Source: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) |

UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan: Localization of conflict and unaddressed community grievances serve as barriers to sustainable peace

The Commissioners will hold a press conference on Friday, 23 August 2019, at 1100 hrs in the UNMISS Tomping Base in Juba

Members of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan began their seventh field mission to South Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Kenya earlier this week. The mission, currently underway, is taking place from 19 to 26 August 2019. In Juba, Bentiu, and Yei (South Sudan), the Commissioners met with…

Source: United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) |

New push for peace in Gogrial, Tonj, Wau as area governors embark on grassroots implementation activities

The conference sought to address the root causes of conflict between cattle keepers in both Tonj and Gogrial and the farming community in Wau

Governors of Gogrial, Tonj and Wau are leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to bring peace among their people, following a long-standing inter-communal conflict spurred by cattle raiding and other forms of violence that have mostly involved youth groups in the region. Authorities of the three areas are currently…

Source: Amnesty International |

Tanzania: Second journalist arrested in a month must be released unconditionally

He published an investigative piece on police brutality in Iringa, central Tanzania

Responding to the arrest of journalist Joseph Gandye, who had been investigating allegations of brutality by the Tanzanian police, Amnesty International’s Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, Joan Nyanyuki said: “Joseph Gandye is a respected journalist who had been investigating allegations of serious human rights violations…

Source: Facebook |

Facebook celebrates 'Icons of Change' from across Sub-Saharan Africa with a Youth Gathering in Accra, Ghana

The event aims to celebrate Africa's next generation of leaders and innovators, whilst providing opportunities to network, connect and create positive dialogue

Facebook (www.facebook.com) is bringing together 40 young leaders, developers, entrepreneurs and change makers from across Sub-Saharan Africa, to a two day event in Accra, Ghana, titled “Celebrating Icons of Change”. Taking place on 23 & 24th August, the event aims to celebrate Africa's next generation of leaders and innovators, whilst…

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Merck Foundation in partnership with the First Lady of Malawi launches a children story to teach children and youth family values of love and respect- The Story of Limbani and Takondwa

The story will empower boys to develop true respect for women and know few facts about Infertility prevention and how it affects both men and women equally

Merck Foundation (Merck-Foundation.com), the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany in partnership with The First Lady of Malawi, H.E. PROF. GERTRUDE MUTHARIKA together with Ministry of Education and Ministry of Information launched an inspiring children story of Limbani and Takondwa for children to strengthen family values of love and respect since…

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China |

Assistant Foreign Minister Chen Xiaodong Meets with Charles Kayonga, Rwandan Ambassador to Leave

On August 20, 2019, Assistant Foreign Minister Chen Xiaodong met with Charles Kayonga, the Rwandan Ambassador to China who is to leave his post. Speaking positively of Charles Kayonga's contributions to advancing the development of China-Rwanda relations during his term of office, Chen Xiaodong hoped he could continue to care…

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Alternatives to Irregular Migration: International Organization for Migration (IOM) Launches Vocational Training Programme for Gambians

According to the 2018 Gambia Labour Force Survey, 95 per cent of Gambian irregular migrants surveyed cited “lack of work” as their primary reason for migrating

The lack of access to employment opportunities among Gambian youth is widely cited as a major contributing factor to irregular migration. According to the 2018 Gambia Labour Force Survey, 95 per cent of Gambian irregular migrants surveyed cited “lack of work” as their primary reason for migrating. In response to this, the…

Source: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) |

School closures in West and Central Africa triple since 2017, as education comes under fire across the region

UNICEF Child Alert warns that upsurge in attacks and threats of violence against schools, students and teachers have pushed more than 1.9 million children out of school

More than 1.9 million children have been forced out of school in West and Central Africa due to an upsurge in attacks and threats of violence against education across the region, UNICEF said today in a new report. As of June 2019, 9,272 schools were closed in Burkina Faso, Cameroon,…

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Innovative Inclusive Approach to Strengthen Community Cohesion in Chad

Through the Project Implementation Teams, IOM adopts an innovative mechanism for community stabilization based on the participation of project beneficiaries and host communities

A robust flow of refugees and returnees from the Central African Republic to Chad has increased pressure on host communities, often leading to clashes over access to limited livelihood resources.   From March to July 2019, IOM Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) identified 69,343 returnees in the provinces of Logone Oriental and…

Source: U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia |

Launch of the Advancing Economic Diversification in Ethiopia Project

Remarks by Michael Raynor, U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia

By Michael Raynor Your Excellencies, It’s a great pleasure and honor for me to be here this morning to highlight an important centerpiece in the partnership between Ethiopia and the United States in support of Ethiopia’s ambitious and essential economic reforms. The United States is deeply inspired by the Ethiopian…