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Coronavirus – Niger: 1.2 million children and young people were out of school because of COVID-19

Coronavirus – Niger: 1.2 million children and young people were out of school because of COVID-19

CORONAVIRUS, niger
Children in Niger run the highest risk in the world of not returning to school after COVID-19 lockdown measures are liftedLONDON, United Kingdom, July 27, 2020/ -- An additional 1.2 million children and young people were pushed out of school in Niger at the peak of the restrictive COVID-19 measures in the country, bringing the total number who were not receiving an education to 3.8 million[i].Although schools have now reopened, many of these pupils may never go back into education, Save the Children warned today. The organisation said the barriers in some parts of the country included insecurity and attacks on education, poverty, child marriage and child labour.Children in Niger run the highest risk in the world of not returning to school after COVID-19 lockdown measures are lif...
Coronavirus: Nigeria violence force 23,000 refugees into Niger in one month

Coronavirus: Nigeria violence force 23,000 refugees into Niger in one month

AFRICA, niger, Nigeria, REFUGEES
This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Ongoing violence in parts of north-western Nigeria forced an estimated 23,000 people to seek safety and security in Niger last month (April). This takes the total number of refugees fleeing that part of Nigeria to take sanctuary in neighbouring Niger to more than 60,000 since the first influx, in April last year. Since April 2019, people have fled relentless attacks by armed groups in the Sokoto, Zamfara and Katsina states of Nigeria. Most found refuge in Niger’s Maradi region Fearing and fleeing the same insecurity in the border areas, an additional 19,000 Niger nationals have become displaced inside their ...
Coronavirus – Niger: UAE sends medical aid to Niger in fight against COVID-19

Coronavirus – Niger: UAE sends medical aid to Niger in fight against COVID-19

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, niger, UAE
The United Arab Emirates today sent an aid plane containing six metric tons of medical supplies to Niger to bolster the country’s efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. The aid will assist approximately 6,000 medical professionals as they work to combat the virus. Commenting on the aid delivery, Amer Al Menhali, Charge d'Affaires of the UAE Embassy in Chad, stated, "Aid to Niger comes as part of the UAE’s efforts to ensure that medical professionals throughout Africa, especially those in the Sahel region, have access to the necessary personal protective equipment to enable their critical work on the frontlines of fighting COVID-19." To date, the UAE has provided more than 467 metric tonnes of aid to over 42 countries, supporting nearly 467,000 medical professionals in the proces...
Coronavirus – Niger: IOM Appeals for Funding to Continue Lifesaving Assistance to Stranded Migrants Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Coronavirus – Niger: IOM Appeals for Funding to Continue Lifesaving Assistance to Stranded Migrants Amid COVID-19 Crisis

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, niger, REFUGEES
Together with the ministries of Interior, Humanitarian Action, Health and Foreign Affairs in Niger, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) assisted 1,400 stranded Nigerien migrants after returning from Burkina Faso last weekend. They were mainly miners who fled violence last month in Burkina Faso's southern district. The Government of Niger agreed to open the border to facilitate this assisted voluntary return movement and requested IOM to support their nationals on a humanitarian site, managed by the Ministry of Humanitarian action, where they will complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine. By repurposing existing funds, IOM Niger prepared a site on the outskirts of the country's capital, Niamey. Over ten days, IOM erected over 500 shelters, built 40 latrines and showers a...
European Union (EU) funding supports WFP’s lifesaving operation in Niger

European Union (EU) funding supports WFP’s lifesaving operation in Niger

AFRICA, EUROPEAN UNION, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, niger, REFUGEES
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) provides food assistance to nearly one million people in Niger ROME, Italy, March 20, 2020/ -- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a €3.2 million (US$3.5m) contribution from the European Union, which will help provide lifesaving assistance to the most vulnerable people affected by hunger and violence in Niger. EU funding enabled WFP to reach refugees, internally displaced people and host communities in the conflict-affected regions of Maradi, Diffa, Tahoua and Tillaberi with food assistance. Humanitarian agencies and the government are scaling up emergency response in these regions, where tens of thousands of people have sought refuge and support after fleeing violence instigated by non...
WORLD: An Equal World is an Enabled World – Ambassador Eric P. Whitaker.

WORLD: An Equal World is an Enabled World – Ambassador Eric P. Whitaker.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, niger
Every March 8, the global community celebrates International Women’s Day to recognize the breadth of achievements of women in every domain that contribute to a better society for everyone.  This year’s theme, “Each for Equal,” draws on the notion that collectively and individually we can each help to create a gender equal world through our actions, conversations, behaviors, and mindsets. A gender equal world can be healthier, wealthier, and more harmonious.  The race is on for a gender equal government, gender equal media coverage, gender equal workplaces, gender equal sports coverage, more gender equality in health and wealth … so let’s make it happen by dedicating ourselves to women’s well-being, doing all that we can to help women lead healthy and productive li...
Lyca mobile expands global footprint with launch of services in Uganda

Lyca mobile expands global footprint with launch of services in Uganda

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KAMPALA, Uganda: Lycamobile, the world’s largest mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), announces this day that it has opened operations in Uganda. This development expands Lycamobile’s global network reach to 24 counties worldwide. Allirajah Subaskaran, Lyca Group Founder and Chairman (R), Ambassador V.Kananathan (middle) and at the launch of the above telecom Company in Uganda at Sheraton Thursday evenning 16th January,2020. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Uganda is one of the biggest destinations for telecoms business in Africa, characterized by discerning high utility consumers. It has approximately 25 million mobile phone users and a nationwide mobile penetration rate of 71%with Kampala alone accounting for over 50%. Lycamobile has established countrywide infrastruc...
89 Niger soldiers killed in jihadist attack on camp: govt

89 Niger soldiers killed in jihadist attack on camp: govt

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A jihadist attack on a military camp in western Niger three days ago left 89 soldiers dead, according to a new toll announced by the government on public radio Sunday. "After a thorough search, the toll has been established as 89 dead among friendly forces, and 77 dead for the enemy," said spokesman Zakaria Abdourahame. Three days of national mourning have been declared to honour the dead. The previous toll given for Thursday's attack on the Chinegodar camp was 25 soldiers killed.