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Law Protecting Morocco Child Maids Takes Effect

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A long-awaited law aimed at protecting thousands of young girls working as housemaids in Morocco took effect on Tuesday, the country’s first such legislation.

The law sets a minimum age of 18 for household work, in a bid to end the exploitation and abuse of young girls working for unscrupulous employers.

Passed in 2016 following years of debate, it imposes financial penalties on employers failing to provide contracts, a minimum wage, a weekly day off and annual holidays.

The government at the time hailed the law as major progress.

However, human rights say it does not go far enough, allowing 16-17 year-olds to work as domestic helpers for a further five years until October 2023.

Thousands of young girls in the North African kingdom are employed as maids, often facing abuse from their employers.

The Moroccan Collective for Eradicating the Exploitation of “Little Maids”, as the young housemaids are known, said the new law fails to provide means to reintegrate them into society.

There are no official figures on the number of minors employed as domestic maids in Morocco, who often hail from impoverished rural backgrounds.

A 2010 study commissioned by NGOs found that between 66 000 and 80 000 girls under 15 years old were working as maids in Morocco.

 

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Court Orders Jacob Zuma To Payback Legal Fees

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Court Orders Jacob Zuma To Payback Legal Fees

South Africa’s embattled former president Jacob Zuma will have to pay back his legal fees.

A high court ruling has instructed the state attorney to recover the money the state paid in legal costs for Zuma over the past decade.  It could total more than two million dollars.

Zuma will also have to find the money to pay his lawyers in his ongoing corruption case, which has been adjourned until may next year.

The state has been footing Zuma’s legal bills since 2006 – when charges of corruption were first laid against him.

The former president faces 16 charges of fraud, corruption and money laundering stemming from hundreds of payments made to him in relation to South Africa’s arms procurement deal. The charges were dropped in 2009 but reinstated earlier this year.

Zuma has denied any wrongdoing.

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Cameroon Separatists Launch Crypto-currency

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Cameroon Separatists Launch Crypto-currency

Separatists in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions have launched their own crypto-currency called “Ambacoin.”

They want to create a breakaway state called Ambazonia, and this currency is the latest symbol of nationhood that rebels have attempted to adopt, along with their blue-and-white flag and anthem.

The currency said to be conceived and built by a group of anonymous anglophone separatist scholars, technocrats and developers, is currently on pre-sale ahead of the “main initial coin offering” scheduled for next week.

Cameroon’s official currency is the Central African Franc (CFA), which is linked to France’s national treasury. Some Cameroonians have called for the cfa to be scrapped because it is considered a “colonial currency.”

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Gunmen Kill Tuareg Civilians In Mali

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Gunmen Kill Tuareg Civilians In Mali

Gunmen on motorbikes are said to have killed more than 40 Tuareg civilians this week in north Mali, where clashes over land and scarce water are concerns.

The violence compounds an already dire security situation in the desert region used by jihadist groups to launch attacks in the country and across West Africa.

The identities of the assailants were unknown, but disputes between the nomadic Tuareg and herder Fulani ethnic groups have killed hundreds and displaced thousands this year.

Mayor of Menaka town, Nanout Kotia, says armed men shot indiscriminately at the Tinabaw population, and that security forces had been sent to the area. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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