Our “News Recap” articles provide a weekly summary of African and Caribbean news. They help our readers to stay informed and aware of news in different African and Caribbean countries.
This week’s News Recap headlines include:
- Zimbabwe Addressing its Controversial Foreign Company Law
- Senegal’s Casamance Receiving a Tourism Boost
- The Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti
- Archbishop Tutu: “knowing an assisted death is [an option] can provide immeasurable comfort.”
Zimbabwe Addresses Controversial Foreign Company Law
President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe mentioned possible plans to alleviate the effects of a rather controversial foreign company law. The law entailed foreign companies having to hand over most of their shares to black Zimbabweans, in a bid to compensate for colonial rule. The law has been criticised for scaring off foreign investment, and in turn not helping the country’s economic situation. (BBC)
Casamance, Senegal to Receive Tourism Boosts
After France got rid of a 25-year-old travel advisory urging French citizens not to travel to Casamance, the coastal region of the country stands to benefit from an increase in tourism. After a ceasefire between the government and separatist rebels, and increased security, the beautiful beaches of Casamance can now be enjoyed by numerous holiday-goers. (BBC)
The Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti
Said to be “the most powerful Caribbean storm in a decade,” Hurricane Matthew was responsible for the death of over 300 people, the destruction of 80% of the buildings in the city of Jeremie and 30,000 houses in the Sud province. The Red Cross has reportedly, “launched an emergency appeal for $6.9m,” while “the US is sending nine military helicopters to help deliver food and water to the hardest-hit areas” (BBC). The hurricane, now classed as a Category Three storm, is heading north towards Florida where evacuation orders have been issued. (BBC)
Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Assisted Death
Following his hospitalisation last month and previous support of assisted dying, in a recent opinion article for the Washington Post, Archbishop Tutu mentioned that he has prepared for his death and does not wish to be kept alive at all costs (Tutu, 2016). He went on to recognise the factor of choice asking readers, “why should you deny others the right to make this choice?” He cites different instances where assisted death is supported and finally refers to it as a demonstration of compassion (Tutu, 2016).