Human trafficking in Sweden on the increase: Human trafficking in Sweden is on the increase according to records made by länsstyrelsernas. 225 victims were identified last year. This is 75 victims more than 2016. Most of the victims are used for prostitution and as beggars. Many of them are children. "We have identified 56 children who are direct victims as well as 56 other children who followed an adult victim," according to Charlotta Thorelius who oversaw the collection of the statistics.
Visa-free countries for holders of Ghana passport: Many countries in Africa have a visa-free travel policy for Ghana, as the Ghanaian passport is among the most respected passports in Africa. In addition, Ghana is a member state of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which grants any Ghanaian citizen a free stay in any other member state of the ECOWAS for 90 days. But the situation is different when it comes to the countries Ghanaians will most want to visit. In the 1960s and the early 70s, Ghanaians did not need a visa to travel to the desirable European destinations. The Thatcher government imposed visas on Ghanaians and today Ghanaians cannot visit the EU, Great Britain, USA and Canada without a visa obtained from the relevant embassies in Accra. These are not easy to obtain.
Killer worms from the Americas destroying crops in Africa: Africa has been invaded on quiet wings. First they landed by ship in the west. Then they spread across the continent, wreaking havoc as they went. Now, two years later, the invaders are worrying officials in almost every sub-Saharan country. It’s not the French, British or even the Chinese. This time it’s a simple American moth, the voracious fall armyworm, that has marched through Africa’s fields and is threatening to cause a food crisis. When just a hungry caterpillar, the fall armyworm will happily munch on more than 80 plant species. But its favourite is maize—the staple for more than 200m sub-Saharan Africans. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) estimates that sub-Saharan Africa has about 35m hectares of maize grown by smallholders, and that almost all of it is now infested or at risk of infestation.
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