UN Criticizes Sudanese Authorities’ Failure to Stop West Darfur Violence

GENEVA – The U.N. human rights office is urging Sudanese authorities to speed up the deployment of security forces to West Darfur, in an effort to protect civilians from ethnic and tribal clashes in the region. The latest resurgence of violence nearly one week ago has left more than 130 people dead and more than 200 injured, with thousands forced to flee their homes. This is the third eruption between Masalit and Arab tribes since former Sudanese dictator Omar-al-Bashir was ousted and a transitional government took power in April 2019.…

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West Africa faces worsening food crisis – Experts

ABUJA, April 9 (NNN-AFRICANEWS) — Nearly 20 million people face a food crisis in West Africa and the Sahel region as the vast area is torn by conflicts and the coronavirus pandemic, experts warned. The situation could worsen between June and August, with as many as 27 million people needing immediate food aid, or nearly one in 10 people in 14 countries, the experts said. In Nigeria alone, 12.8 million people could face a food crisis “or worse” this summer, according to the Food Crisis Prevention Network, which includes representatives…

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UN Makes Further Cuts in Food Rations for South Sudan Refugees, Displaced

JUBA , SOUTH SUDAN – The U.N.’s World Food Program (WFP) says it has been forced to further reduce rations for refugees and displaced people in South Sudan because of a lack of funding. It says 700,000 people this month will see rations drop to just half the recommended daily amount. Matthew Hollingworth, country director of the WFP in South Sudan, said the decision for the organization to reduce its food rations is a painful one, but necessary, because the it has not received enough contributions. He said South Sudan…

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