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Conflict-hit Nigerian Families Living under COVID-19 Lockdowns, on ‘Life-support’–UN

Help and funding are needed urgently for millions of people in Nigeria who have been hit severely by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, including conflict-hit communities “on life-support” in the north-east, UN humanitarians said on Tuesday. More than $182 million is needed to sustain lifesaving aid to Africa’s most populous

UN Prepares for Potentially Devastating COVID-19 Outbreak in Conflict-ravaged Northeast Nigeria

In northeast Nigeria, where armed conflict has forced millions from their homes, the UN’s migration agency, IOM, is supporting the construction of quarantine shelters, as the region braces for an outbreak of COVID-19 which, it warns, would have ‘devastating consequences’ for those who have been displaced.  Displaced people there already face

Conflict is still Africa’s biggest challenge in 2020

For the African Union, 2020 is supposed to be a landmark year. Its ‘silencing the guns’ initiative is aimed at ‘ending all wars, civil conflicts, gender-based violence, violent conflicts and preventing genocide in the continent by 2020.’ While no one can argue with that laudable goal, the continental body and

Special Report: Stabilizing Northeast Nigeria After Boko Haram

Summary:  The Nigerian case highlights the challenges of local-level stabilization efforts while working with a host government that lacks political commitment, capacity, and coordination. •Download: FULL TEXT Saskia Brechenmacher   INTRODUCTION In 2019, the conflict in northeastern Nigeria entered its eleventh year. Since 2009, the Boko Haram insurgency and the government’s military response have

The economics of conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa–IMF Podcast

Mahvash Saeed Qureshi A third of countries in sub-Saharan Africa are currently involved in conflict or experiencing post-conflict tension, forcing an estimated 18 million people away from their homes and livelihoods. The IMF’s latest Regional Economic Outlook for sub-Saharan Africa provides an in-depth analysis of conflict trends and the socio-economic challenges faced by

G7 urges greater role for women in peace processes

Foreign ministers from the world’s seven most developed nations on Saturday urged a greater role for women in solving conflicts, saying that peace settlements with female involvement were more likely to endure. The Group of Seven ministers, at their meeting in the northern French resort of Dinard to prepare a summit

Over 3.6 million Nigerians in need of water, hygiene services — UNICEF

Godsgift Onyedinefu The United Nations International Children's Education Fund ( UNICEF) has revealed that More than 3.6 million Nigerians are in need of water, sanitation and hygiene services. The UNICEF Nigeria representative, Mohammed Fall who made this known in a statement on Friday to commemorate the 2019 world water day said that