Top of the Blogs 2017 #2

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Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh emptied the state’s coffers on his way out
There are good and bad news for Gambia’s people these days: The good news is that former state president Yahya Jammeh has finally set out to exile in Equatorial Guinea after the delegation of West African leaders ECOWAS forced him to step down. Lynsey Chutel highlights the bad news in her latest blog article: Jammeh leaves the country with an estimated 11 million dollars after having emptied the treasuries of the government to fill his own pockets. His successor Adam Barrow has to face financial distress right at the start of his presidential mandate.

Cameroon, the Way forward: Unity in Diversity
Cameroon’s cultural diversity is outstanding – it has more than 200 tribes and about 150 linguistic groups. Apart from Canada, it is the only country that has both English and French a national languages. Anne Marie Befoune explains why this leads to a worrisome split within the nation. Public services as well as presidential speeches are delivered in French only and all important political activities happen in the French-speaking provinces. English-speakers feel excluded, are ridiculed and often just called “Anglos”. Befoune criticizes the government for not acknowledging the conflict in the society and discusses ideas to solve it.

Three lessons about Burundi’s crisis from speaking to those who fled it
300.000 people have left their home country Burundi and sought asylum in one of the neighboring countries Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda. The Burundian government finds the country stable enough for a policy of returns. International officials are more than willing to believe this. How do the affected refugees think about it? Richard Moncrieff depicts the findings of a survey that interviewed political opponents living in exile. Many refugees were threatened by the police or the ruling party’s militia because they didn’t agree with the government. According to them, Burundi is anything but politically stable and still far too dangerous to go back.

How Kenya can ensure adequate health care for its older people
Society is aging worldwide. Lucy Maina asks health editor Joy Wanja Muraya in an interview: What are the consequences of this demographic change for Kenya? Life expectancy in Africa has increased due to an improved health care system and more diverse nutrition, but the continent is not adequatelty prepared for this development. The risks for an aging society are the lack of income security and inadequate health services. This holds true for Kenya as well. Muraya underlines the necessity of improved health care equipment and a public insurance scheme. So far the families take care of older people, but this won’t be a long-term solution.

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