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September 2015

New study urges future dam projects to consider better disease control measures

Over one million people in sub-Saharan Africa will contract malaria this year because they live near a large dam, according to a new study which, for the first time, has correlated the location of large dams with the incidence of malariaand quantified impacts across the region. The study finds that construction of an expected 78 major new dams in sub-Saharan Africa over the next few years will lead to an additional 56,000 malaria cases annually.

On the margins of the first German-African Business Summit, the German Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier met on September 8 with leaders of four African Regional Organizations; Southern African Development Community (SADC), African Union (AU), East African Community (EAC) and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). They discussed German cooperation with regional organization in African, peace and security as well as migration issues.

Bernard-Henri Lévy

Baghdad – Europe’s migration debate has taken a disturbing turn.

It began with the creation of the catch-all concept (a legal freak) of a “migrant,” which obscures the difference, central to the law, between economic and political migration, between people escaping poverty and those driven from their homes by war. Unlike economic migrants, those fleeing oppression, terror, and massacre have an inalienable right to asylum, which entails an unconditional obligation by the international community to provide shelter.