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Child sex abuse in Madagascar ‘widespread and tolerated’

UN News Centre - Africa - Thu, 17/02/2022 - 17:14
In Madagascar, child sex abuse is “widespread and tolerated” in tourist hotspots, UN-appointed rights experts said on Thursday.
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Swahili's bid to become a language for all of Africa

BBC Africa - Thu, 17/02/2022 - 01:12
With 200 million speakers there is a renewed push to make Swahili a common language for Africa.
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Africa’s Sahel region facing ‘horrendous food crisis’

UN News Centre - Africa - Wed, 16/02/2022 - 22:43
As the Sahel region “stares down a horrendous food crisis”, the UN emergency food relief chief warned on Wednesday that the number of people on the brink of starvation has “increased almost tenfold” over the past three years and “displacement by nearly 400 per cent”.
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South Sudan: ‘violence against aid workers must stop’, humanitarian coordinator urges

UN News Centre - Africa - Wed, 16/02/2022 - 18:32
The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan on Wednesday strongly condemned the continued violence across the country, which is affecting the safety of civilians and humanitarian workers, constraining humanitarian access, and disrupting the delivery of aid and services to thousands of vulnerable people.
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Somalia: Elections must be finalized amid worsening drought, Security Council hears

UN News Centre - Africa - Tue, 15/02/2022 - 20:42
Somalia’s leaders must put aside their differences and urgently conclude a credible election process, the UN’s senior official in the country told the Security Council on Tuesday, noting that national elections are now more than a year behind schedule and women’s representation remains significantly off-track.
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Nigeria's sleepless students trying to beat the Lagos traffic

BBC Africa - Tue, 15/02/2022 - 01:45
Nigeria's largest city is notorious for its traffic, which is having an impact on children's education.
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Nigeria's prisons problem: Former inmates reveal horrific experiences

BBC Africa - Tue, 15/02/2022 - 01:11
Joy’s husband died in custody after three years in prison. He was one of thousands of Nigerian inmates detained without trial.
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Chagos Islands: Mauritian flag raised on British-controlled archipelago

BBC Africa - Mon, 14/02/2022 - 22:19
The Chagos Islands, in the Indian Ocean, is controlled by Britain, but claimed by Mauritius.
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Mali Humanitarian Response Plan seeks $686 million

UN News Centre - Africa - Mon, 14/02/2022 - 21:02
The UN together with humanitarian partners on Monday, launched the 2022 Humanitarian Response Plan for Mali, seeking $686 million from donors to help 5.3 million of the most vulnerable people in the country.
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Guinea-Bissau's mystery deepens over drug-trafficking coup plot

BBC Africa - Sun, 13/02/2022 - 01:06
Some are questioning whether Guinea-Bissau's president was really the target of a coup attempt.
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Chagos islanders in emotional, historic trip home

BBC Africa - Sat, 12/02/2022 - 18:54
Andrew Harding boards a boat of Chagossians returning to the island the UK refuses to return to Mauritius.
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The hidden side of Ethiopia's brutal civil war

BBC Africa - Sat, 12/02/2022 - 01:09
The BBC gains rare access to the country, hearing from civilians caught in the crossfire.
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Mozambique: Sexual and reproductive health services boosted in wake of Storm Ana 

UN News Centre - Africa - Fri, 11/02/2022 - 21:14
Mozambique may have been spared by Tropical Cyclone Batsirai, but it is still reeling from the devastating impacts of Tropical Storm Ana. Humanitarians are continuing to support the country’s recovery, and the UN’s sexual and reproductive health agency, UNFPA is focusing on fortifying their services to support women and girls. 
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Radio Miraya builds trust in South Sudan, amid hate and disinformation

UN News Centre - Africa - Fri, 11/02/2022 - 17:40
Although internal conflict erupted within the world’s youngest country after independence in 2011, Radio Miraya, the news service launched by the UN Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan in 2005, has stuck fast to its original mandate of trying to bring the country together, becoming the most popular and trusted source of information in the country to this day.
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South Sudan: Political violence on the rise, UN rights experts warn

UN News Centre - Africa - Fri, 11/02/2022 - 17:08
UN human rights experts have warned of increased political violence and polarization between communities across the world’s youngest country, South Sudan, following a fact-finding visit there this week. 
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Madagascar: Emergency teams deploy to areas hit hard by deadly cyclone

UN News Centre - Africa - Thu, 10/02/2022 - 22:55
Humanitarians are continuing to support Madagascar in the wake of Cyclone Batsirai which hammered the island nation this past weekend, the UN said on Thursday. 
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Africa on track to control pandemic this year but vigilance is key: WHO

UN News Centre - Africa - Thu, 10/02/2022 - 17:36
Africa is on track to control the COVID-19 pandemic this year if current trends continue, but vigilance will remain key, the head of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) regional office said on Thursday. 
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Pa Sorie: The Sierra Leonean proud to have fought in World War Two

BBC Africa - Thu, 10/02/2022 - 01:37
Samuel Sorie Sesay, who died last month in Sierra Leone, fought for the British army in World War Two.
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UN’s top court orders Uganda to pay $325 million to DR Congo

UN News Centre - Africa - Wed, 09/02/2022 - 22:17
Uganda must pay the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) $325 million in reparations related to the brutal conflict between the two nations from 1998 to 2003, the UN’s highest court ruled on Wednesday. 
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Ethiopia in 'much better place' to resolve Tigray conflict: Mohammed

UN News Centre - Africa - Wed, 09/02/2022 - 22:12
On the last day of a five-day trip to Ethiopia, the Deputy Secretary-General said the East African nation is in “a much better place” to resolve the conflict that erupted 15 months ago in Tigray. 
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