You should know
A camp for internally displaced people in Nigeria is facing a catastrophic humanitarian emergency, the medical charity Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières, or MSF) said Wednesday. An MSF medical team that entered the camp in the town of Bama, in Borno state, for the first time Tuesday discovered 16 severely malnourished children at immediate risk of death and referred them to a therapeutic feeding center. (VOA)
The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday that it will launch emergency yellow fever vaccination campaigns along the border between Angola and Democratic Republic of Congo and in the Congolese capital Kinshasa next month. (Reuters)
Vehicles were torched and roads were barricaded with rocks and burning tyres in South Africa‘s capital Pretoria in violent protests over a disputed mayoral candidate for upcoming municipal elections. The unrest erupted on Monday after the ruling African National Congress (ANC) released the names of mayoral nominees for local government elections on August 3. (Al Jazeera)
Future Forward Conference
Future Forward Conference Accra is bringing together this Saturday June 25th at Impact Hub Accra, emerging innovators, thought leaders and leading social entrepreneurs for a journey of learning, inspiration and connection. The conference will help identify and support social entrepreneurs and changemakers creating innovative solutions to youth employment in sub-Saharan Africa. Future Forward is a partnership between MasterCard Foundation and Ashoka.
DraperDarkFlow has chosen 93 startups from 16 countries to take part in its US$1 million SpeedUPAfrica bootcamp next month, with Nigerian and Ghanaian startups making up over half the cohort. (Disrupt Africa)
What we need
A team of anthropologists and scientists studied almost 200 sites in the two West African countries and found that women added kitchen waste and charcoal to nutrient-poor tropical soil. The resulting rich black soil, which the researchers call “African dark earths,” could help countries adapt to the effects of climate change as well as improve agriculture not just in Africa but in resource-poor and food-insecure regions around the world. (Quartz)
The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, which is preparing for a star-studded opening on Sept. 24, has surpassed its goal of $270 million in private donations, according to The Washington Post. As of the end of May, the museum had raised $273.6 million from corporations, foundations and individuals, according to the report. Founding Director Lonnie Bunch told the Post he expects to raise roughly $300 million by the museum’s opening date. (Washington Business Journal)
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