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Sudan coup: What happens to Bashir…as protesters defy curfew

•Large crowds have remained on the streets of Sudan's capital, Khartoum, through the night, ignoring a curfew declared by the military. Jude Johnson with BBC report Uncertainty still surrounds what will happen to the long-time President Omar al-Bashir, who was overthrown and arrested on Thursday after months of street protests. The demonstrators who

How Nigeria evacuated whole town to screen for Boko Haram members

•Soldiers force Jakana residents to displaced person camp for identity checks Ruth McLean and Ismail Alfa Nigerian soldiers have evacuated the entire population of a town in the north-eastern insurgency-hit state of Borno without warning. The military said people were evacuated ahead of operations, but residents of Jakana said they were taken to

Western Sahara: “No one even knows if we’re there or not.”

•Why anger is mounting among a young generation of refugees Ruairi Casey Several days of UN-convened informal talks on the Western Sahara late last month appear to have yielded little towards bringing the decades-long conflict to a close. For many young Sahrawi refugees, a lifetime of failed diplomacy has left them hopeless at what

“If you take Tramadol away, you make Boko Haram weak.”

By philip Obaji Jr Former fighters say taking the addictive opioid was essential for launching assaults. Could tackling its illicit trade cripple Boko Haram attacks? Adamu Musa remembers clearly the first Boko Haram offensive in which he took part. It was about a week after he’d been abducted along with a dozen other

US eliminates funding for UNICEF, others

The new budget released by the Trump administration contains deep cuts to the United Nations including a total elimination of United States contributions to United Nation Children Education Fund (UNICEF).  The Editor, UN Dispatch, Mark Leon Goldberg, has disclosed in a statement. Goldberg further revealed that the White House did not just

Promising signs of Africa’s global leadership on maritime security

Africa is acutely vulnerable to maritime crime, which has become a low risk, high reward business. By Timothy Walker and Denys Reva Piracy and armed robbery at sea have long been regarded as a threat to international peace and security. But other types of maritime crime are just as significant. The African Union’s (AU) 2050 Africa’s

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