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UN calls for an end to Female Genital Mutilation by 2030

As the world marks the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), the United Nations has called for action to eliminating the practice by 2030. The U.N. estimates at least 200 million girls and women alive today have been subjected to female genital mutilation, a procedure that

Nearly 60,000 people displaced in 3 months in Northeast – UN

The International Organisation for Migration, IOM, says an upsurge in violent attacks in crisis-raven Northeast Nigeria has displaced 59,200 people in the last three months. The UN migration agency warned in Geneva that Northeast Nigeria displacement crisis had continued due to “increased sophistication’’ of attackers. The agency noted the armed extremists, notably

35,000 Nigerian refugees safe in Cameroon — UN

The UN refugee agency said the estimated 35,000 Nigerians had fled across the north-eastern border into Cameroon in the last two weeks of January. There are also several thousands of Cameroonian refugees hosted across Nigeria, reported News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). There are concerns about the possible forceful ejection of the Nigerian

Refugee, Migrant Deaths in Mediterranean Sea alarming — UN

The U.N. refugee agency says there was an alarming increase in the number of refugees and migrants who lost their lives last year while crossing the Mediterranean Sea. Last year, the U.N. refugee agency says, six people died on average every day while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea. It estimates 2,275

UN seeks nearly $1bn for 6.2M displaced Nigerians

Godsgift Onyedinefu The United Nations said it is launching a three-year Humanitarian Response Strategy together with the Nigeria Regional Refugee Response Plan to assist millions of victims of Boko Haram attacks in northeastern Nigeria and hundreds of thousands of refugees who fled to neighbouring countries. The UN revealed that 6.2 million people

Human suffering underlines the urgency to do more in 2019

In 2019 the Peace and Security Council (PSC) is likely to see crises in places such as South Sudan, Somalia, the Central African Republic (CAR) and the Sahel remain on its agenda. Other burning issues such as Cameroon could spiral out of control if not handled by the continental body. The

Thousands of Nigerian Refugees Flee to Chad — UN

The U.N. refugee agency says thousands of Nigerian refugees are fleeing to Chad to escape a surge of violence in northeastern Nigeria’s Borno state. Fierce clashes between government forces and armed militants from the radical Islamic group Boko Haram erupted in late December in Borno state’s Baga town, near the Chadian

Eight UN Peacekeepers killed in attack in Mali

At least eight United Nations peacekeepers have been killed and several others wounded in an attack in northern Mali, according to the UN Mission. Sunday's attack targeted the UN peacekeepers camp in Aguelhoc, 200km north of Mali's Kidal region towards the border with Algeria, a UN official told AP news agency on condition

Stop Forced Eviction of Nigerian Refugees, UN tells Cameroon

The UN refugee agency has expressed shock by reports that Cameroonian authorities have forcibly returned some 9,000 Nigerian refugees who fled across the border earlier in the week in search of safety from militant attacks. The sudden mass exodus of thousands of Nigerian refugees into Cameroon followed attacks by Boko Haram

Tens of thousands flee extremists attacks in Nigeria—UN

Michael Olukayode The United Nations expressed “grave concern” about an upsurge of violence in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Borno, which has been ravaged by Islamist group Boko Haram’s insurgency. Clashes in late December between government forces and “non-state armed groups” forced more than 30,000 people to flee to Maiduguri, the capital of

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