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27 Mar 2015 description

Kasper Hoffmann

Non-state security actors are growing increasingly important in fragile and conflict-affected states in Africa. This has led to a multiplication of informal security arrangements between security providers, such as vigilantes, local militias, faith-based organisation and private security companies, individual army units, and citizens.

27 Mar 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

By Kwame Buist

OHANNESBURG, Mar 27 2015 (IPS) - Over half of the African continent’s population is below the age of 25 and approximately 11 million young Africans are expected to enter the labour market every year for the next decade, say experts.

Despite strong economic growth in many African countries, wage employment is limited and agriculture and agri-business continue to provide income and employment for over 60 percent of sub-Saharan Africa’s population.

27 Mar 2015 description
report IRIN

ABUJA, 27 March 2015 (IRIN) - Nigeria is increasingly tense in the countdown to presidential elections on Saturday. President Goodluck Jonathan is facing an exceptionally strong challenge from former military ruler, General Muhammadu Buhari. Never has a presidential race been so close, and with that comes an increased risk of major political violence.

27 Mar 2015 description

FAITS SAILLANTS
• 2 milliards de dollars requis pour l’action humanitaire au Sahel en 2015.
• Plus de 190 000 réfugiés et rapatriés du nord du Nigéria au Cameroun, Tchad et Niger.
• 1,2 millions de déplacés internes dans le nord du Nigéria.
• Les communautés au Nigéria font face à une insécurité alimentaire et à la malnutrition.
•Zéro nouveau cas d'Ebola au Libéria, stagnation des chiffres en Sierra Leone et en Guinée.

27 Mar 2015 description

Maiduguri, Nigeria | | Friday 3/27/2015 - 15:20 GMT

by Nichole SOBECKI

A woman in a pale and patterned hijab, stares blankly from a bed in a makeshift clinic at a camp for the displaced in Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria, with newborn twins resting on her lap.

After escaping Boko Haram's murderous rampage in the town of Bama, some 70 kilometres (45 miles) away, caring for her infants may be more of a concern than voting in Saturday's presidential election.

27 Mar 2015 description

Lagos, Nigeria | | Friday 3/27/2015 - 14:10 GMT

by Ola AWONIYI

Nigeria's military on Friday announced that troops had retaken the town of Gwoza from Boko Haram, from which the group declared their caliphate last year.

Defence spokesman Chris Olukolade told a news conference in the capital, Abuja, that the recapture came after "concerted and well-coordinated land and air operations".

"A lot of arms and ammunition have been recovered and the administrative headquarters (of Boko Haram) completely destroyed," he said.

27 Mar 2015 description
report Mail and Guardian

LAUREN CLIFFORD-HOLMES

A refugee camp in Chad has provided temporary sanctuary for thousands of fleeing Nigerians.

“I saw Boko Haram with my own eyes and I saw the bodies. If I think about the corpses, I will cry.”

These are the words of 12-year-old Tahiru Abakhar whose family was attacked by Boko Haram in Baga and again hounded by the Islamist group in other towns until they fled to neighbouring Chad.

27 Mar 2015 description

3/26/2015 - 20:59 GMT

Des partisans de l'ex-président malien Amadou Toumani Touré, exilé au Sénégal depuis 2012, menacé de poursuites au Mali, ont organisé des rassemblements jeudi à Bamako et en province pour réclamer son retour, selon un journaliste de l'AFP et des témoins.

Le rassemblement à Bamako a réuni dans une salle d'un centre de conférences plus d'un millier de personnes, pour la plupart en tee-shirts à l'effigie de M. Touré, surnommé "ATT" d'après ses initiales, a constaté le journaliste de l'AFP.

27 Mar 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Provisional estimates point to a reduced cereal production in 2014

  • Inflation rates increased in 2014 due to higher fuel prices

  • Dire humanitarian situation among refugees from Central African Republic (CAR) and Nigeria impacting also host communities

March rains help start the cropping season

27 Mar 2015 description

The activities proposed hereafter are still subject to the adoption of the financing decision ECHO/WWD/ BUD/2015/01000

AMOUNT: EUR 12 000 000

27 Mar 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Situation of displaced people in North-East in numbers

880,199
TOTAL NUMBER OF INTERNALLY DISPLACED PEOPLE LIVING IN CAMPS (SOURCE: IOM, FEBRUARY 2015)

148,484
TOTAL NUMBER OF INTERNALLY DISPLACED PEOPLE LIVING IN HOST COMMUNITIES (SOURCE: IOM, FEBRUARY 2015)

43
NUMBER OF IDP CAMPS IN NORTH-EAST (SOURCE: IOM, FEBRUARY 2015)

UNICEF Mobilization

26 Mar 2015 description

Bamako, Mali | | Thursday 3/26/2015 - 22:49 GMT

Hundreds of supporters of exiled former Malian president Amadou Toumani Toure, who was overthrown in a military coup in 2012, called for his return on Thursday in rallies held in several cities.

The gathering in the capital Bamako drew more than a thousand people, according to an AFP reporter at the scene, many of them wearing t-shirts emblazoned with a picture of Toure, who is known by his initials ATT.

Smaller crowds also gathered in the central city of Mopti and the northern city of Gao, witnesses said.

26 Mar 2015 description

Bama, Nigeria | | Thursday 3/26/2015 - 18:20 GMT

by Nichole SOBECKI

The devastation is visible from the air in Bama. Corrugated iron roofs lie ripped off among charred debris, the walls of the houses blackened with soot or in ruins.

On the dusty roads that separate properties in the second-biggest town in Borno state, northeast Nigeria, the sight -- and smell -- is much worse, with evidence of atrocities everywhere.

26 Mar 2015 description
report Al Jazeera

More than 800 people were killed and 65,000 displaced in religion-based election violence in 2011 in the central city.

Jos, Nigeria - Sectarian violence between Christians and Muslims has led to deaths and destroyed property for more than a decade in this city, and people here fear another outbreak ahead of Saturday's election.

Read the full article here

26 Mar 2015 description

Nigeria's two main presidential candidates have signed an agreement to prevent violence in tightly contested elections due on Saturday.

Ex-military ruler Abdulsalami Abubakar brokered the deal in talks between President Goodluck Jonathan and his main challenger Muhammadu Buhari.

Read the full story here

26 Mar 2015 description

MINUSMA operations in Mali confirm that peacekeeping missions are increasingly being conducted in complex and asymmetric environments. For Sofia Sebastian, how the UN addresses the dilemmas posed by such missions will have a big impact on which tools it has available to resolve future global security problems.

By Sofia Sebastian for ISN

26 Mar 2015 description

Millions of Nigerians live in states where Boko Haram’s repeated attacks, Government counter-insurgency operations and inter-communal violence have led to an alarming amount of displacement. In the run-up to the elections, there are concerns that over 1.2 million displaced people will be unable to vote. During such a crucial time for the country, IDMC explains why IDPs should not be side-lined and must gain access to voting stations.