Maiduguri, Nigeria | AFP | Friday 7/31/2015 - 02:28 GMT
by Ola Awoniyi
Nigeria on Thursday named the head of a new multinational force created to fight Boko Haram jihadists carrying out a wave of attacks, as the country's outgoing defence chief of staff warned its military was underfunded and poorly equipped.
The announcement came as Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was in Cameroon in a bid to forge a stronger regional alliance against the Islamists, while the Nigerian military said it had rescued dozens of people held hostage by the militant group.
24 July marked one year since a child was last paralyzed by wild poliovirus in Nigeria. Final laboratory results on all specimens for the full 12 month period are expected by September 2015, which, if clear for poliovirus, may lead to Nigeria being removed from the list of polio-endemic countries. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative commends the hard work of the Nigerian government, partners, religious and community leaders, and health workers for such strong progress towards stopping polio.
· FAO’s global cereal price index continued to fall in Q2-2015, down 19 percent year-on-year.
· The real price of wheat dropped a further 9 percent over the last quarter. Prices are 33 percent lower than in Q2-2014, thanks to increased global supply and lower consumption.
· The real price of maize has fallen by 3 percent since Q1-2015 and is 21 percent lower than inQ2-2014. However, global production for 2015/16 is set to be lower and thus prices are likely to rise.
33 KILLED IN SUICIDE BLASTS
On 25 July, 20 people were killed when a suicide attacker struck a bar in Maroua town, the capital of the Far North Region. The attack, the most deadly of its kind so far, was the third in the region in two weeks. Cameroon’s Far North Region has been repeatedly targeted by Boko Haram insurgents. No gap in terms of medication and medical material is reported so far, but MSF estimates that in case other attacks occur, capacity of health centres will be overwhelmed.
Yaoundé, Cameroon | Wednesday 7/29/2015 - 11:57 GMT
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari arrived in neighbouring Cameroon on Wednesday for talks on how to combat the escalating regional threat from Boko Haram Islamists.
Security was tight for the 24-hour visit, after a surge of Boko Haram violence in Cameroon including an unprecedented series of five suicide bombings in the far north.
7492nd Meeting (AM)
Reiterating its strong condemnation of terrorist attacks, human rights abuses and violations of international humanitarian law by Boko Haram in the Lake Chad Basin region, the Security Council today stressed the need to bring to justice those responsible.
Snapshot 22–28 July 2015
Somalia: More than 10,000 people have been displaced in Lower Shabelle and Bay regions since AMISOM and Somali armed forces began their offensive. Al Shabaab has lost control of Bardhere in Gedo and Dinsoor in Bay. In accessible areas of Hudur town, Bakool, 33% GAM and 19% SAM were observed in a MUAC assessment in July – a significant deterioration since June. Very critical malnutrition rates persist in Bulo Burde, Hiraan.
Yaounde, Cameroon | Tuesday 7/28/2015 - 15:37 GMT
Cameroon will send around 2,000 extra troops to the north of the country to fight Boko Haram, the Nigerian jihadist movement behind bloody cross-border raids and suicide bombings, state television said Tuesday.
"Almost 2,000 extra soldiers will be deployed in the Extreme North region," on the border with northeastern Nigeria, according to the report on Cameroon Radio-Television, which gave no timetable for the operation.
0. MAJOR CHANGES SINCE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE HIP
While political and security challenges persist in Central African Republic (CAR), the living conditions of Centralafrican refugees in neighbouring countries require continued attention. Assistance needs are likely to last as no return intentions are reported so far, due to the uncertainty of the political process in CAR ahead of the elections scheduled in October 2015.
Yaounde, Cameroon | AFP | Monday 7/27/2015 - 17:13 GMT
Three villagers were beheaded during weekend raids in Cameroon by Boko Haram insurgents from neighbouring Nigeria, who killed another four people in a separate raid overnight, security forces said Monday.
The first attack took place on Sunday in the neighbouring villages of Tchebe-Tchebe and Dzaba, about 10 kilometres (six miles) from the Nigerian border, said a security agent based in the region.
The beheadings took place in Tchebe-Tchebe.
Dakar, 27 July 2015: Toby Lanzer took up his assignment as Regional Coordinator for the Sahel last week in Dakar. Mr. Lanzer succeeds Robert Piper who has held the position since March 2013.
Au 28 juin 2015, la région de l’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre (AOC) a enregistré environ 10 054 cas et 204 décès (Let. = 2.0%) de choléra dans 7 pays. Comparativement à la même époque en 2014, on note dans la région 71% de cas rapportés en moins.
Yaoundé, Cameroon | AFP | Sunday 7/26/2015 - 15:32 GMT
by Reinnier Kaze
A 12-year-old girl suicide bomber killed 20 people in an attack on a bar in Maroua in Cameroon, while in a crowded market in neighbouring Nigeria a "mentally handicapped" female attacker killed 14.
The child bomber blew herself up among Saturday night revellers in the popular bar, injuring at least 79 others, Cameroonian state TV reported on Sunday.
For the first time the capital of the Far North Region, Maroua, has suffered the attacks from Boko Haram suspects. On 23 July, two suicide attacks took place at the same time in Maroua central market and in an adjoining neighbourhood. At least 13 people were killed and 32 wounded due to the blast. The attack was caused by two girls, under 15 years old, who were begging at the market, blew themselves up, causing total panic.
Yaoundé, Cameroon | AFP | Friday 7/24/2015 - 14:36 GMT
Cameroon has extended a ban on full Islamic veils in parts of the country as it seeks to curb Boko Haram violence after a string of suicide bombings by female attackers.
The decision comes less than a month after two female suicide bombers wearing full veils blew themselves up on the border with Nigeria in the north, killing 11.
Then on Wednesday twin suicide bombings by two young girls killed 13 people in a market in Maroua in northern Cameroon.