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Sierra Leone: mass burial begins, 600 still missing

A seven-day national mourning commenced in Sierra Leone on Wednesday as the West African nation starts burying hundreds of victims of the mudslide that swept away homes on the edge of the capital Freetown on Monday morning. A coroner, Seneh Dumbuya, told Reuters that at least 400 bodies have been recovered, while the Red Cross […]

Liberia: U.N. calls for ‘credible and transparent’ 2017 polls

The United Nations (U.N.) Security Council on Wednesday called on stakeholders in Liberia to uphold peace during the general elections in the country later this year and ensure that the polls are ‘free, fair, credible and transparent.’ The Council tasked the government to put in place an election security plan which will see a transfer […]

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Tourism now contributes to about 8.5% to Africa’s GDP

African governments should make it easier and safer for Africans to travel within the continent and improve the tourism sector as it accounts for 14% jobs across the continent, the United Nations said in a new report. In the introduction to its Economic Development in Africa Report 2017 titled “Tourism for Transformative and Inclusive Growth”, […]

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CAR: UN calls for aid for civilians swept up in ‘new spiral of escalating violence’

Warning that violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) is quickly escalating, the top United Nations aid official in the country Thursday urged the international community to assist the tens of thousands of newly displaced civilians, the UN said in a press release. Speaking to representatives of UN Member States in Geneva, Najat Rochdi, the […]

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DRC: 4,600 people flee homes daily – UN

About 4,600 people flee their homes every day in the Democratic Republic of Congo as the political and humanitarian crisis deepens, the UN said on Monday. According to the United Nations humanitarian agency OCHA, 3.7 million people were displaced within the central African nation by the end of March – more than double the 1.6 […]

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Malawi raises legal marriage age to 18

Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika has officially banned child marriage this week after a two-year parliamentary process and subsequent approval in February. The constitutional amendment signed by the president raises the legal marriage age to 18.  The offense is now punishable by five years’ imprisonment and a fine of about $143. However, rights campaigners say it […]

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Tanzania expels UNDP head for “deteriorating performance”

Tanzania on Tuesday expelled the head of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in the East African nation for the “deteriorating performance” of her office. Awa Dabo, a Gambian national, suffered “poor relations with her work colleagues and UNDP management,” Tanzania’s foreign ministry said in a statement. “The government took this decision because Ms. Awa […]

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Kofi Annan calls world leaders to increase investment in food systems

Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called on World leaders to increase investment in developing countries and food systems in order to “produce more food with fewer resources”. Speaking at the 10th Forum for the Future of Agriculture in Brussels on Tuesday, Kofi Annan stressed that scientific discovery and sustainable solutions are crucial to […]

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Six aid workers killed in South Sudan

Six aid workers from a national non-governmental organization were killed when their convoy was ambushed Saturday while travelling along the Government-controlled area on the Juba-Pibor road, the United Nations mission in the country (UNMISS) has said. Their bodies were found on the road by other members of the convoy who were some way behind. “The […]

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CAR: Armed groups, UN forces occupy schools – HRW

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday said armed men and United Nations peacekeepers in Central African Republic have occupied schools, preventing pupils across the country from receiving an education. Central African Republic descended into chaos in 2013 when the mostly Muslim Seleka rebels overthrew the Christian president. The Christian anti-Balaka militia retaliated with a backlash […]

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