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From fighting with guns to fighting the pandemic

Sat, 30/05/2020 - 06:10
In countries suffering from conflict, readjusting to life in a peaceful society is a challenge, both for former fighters and the wider community. Since the spread of the COVID-19 crisis, the UN is having to refocus many of its programmes, aimed at reducing violence in communities, and rehabilitating combatants.
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First Person: The struggle to protect human rights in East Africa during the pandemic

Tue, 26/05/2020 - 08:05
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in East Africa, the UN Human Rights regional office, based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, has been contributing to the COVID-19 response of UN country teams in the region, by ensuring that human rights protection for vulnerable people is included in their plans. The head of the office, Nwanneakolam Vwede-Obahor, shared some of the challenges she and her colleagues are facing.
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Making education safe for children with albinism in Malawi

Tue, 26/05/2020 - 06:05
In Malawi, where children with albinism face attacks, and even ritual killings, going to school can expose them to life-threatening dangers. The UN is helping to make schools safer for these vulnerable students. 
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Mozambique school children face ‘catastrophic’ fall-out from COVID-19: a UN Resident Coordinator blog

Mon, 25/05/2020 - 06:05
School children in Mozambique are facing what a senior United Nations and World Bank official in the southern African country are calling “catastrophic outcomes” from the COVID-19 pandemic. By the UN Resident Coordinator in Mozambique, Myrta Kaulard, and Mark Lundell, World Bank Country Director.
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Heed ceasefire call, UN chief urges, marking Africa Day

Mon, 25/05/2020 - 02:05
African countries have “demonstrated commendable leadership” battling the COVID-19 pandemic, but more nations across the continent where conflict prevails, should heed the UN call for a global ceasefire to push back the deadly virus, said the Secretary-General on Monday.
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Victims of intercommunal violence in South Sudan deserve ‘justice, truth and reparations’: Bachelet

Fri, 22/05/2020 - 19:37
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Friday condemned a fresh wave of intercommunal violence in the world’s youngest nation, South Sudan, that has left hundreds dead across 28 villages in Jonglei State, according to local authorities. 
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Somalia looks to first full elections in 51 years, despite COVID-19 crisis

Thu, 21/05/2020 - 22:01
The consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic are acute for Somalia, but the Horn of Africa nation is doing what it can with the resources it has, even as it looks ahead to its first direct elections in a half-century, the top UN official in the country said on Thursday.
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Just hoping coronavirus will bypass Africa, would be a deadly mistake: Bachelet

Wed, 20/05/2020 - 19:13
Tens of millions of people in Africa could become destitute as a result of COVID-19 and its catastrophic impact on fragile economies and health systems across the continent, human rights chiefs from the United Nations and the African Commission warned on Wednesday. 
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Stand in solidarity to preserve Africa’s hard-won progress, urges UN chief

Wed, 20/05/2020 - 06:35
The coronavirus pandemic threatens the hard-earned gains Africans have made throughout the continent, the UN chief said on Wednesday, urging the world to stand in solidarity with the people, “now, and for recovering better”.
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Guterres encourages Member States to reach agreement over Ethiopian Nile dam project

Tue, 19/05/2020 - 22:38
UN chief António Guterres is encouraging Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan to persevere with efforts to overcome their differences and reach agreement on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
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'Alarming’ military build-up underway in Libya, as COVID-19 heightens insecurity

Tue, 19/05/2020 - 20:59
The civil war in Libya is in danger of intensifying as foreign intervention grows and the spectre of the COVID-19 pandemic adds to a deepening sense of insecurity, the head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) told the Security Council on Tuesday.
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AU and UN appeal for ‘stable and peaceful environment’ for Burundi elections

Sun, 17/05/2020 - 20:24
Ahead of presidential and local elections in Burundi on Wednesday, the African Union (AU) Commission and the United Nations (UN) urged the authorities to provide a safe and secure environment for citizens to cast their votes.
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UN welcomes arrest of top genocide suspect, Félicien Kabuga

Sat, 16/05/2020 - 20:50
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the arrest on Saturday of one of the world’s most wanted fugitives, his Spokesperson said in a statement.
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WHO seeking further details on staff expulsion from Burundi

Thu, 14/05/2020 - 22:21
The World Health Organization (WHO) was on Thursday seeking to clarify why authorities in Burundi have expelled its top official in the country and three other staff members, the UN agency’s Regional Director for Africa told journalists during a press briefing on COVID-19.
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Chad’s storytellers take COVID prevention messages off the grid

Tue, 12/05/2020 - 17:23
Traditional storytellers in Chad, known as troubadours, are taking life-saving messages to remote communities in the Sahelian country, as the Government steps up its efforts with the support of the UN to counter the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Battle ‘not yet over’ against locust invasions in East Africa and Yemen

Mon, 11/05/2020 - 18:00
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges, significant gains have been made against Desert Locust encroachment in East Africa and Yemen, with an estimated 720,000 tonnes of cereal saved from the swarms of migratory pests across 10 countries: enough to feed five million people a year, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Monday.
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UN peacekeepers killed in improvised explosive attack in Mali

Mon, 11/05/2020 - 16:38
Three UN peacekeepers from Chad were killed in northern Mali on Sunday when their convoy hit a roadside bomb near Aguelhok, in the restive Kidal region. The improvised device also seriously injured four others who are now receiving medical care, the UN Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) said in a statement. 
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Attacks on civilians, arbitrary arrests, top list of abuses in Libya: ICC Prosecutor

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 22:35
Unabated violence, particularly in and around the Libyan capital, has now been raging for more than a year, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) told the Security Council in a virtual briefing on Tuesday, warning that war crimes may have been committed.
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Food insecurity in West Africa could leave 43 million at risk as coronavirus hits

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 18:56
Well over 40 million people across West Africa face desperate food shortages in coming months, with COVID-19 restrictions a new factor adding to people’s vulnerability, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday.
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Sudan bans female genital mutilation, UNICEF vows to help support new law

Sun, 03/05/2020 - 01:21
The United Nations Childen’s Fund (UNICEF) welcomed the landmark move by Sudan’s transitional government this week to criminalize female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), with a three-year jail sentence for offenders.
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