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31 Oct 2011 description
report AlertNet

31 Oct 2011 17:29 Source: Alertnet // George Esunge Fominyen

By George Esunge Fominyen

DAKAR (AlertNet) – Thousands of women and girls who have been abducted by armed groups, enslaved and repeatedly raped during conflicts across Africa are left without support when the war ends, experts say.

After the bullets have stopped flying, peacekeepers and governments focus on disarming fighters – who are usually men and boys - and helping them to return home and reintegrate into their communities.

13 Apr 2010 description
report World Bank

FAITS ET CHIFFRES

>1,1 milliard de personnes vivaient avec moins de 1 dollar par jour et 923 millions étaient mal nourris, avant même que les crises alimentaire, énergétique et financière ne commencent.

> Les prix alimentaires restent instables. Dans de nombreux pays, les prix locaux des aliments n'ont pas baissé, même si les prix ont chuté au niveau international.

> Lorsque les prix alimentaires sont élevés, les gens pauvres sont forcés soit de manger moins, soit de se rabattre sur des aliments moins chers et de moindre qualité, soit encore de renoncer aux dépenses …

24 Sep 2009 description
report Oxfam

New York - Millions were thrown a lifeline at a special session at the United Nations yesterday, when world leaders unveiled a plan for free health care in poor countries.

Speaking at a high level event at the United Nations, UK Premier Gordon Brown announced support for free health services in Nepal, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Malawi and Burundi.

21 Apr 2009 description
report World Bank
  • The Bank expands its food crisis facility to $2 billion to provide immediate relief to countries hard hit by food prices

    - Since last May, the facility has approved $916 million worth of projects in 31 countries; with nearly half of the funds supporting projects in Africa

    - The number of undernourished is now thought to exceed 1 billion

    When word got out earlier this year that cash could be earned to clear garbage, hoe fields or hack brush near Banga in Bong County, Liberia, the desperate stampeded.

    "People came rushing on us and we could not recruit them all," …

02 Feb 2005 description

By Peter Apps

JOHANNESBURG, Feb 2 (Reuters) - Africa's farmers have produced more than expected despite locust plagues and drought, but that is cold comfort to the continent's countless refugees with no cash to pay, or aid agencies whose funding has dried up.

"We are looking at a very serious situation," United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) spokesman Ramin Rafirasme, told Reuters from Senegal.

The WFP says it saw donations for Africa vanish almost completely in January, after the tsunami that devastated the Indian Ocean region, forcing it to cut back on how …

22 Sep 2003 description

Maureen Lynch is Director of Research and George Kun is McCall-Pierpaoli Fellow with Refugees International.

23 Apr 1999 description
report IRIN

MAPUTO, 23 April (IRIN) - The double tragedy for child soldiers is that the brutality and pain they have suffered also leaves them ill-prepared for demobilisation, making the return to their communities a highly traumatic experience, counselling experts say.