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Mobile Phone Warnings Set To Aid Climate-Vulnerable Somali Nomads

Mobile Phone Warnings Set To Aid Climate-Vulnerable Somali Nomads

In central Somalia’s Beledweyne district, families still reeling from food shortages and livestock deaths after another year of poor rains were surprised by a new disaster last month: brutal floods that completely submerged homes after the Shabelle River burst its banks. Across the district, 230,000 people were driven from their homes, the U.N. refugee agency […]

Jihadist Violence Putting “Generation At Risk” In Africa’s Sahel-WFP

Jihadist Violence Putting “Generation At Risk” In Africa’s Sahel-WFP

Jihadist violence in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso has forced nearly 1 million people to flee their homes, destroyed fragile agricultural economies and hobbled humanitarian aid efforts, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday. Groups with links to al Qaeda and Islamic State, once confined to lawless areas of northern Mali, have in recent […]

President Jovenel Moise Warns Of Humanitarian Crisis In Haiti, Calls For Support

President Jovenel Moise Warns Of Humanitarian Crisis In Haiti, Calls For Support

Haiti needs international support to tackle an unfolding humanitarian crisis, President Jovenel Moise said in an interview, two months into anti-government protests that have exacerbated food insecurity in the Americas’ poorest nation. Moise also told Reuters he was holding closed-door talks with civil society groups and the private sector, as well as radical and moderate […]

Global Sexual Health Summit : The Confusion

Global Sexual Health Summit : The Confusion

The United Nations and Kenyan government on Monday came under fire on the eve a global conference on sexual and reproductive health with Christian groups claiming to host the event was promoting abortion and homosexuality in the East African nation. More than 6,000 participants – including heads of state, government ministers, financial institutions, donors and […]

Women Now Constitute 52% Of Kagame’s Cabinet

Women Now Constitute 52% Of Kagame’s Cabinet

President Paul Kagame on Monday reshuffled cabinet, making changes in which women comprise 52 per cent, an increase from the 50 per cent women representation in the previous cabinet. The members of the cabinet have also increased from 26 to 27, as ministries and fully-fledged ministers also increased from 17 to 18, because of the […]

Gambian Women Testify About Sex Abuse Under Ex-President Jammeh

Gambian Women Testify About Sex Abuse Under Ex-President Jammeh

Speaking calmly through tears, in a hearing streamed live on YouTube, former beauty queen Fatou Jallow told how Gambia’s ex-president Yahya Jammeh locked her in a room and raped her. The 23-year-old’s testimony on Thursday concluded three weeks of public hearings dedicated to sexual and gender-based violence under Jammeh’s presidency, part of a broader probe […]

In Indonesia, ‘Bride Kidnapping’ Tradition Fuels Child Marriage Despite New Ban

In Indonesia, ‘Bride Kidnapping’ Tradition Fuels Child Marriage Despite New Ban

Fifteen minutes into their first date, Indonesian teenager Helma Yani received a marriage proposal from a boy she had just met. He spirited her away to a relative’s house and a month later, at age 17, they were married. Yani is one of nearly 1.5 million child brides in Muslim-majority Indonesia, which has the world’s […]

Migrants Released Amid Fighting In Libyan Capital Seek Refuge With UN

Migrants Released Amid Fighting In Libyan Capital Seek Refuge With UN

Hundreds of migrants were released on Tuesday from a detention centre in the Libyan capital Tripoli as heavy gunfire rang out across the city, witnesses and the United Nations said. At least 200 of the migrants made their way to a centre for processing resettlement cases set up in Tripoli by U.N. refugee agency UNHCR, […]

Nneka Abulokwe Awarded OBE By HM Queen Elizabeth II

Nneka Abulokwe Awarded OBE By HM Queen Elizabeth II

Digital governance and tech entrepreneur Dr Nneka Abulokwe has been awarded the distinction of Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The award, which is part of the 2019 Queens Birthday Honours List, was formalised today at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Abulokwe received her OBE […]

Doctors In Zimbabwe Launch Crowd Funding Initiative To Replace Salaries

Doctors In Zimbabwe Launch Crowd Funding Initiative To Replace Salaries

Striking doctors have set up a crowd funding initiative appealing for donations from the public after government denied them their October salaries. The health workers, who are pressing on with their job action which commenced over six weeks ago, on Thursday launched the initiative that they said will go some way to help the desperate […]