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UN peacekeeping chief says attack on base sheltering civilians 'sets dangerous precedent'

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UN News Service

23 April 2014 – Warning today that the surging violence in South Sudan is clear evidence that the United Nations can no longer operate in “business-as-usual” mode in the county, the Organization's peacekeeping chief declared that the fighting must stop immediately; the Government has a duty to protect civilians; and the warring parties should negotiate a genuine ceasefire that will be respected by all sides.

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Karachi violence claims five lives

KARACHI: At least five people were killed on Wednesday in separate incidents of violence in Karachi, DawnNews reported.

Two bodies were recovered in Mewashah Graveyard near Malang Darbar whereas another body was recovered from a river below the Lasbela Bridge.

All three were first kidnapped and later tortured, however, none of the bodies have been identified yet, police sources said.

One person was also gunned down in Manghopir's Mianwali Colony.

A body of a woman bearing torture marks was also found in a gunnysack in North Karachi’s Rashidabad area.

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INTERVIEW-Colombia ICRC says peace may solve mystery of disappeared

By Julia Symmes Cobb

BOGOTA, April 23 (Reuters) - A government peace accord with Marxist FARC rebels may help solve the mystery behind tens of thousands of Colombians who disappeared during 50 years of war, a Red Cross official said on Wednesday.

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Sex workers using anti-HIV drugs instead of condoms

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The Zimbabwean

In Zimbabwe, 1.2 million people are living with HIV, and there are around 100,000 new infections every year. Despite this, some sex workers are having unprotected sex - and taking antiretroviral drugs afterwards to cut the risk of infection. RUZVIDZO MANDIZHA investigates.

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Villagers face water crisis at Arda Transau

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The Zimbabwean

A serious health hazard is looming at Arda Transau where villagers who were relocated from Chiadzwa by Anjin Investments have been without access to clean water after the Zimbabwe National Water Authority disconnected the company for non-payment.

Over 400 households have been relocated in recent years to make way for mining activities.

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Abbala, Beni Hussein clash in North Darfur

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Radio Dabanga

EL SAREIF BENI HUSSEIN (23 Apr.) - A number of people were killed and others wounded in clashes between members of the Abbala and Beni Hussein tribes in El Sareif Beni Hussein locality, North Darfur, on Saturday and Sunday.

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Darfur civil society initiative calls for resumption peace negotiations

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Radio Dabanga

KHARTOUM (23 Apr.) - A group of Darfuri civil society members, united in the Initiative in Support of the Peace Process in Darfur, have handed a memorandum to the head of Unamid in which they call for the resumption of peace negotiations. The Initiative plans to hand a copy to the President of Sudan.

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Abbala herders release livestock by force on North Darfur farmlands; thousands displaced

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Radio Dabanga

TAWILA LOCALITY (23 Apr.) - About 7,000 people were displaced in Tawila locality in North Darfur when Abbala camel herders attacked their villages, and released their livestock on their farmlands on Saturday.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga, fleeing villagers reported that a large group of Abbala tribesmen on camels and horses, and others in vehicles attacked the area of Jeleih, 15 km north of Tawila town, on Saturday. “They continuously fired shots into the air, which resulted in the wounding of a number of people. About 7,000 people fled towards Tawila town.”

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Newly displaced continue to arrive at El Salam camp in South Darfur

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Radio Dabanga

EL SALAM CAMP (23 Apr.) A group of 22 families from Gireida locality reached El Salam camp for the displaced in South Darfur on Monday. Six families arrived from the Bembere refugee camp in the Central African Republic.

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South Sudan + 1 other
UNICEF South Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report #19, 14 April 2014

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 Following heavy fighting in Bentiu (Unity State) on 14 and 15 April, the number of people displaced inside the Protection of Civilians (PoC) site increased to 23,000, up from 4,000 just a week ago. With the current water supply, IDPs are receiving less than two liters of water per person per day. There is now just one latrine per 317 people.

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Burma – Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #2 (FY) 2014

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 U.N. and non-governmental organization (NGO) staff evacuated from Sittwe after attacks on relief agency offices and warehouses

 New fighting displaces between 3,000 and 5,000 people in southern Kachin

 USAID/OFDA provides more than $1.5 million to support humanitarian activities in Kachin and Rakhine

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Burundi: ignoring the problem won't make it go away

In what looks like a classic case for the African Union’s (AU’s) early-warning mechanisms, alarm bells are growing louder over the political tensions in Burundi. Detentions, human rights violations and political strife are increasing in the country in the run-up to presidential elections in 2015.

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UN envoy reaffirms world body’s strong resolve to stay the course in Somalia

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UN News Service

23 April 2014 – The top United Nations envoy in Somalia today called on the country’s international partners to boost support to aid peacebuilding and humanitarian efforts there, while reaffirming that the world body has no plans to withdraw amid attacks by Al-Shabaab militants.

“It’s a moment of great new opportunities but also some significant new challenges, and I think it’s important that the international community and partners maintain their interest in Somalia and increase, if at all possible, some of the resources,” Nicholas Kay told reporters in New York.

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"We're passionately humanitarian"

For many long months, the Central African Red Cross Society has been doing everything it can to assist victims of the conflict and other deadly violence in the country. The work is hard and dangerous, and requires tremendous courage. Antoine Mbao-Bogo, the society's president, explains.

How do you manage to work amid such tension and polarization?

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Open Innovation: Inspiring Collaboration in the UN

Early last year, our partners at UNHCR told me about their new venture to employ the SpigitEngage online platform. Invited to carry out a review of the pilot-run for the platform, I was excited to learn more about how they were trying to use an innovation tool to facilitate innovation — not only amongst employees, but also partner organisations, refugees, and people of concern, with whom they work closely around the world.

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Flood Modeling Workshop Expands Training in Vietnam

Vietnam’s Disaster Management Center (DMC) continues to strengthen internal capacity for hazard monitoring and early warning to save lives and livelihoods in the storm- and flood-prone country with the technical assistance of Pacific Disaster Center (PDC). Under funding from the U.S.

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Key recommendations for Disaster Risk Reduction mainstreaming into post disaster emergency response in the North Western part of Bangladesh

From December 2012 to July 2013, three NGOs from the National Alliance for Risk Reduction and Response Initiatives consortium (Solidarités International, Islamic Relief and Oxfam) implemented a Food Security response after flash floods that occurred in the North Western districts of Bangladesh.

The response focused on cash for work to support affected households in covering their basic food needs as well as repairing and strengthening community infrastructure. Vulnerable people that were unable to work received unconditional cash grants.

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Government-rebel talks postponed

The peace talks between the government of Juba and rebels linked to the former vice-president Riek Machar in Addis Ababa were postponed until Monday, April 28. Information minister Michael Makuei specified that the mediators opted for a delay to allow “additional consultations”.

This ulterior delay in the negotiations, already stalled for months, comes amid reports of the massacre of hundreds of civilians last week at a UN base near Bor, in Jonglei state, and in the city of Bentiu, capital of Unity state, of which the sides accuse each other.