Cameroon Says Explosives Planted by Separatists Killed 5, Including Female Journalist

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON – Officials in Cameroon have ordered the military to hunt down separatist fighters whom authorities blame for planting bombs that killed four soldiers and a female journalist. The attack also injured three others. Deben Tchoffo, governor of Cameroon’s North West region, says at about 1 am on Wednesday, roadside bombs exploded near a convoy of government officials being escorted by the military. Tchoffo says the delegation was returning to the town of Mbengwi from the Njikwa and Andeck districts, where the officials went to officially install administrators recently…

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Cameroon Says Elephants Killed 10, Leaving Many Homeless and Hungry

YAOUNDA, CAMEROON – Rampaging elephants have killed at least 10 people, destroyed plantations and left hundreds homeless on Cameroon’s northern border with Nigeria. The government of the central African state says people have moved into the elephants’ habitat, sparking conflict. Scores of villagers watch and shout as over a hundred elephants trample millet farms in the suburbs of Cameroon’s northern town of Kaele. Dourougar Mussa, a community leader in Kaele, says the elephants have been destroying farmlands and houses in the area since November. No one should attack and provoke…

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African Continent to Soon Receive First COVID Vaccines, Health Officials Say

JOHANNESBURG – A ray of hope emerged Thursday for the Rainbow Nation, which has seen a massive spike in confirmed COVID-19 cases, as South Africa’s health minister announced a large shipment of vaccines is coming this month. Zweli Mkhize said the country will receive one million vaccine doses by the end of January, and another half million in February, both from the Serum Institute of India. The first doses, he says, will go to health workers. Mkhize acknowledged that South Africa’s vaccine acquisition was delayed because the nation was unable…

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Synthesis Report on the state of food and nutrition security and vulnerability in Southern Africa 2020, December Update

Executive summary COVID-19 and the lockdown continue to have a disastrous impact on food and nutrition security in Southern Africa. The lockdown delayed NVAC assessments in several Member States, allowing only a partial analysis in the July Synthesis Report and necessitating this update to provide a fuller picture. Currently, close to 51.3 million people in both urban and rural areas of Southern Africa are food insecure, the highest number ever recorded by the SADC RVAA Programme, and this figure does not fully factor in the impacts of COVID-19. Based on…

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West and Central Africa: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (30 Dec – 06 Jan 2021)

REGIONAL MILLIONS OF CHILDREN AT RISK OF NUTRITION CRISIS The combination of ongoing conflicts, climate change and the COVID-19 Is putting millions of children in crisis hotspots at risk of acute malnutrition, UNICEF warned. In Nigeria, 800,000 children are expected to suffer from acute malnutrition this year, including nearly 300,000 from severe acute malnutrition and at imminent risk of death. The deteriorating situation in the Central Sahel could take the total number of malnourished children to 2.9 million, including 890,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition. UNICEF has called on…

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Global Humanitarian Overview 2020 Monthly Funding Update – 31 December 2020

Global Humanitarian Overview 2021 The Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO) for 2021 was launched on 2 December 2020 in Geneva, with subsequent presentations on the same day in Berlin, Brussels, London and Washington D.C. The 2021 GHO requirements – $35 billion – are the highest ever. The UN and partner organizations aim to help 160 million of the 235 million most vulnerable people who face hunger, conflict, displacement, and the impacts of climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic in 56 countries. This year, the GHO is presented on a dedicated and…

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DAFI Programme in West & Central Africa: 2020 Highlights

Higher education is a priority outlined in the Education 2030: A Strategy for Refugee Education, forming an integral part of UNHCR’s protection and solutions mandate. The DAFI (Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative) scholarship programme offers qualified refugee and returnee students the possibility to earn an undergraduate degree in their country of asylum or home country. UNHCR’s goal is to increase refugee enrolment in higher education from the current 3% to 15% by 2030 (15by30). Learn more about the DAFI Programme and the 15by30 Roadmap. Source: UN High Commissioner for…

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Guinea Bissau: African Development Fund approves $9.8 million to Guinea-Bissau for COVID-19 relief and resilience

The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund have approved a $9.8 million grant to Guinea Bissau for its national Control Support Project (PALPC), aimed at reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus and boosting the resilience of health system and communities, especially the most vulnerable. Guinea Bissau has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic which has led to food shortages, economic pressure and reduced livelihood opportunities in the West African nation. The PALPC operations will target particularly vulnerable households, including those headed by women, and the poorest communities.…

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