UN Warns COVID-19 is ‘Roaring Back’ as Yemen Faces Famine

UNITED NATIONS – The U.N. humanitarian chief warned Thursday that the world’s largest humanitarian crisis in Yemen is getting even worse with the COVID-19 pandemic “roaring back” in recent weeks as the Arab world’s poorest country faces a large-scale famine. In a grim update to the U.N. Security Council, Mark Lowcock said tens of thousands of people already are starving to death, with another 5 million just a step behind. Lowcock added that March was also the deadliest so far this year for civilians, with more than 200 killed or…

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Africa’s Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Pass 4.38 Million: Africa CDC

ADDIS ABABA, Apr 16 (NNN-ENA) – The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa reached 4,383,168 as of yesterday, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), said. The Africa CDC, the specialised healthcare agency of the African Union (AU), said, the death toll from the pandemic stood at 116,727, while 3,933,939 patients across the continent have recovered from the disease. South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, Ethiopia and Egypt are among the African countries with the most cases in the continent, according to the Africa CDC. In terms of…

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WFP: Millions in West, Central Africa Facing Hunger Emergency

GENEVA – The United Nations World Food Program warns that millions of people in West and Central Africa are facing catastrophic levels of hunger driven by conflict and soaring food prices. More than 31 million people, an increase of 10 million over last year, are expected to be unable to feed themselves during the upcoming June to August lean season. This period precedes the next harvest and is the time of year when food stocks in West Africa are at their lowest. A U.N. food analysis found nearly 2.7 million…

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West and Central Africa — A Region on the Move: Mobility Trends in West and Central Africa (January — December 2020)

Migration is an integral part of life in West and Central Africa, a long tradition embedded in its historical, economic, social and cultural fabric. The region is a pivotal area of mobility, home to strong intraregional migration and, thanks to its strategic location at the crossroads, close exchanges with other regions. Home to an estimated population of 459 million, of which 43 per cent are under the age of 15, the region hosted 9,5 million international migrants in 20203. Diverse economic opportunities throughout the region, seasonal and circular movements and…

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Concluding Financing for Development Forum, Ministers Reaffirm Commitment to Strengthen Multilateral Cooperation, Solidarity in Combating Ill Effects of COVID-19

Economic and Social Council 2021 Session, Forum on Financing for Development, 3rd Meeting (AM) Equitable, Affordable Vaccine Access for All Key to Global Recovery, Outcome Document States, Highlighting Disproportionate Impact on Developing Countries Ministers and other high-level officials concluded the 2021 Forum on Financing for Development Follow-up today, reaffirming their commitment to strengthen multilateral cooperation and solidarity to combat COVID-19’s frustration of global implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, tenuous even before the unprecedented crisis exacerbated existing ones. “We are now facing a multidimensional health and socioeconomic crisis…

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More Than 100 Chibok Girls Still Missing Seven Years Later

ABUJA, NIGERIA – Nigeria’s government has vowed to rescue 112 former schoolgirls believed to remain in Boko Haram captivity since they were kidnapped by the militants from the town of Chibok seven years ago. A statement titled “Chibok Girls Still on Our Minds” was released by the presidency Thursday as Nigeria marked the anniversary of the kidnapping in Borno state. But parents and advocates accuse authorities of negligence and making empty promises. “Seven years down, we’re still asking for accountability and closure on 112 of them?” said Allen Manasseh, the…

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Kidnap Victims Need Aid Beyond Rescue, Experts Say

In Nigeria’s restive northern region, kidnappings have become all too common, with schoolchildren among the primary targets. Federal and state governments say they focus on ensuring abductees’ safe release and return, but a chorus of health experts and others say support for those abductees shouldn’t end there. Victims need specialized physical and psychological rehabilitation to reintegrate into their communities and to overcome stigma, independent experts working with the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said in a news release March 3, a day after the release of…

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A Decade of Developments in Peace Operations

Since the end of World War II, states and international organizations have deployed nearly 200 peace operations involving military contingents, and they remain the principal international mechanism for managing armed conflict. A closer look at the last decade of peace operations—from 2010 to 2020—highlights ten macro-level trends which can help us understand some of the key priorities, challenges, and where peacekeeping might be heading next. First, there’s been a major increase in quality scholarship about peace operations, particularly United Nations “blue helmet” missions. There’s now a stronger evidence-base for understanding…

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