News

African Animals: The Economist Gets Lazy, Leo DiCaprio Gets Busy


The Economist, one of Africa's longtime patronizers (just last week they disturbingly referred to Botswana as "Africa's Golden Boy"), posted a slide show of zoo animals with a single sentence: "During the war in Libya, the animals of Tripoli's zoo suffered along with the rest of the city's residents." Take a look for yourself, but we kinda think that these animals look no different than caged up zoo animals all over the world. Are we missing something? What exactly is the story?

The real scoop on Tripoli's zoo animals and rescue efforts can be found in this New York Times article. As for those who are concerned about animals that roam free on the continent, but still risk traumatization from poachers, don't fear because apparently Leonardo DiCaprio is on his way to protect them. DiCaprio is stepping up as a global ambassador for the International Fund for Animal Welfare's "Elephants Never Forget" campaign. This initiative will raise awareness of the illegal trade of elephant ivory.

Popular
(Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

'This Is One Too Many'—African Union Condemns the Murder of George Floyd

"The African Union is distressed to witness yet another unwarranted execution of another African-American male."

The African Union Commission, has condemned the police killing of George Floyd and denounced ongoing racism against Black people in the United States.

In a statement released on Friday, the chairman of the African Union (AU), Moussa Faki Mahamat, recalled the Union's "Resolution on Racial Discrimination" which was established during the AU's First assembly in 1964, which denounces racism against African-Americans in the US. "The Chairperson of the African Union Commission firmly reaffirms and reiterates the African Union's rejection of the continuing discriminatory practices against Black citizens of the United States of America," read the statement.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

#JusticeForUwa, Nigerians Demand Answers for Student Killed in Church

Nigerians are outraged by the continued gender-based violence in the country following the death of 22-year-old student Vera Omozuwa in a Benin City church.