Africa 

UNHCR recommends the end of refugee status for Ivorians by June

“In light of the fundamental and durable changes in Côte d’Ivoire, I am pleased to recommend a general cessation of refugee status for Ivorian refugees to take effect on 30 June 2022”, said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi. Tens of thousands in waiting According to data available to UNHCR, there are approximately 91,000 Ivorian refugees and asylum seekers around the world. Brice Kouewon, 34, has spent a third of his life as a refugee in Liberia. He first left Côte d’Ivoire🇨🇮 for over a decade with his parents…

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Guterres criticizes ‘unprecedented expulsion’ of staff from Ethiopia; calls for focus on saving lives

Mr. Guterres was addressing the Security Council, where he briefed on the growing needs in the north, stemming from the war in the Tigray region. In the face of the immense crisis, the UN chief said all efforts should be focused on saving lives and avoiding a massive human tragedy. ‘Unprecedented expulsion’ “This makes last Thursday’s announcement by the Government of Ethiopia to expel seven senior UN officials – most of them humanitarian staff – particularly disturbing,” he told ambassadors. The “unprecedented expulsion” is deeply concerning, he said, “because it…

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Violence, aid access, continues to obstruct humanitarian effort in DR Congo

For Bintou Keita, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO), food insecurity and cyclical epidemics are major concerns.  Attacks on schools and hospitals have also exacerbated humanitarian challenges in several parts of the east, particularly Ituri.  With over 5 million internally displaced people, the country has the highest number of internally displaced people on the African continent. More than 26 million Congolese also suffer from food insecurity, about 29 percent of the population.  Addressing the Council Members, Ms. Keita urged them to increase their contributions to the 2021 Humanitarian Response Plan, that asks for $1.98…

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Landmark report highlights untapped potential of Africa’s film industry

The African Film Industry: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities for Growth is the first-ever mapping of the sector, which currently employs some five million people and accounts for $5 billion in GDP across Africa. Making creativity viable Audrey Azoulay, the UNESCO Director-General, presented the report in Paris alongside esteemed filmmakers Abderrahmane Sissako and Mati Diop. “This landmark publication reflects on the importance of strengthening international cooperation to enable all countries, in particular developing countries, to develop cultural and creative industries that are viable and competitive both nationally and internationally,” she said.…

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Tigray: Food aid reaches Afar and Amhara, but situation still ‘dire’ 

However, distributions of supplies into Tigray are lagging behind due to various impediments to the movement of humanitarian aid, the UN agency warned.  7 million in dire need  “It is absolutely vital that we have the full cooperation and support of all parties to the conflict so that we can reach all affected populations with urgently needed food assistance before we have a humanitarian catastrophe on our hands across all of northern Ethiopia,” said Tomson Phiri, WFP spokesperson.  “Up to seven million people across the three regions (Tigray, Amhara and…

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Children ‘indoctrinated’ to fight for insurgents in Mozambique: UNICEF

The warning from UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, came as aid access improved to previously inaccessible areas in Cabo Delgado province. “Unverified video material secured by armed forces in an abandoned training camp apparently shows abducted children as young as five handling weapons and being indoctrinated to fight,” said UNICEF spokesperson James Elder. Under the occupation of al-Shabab militia, the gas-rich region witnessed one of the world’s fastest-growing displacement crises, UN humanitarians have said. Speaking to journalists during a regular briefing in Geneva, Mr. Elder added that other reports about young…

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UN chief condemns attack on UN peacekeepers in Mali

António Guterres expressed his deep condolences to the family of the victim, as well as the Government and people of Egypt, wishing a speedy recovery to the injured peacekeepers serving with the UN Stabilization Mission for Mali (MINUSMA). The Secretary-General strongly condemns the improvised explosive device attacks today against a @UN_MINUSMA convoy near Tessalit, Kidal region. A peacekeeper from Egypt was killed and four others were seriously injured.https://t.co/e1IxNrGOhb — UN Spokesperson (@UN_Spokesperson) October 3, 2021 In a statement, MINUSMA said they had been travelling in a convoy near Tessalit, inside the restive Kidal…

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Ethiopia: Decision to expel UN staff could put aid operations at risk

Engagement between the UN and the Government continues after the Ethiopian authorities on Thursday declared seven of the organization’s staff personae non grata and ordered them to leave the country within 72 hours. UN Human Rights Chief @mbachelet strongly deplores Ethiopia’s decision to declare 7 UN officials – incl. one of our own – as persona non grata. The @UN is now engaging with the authorities in the expectation they will clarify and reconsider as this is not an acceptable situation. pic.twitter.com/0BsgOhMP8c — UN Human Rights (@UNHumanRights) October 1, 2021…

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Flash Appeal launched as 2.5 million face ‘dire situation’ in Kenya 

Two and half million people are already experiencing deep food insecurity after two back-to-back rainy seasons failed.  By November, it will have nearly tripled since the same time last year, OCHA warned.  “People in the ASAL region are facing a dire situation”, said Stephen Jackson, UN Resident Coordinator for Kenya, as he launched the humanitarian Flash Appeal for the Kenya Drought response.  Speaking from Nairobi Mr. Jackson said people in Wajir, Northern Kenya, had not seen rain for over a year. Acute malnutrition rates are rising rapidly, posing an imminent risk to children and pregnant and…

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UN Chief commends ‘remarkable achievements’ in Sudan

António Guterres was delivering the opening remarks at a virtual High-Level Event on Sudan, which he co-hosted with Norway, on the margins of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly. “We are also here to highlight the importance of the international community investing in these vital efforts through concrete action and delivery of pledges,” he added.  Transition and progress  In the last two years, since the former president was overthrown by the Sudanese army after months of popular protests and demonstrations against his rule, the country has been going through a transition process.  Mr. Guterres recalled that, in late 2019, world leaders gathered to celebrate the adoption…

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