The second week of April has brought a bag of mixed news. The second week started, on April 8,  with President Salva Kiir announcing that the famine in South Sudan is a national disaster (

The political situation is, if possible, even worse than the famine. The country is crossed by a wave of instability, violence is escalating and South Sudanese people are fleeing (  ).

Analysts feel that South Sudan, the world’s youngest country, will not survive as a single political entity but may be split into three smaller, more homogenous and hopefully more peaceful states ( )

On April 8, South African government officials criticized the international rating agencies for downgrading South Africa and South African citizens launched large scale protests against President Zuma (  ).

April 9 brought more bad news. Liberians are depressed (  ),  South Africans are angry with way in which their President is running the country (  ), the quality of African cities is not always very high ( ) and terrorists killed many Christians in Egyptian Coptic Churches ( ).

April 10: media announced that Nigeria may be losing its share of the world’s oil market and that this event may have a detrimental impact on Nigeria’s economy (  ).

April 11: the media reported that army worms attacked Kenyan farms and that the production of various commodities, including maize, could be reduced by up to 40 per cent (  ). Lower agricultural production means less food, higher food prices and lower income for farmers, or, more simply, bad news for Kenya.

April 12: we are reminded that Burkina Faso is still dealing with the threat of terrorism and that more has to be done to keep the country safe and secure ( ), while Cape Town, in South Africa, is running of out of water ( ).

April 13: The news of the day highlighted that while African countries are generally low income or low middle income, Africa is nonetheless the home of the largest number of millionaires in the world (  ), that the number of African millionaires is growing faster than African economies (  ), that wealth accumulation is not always the result of individual talent and hard work ( ) and that the super rich people in the continent can afford super luxurious lives ( ). And one has the impression that a little wealth distribution could go a long way to reduce poverty in the continent.

Apr. 14: the week end in Somalia. It ends there because in spite of the financial aid from Hong Kong and the US promise that more troops will be deployed to fight terrorists and stabilize the country, Somalia is still plagued by a wide range of problems. As the UN reminded us, Somalia is experiencing a cholera outbreak, which infected 25000, killed 500, and is expected to make many more victims between now and the summer ( ).

This was week 2. A week of pain, of blood, of death, of anger, and despair. And, once again, one can only hope that the next will be a better week.

Riccardo Pelizzo