S. Sudan’s national Dr. Emmanuel Taban recognized as COVID-19 expert

Dr. Emmanuel Taban, from refugee to Covid-19 expert —is expected to launch his inspiring book on Wednesday

Dr. Emmanuel Taban, a South Sudanese national, who stuns the world with his extraordinary expertise | Courtesy

Inspiring Life Story

Inspiring Story—As the dreaded Covid-19 rampaged through South Africa, one unassuming physician had worked out that his expertise as a lung specialist could bring relief to victims of the respiratory disease. He had the skills and tools with which to suck out the mucous that collected in patients’ air passages and caused breathing failure.

He tried out his novel use of therapeutic bronchoscopies on critically ill Covid patients in his clinic in rural Mpumalanga, South Africa and saved the lives of all he worked on.

His journey from being incarcerated in the notorious ‘White House’ torture chambers in Juba by the Khartoum regime when he was 14 years old, to his current position as a highly qualified doctor, is just as remarkable.

He escaped prison and made his way to Eritrea, living off the street before making the journey to Nairobi in Kenya to his uncle – who disowned him. He set off once again, travelling for 3,000km to South Africa. Here, with the help of a charity organisation, he completed his secondary education and went on to study medicine at Medunsa University, specialising in pulmonology (lung-related diseases).

Dr. Taban’s extraordinary story and never-say-die spirit has become a source of great inspiration for millions of young Africans who find themselves in often hopeless situations.

He’s expected to launch his inspiring book on Wednesday, March 16 on Facebook. You can watch live on Jacaranda FM’s Facebook.

PM Abiy rejects AU mediation efforts, vows to capture capital Mekelle

Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed |Photo: File

Nov 21, 2020 (Thessherald)–As international pressure mounts to end the ongoing hostilities in the restive Tigray region, the African Union (AU) has resolved to dispatch high-level special envoys to kick off the mediation process in Addis Ababa.

However, the Ethiopian government rejected African Union calls for peace talks, pledging instead to reinforce its operations and take control of the Tigray region, capital Mekelle.

On Friday, the African Union appointed three former heads of state as envoys to mediate a conflict between the Ethiopian federal government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front.

The announcement was made by the President by the South African, Cyril Ramaphosa, on his verified Twitter account, raising hopes for an end to more than 2 weeks of fighting that has led to an influx of Ethiopians into Sudan.

“Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed now has accepted the initiative, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa,” who chairs the African Union, said in a statement on Twitter.

“The primary task of the special envoys is to engage all sides to the conflict with a view to ending hostilities, creating conditions for an inclusive national dialogue to resolve all issues that led to the conflict, and restoring peace and stability to Ethiopia,” the UN official said in a statement.

UN warns of unfolding humanitarian crisis

Last week, the United Nations warned that more than 1.2 million people could be at risk if the armed conflict continues in the Tigray region and called for a temporary ceasefire to allow humanitarian aid to reach vulnerable populations in the affected areas.

“A full-scale humanitarian crisis is unfolding,” spokesman Babar Baloch told a virtual press briefing from Geneva.

“Refugees fleeing the fighting continue to arrive exhausted from the long trek to safety, with few belongings,” he added.