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TOPSHOT - Transition Mali President Bah Ndaw is seen during his inauguration ceremony at the CICB (Centre International de Conferences de Bamako) in Bamako on September 25, 2020. - Mali's interim president, Bah Ndaw, chosen to head a transitional government following a coup last month, was sworn in during ceremonies in the capital Bamako on September 25, 2020.

UN & AU Call for Immediate Release of Malian President Bah Ndaw

The United Nations and African Union have called for Mali's President Bah Ndaw, who is being detained alongside his prime minister and defence minister, to be released by military soldiers.

The United Nations (UN), African Union (AU) and the The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have collectively called for the immediate release of Malian President Bah Ndaw who was recently detained by military soldiers alongside his Prime Minister, Moctar Ouane, and Defence Minister, Souleymane Doucoure. The detainment of Ndaw and his ministers, who are a part of the country's transitional government, follows former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita's ousting through a military coup in August last year.

READ: Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita Has Resigned Amid Military Mutiny

In a joint statement, the UN and AU have condemned the detainment and insisted that "the international community rejects in advance any act of coercion, including forced resignations," Al Jazeera reports. Additionally, the two regulatory bodies have also emphasised that "the ill-considered action taken today carries the risk of weakening the mobilisation of the international community in support of Mali." Currently, there are rising fears around the potential for yet another coup although there has been relative calm thus far.

According to Reuters, the cause of the politicians' detainment is a cabinet reshuffle which took place this past Monday and saw two soldiers, who were part of last year's military coup, removed from government. There are fears that this recent action will result in the further destabilisation of the country already battling with violence perpetrated by militant Islamist groups such as al Qaeda and Islamic State.

Mali's political landscape has admittedly been volatile in the nine months post the coup that ousted Keita and his government. According to the BBC, while the departure of Keita has been welcomed by many Malians, there is still discontent over the "dominance" of the military in the current transitional government as well as the delay in enacting certain political reforms.

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Spirit Of Humanity Gives Hope To Young Boy Mauled By A Hyena

A 9-year-old Zimbabwean boy Rodwell Nkomazana has a shot at a normal life, again, after a horrific hyena attack left him with half of his face missing.

It takes a village to raise a child and sometimes that village comes from thousands of kilometers away, and consists of committed surgeons, passionate nurses and generous international donors. Nine-year-old Rodwell Nkomazana was asleep at an all-night church service when the unthinkable happened. The little boy was attacked and mauled by a hyena outside Harare, in Zimbabwe.

The medical team at Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare, where he received his initial treatment, did all they could to save his life and stabilise him. However, due to a lack of resources and expertise, it was all they could do.

With half of his face missing, including an eye, his upper lip, his nose and part of his forehead, Rodwell was set for a life full of challenges. Not only would he have lost his childhood, but he would have probably spent most of his time in seclusion — isolated from the rest of society.

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