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Tension as exiled Lesotho PM expected to return

09/02/2014 06:19 GMT

by Andrew BEATTY

MASERU, September 2, 2014 (AFP) - Gunfire and power cuts rekindled tensions in Lesotho's capital Maseru overnight, as the mountain nation awaited the possible return of its exiled prime minister following an apparent coup.

An aide to Tom Thabane told AFP the 75-year-old could return to the country Tuesday, after regional mediators brokered a road map to ease the country's political crisis.

"We are going home now, most probably we will be in Lesotho tomorrow," Samonyane Ntsekele said.

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Ban voices concern about reported military takeover in Lesotho

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UN News Service

31 August 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced concern on Sunday about the reported military takeover in the southern African nation of Lesotho, and called on all parties to resolve their differences peacefully.

“He calls for respect for the constitutional order and democratic rule,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson.

“He urges all parties to refrain from violence and work together towards a peaceful and lasting resolution of their differences.”

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Communiqué: The African Union warns against any Unconstitutional Change of Government in Lesotho

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African Union

The AU expresses full support to SADC efforts to address the crisis

Addis Ababa, 30 August 2014: The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU),

Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, is following with deep concern the ongoing developments in the Kingdom of Lesotho and the deteriorating political situation in the country.

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Fears for Lesotho's future after 'coup'

08/31/2014 11:44 GMT

by Andrew BEATTY

MASERU, August 31, 2014 (AFP) - The attempted assassination of a top military commander plunged Lesotho into further turmoil Sunday, following an apparent coup that forced the prime minister to flee to neighbouring South Africa.

Gunmen attacked the Maseru home of Lieutenant General Maaparankoe Mahao, district police commissioner Mofokeng Kolo confirmed, deepening a seeming battle for control of the military.

The pre-dawn attack was reportedly unsuccessful, killing only a dog, but Mahao's whereabouts is now unknown.

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Lesotho Remote Monitoring Update August 2014

Stressed food security expected following drop in production and incomes, and high food prices

KEY MESSAGES

  • Most rural households in the country are currently facing Minimal acute food insecurity outcomes (IPC Phase 1), meeting their basic food needs through purchases at adequately stocked markets and through own-produced foods.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Lesotho 01-August-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Cereal production in 2014 estimated at an average level

  • Maize prices increase in Maseru, but remain generally stable elsewhere

  • Number of food insecure estimated to have increased in 2014/15

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Lesotho Remote Monitoring Update July 2014

Food security will deteriorate to Stressed between October-December

Key Messages

  • Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity is expected from July to September as poor households continue to access food from own-produced stocks, supplemented by market purchases.

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FAO promotes conservation agriculture in Lesotho through three year programme

In response to the 2012 food insecurity crisis in Lesotho, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MAFS) designed a three-year cycle programme to assist 18 500 households with agricultural inputs and know-how on agricultural technologies helping communities to adapt to climate change, building their resilience to better withstand future shocks.

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Lesotho Remote Monitoring Report June 2014

Food access to remain stable throughout the country

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  • Household own stocks from own production, stable food prices, and normal access to income will contribute to households accessing adequate food sources through typical sources, resulting in Minimal acute food insecurity outcomes (IPC phase 1) throughout the country.

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Lesotho Remote Monitoring Report - May 2014

Key Messages

Harvesting of cereals has started, increasing household access of food to own production resulting in Minimal acute food insecurity outcomes (IPC Phase 1) throughout the country.

The cropping season has generally been favorable throughout the country, with localized constraints associated with late state of season in central, southern parts of the country and early frosting the Mountains and Northern lowlands livelihood zones. The outlook is for above-average production. The Lesotho Bureau of Statistics will release the crop assessment report in coming June.

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A Dangerous Diversion: Will the IFC’s flagship health public–private partnership bankrupt Lesotho’s Ministry of Health?

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Oxfam

“Model hospital” for privatized African health care threatens to swamp country’s budget

IFC-supported private hospital project eating up 51% of Lesotho’s health budget

A new privately-run hospital supported by the World Bank’s private sector arm, the IFC, is threatening to bankrupt the health budget of one of the poorest and least-healthy countries in the world.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Lesotho 07-February-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Production prospects are favourable for 2014 cereal crop

  • Maize prices increased at the end of 2013

  • Food security conditions current stable

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Lesotho Remote Monitoring Update January 2014

Stable food prices and the start of the main harvest will ensure sufficient access to food

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Working Together to Bring Water to Lesotho

Governments and organizations from the United States, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East are working hand-in-hand to provide clean water to homes and businesses in Lesotho—a prime example of donor coordination that will ultimately benefit the Basotho people.

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Helping hungry families in Lesotho

The British Red Cross provided help to an emergency appeal in Lesotho, where nearly three quarters of a million people were in desperate need of food.

Faced with a chronic food shortage affecting more than 725,000 people, the government of Lesotho declared a state of emergency in August 2012.

The Lesotho Red Cross launched an emergency appeal and, thanks to support from people like you, we contributed £69,000. We also sent a member of staff to help.

Causes and response

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Pregnant, positive and on HIV treatment for life

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IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 5 December 2013 (IRIN) - In theory, protecting babies from HIV infection has become relatively simple: a process involving drugs for the woman before she gives birth and then for the baby after birth. But not in Lesotho, where poor health and transport infrastructure have meant that HIV-positive people living in remote mountain regions are often the last to receive care and treatment; doctors and nurses are in short supply; and almost a quarter of the population lives with HIV.

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