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10 Feb 2016 description

Maiduguri, Nigeria | AFP | Wednesday 2/10/2016 - 21:41 GMT

by Bukar HUSSAIN

Two female suicide bombers killed at least 58 at a camp for people made homeless by Boko Haram's Islamist insurgency in northeast Nigeria, emergency services said on Wednesday, in the latest violence to hit the remote region.

The attack happened in Dikwa, some 90 kilometres (55 miles) from the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, on Tuesday morning and is believed to be a reprisal for a military strike on Boko Haram strongholds in the area last week.

10 Feb 2016 description
report African Union

Addis Ababa, 8 February 2016: Following an invitation from the Government of the Republic of Niger, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Her Excellency Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has approved the deployment of an African Union Short-Term Election Observation (STO) Mission to the Republic of Niger’s General Elections 28 February 2016.

10 Feb 2016 description

INTRODUCTION

Nigeria continues to face a severe protection crisis, with Boko Haram insurgency and counter-insurgency measures in the North East resulting in chronic insecurity and endemic violations of human rights and humanitarian standards, exacerbating the plight of vulnerable civilians and triggering waves of forced displacement. Bauchi and Taraba are also prone to inter-communal violence which has spurred further displacement. Over 2.2 million people have been internally displaced and over 23,000 are estimated to have been killed in the insurgency.

10 Feb 2016 description

En 2015, des dizaines de milliers de personnes ont dû faire face aux conséquences du conflit armé qui sévit dans la région de Diffa.

Des combats et des attaques ont fait de nombreuses victimes et poussé des milliers de personnes à fuir la région de Diffa. Cette région a été le lieu d'accueil de milliers de déplacés fuyant eux-mêmes les violences et le conflit au nord-est du Nigeria.

10 Feb 2016 description

BÉNIN

12 MORTS DANS L’ÉPIDÉMIE DE FIÈVRE DE LASSA

Au 5 février, 25 cas suspects de fièvre de Lassa, dont 12 décès, avaient été signalés dans le pays. La maladie a été détectée pour la première fois le 5 janvier suite à la mort d'un patient dans un hôpital de la localité centrale de Tchaourou. Parmi les mesures de prévention, le gouvernement et les partenaires de la santé procèdent à l'enregistrement des contacts, la mise en place d’unités d’isolation et le stockage de médicaments et d'équipements.

RÉPUBLIQUE CENTRAFRICAINE

10 Feb 2016 description

BENIN

12 DEAD IN LASSA FEVER OUTBREAK

As of 5 February, 25 suspected cases of Lassa fever including 12 deaths had been reported in the country. The disease was first detected on 5 January following the death of a patient at a hospital in the central Tchaourou locality. Among other prevention measures, the Government and health partners are registering contacts, have set up isolations units and are stocking up on medication and equipment.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

10 Feb 2016 description

Haile Menkerios, head of the United Nations (UN) office to the African Union (AU), speaks to the PSC Report about the ‘division of labour’ between the UN and the AU when it comes to peacekeeping.

He also addresses the issue of UN funding for AU peacekeeping missions and whether the two institutions see eye to eye on the issues of human rights and robust peace enforcement.

Who is responsible for peace and security and fighting terrorism in Africa, the UN or the AU?

10 Feb 2016 description

Yaoundé, Cameroon | AFP | Wednesday 2/10/2016 - 09:35 GMT

At least six civilians were killed and over 30 injured Wednesday in a double suicide attack in Cameroon's northern border region with Nigeria, which is regularly attacked by Boko Haram fighters, security sources said.

The attackers, who were also killed, were both female, said a source.

"Six civilians were killed as well as two suicide bombers who blew themselves up" during a funeral wake in the village of Nguetchewe, a source told AFP, adding that between 30-50 people were injured.

10 Feb 2016 description

Le lac Tchad, dont la superficie atteignait les 25 000 km2 en 1963, couvre aujourd’hui moins de 2500km2. Pourtant, la catastrophe avait été prévue et annoncée, et une Commission du Bassin du Lac Tchad avait été créée dès 1964 par ses quatre pays limitrophes, le Cameroun, le Tchad, le Niger et le Nigeria, afin de gérer ses eaux de manière durable et coopérative. Aujourd’hui, les eaux ont reculé au point que seuls le Cameroun et le Tchad comptent encore une rive au sein de leurs frontières.

10 Feb 2016 description

Yaoundé, Cameroun | AFP | mercredi 10/02/2016 - 09:12 GMT

Au moins six civils ont été tués et une trentaine blessés mercredi matin dans un double attentat-suicide à Nguetchewe, village de l'extrême-nord du Cameroun, région frontalière du Nigeria régulièrement attaquée par les islamistes de Boko Haram, selon une source sécuritaire.

10 Feb 2016 description

Ibadan, Nigeria | AFP | Wednesday 2/10/2016 - 03:56 GMT

by Aderogba OBISESAN

Cassava, the starch rusty-coloured root that is a staple in Nigeria, is a paradigm of the problem the import-dependent nation now faces as the plunge in oil prices crimps the economy.

The root is used to make "eba" and "fufu" -- filling pastes that are beloved dishes in Nigerian homes -- but there are a myriad of uses for cassava, including making flour and beer.

09 Feb 2016 description

Syria: The military offensive in Aleppo governorate has displaced more than 40,000 people since late January, and the number of displaced is reported to be increasing. There is concern that a siege of opposition-held areas of Aleppo city is imminent. An estimated 20,000 newly displaced Syrians are stuck at the Bab al Salam crossing along the Syria–Turkey border, as Turkey has denied them entry into Turkish territory.

09 Feb 2016 description

Maiduguri, Nigeria | AFP | Tuesday 2/9/2016 - 03:27 GMT | 756 words

by Phil HAZLEWOOD

Bitrus Yakubu has an uplifting story about how he was reunited with his pregnant wife weeks after they were separated fleeing from Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria.

His wife, Maryam, then gave birth to twins Grace and Sidi seven months ago. They all now live together in a tent in one of more than a dozen camps that dot Maiduguri for those made homeless by the conflict.

08 Feb 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

Humanitarian Context

• Due to the security situation, humanitarian access to people in need remains highly difficult in the Far North Region and in some areas close to the border with Central Africa Republic. This results in difficulties for UNICEF and humanitarians partners to procure assistance to people in need.

08 Feb 2016 description
report IRIN

Nairobi, 8 février 2016 (IRIN) - Depuis quelques semaines, les forces de l’ordre sont sur le qui-vive dans la capitale sénégalaise, Dakar. La police et l’armée, présentes dans les rues, procèdent à des fouilles de voiture et appréhendent les militants islamistes présumés.

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