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Moussa Faki Mahamat condemns Trump cutting funding for WHO.

African Union Condemns Trump for Suspending Funding of World Health Organization

Chairman of the African Union, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has called Trump's decision to suspend funding of the World Health Organization amid the COVID-19 outbreak, 'deeply regrettable'.

Chairman of the African Union (AU), Moussa Faki Mahamat, has publicly condemned President Donald Trump's decision to suspend funding of the World Health Organization (WHO) amid the coronavirus outbreak, reports the BBC. The AU chief whip, who joins many world leaders and public health professionals in condemning Trump, described the funding cuts as being "deeply regrettable" in a recent social media post.

This past Tuesday, responding to criticisms of how his administration has responded to the COVID-19 outbreak, Trump fired back by announcing that the United Stated would be suspending funding of WHO for a period of 60 to 90 days.

Prior to holding a press conference, Trump had tweeted, "WHO really blew it." He added that, "For some reason, funded largely by the United States, yet very China centric. We will be giving that a good look."

In a press conference, Trump said the following:

"With the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have deep concerns whether America's generosity has been put to the best use possible. The reality is that the WHO failed to adequately obtain, vet and share information in a timely and transparent fashion. If we cannot trust them, if this is what we will receive from the WHO, our country will be forced to find other ways to work with other nations to achieve public health goals."

Public health professionals and world leaders alike have all condemned the move and emphasised how it will only further complicate existing relief efforts to curb the spread of the outbreak. The United States was the single largest donor of WHO last year having contributed 400 million dollars to the organisation's 6 billion dollar budget.

The Director-General of WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom, has responded by saying, "We regret the decision of the President of the United States to order a halt in funding to [WHO]." Adhanom added that, "For now, our focus, my focus, is on stopping this virus and saving lives."

Adhanom has himself been the subject of personal attacks from Trump but has since received the collective support of fellow African leaders including South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Rwandan President Paul Kagame.

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This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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