Africa 54 – October 14, 2020

You are watching Africa 54, your daily news and feature magazine-style program, from the Voice of America. Host Esther Githui-Ewart and a team of correspondents zero in on the big stories making news on the continent and around the world with context and analysis.

Top Stories:
Ethiopian celebrities and influential artists have started a movement calling for tougher sentences for sex offenders, following a rise in child abuse since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

Masai communities in northern Tanzania gathered this past weekend for a coming-of-age ceremony. This year’s event marked an important break from the past as masai leaders agreed to end the female genital mutilation that has traditionally accompanied a girl’s passage to adulthood.

Hundreds of Tanzanian firefighters and citizens are still trying to fully contain a fire on Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain at 59-hundred meters. According to several media reports, including the citizen newspaper, the initial investigation found the fire was started Sunday by porters servicing climbers. National parks spokesman Pascal Shelutete told reporters Tuesday the fire — used to warm up food — ignited dry grass and shrubs. So far, there are no reports of casualties from the fire on the popular site, which attracts tens of thousands of climbers each year.

A new program in New Orleans, Louisiana is helping people laid off because of the coronavirus to learn new work skills. VOA’s Mariama Diallo reports on how service industry members are being trained to work in the healthcare industry.

The contemporary art in Uganda is dynamic and diverse, packed with extraordinary young, talented, passionate artists using their work to reflect the country’s cultural diversity and natural beauty.

Derriq Art Studio and Gallery is one of the growing numbers of exceptional independent art galleries that are using art, science, and technology to inspire young artists. Africa 54 technology reporter Paul Ndiho spoke to Derrick Christopher Ntale, CEO and founder of Derriq Art Studio and Gallery.

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett is back on Capitol Hill Wednesday to take more questions from the senate. Barrett told the Senate Tuesday she would not bring her own agenda to the bench if she is confirmed to the nation’s highest court. In the first full day of questioning from Senators, Barrett deflected a range of inquiries on issues impacting a wide range of Americans, from abortion to healthcare to gun rights.

It is U.S. Presidential Donald Trump’s first week back on the campaign trail since his COVID-19 diagnosis and after his doctor said he is no longer infectious to others. With three weeks left to go until election day, Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden are crisscrossing battleground states this week to energize their supporters.

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