Central African Republic rebels seize Bangassou, says UN

BANGUI, Jan 4 (NNN-AGENCIES) —Rebel forces have seized a south-eastern city in the Central African Republic, an official from the country’s United Nations mission says. The rebels staged a dawn raid and were now everywhere in Bangassou, the official said, adding that fighting is continuing in several parts. A rebel coalition has attacked several towns in recent weeks, and currently controls two thirds of the country. They accuse the government of holding a fraudulent election on Dec 27. The government has denied allegations of poll rigging. Initial results of the…

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AfCFTA will revive coronavirus-hit Africa – Ghana’s Pres Akufo-Addo

ACCRA, Jan 4 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), will put African countries back on track after being hit by coronavirus pandemic. According to him, the African trade deal will be a game-changer because it has the potential to stimulate intra-Africa trade Addressing the first African Continental Free Trade Area webinar, President Akufo-Addo said, Africa, is poised for inclusive and sustainable development. “We are determined to enter into a new era of industrialization and have access…

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Red Cross officially activates anticipatory actions ahead of Cyclone Chalane in Mozambique

In anticipation of Cyclone Chalane’s potential landfall on Wednesday in Mozambique, the Mozambique Red Cross, with the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and German Red Cross has activated its recently approved Early Action Protocol for Cyclones, with a series of preparedness actions to minimise the cyclone’s impact on communities. Forecast-based Action is a new form of Red Cross readiness and preparedness actions. It is governed by an ‘Early Action Protocol’, consisting of a preparedness phase with the strategic prepositioning of materials that…

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UNHCR Ethiopia COVID-19 and Operational Update 14 December 2020

796,437 Refugees and asylum seekers as of 30 November 2020 38,830 Handwashing facilities in camps 2,509 Health and community workers trained COVID-19 Operational Context As of 20 November 2020, the Ethiopian Ministry of Health (MoH) reported 102,720 coronavirus (COVID19) cases and 1,569 in the country. Ethiopia is currently registering the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases in the Horn of Africa. COVID-19 Prevention and Response The Government’s Agency for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA) and UNHCR, together with the Regional Health Bureaus and other health partners continue to reinforce their response…

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