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In Solidarity with Palestine
By Samir ABI
As citizens of one of the few African countries that unfailingly supports the State of Israel, often contrary to international opinion denouncing the injustices inflicted on the Palestinian people, it is up to us to make our voices heard on this thorny subject, no matter how faint. The purpose of this exercise in citizenship is to explain how support for the State of Israel impacts the African people, including the Togolese people. Although primarily an individual exercice, other African citizens whose government’s stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not open to debate could also make it their own.
Israel-Africa: Cooperation that benefits the ruling classes
In terms of development support, the Israeli international cooperation agency, MASHAV, is certainly not the most visible of foreign cooperation agencies in Africa. Irrespective of whether a country supports Israel at the UN or not, MASHAV’s actions mainly consist in training about agricultural techniques, agro-business projects and study grants in Israel promoting the “Israeli agricultural miracle” which is based on a drip-feed irrigation model and arid land management. However, it is security that remains Israel’s key cooperation sector in Africa. (suite…)
SOS for Subharian migrants
By Samir ABI
They are from Nigeria, Cameroon, Liberia, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, Mali, Togo, Ghana, Gambia, Guinea in short just the sons and daughters of the African continent. They are masons, painters, merchants, teachers, fishermen, mechanics, launderers, domestic workers working every day to earn their bread by the sweat of their brow. They live in Mauritania since three years, since fifteen, or since any other time. Fate led them where they could find a job and develop personally while helping their parents back home. They ask only one thing, to live and work legally in Mauritania. Their wishes do not seem to meet the interests of the Mauritanian authorities who made the regularization of the situation the migrants find themselves in, particularly the sub-Saharans, an obstacle-strewn path. A few days spent with them allows us to share their fears and their hopes while at the same time stressing the magnitude and urgency of support needed. (suite…)
CALL FOR A PEOPLE’S SUMMIT ON MARITIME SECURITY AND THE PROTECTION OF MIGRANTS ON THE SEAS AND OCEANS OF AFRICA
« For the protection of everyone on the seas and oceans of Africa »
Lomé, the Togolese capital, is actively preparing to host an extraordinary summit of African heads of state on maritime security and development in Africa from the 2nd to the 7th November 2015. The idea for this extraordinary summit was adopted by the leaders of the African states during the 23rd Summit of the African Union held in Malabo in June 2014. It will bring together heads of state, heads of government, ministers, experts and international organisations (European Union, UN…) to discuss issues related to regional and international cooperation for maritime security and development in Africa. Faced with an upsurge in acts of piracy against merchant shipping and oil rigs off the coasts of Africa, and the lack of an African charter on maritime security, the African Union considers this summit to be a matter of urgency. The Lomé summit, therefore, aims to provide Africa with its own charter so that it is no longer obliged to follow the dictates of the Europeans and Americans who, until now, have determined the security strategies for the seas and oceans of Africa, rather than the Africans themselves: patrolling the African coasts in the Mediterranean through Frontex, deploying the Corymbe naval mission in the Gulf of Guinea and Operation Atalanta in the Gulf of Aden. (suite…)
SOMETHING IS HAPPENING
by Samir Abi, Executive Director of Visions Solidaires
People with disabilities face many hurdles and obstacles, especially in Africa. Thanks to civil-society activism, the situation is improving slowly. A lot remains to be done, however, until persons with disabilities can enjoy equal opportunities.
In Africa more than anywhere else, living with a disability is a daily challenge. People who need wheelchairs or crutches struggle to navigate towns full of obstacles and barriers. All too often, buildings and passages prove inaccessible. Social marginalisation is exacerbated when personal mobility is obstructed and access to public institutions and education facilities remains restricted. (suite…)