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12 Mar 2010 description

This report is available on the ISS website and can be viewed together with Thematic Reports on the work of the PSC at www.issafrica.org. All documents referred to in this Report can also be found on the ISS website.

Peace and Security Council Protocol

'The PSC shall encourage non-governmental organizations to participate actively in the efforts aimed at promoting peace, security and stability in Africa.

11 Mar 2010 description

Michael H. Posner
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor

11 Mar 2010 description

A new fight against malnutrition is being launched by The Department for International Development (DFID), focussing on the six countries that are home to half of all undernourished children under five in the world.

The new strategy will address the devastating impact that malnutrition has on life-expectancy, health and long-term productivity, and will have a direct impact on the life chances of 12 million children by 2015.

This comes ahead of a major international conference, organised by DFID, where new proposals will be laid out to get the Millennium Development Goals back on …

11 Mar 2010 description
  • Police say have made 200 arrests

    * Charges include possession of firearms, breaking curfew

    * Local government, military trade blame

    By Shuaibu Mohammed

    JOS, Nigeria, March 11 (Reuters) - Police in Nigeria said on Thursday they had arrested around 200 people following weekend attacks on three Christian villages in which hundreds of people are feared to have been killed.

    The central city of Jos, at the crossroads of Nigeria's Muslim north and Christian south, has been tense since Sunday's attacks, blamed on northern settlers, on the villages of Dogo Nahawa, …

11 Mar 2010 description

Some 8000 people were driven from their homes by the inter-ethnic violence in the region of Jos, capital of Plateau, said to MISNA Robin Waudo, manager of the International Red Cross Committee (IRCC) who confirms a death toll of hundreds of casualties. According to Waudo, 5000 people were forced to leave their homes in Dogo-Na-Hawa and the other villages on the southern outskirts of Jos, which witnessed unspeakable violence last Sunday. Another 3000 people, says the IRCC official left the city seeking refuge in camps based in the nearby state of Bauchi.

11 Mar 2010 description

March 12, 2010, Baltimore, Md. - Catholic Relief Services is responding to the recent violence that erupted in and around the city of Jos in Nigeria, providing support to the local Church as it assists people displaced or otherwise affected by the unrest.

CRS/Nigeria has committed $100,000 in financial support to the Archdiocese of Jos and is meeting with national and diocesan church leaders to support them as they plan their actions.

"We've watched this situation over the years and we've tried to support peaceful interventions," said CRS President Ken Hackett.

10 Mar 2010 description

MALI - Des informations divergentes circulent depuis mercredi sur la libération de Filomena Kaboure, ressortissante italienne d'origine burkinabè enlevée par le mouvement Al-Qaïda au Magreb (Aqmi). Selon certaines sources, l'otage aurait été libérée en même temps que l'Espagnole Alicia Gomez ; selon d'autres, qui rapportent en revanche la libération effective d'Alicia Gomez, Filomena Kaboure se trouverait toujours aux mains de ses ravisseurs.

10 Mar 2010 description

10 Mar 2010 12:52:40 GMT

Source: Reuters

* At least one dead as soldiers enforce curfew

* Fears of retaliation keep city on edge

* Pope calls on authorities to work for peace

By Shuaibu Mohammed

JOS, Nigeria, March 10 (Reuters) - Sporadic shooting rang out overnight in the central Nigerian city of Jos and witnesses said at least one person was killed by soldiers enforcing a curfew days after attacks on three nearby Christian villages.

Jos, which lies at the crossroads of Nigeria's Muslim north and Christian south, has been tense since raiders attacked the villages …

10 Mar 2010 description

ICRC News Release No. 10/36

Geneva/Abuja (ICRC) - In the wake of last Sunday's violent attacks south of Jos, in northern Nigeria, the Nigerian Red Cross Society is distributing food and water to about 5,000 displaced people (IDPs) who have taken refuge in various police stations in the area and to some 300 detainees.

An additional 3,000 people have fled from Jos to camps in the neighbouring state of Bauchi, where some 3,800 people displaced by violent clashes that occurred in January were already sheltered.

10 Mar 2010 description
report Chatham House

Expert Comment - 10 March 2010

Elizabeth Donnelly, Africa Programme Manager

Violent conflict in the city of Jos - and in much of Nigeria - is about rights, access to resources and access to power. In the latest attacks, more than 200 people have been killed at the hands of mobs armed with machetes. These atrocities follow a violent outbreak in late January when more than 300 people are thought to have been killed and are believed to be reprisal attacks.

09 Mar 2010 description

09 Mar 2010 17:32:40 GMT

By Nick Tattersall

LAGOS, March 9 (Reuters) - Uncertainty over Nigeria's presidential succession, violence along a major ethnic fault line, and the risk of fresh unrest in the oil-producing Niger Delta are clouding an otherwise bright investment outlook.

Africa's most populous nation remains a compelling frontier market for foreign investors but its volatile political climate, which poses risks to everything from oil production to banking reforms, means many remain on the sidelines for now.

Following are some of the factors investors are …

09 Mar 2010 description
report AlertNet

DAKAR (AlertNet) - "Let's escape from here and go back home," little Momodou Sakho mumbled to his mother as they waited to see specialists at the University Teaching Hospital in Senegal's capital Dakar.

The two-year-old wailed as he attempted in vain to push his mother into action, unaware that his polio was keeping him in one of the West African country's biggest hospitals.

In the next ward, another polio victim, three-year-old Momodou Ba struggled to his feet and walked over to comfort his new friend and namesake, Momodou.

Both toddlers were diagnosed in …

09 Mar 2010 description
report IRIN

DAKAR, 9 March 2010 (IRIN) - A polio vaccination campaign in the violence-wracked central Nigerian city of Jos has been delayed until 13 March due to the violence and an on-going health worker strike, aid workers said.

"We needed more time to plan because of the displacement that happened after the previous violence [in January] said Mathew Dabup, The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) polio immunization manager in Plateau State, which includes Jos.

IFRC has been conducting training for health workers who did not join the strike in Plateau …

09 Mar 2010 description

GENEVA (9 March 2010) - The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Tuesday that she was appalled by the latest massacre of hundreds of villagers in the region around Jos in northern Nigeria, and urged the national and local authorities to make a concerted effort to tackle the complex underlying causes of the tension and violence in the region.

The High Commissioner extended her deepest sympathy to the families of the dead and to the wounded from both this weekend's attacks, which some reports suggest may have killed as many as 500 people in three mainly Christian …

08 Mar 2010 description

The following is a statement from The Presbyterian Church of Nigeria (PCN) on the current crisis in that country. The PCN has a long history of partnership with The Presbyterian Church in Canada which will soon be releasing its own statement on the crisis in Nigeria.

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The Presbyterian Church of Nigeria

General Assembly Office, 26 - 29 Ehere Rd, Ogbor Hill

P. O. Box 2635, Aba, Abia State, Nigeria

PRESS RELEASE

8th March, 2010

Presbyterian Moderator Warns Against Full War in Jos

The Moderator of the General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, The Rt.

08 Mar 2010 description
report Human Rights Watch

Hundreds Killed by Mobs in Villages in Central Nigeria

(Dakar, March 8, 2010) - Nigeria's acting president should make sure that the massacre of at least 200 Christian villagers in central Nigeria on March 7, 2010 is thoroughly and promptly investigated and that those responsible are prosecuted, Human Rights Watch said today.

08 Mar 2010 description

Contexte général

Durant les deux dernières semaines il y a eu des accrochages ethno réligieux au Nord du Nigeria et un glissement de terrain en Ouganda. Les tensions socio politiques en Côte d'Ivoire et au Togo se sont apaisées. La crise chronique dans l'est de la RDC aussi bien que plusieurs épidémies continuent. Les Etats Membres reçoivent l'appui de l'OMS pour la réponse principalement à travers les clusters santé.