YAMBIO, South SudanMore than 200 children were released by armed groups in South Sudan on Tuesday. This was the second release of children in a series, supported by UNICEF, that will see almost 1,000 children released from the ranks of armed groups in the coming months. The first release of children took place in Yambio Town in early February, where more than 300 children were released to return to their families, or to UNICEF-supported care centres. This latest release of a further 207 children continues that effort and took place in a rural community called Bakiwiri, about an hour’s drive from Yambio, in Western Equatoria State. “No child should ever have to pick up a weapon and fight” said Mahimbo Mdoe, UNICEF’s Representative in South Sudan. “For every child released, toda
NAIROBI, KenyaThe rising number of people fleeing conflict and the arrival of thousands of migrants are overwhelming public health facilities in Niger, putting scores of families at risk including tens of thousands of malnourished children. More than 400,000 people including some 160,000 children suffering from malnutrition are now in need of emergency health services in Niger’s Diffa region. “Migrants living in Niger are very vulnerable and require a lot of support in many areas,” said Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, Regional Director for Africa at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) She adds “Unfortunately, they arrive in poverty-stricken areas where communities lack almost everything, increasing the risk of tensions between local peop
LONDON, United KingdomUK's Prime Minister Theresa May has had bilateral meeting with President Buhari of Nigeria at Downing Street today. The two leaders agreed that the UK and Nigeria were strong and enduring partners and that they will continue to champion the countries shared values of democracy, including the fight against corruption, and inclusive education. "We have a close and long standing defense and security cooperation with Nigeria, particularly on issues of regional security where are were working together to tackle the threat of Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa, including through a new £1 million package of counter IED equipment to protect troops and civilians in Nigeria." she remarks The Prime Minister also said that she was saddened that so many gi
NORTH DARFUR, SudanThe UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Commissioner of Refugees (COR) have welcomed the first convoy of 53 Sudanese refugees who have returned to Sudan after more than 14 years in exile, in eastern Chad. Accompanied by Deputy Representative of UNHCR in Chad and Commissioner for Refugees and other senior government officials in Chad, the returnees were warmly received by the Commissioner of Tina locality, the Commissioner of Refugees and UNHCR Representative in Sudan as well as leaders of local administration and community in Tina. Sudanese refugees fled to Chad following eruption of conflicts in Darfur in 2003 -2004. Many refugees have indicated their interest to return to Sudan with the stabilization and improvement of general security in Darfur. This re
GENEVA, SwitzerlandThe United Nations Working Group on the use of mercenaries is set to visit Chad for the first time starting from 16th to 23rd April. The delegation, will comprise Patricia Arias and Saeed Mokbil, who will be in the country to assess the activities of mercenaries and foreign fighters, and their impact on human rights. "They will examine the existing regulatory framework regarding private military and security companies." reads the statement from the delegation The Group will hold meetings in the capital, N’djamena, with Government officials, members of civil society and non-governmental organizations, particularly those working on human rights and humanitarian affairs. They will also meet members of the diplomatic corps and representatives of UN agencies.
BANGUI, Central African Republic Fresh violence has erupted in the city of Bangui, Central African Republic, forcing the trauma unit at a major hospital to be filled to capacity, where ambulances transporting the wounded have often been delayed because of street battles and barricades. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Central African Red Cross (CRCA) are providing emergency services following the eruption of violence in Bangui’s PK5 district on April 8. “Our 34-bed trauma unit at Bangui’s Community Hospital is completely full. We have set up a close surveillance room and another casualty ward. They are full as well. We have two tents ready to be put up in case of need. They can accommodate at least another 20 patients.”” said Marcelle Baltzinger
YAOUNDE, CameroonThe Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Matt DeCourcey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, has today announced over $27 million in funding to humanitarian partners to support people in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria. "Canada is providing assistance to address the critical needs of the more than 20 million people who are affected by drought, food shortages and ongoing conflict in the Lake Chad Basin." they said In Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria, millions of people are in need of life-saving assistance as a result of conflict, natural disasters and epidemics. Cameroon in particular, has more than half a million people who are displaced because of conflicts in the Lake Chad Basin and Central African Republic,
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...