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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Timeframe and venue for 2022 Russia-Africa summit to be determined soon: FM Lavrov

MOSCOW, April 14 (NNN-TASS) — The date and venue of the Russia-Africa summit in 2022 will be determined in the immediate future, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. The second [Russia-Africa] summit is expected to be held in an African country in 2022. “The venue and timeframe are to be determined in the immediate future via diplomatic channels,” Lavrov said. “Pursuing the aim of consolidating the Sochi success, upon the instructions of President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, the Russia-Africa Partnership Forum Secretariat was established at the Russian Foreign…

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West Darfur Clashes Trigger Mass Exodus into Chad

GENEVA – The U.N. refugee agency reports recent deadly ethnic and tribal clashes in Sudan’s West Darfur region have forced nearly 2,000 people to flee for their lives into neighboring Chad. A fresh eruption of violence on April 3 between Masalit and Arab tribes over land and water resources has killed scores of people, injured hundreds and displaced thousands. The deadly clashes in El Geneina, the capital of West Darfur, have forced 1,860 people to seek refuge in Chad in the past week. U.N. refugee spokesman Babar Baloch says most…

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Children’s voices critical for effective migration response

New study showcases the complex realities of migrant children and young people in the Horn of Africa (Florence, 13 April 2021) A new study highlights the importance of reframing the experience of children and young people based on their own motivations and lived experiences in order to adequately protect their rights. UNICEF Innocenti’s new report Reimagining Migration Responses: Learning from children and young people who move in the Horn of Africa captures the experiences of 1,290 migrant children and young people in Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan in an effort to…

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