbelo Munzhelele earlier spoke to Professor Paolo Quercia, an Italian Immigration expert, about the controversial rules. He says it is highly unlikely that the new measures will be withdrawn.
Professor Paolo Quercia, Italian Immigration expert on the line from Rome in Italy.-talking to Khumbelo Munzhelele.

Hair taxes in Tanzania

A row has broken out in Tanzania over the government's decision to impose a tax on wigs and hair extensions. In his budget speech in parliament last Thursday, the country's Minister of Finance - Philip Mpango announced a 25% tax on imported wigs and hair extensions and a 10% tax on those made locally as part of a series of measures aimed at increasing government revenue. Wigs, most of which come from overseas, are commonly worn by women in the country. Many women have taken to Tanzanian WhatsApp groups to complain about the new measures, accusing the government of punishing them. Monica John is from the Tanzania Gender Networking Programme - TGNP - one of organisations that are calling for the new taxes to be scrapped.

Monica John - Spokesperson of Tanzania Gender Networking Programme - TGNP - on the line from Dares Salaam talking to Khumbelo Munzhelele.

Today marks World Refugee Day

Today is World Refugee Day. The day is commemorated every year on 20 June. It is a special day when the world takes time to recognise the resilience of forcibly displaced people throughout the world. It is celebrated annually to honour the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homes under threats of persecution, conflict and violence. On this day, the international community seeks to draw attention to the plight of refugees and celebrate their courage and resilience. More from Julius Jackson Technical Officer at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Data from UNHCR's annual Global Trends report shows that almost 70.8 million people are now forcibly displaced

The number of people fleeing war, persecution and conflict exceeded 70 million in 2018. This is the highest level that UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has seen in its almost 70 years. Data from UNHCR's annual Global Trends report released today, shows that almost 70.8 million people are now forcibly displaced. This is double the level of 20 years ago and 2.3 million more than a year ago. More on the findings from UNHCR´s Senior Regional External Relations Officer and Spokesperson for Southern Africa region Markku Aikomus.

The spirit of the youth of 1976 shines at the 58th International Art Exhibition-La Biennale Di Venezia

The resilient spirit of the youth of 1976 continues to shine at the 58th International Art Exhibition-La Biennale Di Venezia where provocative and engaging art works by leading South African visual artists adorn the walls of the South African Pavilion at one of the biggest and most celebrated art destinations, Arsenale, Venice. The exhibition themed under: 'The Stronger We Become' celebrates the contribution made by the youth of 1976 in instilling a spirit of selflessness, social and political resistence. Established in 1895, La Biennale di Venezia is one of the oldest art events in the world, with over 80 countries and artists represented at various individual pavilions. More from the director general at the department of arts and culture in South Africa Vusi Mkhize..

John Hopkins University releases a gender study focusing on adolescence

Adverse childhood experiences like emotional neglect, violence and sexual abuse work together to cause specific health issues in early adolescence in the world's poor urban areas, often with life-long consequences. This is the crux of a new study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the United States. The study looked at children between the ages of ten to fourteen years of age in the urban areas of Beijing, Baltimore, Nairobi and South Africa among others. More from Robert Blum, a Professor at the John Hopkins University.....

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