02 January 2023

Malawi/Cholera: Schools in the country’s two main cities (Lilongwe and Blantyre) will not open for at least another two weeks because of cholera – 595 people have so far died; almost all of the country’s districts are concerned.

Ghana/Gigantism: The article is about 29-year-old Sulemana Abdul Samed, one of the world’s tallest men – he measures 7ft 4in or 2 meters and 23.5 cm and growing – and how the Marfan syndrome brings social and physical problems with it: an abnormally curved spine and a heart condition, amongst many others.

Uganda: The promotor Abbey Musinguzi (aka Abitex), organiser of the New Year concert in a shopping mall in Kampala that saw a crowd crush kill 10 (7 of them children), has been arrested. It is being investigated whether negligence was to blame for the deaths: only one of the four exits was open and that one exit became a bottleneck where people got crushed and trampled.

01 January 2023

My two main sources for the article summaries, BBC Africa and The Conversation, are in holiday mode since 19th of December, BBC Africa has switched off its “Africa Live” programme and does only “Latest Updates”, The Conversation republishes articles from its archives. As I do not invent news: sorry for the dearth of them for the time being…

Uganda: Two crowd movements in opposite directions have killed nine in New Year festivities in Kampala, mostly children and youths. The crowd crush was caused by partygoers trying “to head back inside – having gone outdoors to see the midnight fireworks”.