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31 May 2012 description

Overcrowded classrooms, too few trained teachers, insufficient schoolbooks and few toilets, often without separation between boys and girls: these are some of the problems facing primary school students in Sub-Saharan Africa. A statistical survey of school and teaching resources in the region by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) highlights these challenges which undermine children’s chances to succeed in their studies*.

31 May 2012 description

This report is produced by OCHA in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It was issued by the Regional Office for Southern Africa. It covers the period from 01 April to 24 May 2012.

HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES

31 May 2012 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Regionally, 553,773 people were affected by floods and storms this rainfall season.

  • The flood response in Comoros is moving towards the early recovery phase.

  • While the harvest season is progressing well, serious pockets of food insecurity persist.

  • In Angola, an estimated 366,780 households (1,833,900 people) are expected to be affected by drought, with 533,000 children under age 5 that could be affected by various levels of malnutrition.

28 May 2012 description

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) signed a landmark agreement in Botswana on 25 May 2012 to work together to fight food insecurity in the 15 member countries of the SADC region of southern Africa.

28 May 2012 description

Huambo – A total of 3.7 million square metres were cleared of landmines in central Huambo province since early last year until now, Angop learned.

This was said Friday in Huambo by the head of the department of infrastructures of the Army, lt.-general, Miguel Kiangala.

Presenting the report on the demining process, during a meeting with the minister of Social Welfare, João Baptista Kussumua, the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) officer said the operations were carried out in the municipalities of Chicala-Cholohanga, Cachiungo, Huambo and Ngove (Caála).

28 May 2012 description

Uige – At least 544 Angolan refugees returned on Friday from DR Congo (DRC) through the border checkpoint of Quimbata in the northern Uige province, under the voluntary repatriation of Angolan refugees based in the neighbouring country.

This was said Saturday to ANGOP by the supervisor of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Maquela do Zombo, Fernando Pacavira.

The official said that 450 Angolan refugees arrived on 22 May integrated in 105 families.

24 May 2012 description
report UNAIDS

Ministers of Health and representatives from the 22 * countries with the most new HIV infections in children have come together to report on progress towards achieving zero new HIV infections in children by 2015 and find ways of stepping up action.

22 May 2012 description
report Inter Press Service

By Ignatius Banda*

BULAWAYO , May 22, 2012 (IPS) - Gertrude Mkoloi earns a living harvesting maize on a small piece of land in rural Zimbabwe. Or at least she used to.

Deep in rural Binga, more than 400 km from the country’s second-largest city, Bulawayo, Mkoloi stared blankly at her maize crop, scorched brown by the sun during what was meant to be the rainy season.

"This is what I have for my labour," she said, pointing to charred maize stalks that failed to grow tassels – a cluster of male maize flowers required for pollination.

20 May 2012 description
report Human Rights Watch

Angola: stop rape, abuse of Congolese migrants

Government Should Rein in Security Forces

(Johannesburg, May 21, 2012) – Angolan security forces frequently abuse irregular migrants during expulsions from Angola, including sexual violence and other degrading and inhuman treatment, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

18 May 2012 description

This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today’s Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva. Further information can be found on the UNHCR websites, www.unhcr.org and www.unhcr.fr, which should also be checked for regular media updates on non-briefing days.

18 May 2012 description

Key Messages

  • Food security conditions over most parts of Southern Africa remain satisfactory and conditions are expected to remain so throughout the Outlook period. The projected average to above-average maize harvests are assessed to be sufficient to meet the region’s requirements for the next six months and beyond.

  • Current reports indicate that household food access has improved and increased on-farm food supplies have eased the pressure on local markets. Prices have stabilized, and in some cases, started dropping.

16 May 2012 description

Ondjiva - Conditions have been put in place to ensure that Angolan refugees in Namibia do not experience hardship.

This was guaranteed Wednesday by the director of Social Welfare in Angolan southern Cunene province, Tiberia Hamuse.

Speaking to Angop, the official said that the Angolan Government has set up a multi-sectoral commission to provide the refugees with due assistance.

She also assured the creation of resettlement places and other services ensuring a decent stay to returning nationals.

15 May 2012 description

Windhoek - The Namibian vice minister of Migration, Elias George Kaiyamo, considered the Ocire Camp that hosted many Angolans for years the sanctuary and second home to many refugees who fled their countries for their lives.

The Namibian official said so on Monday at an official ceremony that marked the resumption of the repatriation of Angolan refugees.

Some 100 Angolan refugees left Namibia on Monday back to Namacunde, Angolan southern province of Cunene.

14 May 2012 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Dry spell affects crops in coastal and northern provinces but average rains benefit crops in southern areas

  • Food security conditions aggravated in areas affected by a protracted dry period

Mixed prospects for current season cereal production

Harvesting of the 2011/12 main season maize crop was completed in April, while for millet, rice and sorghum harvesting will continue into June.

11 May 2012 description

Kinshasa/New York (10 May 2012): Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović has raised alarm over the recent upsurge in violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

“The human rights situation in the DRC is of grave concern. The activities of armed groups, particularly the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and Mayi Mayi, constitute a major threat to the civilian population especially in the Kivus,” he stated today in Kinshasa at the conclusion of his nine-day visit to the country.

11 May 2012 description
report Inter Press Service

By Louise Redvers

JOHANNESBURG, May 11, 2012 (IPS) - Millions of Angola’s poorest families are facing critical food insecurity as a prolonged dry spell across large parts of the country has destroyed harvests and killed off livestock.

Up to 500,000 children are now thought to be suffering from severe malnutrition triggered by the collapse in food production after a lengthy dry season in the first three months of this year. Currently emergency feeding centres are being set up in the worst-affected communities.

10 May 2012 description

Foreword

In the last 20 years, the world has saved more than 50 million children’s lives and reduced maternal mortality by one-third. These accomplishments have been the result of good science, good management, bipartisan political support, the engagement of USAID and many other U.S. Government agencies, and the participation of faith-based organizations, civil society, and the private sector.