The Africa Report: 17 September

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

Central African Republic's deposed president Francois Bozize. Picture: AFP

CONGO-BRAZZAVILLE BOOSTS ITS MANPOWER IN CAR

Congo-Brazzaville has deployed 200 more of its troops to join the International Peacekeeping Force (IPF) in the Central African Republic.

The force was formed in reaction to the recent upsurge of violence between forces loyal to the deposed Francois Bozizé and those who overthrew the exiled president, the Seleka rebels.

The IPF will now consist of 3500 troops.

With both the international and regional community having to step in as peacekeepers, the United Nations have warned that the CAR is rapidly moving toward being declared a failed state.

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MORE AFRICANS DIE TRYING TO CROSS INTO EUROPE

At least one man has died and 12 others are missing in the on-going attempts by desperate Africans to cross the strait from the Spanish enclave Ceuta on the Moroccan mainland to the Canary Islands.

A further 19 people were arrested after landing on the Canary Islands whilst 157 others were rescued by lifeguards after their makeshift vessel capsized.

With the increase of violent clashes in the Sahel region in Africa, and increased number of Africans are desperate to cross the strait from Morocco to Spain in order to gain access to Europe and many die along the way each year.

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ZOOKEEPER KILLED BY ABYSSINIAN LION

A zookeeper in Ethiopia's Addis Ababa has been killed by an endangered Abyssinian lion after he attempted to clean the lion's cage.

The zookeeper, Abera Silsay, was cleaning the cage ahead of a planned move of the lions to a greener and more spacious enclosure but he had forgotten to lock the interior door to the area where the lions slept in.

One of the lions attacked Silsay, bit him in the neck, and killed him within approximately 20 minutes after a failed attempt by guards to scare the lion off by firing shots.

The zoo was opened in 1948 to house the pet lions of former Ethiopian leader and Rastafarian messiah, Haile Selassie.