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Young boys in CAR ditch classrooms for motor taxi business.

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It is almost impossible to spot young boys on the premises of this high school in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic.

Classrooms here are mostly filled with females, and this is because their colleague male students are literally on the streets. These boys have chosen to make a living from driving motor taxis at the expense of their education.

They blame the lack of jobs for members of their families as well as the unstable political situation for their predicament.

‘I went to school, but today I ride motor taxi due to the lack of help and the difficult conditions at home, I did the 5th grade class in the Boganda high school , then I could not get any more help, no insurance and so I became a truant in class. I got interested in the motorbike business when it arrived”,Jospin Ngaibino,a school dropout said.

The boys tell Africanews Correspondent Samuel Thierry Nzam that, this is a matter of survival.

But for the academic community, this activity, which provides short-term reliefs, will in the long run cost the Central African Republic its human resource.

Jean Claude Sarayo is a tutor at the Martyrs high school.

‘‘There are boys from 16 to 19 years old who have turned their backs on school, I think it’s a very bad thing, it’s about the future of the Central African Republic, if these boys have turned their backs it’s a loss of revenue for our country, and we can’t rely on those who come from elsewhere for the development of the Central African Republic. It’s these young people who turned their backs on the school that run — the motorcycle taxi business”,Jean said.

Our Samuel Thierry Nzam reports that the Motorcycle taxi activity is a major concern for authorities in the Central African Republic.

About 10,000 motorcycles are in circulation in Bangui alone and 85% of them are driven by these young boys most of whom are between the ages of 15 and 18.

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PM Abiy reiterates Ethiopia’s decision over latest clampdown.

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has finally spoken on ongoing anti-corruption and rights abuse clampdown stating that there was not going to be any backing down let alone retreat.

A statement from the Abiy’s office issued in Amharic tasked citizens to rally behind the development as a means of ridding the country of lawlessness and criminal elements.

State-affiliated FBC reported that the statement titled, ‘Let’s Fight (the) Cancer,’ said the government was bent on bringing people behind injustices to book.



The statement said the underlying objective of recent arrests was to get rid of Ethiopia criminals. “… criminals do not care about ethnicity, country, or morality; they only care for themselves.

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“The key to justice is to create a system for innocent citizens to live in freedom and dignity while criminals are held accountable and punished in accordance with the law,” the statement read in part.

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Since early this week, authorities have announced the arrest of over sixty former military and intelligence officials arrested in connection with rights abuse in prisons and gross corruption in the military run business conglomerate, Metals and Engineering Corporation, MetEC.

A former head of MetEC, Kinfe Dagnew; and a former intelligence chiefs, Tekleberhan Woldearegay and Yared Zerihun have all been detained and put before courts in the capital, Addis Ababa.

Head of security at the state monopoly, Ethio Telecom, Gudeta Olana, has also been arrested as has head of the entity and brother of ex-MetEC boss, Essayas Dagnew.

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New Zealand denies refusing refugees with holiday visas entry.

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New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, on Friday, rejected allegations that the country’s government was blocking refugees who wished to travel into the country from Nauru on visitor visas.

Nauru’s president, Baron Waqa, also claimed in an interview with Australian media that he had also personally brokered a deal for New Zealand to accept 80 refugees currently located on the island.



“It’s incorrect to say that there is some kind of agreement for 80 specific individuals to take residence or visit,’’ Ardern told media at the East Asia Summit in Singapore.

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“The request did not ask about whether refugees could visit New Zealand on holiday visas,’’ he added.

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The country assessed all applications for visitor visas on a case-by-case basis. This applies regardless of a person’s country of origin or nationality.

The country is under pressure to transfer the remaining 30 children from the island.

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