The Africa Report: 11 September

EWN’s Africa Correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish reports on the day’s top African news

Ahmed Jama serves the Somali Deputy Prime Minister, Fawzia Yusuf H. Adam, and her delegates from Kuwait. Picture:


Chefs from the one of the world's most highly rated restaurants, Noma in Copenhagen, have launched an appeal in support of a Somali colleague after his restaurant was targeted by a suicide bomber last week.

In 2008, upon his return from London, Chef Ahmed Jama opened up the Village hotels and restaurants in the Somali capital city of Mogadishu.

In his numerous television interviews, Jama expressed that setting up the Village franchise was his way of trying to normalise the situation in the troubled Mogadishu.

Then, last week, the restaurant was attacked for the third time, this time by a suicide bomber and a car bombing that claimed the lives of at least 18 people.

The attack has been claimed by Al Shabaab militants.

Jama's colleagues, restaurateurs from the world class Noma in Copenhagen, took up the task to help raise funds for the restoration of his establishment.

Within two days, Danish chef, Rene Redzepi, co-owner of the two-Michelin star restaurant, and his team have helped raise half of the $16,000 that is needed.

It is hoped that Jama will soon be behind the cooking pot, bringing fine-dining to the Horn of Africa.


Six soldiers have been sentenced by a court in Congo-Brazzaville following the unearthing of new evidence about a 2012 explosion.

In March 2012, an explosion at an arms depot in Congo-Brazzaville left nearly 300 people dead and was initially blamed on a short-circuit.

It has now been discovered that the blasts were deliberately set by the jailed soldiers.

One of the accused, Corporal Kakom Kouack Blood, has received 15 years in jail and another was sentenced to five years of hard labour.

Besides the six sentenced soldiers, 26 others were declared innocent.

The effects of the explosion is still felt in Congo-Brazzaville which left more than 2,300 people wounded and 17,000 homeless.


Morocco's official human rights group has appealed to the European Union (EU) to assist in the integration of immigrants into their country amid constant criticism over the treatments of migrants by security forces.

Morocco's human rights records are deplorable when it comes to the treatment of immigrants, with police starving, beating, and jailing them.

Many African migrants, and of late, individuals fleeing economic conditions in Europe, use Morocco as a transit point to get into Europe or a way to get into the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla.

Thus, human rights groups have called upon the EU to assist financially in establishing new policies that will ease the integration of immigrants into the country.

The Moroccan government have supported these calls, requesting European nations to mobilise the necessary financial and human resources to better the transit and the lives of the immigrants.