The IGAD Election Observation Mission deployed to observe the Presidential and General Elections held in the Republic of the Sudan from 13 to 16 April 2015, has concluded its mission successfully. IGAD deployed the mission following an invitation extended by the National Election Commission (NEC) of the Republic of the Sudan.
Soon after the birth of her second child, a daughter she named Neema, Tabu Kalama found herself homeless and with no regular income. Ms Kalama had no option but to sleep with her newborn daughter and her 18-month old son in the meagre shelter of palm trees near the beach in Kilifi, in eastern Kenya.
It was June, among the coolest and wettest months there. “I was so worried that the baby would fall sick, and there was nothing that I could do,” Kalama says.
This high-level event, “From Ebola to more resilient health systems,” provided an opportunity for the Ministers of Health from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to present and discuss their health sector recovery plans with Development Partners and other stakeholders, with the aim of accelerating support for ending the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) epidemic and strengthening health systems within, and across, the affected countries.
Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the Special High-Level Event on Ebola at the World Bank Spring Meetings in Washington, D.C., today:
Attributable to UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Director, Daniel Toole
UNICEF is concerned by reports of a decision by the Governments of Australia and Cambodia to start transferring refugees currently in an Australian-funded processing centre in Nauru to Cambodia for settlement.
By Joe Dyke and Almigdad Mojalli
AMMAN/SANA'A, 16 April 2015 (IRIN) - A ban on shipping in Yemeni waters is worsening a severe fuel shortage that could have a devastating impact on public health.
Three weeks into a Saudi-led bombing campaign against Houthi rebels and with intense fighting continuing on the ground, the country is close to running out of fuel.
Colombia’s attempt to end five decades of bloodshed could be at risk, after local Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) units appeared to have breached a four-month-old unilateral ceasefire by ambushing a military patrol 14 April, reportedly killing eleven soldiers and wounding another twenty. The deadliest guerrilla action since the peace negotiations began two and a half years ago is not likely to lead to a collapse of the talks, but the parties and the international community must now move quickly to prevent them from unravelling.
Port-au-Prince, Haïti | AFP | vendredi 17/04/2015 - 20:18 GMT
L'Etat haïtien a inauguré vendredi, dans un quartier détruit par le séisme de 2010, vingt-cinq logements bâtis sous le principe de la copropriété, une nouveauté dans le pays le plus densément peuplé des Caraïbes.
President Nursultan Nazarbayev reassured Kazakhstanis that the flood emergency has been taken under control, Tengrinews reports.
Adama April 17/2015 Ethiopia, among the top TB-burden countries, managed to reduce Multiple Drug Resistance TB (MDR-TB) related deaths by 70 percent,
The nation has also achieved the Millennium Development Goal related to reduction incidence, prevalence and mortality rate of all types of TB.
TB incidence, prevalence and mortality declined by 50.4 percent, 50 percent and 63 percent respectively, said Dr. Andargachew Kumsa Director for Disease Control and Prevention.
Nouakchott, Mauritania | AFP | Friday 4/17/2015 - 19:58 GMT
by Hademine OULD SADI
The Al-Qaeda-linked group of notorious one-eyed Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar claimed responsibility in a recording Friday for a deadly suicide attack on the United Nations in Mali.
Two civilians were killed and nine peacekeepers from Niger wounded when a militant set off explosives as he attempted to drive into a camp used by the UN's MINUSMA peacekeeping mission in Ansongo, in the northern region of Gao, on Wednesday.
Ghazni, Afghanistan | AFP | Friday 4/17/2015 - 18:29 GMT
Militants have beheaded five Shiites who were recently abducted in southeastern Afghanistan, officials said Friday, highlighting a growing pattern of insurgent assaults on ethnic minorities.
The ethnic Hazaras were kidnapped on Wednesday in the restive province of Ghazni after they travelled out of their home district to shop for cattle.
Skhirat, Morocco | AFP | Thursday 4/16/2015 - 17:53 GMT
The UN said Friday it was trying to narrow differences between Libya's rival parliaments over an agreement aimed at forming a unity government to end unrest tearing the country apart.
The differences emerged in written observations by the two sides on the agreement envoy Bernardino Leon is trying to clinch, said Samir Ghattas, spokesman for the UN mission in Libya (UNSMIL).
Yaoundé, Cameroon | AFP | Friday 4/17/2015 - 17:51 GMT
Islamist fighters from Nigeria's Boko Haram group have killed at least 10 civilians in a cross-border raid on a village in northern Cameroon, security sources told AFP on Friday.
"Boko Haram attacked the village of Bia overnight" Thursday to Friday, one source said, on condition of anonymity. "The toll is 10 civilians killed and a large number of livestock stolen."
A source within the administration said there had been "a dozen deaths" in the raid.
Rome, Italy | AFP | Friday 4/17/2015 - 18:37 GMT
by Jérôme CARTILLIER
Restoring stability in Libya is the only way to solve the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Friday, as President Barack Obama warned re-establishing peace could not be achieved by military force.
Speaking at a joint White House press conference after authorities in Italy confirmed more than 11,000 migrants had been rescued in the past six days alone, Renzi said the problem would only be solved by peace in Libya.
More than 30 people representing the civilian and judicial authorities as well as civil society met on12-13 April at the centre d’alerte pacifique of Aru territory to reflect on what mechanisms to put in place in order to restore confidence between the different local actors.
This meeting, organized at the initiative of the Civil Affairs section of MONUSCO, aimed at setting up a permanent framework for dialogue allowing all parties to meet regularly to iron out their differences to prevent violence in a territory where mob justice cases have been recorded.
Aware People, the NGO with a responsible name (http://www.awarepeople.org/), has been running a telephone counseling service for around a year. By calling +380991789911, everyone has access to free of charge and anonymous aid, provided by professional psychologists. With UNDP support, Aware People has been able to implement twenty-four-hour service on the hotline.
Kinshasa, 17 April 2015 – “I am deeply shocked by the killings of civilians near Beni. It is absolutely necessary that FARDC and MONUSCO resume their cooperation. Together it will be possible to avoid a further deterioration of the security situation” declared Martin Kobler, Head of MONUSCO.
The attack, suspected to be an ADF assault, happened 5km North East of Mbau in Beni Territory in the North Kivu province.
Yaoundé, Cameroun | AFP | vendredi 17/04/2015 - 17:29 GMT
Dix civils ont été tués dans la nuit de jeudi à vendredi au Cameroun dans un village de la région de l'Extrême-Nord lors d'une attaque des islamistes nigérians de Boko Haram, a appris l'AFP de sources sécuritaires.
"Les Boko Haram ont attaqué cette nuit le village de Bia. Le bilan est de dix civils tués et d'un important stock de bétail emporté", a affirmé vendredi sous couvert d'anonymat une source sécuritaire.
La Suisse et le Mali viennent de signer un accord de financement d’un montant de 5, 5 milliards de FCFA (CHF 8 millions) en vue de promouvoir une gouvernance locale inclusive et le renforcement de la société civile dans son rôle de veille citoyenne. L’appui bénéficiera aux régions de Mopti et de Tombouctou. Depuis 15 ans, la DDC soutient la gouvernance et la décentralisation dans la région de Sikasso, au sud du pays.