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East Africa locusts threaten food security across subregion, alerts UN agriculture agency

UN News Centre - Africa - Mon, 20/01/2020 - 20:54
Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are dealing with desert locust swarms of “unprecedented size and destructive potential” that could spill over into more countries in East Africa, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Monday.
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Libya: ‘Dire and untenable’ situation for tens of thousands of children in unrelenting conflict

UN News Centre - Africa - Fri, 17/01/2020 - 17:18
The world should not accept the “dire and untenable” situation facing children in wartorn Libya the head of the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, said on Friday.
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UN peacekeepers protecting hundreds displaced by Central African Republic fighting

UN News Centre - Africa - Wed, 15/01/2020 - 22:45
Fresh clashes in the Central African Republic’s southeast have driven some 400 people to seek shelter at a UN base there, the United Nations Spokesperson said on Wednesday.
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Implementing peace deal only path for stabilization in Mali: UN peacekeeping chief

UN News Centre - Africa - Wed, 15/01/2020 - 19:52
Implementation of the 2015 peace agreement in Mali provides the only pathway for stabilization there, the head of UN peacekeeping told the Security Council on Wednesday. 
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Sudan: Lives of traumatized, displaced women in West Darfur under threat

UN News Centre - Africa - Wed, 15/01/2020 - 19:11
Ongoing instability in Sudan’s West Darfur region has left the lives, health and safety of thousands of women hanging in the balance, according to the  United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA. 
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FROM THE FIELD: West Africa’s wishful gold prospectors

UN News Centre - Africa - Sat, 11/01/2020 - 06:15
The mining of gold in unregulated and often hand-dug pits in West Africa, can be a deadly occupation, but one which many impoverished people in the region are pushed into by necessity, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).   
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Killings and violence targeting ethnic group in DR Congo ‘may amount to crimes against humanity’

UN News Centre - Africa - Fri, 10/01/2020 - 17:34
The targeting of the Hema community in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with violence, including killings and rape, may amount to crimes against humanity, said the UN on Friday. 
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‘Unprecedented terrorist violence’ in West Africa, Sahel region

UN News Centre - Africa - Wed, 08/01/2020 - 19:22
The top UN official in West Africa and the Sahel updated the Security Council on Wednesday, describing an “unprecedented" rise in terrorist violence across the region.
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More international support needed to curb deadly measles outbreak in DR Congo

UN News Centre - Africa - Tue, 07/01/2020 - 22:34
Countries are being asked to step up assistance to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) which is facing the world’s worst measles epidemic, with more than 6,000 deaths since the start of last year. 
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Sudan: Intercommunal clashes displace tens of thousands in volatile Darfur region

UN News Centre - Africa - Tue, 07/01/2020 - 20:28
Around 40,000 have been displaced in Sudan’s West Darfur state in recent days, following intercommunal clashes, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Tuesday, citing Sudanese Government data.
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UN envoy appeals for other nations to ‘keep out of Libya’

UN News Centre - Africa - Mon, 06/01/2020 - 22:42
The top UN official in Libya has delivered a stern message urging other nations to stop intervening in the country’s ongoing crisis. 
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UN Libya Mission strongly condemns bombing of military academy, at least 30 dead

UN News Centre - Africa - Sun, 05/01/2020 - 18:21
The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), on Sunday strongly condemned the bombing of a military academy in the capital Tripoli, which according to news reports left at least 30 dead and more than 30 others wounded.
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Sudan urged to step up protection, restore peace, following West Darfur violence

UN News Centre - Africa - Fri, 03/01/2020 - 21:05
Authorities in Sudan are being urged to restore peace and order in the wake of intercommunal clashes in West Darfur state which erupted on Sunday and left 65 people dead, 54 injured, and thousands displaced.   
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Son of slain UN aid worker in South Sudan freed and reunited with father

UN News Centre - Africa - Fri, 03/01/2020 - 19:05
The abducted four-year-old son of a UN migration agency worker who was killed in South Sudan in October has been released and reunited with his father during an emotional reunion in the capital Juba on Friday.
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Libya: UN refugee agency deeply concerned by shelling near Tripoli facility

UN News Centre - Africa - Fri, 03/01/2020 - 17:26
Shelling near a major facility run by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Thursday, has sparked deep concern for the safety of refugees and asylum seekers there.
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18 people killed in military plane crash in W. Darfur

Sudan Tribune - Fri, 03/01/2020 - 07:35

January 2, 2020 (KHARTOUM) - 18 people were killed, including military personnel, judges and four children, after the crash of a military cargo plane, in El-Geneina airport.

The Antonov-12 cargo plane crashed minutes after taking off from the capital of West Darfur State, on Thursday evening, according to the Sudanese army spokesman Amer Mohamed al-Hassan.

The plane "crashed 5 minutes after taking off, resulting in the death of its 7-member crew," four officers and three other ranks, "in addition to three judges and eight civilians, including four children," said al-Hassan

The Russian four-engine plane crashed while it was heading back to Khartoum after transporting humanitarian assistance for the victims of the tribal clashes that erupted in El-Geneina on 29 December.

Last year several the Antonov-12 cargo planes crashed under similar circumstances shortly after taking off.

The Sudanese military spokesman gave no reason for the incident but said the crash will be investigated.

Sudanese Minister of Justice, Nasr al-Din Abdel Bari had to fly on the plane which crashed in El-Geneina but he missed the fight due to the ongoing investigations into the clashes.

Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok is still in El Geneiena as he continues to meet tribal leaders after the bloody tribal clashes.

(ST)

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S. Sudan's Kiir pardons activist Peter Biar, 29 other prisoners

Sudan Tribune - Fri, 03/01/2020 - 07:34

January 2, 2019 (JUBA) – South Sudan President Salva Kiir has pardoned jailed activist Peter Biar Ajak, renowned businessman Kerbino Wol Agok and 28 other inmates in a decree issued Thursday.

Kiir addresses a news conference inside his office in the capital Juba September 12, 2013 (Reuters photo)

The decree, read on the state-owned TV (SSBC), came a week after the South Sudanese leader promised while visiting Juba Central prison to free prisoners with good conduct.

On June 11, the High Court in Juba sentenced Biar to two year in jail for inciting violence and disturbing the peace over interviews he gave to the media during a stand-off between inmates and guards at the National Security Service (NSS) headquarters in October 2018.

Wol was handed a 10 year sentence for violating section 67, 72, 79 and 47 of the penal code of 2008.

The South Sudanese leader, in the latest decree, also pardoned inmates from Juba Central Prison as well as from Wau, Tonj, Kwajok and Torit state prisons.

In December last year, Community Empowerment for Progress Organisation (CEPO) appealed to the president to demonstrate reconciliation by not only pardoning jailed inmates with minor cases, but also pardon those with political implications like Biar and Wol, among other prisoners.

(ST)

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FROM THE FIELD: Facing up to crisis in Kassala

UN News Centre - Africa - Fri, 03/01/2020 - 06:50
An economic crisis in Sudan which has driven up food prices in the African country has contributed to an increase in the number of people needing aid; that’s according to the UN’s humanitarian affairs agency, OCHA. 
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Sudanese women demonstrate for gender equality, urge CEDAW ratification

Sudan Tribune - Fri, 03/01/2020 - 06:22


January 2, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - Thousands of women took to the streets of Khartoum calling for gender equality and the ratification of an international convention for women rights.

Sudanese women participated massively in the four-month protests that led to the collapse of the former president Omer al-Bashir whose Islamist regime oppressed women and confiscated their rights.

Sudan is one of only three countries (Iran, Somalia, Sudan) that has not ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

The demonstrators held national flags and banners calling for gender equality some of it read "The whole world except us. You ashamed us".

The demonstrators marched to the office of Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok where a women delegation handed over a letter co-signed by 46 civil society groups and 13 political parties calling for signing and ratification of CEDAW.

The letter seen by Sudan Tribune urges the government to sign and ratify the CEDAW during the transitional period to spare the coming generation of women falling again into "the clutches of repression, hardship, injustice, terrorism and exploitation".

"We strongly believe that the international legal framework will provide a legislative umbrella for the protection of women, in their diverse backgrounds, and will allow them to effectively participate in public life in a way that ensures justice and equity," further stressed the signatories.

Last November Sudanese women welcomed the repeal of Public Order Act, an archaic law policing women's behaviour introduced by al-Bashir's regime in 1996.

However, women's rights campaigners say they are not fairly represented in the government where they are only four women of 18 ministers.

They pointed to a recent list of nominees for governors saying it does not include a single woman.

But, the most important of them remain laws to protect women of female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage. Also, they raise child marriage as the Islamic personal status laws allow girls to be married once they hit puberty or, at the age of 10, with a judge's permission.

"These policies are demonstrated in the personal status laws, in the discrimination embedded in laws pertaining to work and freedom of movement, in the policies related to citizenship and records of births and deaths, in the health and economic policies, in the enrolment practices (...), and other discriminatory policies inherent in the structure of Sudanese state, which are still in force to this day," said the letter.

(ST)

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NAS hands over 23 persons to ICRC to reunite with families

Sudan Tribune - Thu, 02/01/2020 - 10:20

January 1, 2019 (JUBA) – The National Salvation Front (NAS) said it handed over 23 persons under is protection to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on December 31 to be reunited with their families.

Exiled South Sudanese rebel general Thomas Cirillo poses for a photograph inside his hotel room in Addis Ababa, on April 17, 2017 (Reuters photo)

NAS, in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune, said the 23 persons came under protection of their forces after allegedly being abandoned by South Sudan army (SSPDF) fleeing NAS counter offensives to the army in different Central Equatoria area locations.

“Due to the vastness of the area coupled with the insecurity situation caused by the ongoing SSPDF military offensives, the NAS command in the area relocated the civilians to safe locations causing the delay to reunite them with their families,” partly reads the statement.

It added, “All of them were in good health at the time of the hand over”.

The hold-out opposition movement thanked ICRC for its “patience, cooperation and effective coordination”.

Meanwhile, NAS reiterated its commitment to abide by international humanitarian law as well as human rights law that protect human life and dignity non-combatants and innocent civilians are protected.

(ST)

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