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48,000 Displaced Libyans Yet To Return Home – Human Rights Watch

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48,000 Displaced Libyans Yet To Return Home - Human Rights Watch

Human rights watch says most of the 48,000  former residents of the Libyan town of Tawergha who were forcibly displaced for seven years, have not been able to return home.

The rights group reports that despite reconciliation agreements that should have paved the way for  Tawerghans’ return, the massive and deliberate destruction of the town and its infrastructure, and a pervasive feeling of insecurity, have kept all but a few families from returning.

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The report also says satellite imagery has shown that militia from nearby City of Misrata who controlled Tawergha have decimated the city’s underground cables and may have even stolen them.

Human rights watch also says the militia ensured a systemic destruction of the city to ensure the displaced would be unable to return.

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The group has called on the government of national accord to devise a strategy to safely return the Tawerghans to their home.  it also recommends that the government rebuild the city and ensure security and accountability for militia members and commanders responsible for deliberate displacement and destruction.

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The group also recommends that the international criminal court should consider possible war crimes and crimes against humanity against the Tawergha community as part of its ongoing investigative efforts to address grave abuses in Libya.

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Withdrawal Of Burundian Soldiers In Somalia Begins

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AU Begins Withdrawal Of 1,000 Burundian Soldiers From Somalia

A Burundian official says the AU`s decision to withdraw a thousand soldiers from the regional force in Somalia has begun.

The official, said on Thursday at least 200 soldiers have boarded a flight from Somalia to Burundi’s capital, Bujumbura. He says, more soldiers are expected to be flown back from Burundi in the coming weeks.

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The African Union says it plans to withdraw thousands of its troops from Somalia by the end of 2020. The AU force, made up of soldiers from several African countries, has tried for years to secure the horn of Africa country against Al-Shabab Islamic extremist rebel.

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Kenya Court Delays Ruling On Gay Sex Till May

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Supporters and opponents of gay rights said on Friday they accepted a decision by Kenya’s high court to delay for another three months a ruling on whether to strike down a colonial-era law banning gay sex.

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The ruling, potentially a landmark decision for gay rights in Africa, was due to be issued on Friday, but the court said it needed until late May to reach a decision.

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Judge Chacha Mwita told a packed court in the capital, Nairobi, that the extra time was necessary because of the voluminous paperwork submitted in the case.

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Same-sex relationships are illegal in more than 70 countries, almost half of them in Africa.

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Gunmen Attack Anadarko Convoy In Northern Mozambique

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Gunmen Attack Anadarko Convoy In Northern Mozambique

Gunmen in Northern Mozambique have attacked a convoy of vehicles belonging to an American oil and gas company, Anadarko – the first such attack in an area where an Islamist militant group is active.

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Anadarko is expected to spend more than $20 billion dollars on the gas project close to the Tanzania border.

At least four persons from the firm were injured when more than a dozen unidentified gunmen ambushed the convoy in Cabo Delgado province.

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A jihadist group, Al-Shabab, with no known links to the Somali jihadist group of the same name, has carried out frequent attacks on isolated villages since 2017.

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Correspondents say if the same group was behind this attack, it could mark a significant shift in its tactics and threaten Mozambique’s fledgling gas industry.

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