News in brief

Nigeria: Flooding causes chaos

The worst floods for fifty years have left two million Nigerians displaced and 363 people dead, according to government officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (Nema).

President Goodluck Jonathan described the heavy downpours, which have beset Nigeria since July, as a “national disaster”. Floodwater around the swollen River Niger is now receding, but due to poor drainage in the country’s cities, the problem is likely to return with more heavy rain, say reports.

Somalia: First female foreign minister appointed

Fauzia Yusuf Haji Adan is the first female foreign minister in Somalia’s history, after taking her place in a new, smaller cabinet formed by new Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon.

Speaking on the historic appointment, Mr Shirdon said: “After long discussions and consultations, I have named my cabinet which consists of only 10 members. Among them is a female foreign affairs minister for the first time in Somali history.”

Rwanda: Congolese soldier killed

A soldier from the Democratic Republic of Congo has been shot dead after an altercation with Rwandan troops in which a Rwandan soldier was also injured.

A spokesman for DRC said that the soldier was part of a group that crossed the border into Rwanda in order to buy beer.

However, Brig Gen Joseph Nzabamwita, a spokesman for the Rwandan army, said that the Congolese soldiers had crossed the border in a reconnaissance mission.

“This is a provocative act of the FARDC. They want to draw Rwanda into their internal problems but Rwanda has always said we will not escalate the problem,” he said.

South Sudan: UN human rights investigator expelled

The United Nations has criticised South Sudan after the country expelled an official investigating alleged human rights violations.

South Sudan said that investigator Sandra Beidas had published unverified and “unethical reports”.  The South Sudan army has been accused by human rights organisations of rape, torture, abductions and killings.

Hilde Johnson, the head of the UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), said the expulsion was a “breach of the legal obligations of the government of the Republic of South Sudan under the Charter of the United Nations”.

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