Cameroon Separatists Turning to Cattle Rustling, Ranchers Say

BAFIA, CAMEROON – Cameroon authorities say anglophone separatists have stolen thousands of cattle from ethnic Mbororo ranchers since July, forcing them to move livestock hundreds of kilometers away to more secure areas. Authorities say the rebels’ cattle rustling appears to be motivated by food shortages. Forty-one-year-old Mbororo rancher Sule Kerla leads several hundred cattle to graze in the French-speaking village of Balamba, in central Cameroon, near Bafia town. He says the cattle belong to five Mbororo, an ethnic group of ranchers, by tradition, located mainly in Cameroon’s Northwest Region. But,…

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Collectively we need to do more to protect education from attack

Statement to High-Level Virtual Event to Commemorate the First International Day to Protect Education from Attack, Delivered by ICRC President Peter Maurer Excellencies, Congratulations to Your Highness Sheika Moza bint Nasser and the State of Qatar on your dedicated efforts to advance on this critical issue. This week I am traveling to the Sahel region to visit ICRC operations and discuss our humanitarian concerns with authorities. As in many violent places around the world, the children of the Sahel have suffered enormously during conflict, including the loss of their schooling.…

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West and Central Africa: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (1 – 7 September 2020)

REGIONAL FLOODS Heavy rains have been recorded in West and Central Africa in the past weeks, including in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Ghana, Niger, Mali, Nigeria, Republic of Congo and Senegal, leading to devastating floods that have killed dozens and displaced thousands of people. In Niger, 329,958 people had been affected by flooding with 65 deaths. About 31,960 houses have collapsed and 5,768 hectares of farmland destroyed. Maradi, Dosso, Tahoua and Niamey are the most affected regions. In 2019, at the same time, 35,384 people were affected across the country.…

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The African Risk Capacity (ARC) Group positions itself as a leader in disaster risk management in Africa

Dakar, September 9, 2020 – The African Risk Capacity (ARC) Group, a pan-African disaster risk management institution, organized a conference in Dakar today during which the new Group Director-General, and United Nations Assistant Secretary-General (UN-ASG), Mr. Ibrahima Cheikh Diong, and the CEO of ARC Limited, Mr. Lesley Ndlovu presented the institution, its strategy, its areas of activity and its impact on vulnerable populations across the continent. ARC was established in 2012 as a specialized agency of the African Union to help African countries better anticipate and manage natural disasters. As…

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IOM COVID-19: Impact On Points Of Entry – Bi-Weekly Analysis, 9 September 2020

Executive summary The current COVID-19 pandemic has affected global mobility both in terms of international mobility restrictions and restrictive measures on internal movement. To better understand how COVID-19 affects global mobility, IOM has developed a global mobility database to gather, map and track data on these restrictive measures impacting movement. This report provides a global perspective of the COVID-19-related measures and restrictions imposed by countries, territories and areas impacting cross-border movements, as well as the resulting effects on stranded migrants and other population categories. The information in this report relies…

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IOM COVID-19: Impact On Key Locations of Internal Mobility – Bi-Weekly Analysis, 9 September 2020

Executive summary The current COVID-19 pandemic has affected global mobility both in terms of international mobility restrictions and restrictive measures on internal movement. To better understand how COVID-19 affects global mobility, IOM has developed a global mobility database to gather, map and track data on these restrictive measures impacting movement. This report provides a global perspective of the COVID-19-related measures and restrictions imposed by countries, territories and areas impacting internal movements, as well as the resulting effects on stranded migrants and other population categories. The information in this report relies…

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Demonstrators in Bamako Show Support for Malian Junta

BAMAKO – Hundreds of people demonstrated in Mali’s capital on Tuesday in support of the junta that has seized power in a coup, as debate rages over the timeframe for the country’s return to civilian rule. Months of protests over the simmering jihadist insurgency, bloody ethnic violence and endemic corruption in the country boiled over when rebel troops arrested the president and took control on August 18. The protests were led by an opposition coalition called the June 5 Movement, and a new group calling itself the Popular Movement of…

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‘Octopus Teacher’ Lets Filmmaker Into Secret World

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – South African nature filmmaker Craig Foster was burned out. He had lost his passion for working on documentaries such as “Blue Planet 2.” To re-energize, he started free diving without an oxygen tank or wet suit near in the chilly waters off the Western Cape, where he’d grown up. The dives served as a form of therapy, comforting yet challenging the depths of his understanding of marine life. He remembered seeing indigenous San bushmen ply their tracking skills in southern Africa’s Central Kalahari Desert 20…

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