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By Gilbert da Costa
Many of the people displaced in the Niger Delta by the current military offensive say they are eager to return home. We report from the makeshift camp at Ogbe Ijoh where supplies and patience are in short supply.
Thousands of people have run for their lives in the past two weeks as the army pounded militants strongholds with helicopter gunships and ground troops. Crammed into a refugee camp and compelled to sleep on concrete classroom floors, the displaced civilians, all of them women and children, are eager to return home.
LAGOS, May 31, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The militants in the Niger Delta are reaching out to the Nigerian federal government in a move to negotiate a ceasefire and peace deal, local media reported on Sunday.
They are also calling for the release of the leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND), Henry Okah, and mass employment of youths in the region by oil companies in the region.
According to lagos-based newspaper the Nation, the militants have been wielding contacts in the government circle to reach a truce.
It said some of the militants had …
Note: Map production date estimated
Household food security is generally stable across the country owing to continued high market supplies in urban and rural markets and improved agricultural labor opportunities due to the surge in agricultural activities. As the hunger season progresses in the South, access to food among poor households is constrained by diminishing household food reserves and unseasonably high prices of gari, a staple food for the poor.
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- Yar'Adua says amnesty offer to militants
still on table
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- Five-day lull in fighting in Niger Delta
By Felix Onuah
ABUJA, May 29 (Reuters) - Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua renewed on Friday his offer for amnesty to militants in the Niger Delta, two weeks after the military launched its biggest offensive in years, but the rebels said 'no'.
Yar'Adua initially said in April he was ready to grant amnesty to gunmen in the Niger Delta if they agreed to lay down their weapons, but the main militant …
ABUJA, May 29 (Reuters) - Nigeria President Umaru Yar'Adua on Friday renewed his offer for amnesty to militants in the Niger Delta, two weeks after the military launched its biggest offensive in years.
Yar'Adua initially said in April he was ready to grant amnesty to gunmen in the Niger Delta if they agreed to lay down their weapons, but the main militant group dismissed the offer as mere words.
A human rights non-governmental organisation, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has petitioned the United Nations Human Rights Council over the military offensive launched by the Nigerian federal government and accusations of "serious crimes against humanity". "The 20,000 people who live in the area of the attack are trapped there by the JTF's (Joint Task Force - government troops) continuing operations.
This third annual Last in Line, Last in School report examines recent trends in donor support for education for children living in conflict-affected fragile states (CAFS) and those caught up in emergencies. Its broad conclusion is that, although donors have increased their focus on meeting the education needs of children in these countries and situations, there is still a long way to go.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) is mobilizing resources to ensure that adequate relief materials including drugs and food items are provided to the displaced people in the on-going crisis between the military and militant groups in the Niger Delta region.
The Director General of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), AVM Mohammed Audu-Bida (rtd) has raised another team today, which is led by the Director of Relief and Rehabilitation from the Abuja Headquarters of the agency to monitor and assess the level of devastation in the Niger Delta region due to assault on …
LAGOS, May 28, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Nigerian military raises alarm on fresh arms acquisition in Niger Delta Nigerian military raises alarm on fresh arms acquisition in Niger Delta
The Joint Task Force (JTF) operating in the Niger Delta has raised the alarm that militants were re- grouping and stockpiling arms in furtherance of their criminal activities in the region.
The federal troops discovered an arms dump on Wednesday in Okerenkoko in the restive Gbaramatu kingdom, containing three rocket-propelled grenades, seven primed bombs, as well as other assorted arms and …
DAKAR, 28 May 2009 (IRIN) - The Nigeria Red Cross says conflict-hit areas it has been able to access in the Niger Delta are in better condition than anticipated, but that continued restrictions on aid workers' movement leaves many questions unanswered.
Government soldiers are controlling access in and out of the Delta, site of a military incursion launched on 13 May to crack down on Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) militants.
(London) The world is sitting on a social, political and economic time bomb fuelled by an unfolding human rights crisis, said Amnesty International's Secretary General Irene Khan today as she launched Amnesty International Report 2009: State of the World's Human Rights.
"Underlying the economic crisis is an explosive human rights crisis," said Irene Khan. "The economic downturn has aggravated abuses, distracted attention from them and created new problems.
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Dakar/Harare, 28 May 2009 - More than 400,000 polio vaccinators in 11 West African countries will immunize more than 74 million children over the next week in response to a spreading polio epidemic which is threatening thousands of children with life-long paralysis.
Communiqué de presse conjoint OMS/UNICEF/Rotary International
74 millions d'enfants vont être vaccinés contre la polio, alors que l'épidémie se propage en Guinée
Dakar/Harare, 28 mai 2009 - Plus de 400.000 vaccinateurs dans 11 pays d'Afrique de l'ouest vont immuniser plus de 74 millions d'enfants au cours des prochaines semaines en réponse à la propagation de l'épidémie de poliomyélite qui menace de paralyser à vie des milliers d'enfants.
DAKAR, 28 May 2009 (IRIN)
Clashes between government forces (the Joint Task Force) and militants break out on 13 May. Both sides deny initiating the attack.
JTF launches its biggest onslaught against militants since 2006.
LAGOS, May 27, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Nigerian military destroyed another militant camp in its on-going operation to restore stability in the oil rich Niger Delta region, the News Agency of Nigeria reported on Wednesday.
The Joint Military Taskforce (JTF) destroyed an observation camp with a house boat hidden in a dredged creek, the report said, citing the military.
Rabe Abubakar, the JTF spokesman, said the camp was between Okerenkoko and Jones Creek village in Warri South-West Local Government of Delta.
It belonged to militant leader Government Ekpemupolo, popularly …
DAKAR, 26 May 2009 (IRIN) - As violence continued in the Niger Delta region, children's rights campaigners welcomed the passing into law of the Child Rights Act on 26 May in nearby Cross River state.
Suomi Sakai, head of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Nigeria, told IRIN: "UNICEF heartily congratulates Cross River state. The state has now joined a vast international movement in support of children's rights."
Nigeria ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989 and domesticated it in 2003 as the Child Rights Act.