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Eswatini king calls for dialogue as protests escalate – The Maravi Post

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The king of Eswatini, Africa’s last absolute monarchy, shaken by a violent protest, called on Saturday for calm and announced that a national dialogue would be launched, the day after a visit by mediators from southern Africa.

But the opposition and civil society have already rejected the call for talks.

Formerly known as Swaziland, Eswatini, a small landlocked state of 1.3 million people where protests are rare, has been the scene of pro-democracy demonstrations by students, civil servants, transport workers and health care workers since June, leading the authorities to deploy the army.

“King Mswati III has announced that a process of national dialogue (…) will be initiated”, after the annual ritual ceremonies of Incwala – celebrating royalty – which begin in November and traditionally last about a month, said the king’s main representative, Themba Ginindza, quoted on the government’s Twitter account.

During Incwala, the king isolates himself and does not participate in any government activities.

According to Ginindza, the king has called for calm and “an end to all violence, as no dialogue can take place when tempers are so high.

But opposition political parties and civil society organizations called the call for dialogue “a ploy to mislead” the mediators.

“We have long lost hope in such forums and, as a result, we will not participate in the meeting,” they said in a statement.

“We will not let the king who has blood on his hands decide how and when the dialogue will be held,” they said, “There can be no calm or peaceful dialogue while the security forces continue to kill and maim people.

At least two people were killed and 80 injured Wednesday in clashes with security forces who fired tear gas and rubber bullets but also opened live fire.

Police say 37 people have been killed since the protests began in June, but a citizens’ group, the Leftu Sonkhe Institute of Strategic Thinking and Development, puts the death toll at around 80.

“His Majesty has instructed us to extend our sincere condolences to all those who lost loved ones during the unrest,” Ginindza also said.

On Thursday, the day the 16-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC) mediators arrived, the government banned the demonstrations after severely restricting internet access the day before, which was finally restored on Friday.

During their two-day visit, the mediators met with the king, the government and civil society groups.

In a statement released Saturday, South African head of state Cyril Ramaphosa, who currently chairs the SADC security body, supported the idea of a national dialogue in Eswatini and called for “calm, restraint, respect for the rule of law and human rights on the part of all parties, to enable the process to get underway.

Crowned in 1986, Mswati III, who has 15 wives and more than 25 children, is reviled for his iron fist and lavish lifestyle in a country where two-thirds of the population lives below the poverty line.

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How ‘I am waiting to see almost killed me’ – The Maravi Post

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By Murielle E.

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), 29th November 2021 -/African Media Agency (AMA)/- I am Murielle. Former beauty queen. Executive. Mother of three. If there is one thing that characterises me at first sight, it is elegance. I’m always dressed to the nines, perched on high heels. I am the kind of woman you meet in the big African capitals. I should also mention that I am in my fifties. I’m not saying any of this out of pride. I tell you this so that you understand what follows

Here is my story. 

Not long ago, I was like some of you: sceptical about the COVID-19 vaccine. I thought I would wait, observe how things played out, then make up my own mind about whether to get it. When a friend’s husband told us that he had received two doses of the vaccine, I thought to myself: let’s see if he develops any side effects.

So I waited. But everything changed one afternoon in September. It began with the typical malaria symptoms : cold, aches, fever. But soon, I had trouble breathing. I was literally suffocating.

Seeing that I was in bad shape, my eldest son decided to call an ambulance. I was taken to a private clinic in Abidjan. They ran some tests. Soon, the diagnosis was in : COVID-19. After analysis, it turned out that I had the Delta variant, which is not covered by health insurance providers in Ivory Coast. I had to pay a deposit before I could be treated. Half-conscious and unable to pay the amount requested, my family rallied together to raise the funds so that I could be admitted. I was in the hospital for a full 10 days. I left exhausted, out of breath, and financially depleted since I had to pay the balance for treatment before I could be released from the hospital. 

I’m better today – but I’m far from fully recovered. In fact, the hardest part of this experience is the after effects I still have—especially the breathlessness, despite undergoing aerosol rehabilitation sessions. But I’m grateful that I have my life.

Today, I am passionate about encouraging people to get vaccinated. It’s true that the vaccine doesn’t guarantee that you won’t contract COVID-19. But, it is still the surest way to avoid severe forms of the disease. According to statistics, not only are the vaccines more than 90 per cent effective in preventing hospitalizations and death, they also meet the safety and efficacy criteria established by the WHO and have received the required regulatory approval. 

If you’re like me and waiting to see, my message to you is simple : Please don’t wait. Don’t learn the hard way. Don’t wait until it’s too late.

This article is part of a series on vaccination in Africa brought to you by Africa CDC in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation under the Saving Lives and Livelihoods initiative—a $1.3 billion partnership that is enabling access to COVID-19 vaccinations, and long term health security, for Africa. 

Distributed by  African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of Africa CDC.

The Africa CDC
Africa CDC is a specialized technical institution of the African Union that strengthens the capacity and capability of Africa’s public health institutions as well as partnerships to detect and respond quickly and effectively to disease threats and outbreaks, based on data-driven interventions and programmes. Learn more at: http://www.africacdc.org

For media inquiries, please contact:
Cordelia Kwon, Partnership and Communications Associate, The Access Challenge, cordelia.kwon@accesschallenge.org

Raïssa Litete Beyande, Campaign and Promotion Support officer, Africa CDC, LiteteR@africa-union.org

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Is Rapper Digga D Dead Or Alive? Rumors Explained as News of Rapper Stabbing Someone in Dubai

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As per the latest news, Digga D’s name is going viral because of something which is trending on Twitter. Yes, we are talking about Digga D whose name is getting linked to the trading matter on Twitter. A report says that the rapper Digga D reportedly stabbed in Dubai.

Is Digga D Dead Or Alive

People thought this rumour was true because the rapper is in Dubai right now. Here is the complete information that you should know about and get the full updates on the matter.

Is Rapper Digga D Dead Or Alive?

The news has been circulating on Twitter and when people get started knowing about it, they started looking for brief detail. Currently, there are many details available and you should know about them.

When you watch the viral content in which the people saying that he is Digga D rapper stabbing someone. The content went viral within a few moments. The picture is beyond the expectation and you can see it below.

The girl who is appeared in the video has been identified. As per the details, she is Tennessee Thresher who is also in Dubai. She has shared the Instagram story on her Instagram handle on November 28, 2021. However, she has not yet commented on the rumor. While on the other side, Digga also did not share any statement on the rumor and removed his profile picture also.

 

Is Digga D Arrested?

The most recent update from the Dubai Police says that they have arrested the rapper who is an artist in the UK and he is 21 years old. He was arrested as per the rules of Dubai. The police said in this matter that he was arrested because he breached the criminal behavior order. He was also attacked in prison back in 2019.

Digga D’s relationship information is not available completely on the internet. Most probably it is yet to be updated here. We are looking for the information and will add many more things in the upcoming days. There are many things which is important to know about them.





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Widespread vaccination is the best safeguard for our children’s futures – The Maravi Post

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By Dr Jonathan Awori

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), 29th November 2021 -/African Media Agency (AMA)/- I remember my first COVID-19 patient. She was 16 and I was called to see her after she had been admitted to hospital. Alone in her hospital room, she looked scared. Though I tried to hide it, I was too. I was, after all, knowingly entering the same room as a COVID-positive person. At that time, we knew little about this highly contagious virus, and a vaccine was months away—at best.

What we did know, however, was encouraging for young people. Early data indicated that while young people were as susceptible to the disease as anyone else, they were much less likely to be hospitalized or die from it. Yet there were other costs. Hidden costs.  

Decked out in my personal protective equipment, I remember how hard it was to hear my patient over the hum of the fan in my headgear. I introduced myself and we had a brief chat. Over the next two days, I noticed that she looked forward to our brief check-ins. It was then I realized that she probably felt lonely. Away from her family, she had no-one to talk to, no one to hug, no one to laugh with, or do any of the things that feel human. In the hospital, everyone avoided her room unless necessary. Even when they came in, they tried to keep their distance. Understandably. 

One day, after our brief check in, I reached out for her hand and squeezed it briefly. It was a fleeting moment. And a gloved hand. But I hoped it would mean something to her. I hope it did something to meet the need for human connection.

Those of us in the medical community, often think about COVID-19 in terms of case load and lives lost. From this lens, we can misunderstand the peculiar suffering young people have endured under this pandemic. COVID-19 has cost young people their education, their mental health, their wellbeing, and their hopes. It has dimmed their prospects for economic prosperity. 

Today, widespread vaccination is the best tool we have for saving lives in Africa. The research is clear – vaccines are highly effective, particularly at preventing hospitalization and death. And while many of us see the importance of vaccination for our parents—for the elderly—we also have to appreciate that vaccination is the only way to safeguard our children’s futures. Vaccination is the only way they can resume life, learning, and social interactions. It’s the only way economies can fully and permanently reopen and begin recovering to restore and create opportunities for young people. 

Africa is a predominantly young population, with almost 60 percent of our population under the age of 25. The longer this pandemic drags, the more profound its effects will be on their lives. They have a tremendous stake in this crisis—and we have a responsibility to ensure they are able to live healthy, productive lives, and to set the right example, by getting the vaccine.

This article is part of a series on vaccination in Africa brought to you by Africa CDC in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation under the Saving Lives and Livelihoods initiative—a $1.3 billion partnership that is enabling access to COVID-19 vaccinations, and long term health security, for Africa. 

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of Africa CDC.

The Africa CDC
Africa CDC is a specialized technical institution of the African Union that strengthens the capacity and capability of Africa’s public health institutions as well as partnerships to detect and respond quickly and effectively to disease threats and outbreaks, based on data-driven interventions and programmes. Learn more at: http://www.africacdc.org

For media inquiries, please contact:
Cordelia Kwon, Partnership and Communications Associate, The Access Challenge, 
cordelia.kwon@accesschallenge.org 

Raïssa Litete Beyande, Campaign and Promotion Support officer, Africa CDC, LiteteR@africa-union.org

Source : African Media Agency (AMA)

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