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Tens of thousands of workers at the world’s three top platinum producers downed tools on Thursday in South Africa in a pay strike that could have a devastating impact on Africa’s largest economy. Here, protesters gather near Lonmin’s platinum mine in Marikana.
A displaced camp near Mpoko airport on Wednesday in Bangui. Few people are going back home even as the situation grows less tense in the Central African capital.
Children displaced by the fighting in Bor county stand on the side of a boat in the port in Minkaman in South Sudan on Wednesday
The Queen’s Baton is greeted by a display of traditional culture, music and dancing at City Hall, Yaounde, Cameroon. Cameroon is the 25th country to be visited on the baton’s journey through 70 Commonwealth nations and territories. The games start in Glasgow in July
Displaced people raise their hands as they wait for food distribution, near Mpoko Bangui’s airport where 100.000 people have found shelter. Strife-torn Central African Republic is heading for a humanitarian disaster, a Unicef official warned on January 9, calling for urgent action to prevent deadly diseases from spreading in overcrowded refugee camps. Read more
People unload their few belongings on Thursday at Minkammen, South Sudan. Hundreds of civilians fleeing violence in Bor region arrive at one of the many small ports that run alongside the camps in Awerial region, having crossed over the Nile River by night.
One of the few to have a mosquito net, a displaced family who fled the recent fighting between government and rebel forces in Bor by boat across the White Nile, sit under it after waking up in the morning in the town of Awerial, South Sudan. The international Red Cross said Wednesday that the road from Bor to the nearby Awerial area “is lined with thousands of people” waiting for boats so they could cross the Nile River and that the gathering of displaced is “is the largest single identified concentration of displaced people in the country so far”. Read more