SUICIDE BOMBER KILLS TWO IN ATTACK ON MARKET
A suicide bomber killed two people and wounded five in an attack on a market in the northern town of Mora, Far North region, on 25 December. Suicide bombers suspected of belonging to the militant group Boko Haram have launched attacks in Mora, about 30 km from the Nigerian border, several times before. The frequency of attacks in Cameroon has fallen since September.
UN MISSION IN LIBERIA MANDATE EXTENDED
The UN Security Council on 23 December extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) until 30 March 2018. UNMIL’s mandate includes civilian protection, advising Liberia on the reform of justice and security institutions, supporting the Government in carrying out the promotion, protection and monitoring of human rights, as well as efforts to combat sexual and gender- based violence. The Security Council also called on the Governments of Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire to continue their cooperation and support the voluntary return of refugees in safety and dignity.
PRESIDENT VOWS TO STAY IN POWER
President Jammeh on 21 December said he will not step down as requested by ECOWAS, complicating further the country’s post election crisis. The president rejects his defeat against opposition candidate Adama Barrow in the 1 December poll. The Supreme Court will hear a case brought by his party to cancel the result on 10 January. The political impasse is beginning to affect civilians, as The Gambia Chambers of Commerce and Industry has voiced concerns about the adverse economic effects.
DOZENS KILLED IN PROTESTS
Over the past week, the UN Joint Human Rights Office in the DRC has documented at least 40 killings of civilians in Kinshasa, Lubumbashi, Boma and Matadi, mainly of people protesting against President Kabila’s refusal to step down at the official end of his mandate on 19 December. The government has said President Kabila would remain in office until elections can be organised in 2018. The opposition demands a clear commitment from Kabila not to run for a third term and an election date in 2017. The Catholic Church, mediating talks between the opposition and the ruling party, had requested a solution by Christmas. No agreement has been reached on any of the points.
AT LEAST 49 KILLED IN NORTH-KIVU
In eastern DRC, at least 35 civilians have been killed in North Kivu province in militia attacks since 22 December. The escalating attacks caused by ethnic rivalries and the intrusion of rebels have mourned a region often affected by violence. Massacres by rival militia in North Kivu have killed dozens this year.
SUCCESSFUL EBOLA VACCINE DEVELOPED
An experimental Ebola vaccine tested on nearly 6,000 people has reportedly provided substantial protection against the lethal virus. Results published in The Lancet medical journal show that all those vaccinated were free of the virus 10 days later. In a group of the same size not vaccinated, 23 later developed Ebola. The vaccine is now being fast-tracked for regulatory approval and could be available by 2018. In the world’s worst epidemic of the virus, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa killed over 11,000 people.
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