MADRID, Spain An intense week of exchange of experiences and capacity building linked to wildlife and biodiversity protection has taken place in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The regional initiative that lies under the framework of the UNWTO/Chimelong Programme on Wildlife and Sustainable Tourism includes the Declaration of Kinshasa that addresses poaching and carbon footprint as major concerns of the sector. The Regional Conference served to summarize the itinerary training workshops conducted throughout 2017 which encouraged local communities and tourism stakeholders to act as champions of biodiversity conservation and environmental protection. "More than 120 people were trained last year from Niger, Gabon, Benin, Guinea and Democratic Republic of...
BAMAKO, Mali Being vaccinated against potentially fatal diseases like diphtheria, measles, whooping cough, meningitis, pneumonia, yellow fever, and others is a rite of passage for many children around the world. But in northern Mali’s vast desert region of Kidal, where insecurity, isolation, and limited health infrastructure hinder access to care for many communities, protecting children from these illnesses can be difficult. After opening projects in the area in 2015, teams from Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) began to notice that many children from the region’s nomadic communities had not been immunized against common illnesses for several years. In response, in January 2018 MSF launched a campaign in cooperation with local authorities and the Ma
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
KHARTOUM, Sudan After more than 10 years of hosting Chadian refugees in Central Darfur, Mukjar refugee camp in Central Darfur is set to close, as the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Commissioner of Refugees (COR) assisted the last refugees to return to their home country. On Friday 6 April 2018, over 500 Chadian refugees still living in Mukjar camp were provided with return packages and transportation to a reception center in Eastern Chad, where UNHCR and the Government of Chad will provide further assistance for reintegration. UNHCR and COR are now making the final arrangements to hand over the land and camp facilities to local authorities and the host community. UNHCR extends its appreciation to the Government of Sudan and residents of Darfur for welcoming and hosting...
KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo The attackers wore masks and used axes, machetes, and guns to slaughter civilians in the strife-torn Ituri province of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), says Areiti, a mother of seven children. The morning the violence came to her village of Joo, she had no time to prepare her family’s escape. “I saw how they were killing people,” the 37-year-old says. “They cut people with axes and they slaughter with machetes. You cannot see them clearly because they are running after you. They attacked our village before Christmas, and we spent Christmas in the bush.” After escaping, Areiti and her children braved the journey to the shores of Lake Albert. And like some 57,000 other people who have fled renewed violence in eastern DRC since mi
MAPUTO, Mozambique: Africa’s premier art competition for young artists, L’Atelier is renowned for its standout, memorable campaigns that push the bounds of creativity while exploring fundamental aspects of the artistic process and journey. This year will be no different, with L’Atelier literally bringing artworks to life on the streets of Maputo. Everyday Mozambicans will get a front row seat to this creative spectacular, which will fuse the highly evocative disciplines of contemporary visual art, live drumming and interpretative dance in one explosive performance on Friday , 23 February at CFM – Praca dos Trabalhadores between 12:00- 13:00; Mercado do Peixe – Avenida de Marginal -Nucleo De Arte- Mercado do Feima – Avenida Martires da Machava (Rua da Argelia, 194 [2
Gayaza,Uganda By Ronald Kabuubi/Kmaupdates. South Africans in Ugandan recently celebrated Mandela day in Kiteezi Communities in Gayaza, a few Kilometers from Uganda’s Capital, Kampala. Led by their High Commissioner H.E Major General, Prof. Lekoa Solly Mollo,the staff of the South African Embassy in Kampala, decided to engage in 67 minutes Volunteer activities in Kiteezi Primary School along Gaba road. The activities were: -Planting of fruit trees by High Commissioner and the Headmaster. -Commissioning of Water by High Commissioner and the Headmaster -Handing over of donations to the Headmaster by the High Commissioner and Headmaster Lady teacher receiving Sanitary-ware for the girl Child. According to South Africa’s Ambassador to Uganda ,Major General