By Vanguard Staff Reporter
A roundup of the biggest news and newsmakers.
1.#BringBackOurGirls group calls for Global Week of Action
THE #BringBackOurGirls group and the families of the girls abducted from Chibok have called for a Global Week of Action to mobilize the international community to demand for the immediate rescue of the missing schoolgirls.
As the United Nations marked the International Day of the Girl Child this past weekend, the #BringBackOurGirls movement and the families of the abducted girls, called for a Global Week of Action from October 11-18, to mobilize everyone around the world to demand for the immediate rescue of the girls and end the humanitarian tragedy.
The organisation said to date, none of the girls had been rescued, save for 57 girls who escaped on their own, while 219 girls still remained in captivity.
“These are adolescent girls who, against all odds, sought education in order to be empowered in their bid to become responsible leaders of the society. Our world must not forget them” said the group.
Today, Tuesday 14 October 2014 marks exactly six months since 276 girls were abducted by the Boko Haram sect from their school.
VISIT: Remembering The Chibok Girls
–Allafrica.com, leadership.ng, vanguardngr.com
2. Liberian doctors defy ‘danger money’ strike to care for Ebola infected
According to the BBC’s Jonathan Paye-Layleh in Monrovia, nurses and medical assistants fighting the Ebola outbreak in Liberia have largely ignored a call to strike over danger money and conditions.
Liberia is the country hit hardest by the deadliest ever Ebola outbreak. Health workers are among those most at risk of catching the disease. Ninety-five have died from the virus in Liberia.
“Most health workers were working as normal on Monday as the strike was supposed to come into effect. A union official said the government had coerced workers to ignore the strike but the government said it had simply asked them to be reasonable” he said.
The latest outbreak has killed more than 4,000 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria since it was identified in March.
Meanwhile, Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States passed away last week. The Liberian, who was hospitalized in a Dallas, Texas hospital died on Wednesday.
It was the first known death in the U.S. of an Ebola patient sickened in the West African outbreak, out of a total of six people with the deadly virus treated in the U.S.
He had been gravely ill by the time he was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas on Sept. 28, after being mistakenly sent home from the emergency room three days earlier.
3. Malala Yousafzai becomes youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner
The 17-year-old education activist, who was almost killed by the Taliban in 2012 for her work, was awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.
The Nobel Committee announced Friday that Pakistani teen Malala Yousafzai and Indian children’s rights advocate Kailash Satyarthi have been jointly awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. Yousafzai, who became a target of the Taliban because of her advocacy for girls’ education, is the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called Yousafzai the “pride of Pakistan” on Friday. Yousafzai has not been able to return to Pakistan since the attempted assassination because of the Taliban’s death threats.
–theguardian.com, bbc.co.uk, cnn.com
4. Malaika wa Azania detained in Morocco
Rhodes University student and African Union (AU) youth ambassador Malaika wa Azania was detained on arrival at Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca, Morocco, on Tuesday because she did not have a visa, officials have said.
wa Azania said she had received an invitation to attend the Fourth Annual Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa in Morocco’s city of Marrakesh which was being organised by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the AU Commission and the African Development Bank.
She was attending in her capacity as an African Youth Initiative on Climate Change representative from South Africa.
“UNECA requested that we get visas in our countries if possible, which I couldn’t do. Firstly, because the embassy is in Pretoria and I’m based in Grahamstown (a matter I communicated with UNECA, which they understood). And secondly, because to get a visa you need documents such as flight tickets, accommodation details, invitation letter etc,” she said in email communication with the iol.co.za.
The 22-year-old confirmed that she had arrived in Morocco without a visa. She left South Africa on Sunday night to Dubai using an invitation letter and UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and DIRCO visa letter, having made arrangements to be issued a visa on arrival.
5. Bafana Bafana bag crucial win over Congo-Brazzaville
Bongani Ndulula scored his second international goal in just three appearances to help South Africa to a crucial 2-0 victory over Congo in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Pointe-Noire on Saturday afternoon.
Bafana Bafana head coach, Shakes Mashaba, has expressed his delight at beating Congo-Brazzaville for the second time in his managerial career of the squad.
“I am happy to have beaten Congo for the second time. The first time I was a stand-in coach. We defeated them one nil, today it was two and I hope the next time it will be three. But it shows there is some improvement from the coaches, we are getting somewhere,” said Mashaba.
Mashaba added he was delighted with the side’s recent results and admits he hasn’t seen Bafana Bafana play such good football in a while.