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24 Jun 2003 description

Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor

A decade ago single-party states and military dictatorships were the norm in sub-Saharan Africa. The 2003 Freedom House report, using its stringent criteria, lists 18 African countries as free. Many more countries have made significant strides toward free and fair elections, effective governance and respect for internationally recognized human rights and fundamental freedoms. Some long-term civil wars have concluded or may be near resolution.

23 Jun 2003 description
report UN Children's Fund

UNICEF Chief Asks Leaders to Focus on Girls' Education as a "Matter of Extreme Urgency"
OUAGADOUGOU/NEW YORK, 23 June 2003 - As a number of countries in Western and Central Africa struggle to achieve their development goals, UNICEF is calling on donors and governments in the region to assign greater weight to the role of education and to invest far more in the education of girls.

19 Jun 2003 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 19 June (IRIN) - The African Union has granted the Republic of Congo 30 million francs CFA (US $55,851) to assist with the hosting of thousands of refugees from Angola, the Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda, the Congolese government reported on Wednesday.

13 Jun 2003 description

This report includes:
A) Middle East and Central Asia: (1) Iraq, (2) Iran, (3) Palestinian Territories, (4) Afghanistan, (5) Pakistan

B) East and Central Africa: (1) DR Congo, (2) Burundi, (3) Rwanda, (4) Sudan, (5) Eritrea, (6) Ethiopia

C) West Africa: (1) Cote d'Ivoire, (2) Chad

D) Southern Africa: (1) Regional, (2) Madagascar, (3) Lesotho, (4) Swaziland, (5) Mozambique, (6) Malawi, (7) Zimbabwe, (8) Zambia, (9) Angola, (10) Namibia

E) Asia: (1) DPR Korea, (2) Indonesia

F) Latin America and the Caribbean: (1) Ecuador

12 Jun 2003 description

One of the main worries is a shortage of food for the camp. Currently there are only 40 tonnes of cereal which will only last two weeks for 8,000 refugees. This is clearly insufficient and MSF is calling on the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to act fast to remedy the situation.

03 Jun 2003 description

Appeal Target: CHF 3,400,000 (USD 2,446,214 or EUR 2,336,657)
Period covered: January - April, 2003

The Federation’s mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world’s largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 180 countries. For more information: www.ifrc.org

In Brief

Appeal coverage: 16.7%; See attached Contributions List for details.

Outstanding needs: CHF 2,832,634 (USD 2,080,524 / EUR 1,919,779)

28 May 2003 description

Brussels, May 28 2003. The first signs of malnutrition are now evident among the refugee population in Goré, 25km from the Chad/CAR border. In a recent food security assessment carried out by MSF, 30% of children below 5 years of age are now 'at risk from acute malnutrition.' Yet still no food is forthcoming.

27 May 2003 description
report IRIN

KINSHASA, 27 May (IRIN) - Medical experts from eight central African countries have formed a network to fight malaria following a three-day meeting in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), officials from the World Health Organisation (WHO) said.

15 May 2003 description

CCA Guidance for Sahel Rainfall in June - Aug at One Month Lead

30 Apr 2003 description

Launched on: 01 March, 2002 for 9 months for CHF 1,086,000 from some 5.9 million beneficiaries.
Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) Allocated: N/A

29 Apr 2003 description

The Federal Foreign Office is making 200,000 euro available to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for the protection and care of refugees from the Central African Republic in Chad.

03 Apr 2003 description

NDJAMENA, Chad, April 3 (UNHCR) - The UN refugee agency is sending a first convoy of relief items for thousands of Central African refugees who recently fled fighting and atrocities at home for the safety of southern Chad.

01 Apr 2003 description
report IRIN

BANGUI, 1 April (IRIN) - Francois Bozize and his fighters met little resistance as they carried out a successful coup on 15 March against the Central African Republic president, Ange-Felix Patasse.

21 Mar 2003 description

This Bulletin is for information only. While the Federation is not seeking any funding or other assistance from donors for this operation at this time, CHF 20,000 has been allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF), and donor support to the DREF is encouraged.

20 Mar 2003 description
report IRIN

BANGUI, 20 March (IRIN) - Chad sent 100 soldiers to the Central African Republic (CAR) on Wednesday to reinforce the Economic and Monetary Community of Central African States (CEMAC) forces, Parfait Mbaye, the spokesman for Francois Bozize, the leader of the 15 March coup, told IRIN that day.

19 Mar 2003 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 19 mars (IRIN) - La situation d'environ 30 000 réfugiés de République centrafricaine (RCA) qui ont fui vers le sud du Tchad voisin " devient de plus en plus précaire chaque jour " depuis le coup d'Etat du 15 mars en RCA, a prévenu mardi l'ONG internationale, Médecins sans frontières (MSF) depuis Bruxelles.