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01 Mar 2015 description

Maiduguri, Nigeria | AFP | Saturday 2/28/2015 - 19:00 GMT

A woman suicide bomber on Saturday killed two passers-by and her accomplice in an attack in northeast Nigeria, witnesses and security sources told AFP.

Moments before the explosion, the female attacker and her accomplice, had tried to board a bus but were stopped by the driver.

"The suicide mission took place at around 1130 am when two women wearing hijabs tried to board a commercial vehicle but the wary driver resisted," a highly-placed security source said.

27 Feb 2015 description

Kano, Nigeria | AFP | Friday 2/27/2015 - 17:44 GMT

Boko Haram fighters have raided villages in northeast Nigeria on the border with Cameroon, apparently in reprisal for a Chadian offensive against its hideouts, residents told AFP on Friday.

Scores of heavily armed militants on Wednesday rampaged through more than a dozen villages in the Kala-Balge district in Borno state, shooting, hacking residents to death and razing homes.

26 Feb 2015 description
report UN News Service

26 February 2015 – The high-level team appointed by the United Nations to investigate the events surrounding a violent demonstration against the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) has concluded its visit to the African country, the UN spokesperson’s office confirmed today.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the investigation on 29 January to determine the facts surrounding the “tragic incident” which resulted in the death and injury of protesters in the northern city of Gao.

26 Feb 2015 description
report UN News Service

26 février 2015 – L'équipe de haut niveau mandatée par le Secrétaire général des Nations Unies pour enquêter sur la manifestation violente de janvier dernier à Gao, au Mali, est sur le point de terminer une visite de huit jours dans le pays.

Selon la presse, le 27 janvier à Gao, au nord du Mali, une manifestation violente contre un camp de la Mission multidimensionnelle intégrée des Nations Unies pour la stabilisation dans le pays (MINUSMA) avait entraîné des morts et de nombreux blessés.

26 Feb 2015 description

GENEVA / BAMAKO (26 February 2015) – United Nations Independent Expert Suliman Baldo will carry out his fourth official visit to Mali from 1 – 10 March 2015 to assess the current situation of human rights in the country at a key moment in the current round of peace negotiations.

26 Feb 2015 description

Kano, Nigeria | AFP | Thursday 2/26/2015 - 19:33 GMT | 716 words

by Bukar HUSSAIN with Aminu ABUBAKAR in Kano and AFP Lagos

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday visited the scene of what is feared to be Boko Haram's worst massacre and vowed that the insurgency would soon be over.

But the Islamists gave a fresh indication of the scale of the task, with three separate bombings in the country's religiously tense central region and restive northeast that left at least 35 people dead.

26 Feb 2015 description

Lagos, Nigeria | AFP | Thursday 2/26/2015 - 14:56 GMT | 632 words

by Phil HAZLEWOOD

Nigerian presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday vowed to "lead from the front" in the fight against Boko Haram if elected in the country's forthcoming election.

The former military ruler, who rejected descriptions of him as a "dictator", also argued against further delays to the election and said a free, fair and peaceful vote would boost democracy in Africa.

26 Feb 2015 description

Niamey (CICR) – Le conflit qui sévit depuis plusieurs mois dans le nord-est du Nigéria s'est étendu au Niger voisin. Depuis le 6 février, plusieurs localités de la région de Diffa, dans l'extrême sud-est du Niger, sont le théâtre de combats et de violences qui ont fait de nombreuses victimes et provoqué le déplacement de milliers de personnes.

26 Feb 2015 description

Niamey (ICRC) – The conflict which broke out several months ago in north-eastern Nigeria has spilled over the border into neighbouring Niger. Since 6 February several areas in the Diffa region in the south-eastern corner of Niger have been the scene of fighting and violence which has caused many deaths and injuries and displaced thousands of people.

25 Feb 2015 description

Cote D’Ivoire
IDPs Begin to Return Home
Displaced populations in the country’s western Olodio locality and other areas are gradually returning to their villages despite lingering insecurity. Some 3,000 people fled their homes following armed attacks on Dahioké, Grabo and Irato areas in January. Humanitarian actors are assessing the possibility of food distributions in communities of return.

24 Feb 2015 description

Conseil des droits de l’homme

Vingt-huitième session

Point 10 de l’ordre du jour

Assistance technique et renforcement des capacités

Résumé

24 Feb 2015 description

Human Rights Council

Twenty-eighth session

Agenda item 10

Technical assistance and capacity-building

Summary

24 Feb 2015 description

Niamey, Niger | AFP | mardi 24/02/2015 - 20:30 GMT

Le gouvernement du Niger a annoncé mardi qu'il prolongeait l'état d'urgence dans la région de Diffa (sud-est), à la frontière avec le Nigeria, sous le feu du groupe islamiste nigérian Boko Haram depuis le début du mois.

24 Feb 2015 description

Thank you, ladies and gentlemen of the press, for giving me this opportunity to brief you on my recent visit to the Central African Republic and Cameroon. I did this visit jointly with the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, Dr. Chaloka Beyani, and also with ECHO’s Director of Operations, Mr. Jean-Louis de Brouwer.

Our aim was to help focus the global spotlight on the complex and tragic humanitarian emergency that continues in the CAR and its impact on neighbouring Cameroon.

24 Feb 2015 description

Snapshot 18-24 February 2015

Myanmar: 90,000 people are now reported to have been displaced by continuing violence between government troops and multiple armed groups in Kokang, Shan state. Aid organisations have been subject to attack – seven people were wounded in two separate incidents.

24 Feb 2015 description

Kano, Nigeria | AFP | Tuesday 2/24/2015 - 21:43 GMT

by Aminu ABUBAKAR

Two blasts rocked bus stations in embattled northern Nigeria on Tuesday, killing at least 27 people, as violence continues to rage less than five weeks ahead of general elections.

The first bombing, which killed 17, ripped through a station on the outskirts of Potiskum, in northeast Yobe state, which has been targeted repeatedly by Boko Haram Islamists.

23 Feb 2015 description
report Mercy Corps

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20 Feb 2015 description

SITUATION OVERVIEW

Central African Republic (CAR): Violence and crime has been rising in CAR over recent weeks, with serious security incidents registered during the first half of February. This situation underlines that the conflict in CAR is far from over. As the safety and security of IOM staff, local populations, and humanitarian partners in Bangui as well as in other provinces in the country continue to be affected by the on-going conflict, IOM is considering additional precautions to ensure that all possible security measures are taken.