Cameroon’s Media Community Mourns Killing of Radio Journalist

YAOUNDÉ, CAMEROON — Cameroon journalists are calling for an investigation and say their profession is in danger after a popular radio host investigating government corruption was found dead. On his radio program two weeks ago, Cameroonian journalist Martinez Zogo said he had information that people involved in corruption wanted him dead. Then, on January 17, Zogo, the director of the urban radio station Amplitude FM, was abducted, prompting fears for his safety. On Sunday, Zogo’s body was found. Government spokesperson Rene Emmanuel Sadi said that it showed signs of torture…

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Clerics in Somalia Vow to Counter Al-Shabab

MOGADISHU, SOMALIA — More than 300 Muslim clerics meeting in Somalia’s capital this week have declared their support for the government’s war against the Islamist militant group al-Shabab. The clerics issued their declaration following a four-day conference of Muslim scholars that ended Thursday with the formation of a Supreme Council. It was the first time in years that Somali clerics from all sects of Islam came together to denounce terrorism. Even the conservative Wahhabi sect, which has been accused of sympathizing with al-Shabab, participated. The coming together of Somali clerics…

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South Africa Battles Drownings With Survival Pools

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA — A red shipping container lies in a school playground in a small South African town. The imposing steel structure has an unexpected function: to help save youngsters in a country gripped by an epidemic of drownings. Within it is a swimming pool — the only one within 25 kilometers — where children will learn the basics of how to stay afloat. South Africa has thousands of kilometers of beaches, and in rich neighborhoods, swimming pools dot the gardens. Yet just one South African in seven…

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WFP welcomes major donation of €65.5 million from the European Union in Eastern and Southern Africa to address the unprecedented global food crisis in eleven countries

NAIROBI / JOHANNESBURG – An essential and timely contribution of €65.5 million from the European Union, received through its Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO), has been immediately put to work by WFP to address the unprecedented needs caused by the global effects of the war in Ukraine, climate shocks, conflict, and economic pressures. The special funding was welcomed by WFP for its operations in DRC, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. “The number of severely hungry people in countries across Eastern and Southern Africa hit new…

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Sustainable Peace Cannot Be Built Where Rights of Women Are Ignored, Says Deputy Secretary-General, at Security Council Open Debate

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s remarks at the Security Council open debate on peacebuilding and sustaining peace, in New York today: I would like to start by expressing my gratitude to Japan for hosting this debate. Peace is the core mission of the United Nations.It is our raison d’être.This mission is now under grave threat. People’s sense of safety and security is at a low in almost every country, with six in seven worldwide plagued by feelings of insecurity.The world is facing the highest number of violent conflicts…

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Lebanon: Victims’ Families Despair as Blast Suspects Freed

(Beirut) – Lebanon’s general prosecutor on January 25, 2023, ordered the release of all suspects detained in connection with the catastrophic explosion in Beirut’s port on August 4, 2020, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today. The unprecedented move amid rampant political interference bypasses the ongoing criminal investigation into the explosion. To help secure a path toward truth and justice for the victims, the United Nations Human Rights Council should urgently pass a resolution to create an impartial fact-finding mission into the Beirut port explosion. “Lebanon may be leaderless,…

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Türk: Greater effort is needed to broaden support for human rights

Launching a year-long initiative to mark the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and urging United Nations Member States to renew their commitment to realizing the ideals of that historic document , Human Rights Chief Volker Türk has launched an appeal to raise $452 million to support and expand the work of his Office by 2023. “To renew our determination to bring the words of the Universal Declaration to life […] we have to guarantee economic, social and cultural rights on an equal footing with civil…

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South Africa – 2023 IFRC network country plan (MAAZA003)

The South African Red Cross Society was admitted to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in 1919. It was established in 1921 by the Parliament of South Africa as a voluntary humanitarian relief and development organization, and an auxiliary to the public authorities in the humanitarian field. The National Society’s goal is to alleviate human suffering and assist people in need. The South African Red Cross is a key partner of the Government of South Africa, in times of peace and crisis, and seeks to…

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