Sudan: at least 23 women drowned in a shipwreck on the Blue Nile

Sudan: at least 23 women drowned in a shipwreck on the Blue Nile  Sudanese authorities on Monday reported the sinking of a boat on the Blue Nile last week and said at least 23 women were believed to have drowned.  At least 29 people were on board when the boat capsized and sank in southeastern Sennar province on Friday , according to state news agency SUNA. All the passengers were women , except for the captain, who survived, along with five passengers. The report gives no reason for the capsizing.  The women worked daily on farms in the Souki area and were returning home when their boat capsized. At least 13 bodies have been recovered and rescuers are searching for ten more, SUNA said.  The Blue Nile is an important transport route for people and goods in Sudan. It joins the White Nile just north of the capital Khartoum to form the Nile, one of the longest rivers in the world.  Such accidents on overloaded boats are not uncommon on Sudan's waterways , where safety measures are often neglected. At least 22 people - 21 students and a woman - drowned in 2018 when a boat sank in the Nile.   Rwanda: the Court of Appeal confirms the sentence of Paul Rusesabagina  The Rwandan Court of Appeal confirmed on Monday the 25-year prison sentence for "terrorism" of opponent Paul Rusesabagina, made famous by the film "Hotel Rwanda".  The court thus rejects the appeal of the prosecution who wanted a heavier sentence. The Kigali Court found his sentence commensurate with the weight of his crimes.  As a reminder Paul Rusesabagina had been made famous thanks to the adaptation of his life to the cinema during the 1994 civil war in Rwanda. He was sentenced in September 2021 to 25 years in prison for having founded and belonged to the National Liberation Front (FLN), an armed group accused of carrying out deadly attacks in Rwanda in 2018 and 2019.  Absent on Monday, the accused and his lawyers had already boycotted the majority of the first instance hearings, denouncing a political trial as well as ill-treatment in detention. The appeal hearing was held in the presence of his 20 co-defendants.  The prosecution had requested life imprisonment against him, wishing to see his sentence increased. The chair of the main defendant Paul Rusesabagina who continues to boycott this trial was empty on Monday in the Rwandan capital.  His family had recently announced that he will not appear and participate in the staged appeal of a political prisoner.

Sudanese authorities on Monday reported the sinking of a boat on the Blue Nile last week and said at least 23 women were believed to have drowned.

At least 29 people were on board when the boat capsized and sank in southeastern Sennar province on Friday , according to state news agency SUNA. All the passengers were women , except for the captain, who survived, along with five passengers. The report gives no reason for the capsizing.

The women worked daily on farms in the Souki area and were returning home when their boat capsized. At least 13 bodies have been recovered and rescuers are searching for ten more, SUNA said.

The Blue Nile is an important transport route for people and goods in Sudan. It joins the White Nile just north of the capital Khartoum to form the Nile, one of the longest rivers in the world.

Such accidents on overloaded boats are not uncommon on Sudan's waterways , where safety measures are often neglected. At least 22 people - 21 students and a woman - drowned in 2018 when a boat sank in the Nile.

Sudan: at least 23 women drowned in a shipwreck on the Blue Nile  Sudanese authorities on Monday reported the sinking of a boat on the Blue Nile last week and said at least 23 women were believed to have drowned.  At least 29 people were on board when the boat capsized and sank in southeastern Sennar province on Friday , according to state news agency SUNA. All the passengers were women , except for the captain, who survived, along with five passengers. The report gives no reason for the capsizing.  The women worked daily on farms in the Souki area and were returning home when their boat capsized. At least 13 bodies have been recovered and rescuers are searching for ten more, SUNA said.  The Blue Nile is an important transport route for people and goods in Sudan. It joins the White Nile just north of the capital Khartoum to form the Nile, one of the longest rivers in the world.  Such accidents on overloaded boats are not uncommon on Sudan's waterways , where safety measures are often neglected. At least 22 people - 21 students and a woman - drowned in 2018 when a boat sank in the Nile.   Rwanda: the Court of Appeal confirms the sentence of Paul Rusesabagina  The Rwandan Court of Appeal confirmed on Monday the 25-year prison sentence for "terrorism" of opponent Paul Rusesabagina, made famous by the film "Hotel Rwanda".  The court thus rejects the appeal of the prosecution who wanted a heavier sentence. The Kigali Court found his sentence commensurate with the weight of his crimes.  As a reminder Paul Rusesabagina had been made famous thanks to the adaptation of his life to the cinema during the 1994 civil war in Rwanda. He was sentenced in September 2021 to 25 years in prison for having founded and belonged to the National Liberation Front (FLN), an armed group accused of carrying out deadly attacks in Rwanda in 2018 and 2019.  Absent on Monday, the accused and his lawyers had already boycotted the majority of the first instance hearings, denouncing a political trial as well as ill-treatment in detention. The appeal hearing was held in the presence of his 20 co-defendants.  The prosecution had requested life imprisonment against him, wishing to see his sentence increased. The chair of the main defendant Paul Rusesabagina who continues to boycott this trial was empty on Monday in the Rwandan capital.  His family had recently announced that he will not appear and participate in the staged appeal of a political prisoner.

Rwanda: the Court of Appeal confirms the sentence of Paul Rusesabagina

The Rwandan Court of Appeal confirmed on Monday the 25-year prison sentence for "terrorism" of opponent Paul Rusesabagina, made famous by the film "Hotel Rwanda".

The court thus rejects the appeal of the prosecution who wanted a heavier sentence. The Kigali Court found his sentence commensurate with the weight of his crimes.

As a reminder Paul Rusesabagina had been made famous thanks to the adaptation of his life to the cinema during the 1994 civil war in Rwanda. He was sentenced in September 2021 to 25 years in prison for having founded and belonged to the National Liberation Front (FLN), an armed group accused of carrying out deadly attacks in Rwanda in 2018 and 2019.

Absent on Monday, the accused and his lawyers had already boycotted the majority of the first instance hearings, denouncing a political trial as well as ill-treatment in detention. The appeal hearing was held in the presence of his 20 co-defendants.

The prosecution had requested life imprisonment against him, wishing to see his sentence increased. The chair of the main defendant Paul Rusesabagina who continues to boycott this trial was empty on Monday in the Rwandan capital.

His family had recently announced that he will not appear and participate in the staged appeal of a political prisoner.
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