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36 AFRICA Thursday, March 29 2018| NEW ERA Trump gives many Liberians a year to quit US Washington US President Donald Trump decided Tuesday to end the protected status of thousands of Liberian migrants to the United States and gave them a year to leave the country. It’s the latest of similar moves, after more than 250,000 Salvadorans, Haitians and Nicaraguans lost their protected status under an administration which has made cracking down on immigration a priority. In 1991, when the West African country was in the grip of civil war, some Liberians living in the US were given “temporary protected status” to allow them to remain in safety. Then in 1999 approximately 10,000 of them were made eligible for “deferred enforced departure,” or DED, by thenpresident Bill Clinton, allowing them to continue to build new lives. Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama have periodically renewed the DED status, but Trump has now decided to allow it to expire, deeming Liberia safe for returnees. Trump has taken a tough stance on immigration in general and, in reported private conversations, an even tougher stance on Africans from what he has reportedly deemed “shithole countries.” The latest grace period expires on March 31, but Trump said in a letter to the Department of Homeland Security that he would accord the Liberians a 12-month “wind-down” period to prepare their departure. “Through consultation with appropriate executive departments and agencies and my advisors, I have been informed that conditions in Liberia have improved,” Trump wrote. “Liberia is no longer experi- made significant progress in restoring stability and democratic governance,” he argued. Trump admitted that the 2014 outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa had brought “tragic loss of life and economic damage” to Liberia, one of the world’s poorest countries after years of civil war. But he declared himself satis- tackling the disease. It is not clear how many of the original 10,000 DED recipients may have died, moved on voluntarily or been granted another form of legal US residency -- but the rest face an uncertain future. Opponents of Trump’s move warned it would uproot many who had made new and productive lives for themselves in the Americanborn children who are Americans but whose parents are Liberians bearing posters saying, “I’m American, Please do not send my parents to Liberia.” United States. Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat, noted on Twitter that, thanks to the previous presidents’ DED extensions, the Liberians had been living in the United States legally since 1992. 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NAMFISA Tender Box, 1 st Floor Sanlam Building, 154 Independence Avenue, Windhoek on or before 20 April 2018, 12h00 a.m.“Design, Layout, Editing, Proofreading and Printing of NAMFISA Integrated Annual Report under Framework Agreement” UN strengthens role of DR Congo mission in elections United Nations The UN Security Council on Tuesday tasked its huge peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo with helping to prepare elections meant to end President Joseph Kabila’s rule. The council unanimously adopted a resolution presented by France that renews the mandate for MONUSCO, the UN’s biggest peacekeeping mission, until March 2019 and emphasizes the need to protect civilians as the DR Congo heads toward the historic polls in December. Western powers are turning up the pressure on Kabila to allow a peaceful transfer of power after the December 23 vote and rein in his security forces after dozens of protesters were killed. Russia warned that peacekeepers must not take sides in the elections while the DR Congo’s ambassador said the mission’s focus should be on fighting rebel groups -- not supporting elections. French Ambassador Francois Delattre said the vote was “crucial for the future of the DRC but also for the region as a whole,” pav- transfer of power in the country’s history. “Without credible elections accepted by all, the stability of the country and of the entire region will be at risk,” he told the council after the vote. Kinshasa authorities have set a date for the vote but Kabila, in power since 2001, has not clearly stated whether he will step aside, raising fears that the country will slide into all-out violence. The resolution “underscores the need to do everything possible to ensure” that the elections “are organized with the requisite conditions of transparency, credibility and inclusivity and security.” The council requested that UN Secretary-General Antonio up the peacekeeping mission if needed, “looking at all options” such as sending reinforcements from other missions. Guterres will report to the council in 90 days on the contingency planning. Under the resolution, MO- NUSCO will provide technical assistance and logistical support for the elections, help train the Congolese police and monitor human rights abuses which it will report to the council. Sounding a cautious note, Russia stressed that the mission’s mandate was to protect civilians and not meddle in the country’s internal affairs while China said the DR Congo’s sovereignty must be respected. “It is necessary to completely avoid a situation when MONUS- CO might deliver support to one of the Congolese parties with the also under way,” said Russian Deputy Ambassador Under the resolution, MO- NUSCO will provide technical assistance and logistical support for the elections, help train the Congolese police and monitor human rights abuses which it will report to the council.