BOR, South Sudan With the gripping water shortage Pervading South Sudan, the United Nations high Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has handed over a water reservoir (Hafir) to the community in Jonglei State to provide safer, accessible and more reliable water to more that 41,000 residents in the six villages surrounding Bor town, the capital of Jonglei. The hafir, the local name for water reservoir, is a small lake constructed in low lying areas to allow water to be stored during rainfall events and used for domestic water supply and for agricultural purposes in rural areas. UNHCR is working closely with different partners and local authorities to make a positive difference Ayen Alier, a resident, and a mother of four children, is happy about the new hafir.
Washington DC, USA Uganda Christian University(UCU) has emerged the second best African university in the just concluded 2018 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition that test a law student’s comprehension of principles of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law among Universities globally. The Church of Uganda founded University also secured a place among the world’s top 50 universities in this prestigious competition which is held annually in Washington DC, USA. According to the final team rankings, UCU was the second best African team after University of Pretoria, which won all its four rounds becoming the best in Africa and the 5th globally. UCU won three out of the four rounds and was the second best in Africa and 47th globally out of the 121
ADDIS ABABA, EthiopiaRt Hon Mark Lancaster MP, Minister of State for the Armed Forces of UK has visited East Africa to witness the full spectrum of UK Defence activity across the region. During his tour he visited Rwanda, Somalia, Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia. Mr Lancaster’s visit to Ethiopia focused on where the UK and Ethiopia work together on peacekeeping. From mission specific training to a large peacekeeping deployment, the minister has seen the breadth of the UK’s role in Africa. In Somalia, the minister saw the AU’s highest priority mission. In Kenya, he visited the UK’s primary training facility in Africa, whilst in South Sudan he was able to meet members of the largest deployment of UN peacekeepers, and in Rwanda he saw further key aspects of the UK’s defence en
NEW YORK, United States of America The UN Secretary General has condemned the killing of a Rwandan peacekeeper and the wounding of eight others of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) that happened on 10th April, in Bangui during an exchange of fire with armed elements. The incident follows a joint operation launched on 8 April by MINUSCA and the Central African forces and police to disarm and arrest heavily armed criminal groups. "We offer our deepest condolences to the family of the bereaved, as well as to the Government of Rwanda, and We do, wish the injured a swift recovery." remarks the UN Secretary General The Secretary General recalls that attacks against United Nations peacekeepers m
NEW YORK, United States of America The UN Security Council has called upon the negative forces to end the recurring cycles of instability in Africa's great Lakes region. “The negative forces, including the Allied Democratic Forces, continue to attack and terrify the population, causing suffering and displacement, and fuelling mistrust between the countries of the region,” said the Special Envoy for the Great Lakes, Said Djinnit. The UN has long been engaged in efforts to bring peace and stability to the vast region, stretches across Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. It has been plagued by decades of political instability and armed conflicts, porous borders and humanitarian crises, as well as tensions over natural r
NEW YORK, United States of America The members of the Security Council have met to discuss the situation in the Great lakes region, five years after the signature of the Peace, Security and Cooperation (PSC) Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Region. They were briefed by Mr Said Djinnit, Special envoy of the Secretary General for the Great Lakes, and Amb. Raymond Serge BALE, permanent representative of the Republic of Congo, as chair of the PSC Framework Regional Oversight Mechanism. ''The PSC Framework remains an essential mechanism to achieve durable peace and stability in the DRC and the Region. We call on all signatories to fulfill promptly, fully and in good faith their respective commitments under this Framework in order to address the root...
KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo 24-years ago on April 7, 1994, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) teams in Kigali witnessed the city descend into violence. These were the first days of what would go on to become known as the Rwandan genocide, during which more than a million people lost their lives, including MSF staff. The crisis that engulfed the country also spilled across the border, forcing refugees into neighboring DRC, Uganda and Burundi. Among those who lived through the tragedy were young people who would decades later become fieldworkers for MSF. Claudia Kanyemera, Dominique Mukunzi and Innocent Maniraruta first encountered MSF as an organization providing medical care and assistance to people fleeing the violence in Rwanda. Today, they share the experiences that