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...