Part of African solidarity with Haitians: Gabon show the way by releasing one million dollars

Since the earthquake that devastated the Haitian capital, the efforts of global solidarity is activated. Only the African continent which is conspicuous by its absence, even though Gabon has managed to release a sum of one million dollars for the suffering people of Haiti.

United States to France, through Canada or even some emerging countries, no country wants to be left out from the vast outpouring of solidarity for the Haitian people. A dynamic marked by the absence so far of the African continent. But as for the lead, Gabon has decided to release a windfall of one million dollars to help the Haitians hurt and hit hard by the earthquake. Even if the continent is known for its daily challenges of survival of its people, the solidarity effort is not necessarily materialistic. For in the present context, all forms of aid will be well received by the Haitian people who lack the minimum to survive. ‘Even if we give two dollars, it must be done’, argued former U.S. President Bill Clinton, the early hours of the earthquake.

But Africa also, despite its difficulties, should be able to play its part in this show of solidarity at the site of the Haitian people. That would do a duty of solidarity with people in black majority. Indeed, as the images that had toured the world during the passage of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2006, left the scene by the Earthquake in Haiti irritates every African. Because ultimately, Africa is reflected perfectly in this desolate landscape showing thousands of Haitians agonizing pain in the streets and lacking everything.

Thus, by sacrificing himself for the sum of one million dollars, Gabon wanted to show an example of spontaneous solidarity. And it is not necessarily a monetary or material. For, beyond the participating national institutions like the African Union and ECOWAS should be able to make some effort of solidarity on behalf of the continent. In addition, there are opportunities in the African Development Bank (ADB) and the West Bank, African Development Bank (BOAD).

Sure, South Africa followed suit in Gabon as manifested by its share of contribution. This, especially as this country offers asylum to former Haitian president Jean Bertrand Aristide since his fall in 2004. For today Haiti is as a laboratory test which will ruin the intensity of global solidarity. ‘I am so sad to see people suffer, but I can say I am happy to see all this effort of solidarity to the Haitian people’s place’, remarked the Haitian president, René Préval, yesterday visited the ruins in streets of Port-au-Prince.

Thus, while this solidarity on the ground, huge efforts are under review by donors to alleviate this suffering its devastated island. So that France seeks the cancellation of the remainder of Haiti’s debt at the Paris Club. Meanwhile, the IMF is preparing to release a substantial sum will go towards supporting the reconstruction effort there. And, when the United Nations has about 300 million dollars in aid pledges. We must also say that the image of Gabon, with significant resources, oil countries like Libya, Algeria, Nigeria, should be able lend their touch of solidarity in this vast momentum from launched into action Earthquake in Haiti. For in reality, Africa can not miss this turning point to mark forever his solidarity with the black people martyrdom.


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Senegal – haiti : Abdoulaye Wade donated 500 thousand dollars to the Haitian people

The president, Abdoulaye Wade, has decided, »on behalf of the Senegalese people »to »a »symbolic gift of 500 thousand U.S. dollars (about 250 million francs CFA) to demonstrate its » compassion »to the Haitian people who suffered an earthquake on Tuesday announced the Foreign Ministry in a statement received Saturday at the APS.

 »The people of Haiti has been hit again by a natural disaster that has killed tens of thousands of dead and missing persons (…) For the purpose of showing compassion to the people of Haiti, President of the Republic, on behalf of the Senegalese people, decided to make a symbolic donation of 500 thousand dollars U.S. to the Haitian people, »the sources added.

According to a report given Saturday by the Haitian authorities, there would be 50,000 deaths and more than one million people affected. Since the disaster, international aid is organized to help people.

Beyond this gift, »the people of Senegal is committed to provide the Haitian people, to the extent of his means, all necessary support to rebuild their country », said the Foreign Ministry.

This tragic event »is deeply and painfully felt by the Senegalese people who share with this brother country which creates this suffering around the world an immense outpouring of solidarity, »the statement said.

By this gesture, the head of the Senegalese government »intends to demonstrate the interest aroused by his level where our black brothers of the Caribbean ».  »It is also for him to make the active solidarity of the people of Senegal with the Haitian people. »

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Senegal : Consultation meeting on Haiti this afternoon (Presidency)

A consultation meeting on Haiti held this afternoon from 16: 30 pm at the Palace of the Republic, a statement sent to the APS.

The meeting is under the chairmanship of the president, Abdoulaye Wade, said the source.

The Presidency of the Republic said it will be attended by several leaders and politicians of the country Pape Diop and Mamadou Seck, respectively, chairman of the Senate and chairman of the National Assembly.

Prime Minister Talks Postponed, is also expected, said the source.

In addition to many ministers, the meeting was also extended to the leaders of parties and coalitions of the presidential and Benno Siggil Senegaal.

According to a statement from the Foreign Ministry, the president, Abdoulaye Wade, has decided, »on behalf of the Senegalese people »to »a »symbolic gift of 500 thousand U.S. dollars (about 250 million CFA), to »express his compassion »to the Haitian people who suffered an earthquake last Tuesday.

Beyond this gift, »the people of Senegal is committed to provide the Haitian people, to the extent of his means, all necessary support to rebuild their country, »added the source.

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Plus d’un sénégalais sur deux abonné au téléphone portable en 2009

Plus d’un sénégalais sur deux est désormais abonné au téléphone mobile. C’est l’une des petites révolutions silencieuses que le pays a connues en 2009 et que nous révèlent les statistiques de l’ARTP, l’agence de régulation des télécoms et des postes… Les explications de Laurent Correau à Dakar.

Le téléphone portable est devenu un objet indispensable au Sénégal. A Dakar… dans les grandes villes… et de plus en plus dans le monde rural. Les Sénégalais téléphonent désormais 8 fois plus à partir du mobile que du fixe. Et depuis avril 2009, selon les statistiques de l’ARTP, plus d’un sénégalais sur deux est abonné au téléphone portable.

Selon le sociologue Djiby Diakhaté, posséder un mobile devient de plus en plus une nécessité sociale. Et disposer de l’appareil permet de remplir plus facilement certaines obligations sociales : justifier une absence lors de cérémonies, présenter des salutations ou des condoléances. Dans les mariages, un téléphone portable dernier cri est régulièrement devenu un élément important de la dot.

Les modèles coûteux sont les plus prestigieux, mais dans plus de 99% des cas, les sénégalais utilisent par la suite pour leur communication le système du prépayé qui permet de mieux gérer ses dépenses.

Les Sénégalais appellent en moyenne une heure par mois avec leur abonnement de téléphone portable et envoient en moyenne 12 SMS. Dans plus de 97% des cas, ces SMS sont envoyés au Sénégal. Et dans 94% des cas au sein du même réseau de téléphone.

Laurent Correau, Dakar, RFI

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Angola Vs Mali en direct

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Le communique : Des rebelles cabindais revendiquent l’attaque contre l’equipe du togo

Le communique : Des rebelles cabindais revendiquent l’attaque contre l’equipe du togo

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Today  marks  the  fifth  anniversary  of  the  signing  of  the  Comprehensive  Peace  Agreement
(CPA)  by  the  Sudanese  parties.  On  this  auspicious  occasion,  the  Chairperson  of  the
Commission of the African Union (AU), Jean Ping, congratulates the people of Sudan and the
Government of National Unity for this historic achievement. Not only does the   Agreement
remain as a landmark event in bringing an end to the longest running civil war in Africa, but it
is  also  a  possible  model  successfully  to  manage  the  diversity  characteristic  of  virtually  all
African states, based on respect for the principle and practice of unity in diversity.
Since the signing of the Agreement, important achievements have been made, including the
establishment of the Government of National Unity, the Government of Southern Sudan, a
number of other national and regional institutions, as well as a broader security arrangement
and a permanent ceasefire that made it possible to keep the peace until today, in spite of the
serious security challenges that continue to confront Southern Sudan.
With this anniversary, Sudan, this microcosm of Africa, is also entering one of the most critical
phases of its history, with the holding of general elections, currently scheduled for April 2010,
as well as the Referendum on self‐determination for Southern Sudan, slated for January 2011.
These  are  national  sovereign  decisions  that  have  been  taken  by  the  people  of  Sudan,
enshrined in the Interim National Constitution adopted after the conclusion of the CPA.
For the African continent, the successful completion of this landmark Agreement is of utmost
importance.  Should  Sudan  succeed  in  overcoming  the  legacy  of  its  past,  its  democratic
transformation will be a shining example to the rest of the continent and a catalyst for the
acceleration of the processes of the entrenchment of democracy and development. Should it f

ail to do so, the consequences of a renewed national crisis will spell disaster for both the
immediate neighbours and Africa as a whole.
The  AU  is  confident  that,  with  genuine  support  from  the  international  community,  the
Sudanese  people  have  the  capacity  to  seize  this  historic  opportunity  to  triumph  over  the
seemingly bitter divisions among them, and avail their country new opportunities to redefine
their common identity on the basis of shared values, including unity amid diversity.
The progress made recently by the Sudanese parties for the preparation of the referendum in
Southern Sudan and Abyei, as well as for the popular consultations for South Kordofan and
Blue Nile, the steps taken towards the holding of the elections and the efforts being made to
implement the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration on Abyei, are all indications that
bear testimony to the capacity of the Sudanese people to meet the challenges facing their
The  Chairperson  of  the  Commission  urges  the  Sudanese  to  redouble  their  efforts  and
rededicate themselves to the search of lasting solutions to the problems confronting Sudan, in
particular  in  Darfur,  through  renewed  efforts  for  the  resumption  and  completion  of  the
political  process,  taking  advantage  of  the  process  initiated  in  Doha,  and  in  the  South,  by
resolving all outstanding issues in the CPA implementation.
On its part, the AU will pursue and intensify its efforts, working closely with the Sudanese
stakeholders  to  assist  them  deal  with  the  myriad  of  challenges  facing  their  country.  In  so
doing, the AU will be guided by the holistic approach articulated in the Report of the AU High
Level Panel on Darfur (AUPD) and the decision adopted by the Peace and Security Council in
Abuja, in October 2009.
The Chairperson of the Commission expresses the hope that 2010, which is the Year of Peace
and  Security  in  Africa,  whose  motto  is  “MAKE  PEACE  HAPPEN”, will  witness  remarkable
strides in the journey of the Sudanese people towards peace, security and stability

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