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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees calls for calm and restraint after Rwanda refugee camp protests

Protesting refugees were reportedly angry about reduction in food assistance

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is calling for calm and restraint after worrying reports of a refugee protest turning violent in Rwanda’s Kiziba refugee camp.   Rwanda’s Kiziba refugee camps is located in the Karongi District, in Western Rwanda and hosts over 17,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of the…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of Government Communication and Information |

Minister Shabangu Rolls Out the National Dialogues for No Violence Against Women and Children in Eastern Cape

Focus of the dialogues might vary from district to district as they will be informed by the social issues and challenges unique to each district

Minister in the Presidency Responsible for Women, Hon Susan Shabangu, MP, and Supra Mahumapelo, North West Province Premier, will launch the roll out the National Dialogues for No Violence Against Women and Children on Monday, 26th February at the Kenneth Kaunda Municipality. The National Dialogues in North West will take…

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Merck launches their Merck Foundation in The Gambia in partnership with The First Lady of The Gambia

Merck Foundation appointed the H.E Fatoumatta Bah-Barrow, the First Lady of The Gambia as an ambassador of ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ campaign in The Gambia

Merck Foundation (MF) in partnership with the First Lady of The Gambia through her foundation; Fatoumatta Bah Barrow (FaBB) Foundation launched ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ campaign in the Gambia. Merck Foundation provides oncology fellowship program to develop the first medical oncologists in The Gambia. MF appoints H.E. Fatoumatta Bah…

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United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Rotary International & the First Lady of Ghana Launch 2018 Family Health Days

Fifty communities located in the Volta, Central, Ashanti, Western, Eastern, Brong Ahafo, Northern, and Greater Accra Regions will benefit from targeted outreach activities

On February 20, 2018, the First Lady of Ghana, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo–Addo; representatives from the Ministry of Health; representatives from Rotary International; and USAID/Ghana Mission Director, Sharon L. Cromer, participated in the national launch of Rotary Family Health Days at Osu Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in Accra. Since 2014, Ghana’s Rotary…

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

Libya: Residents of Tawergha ‘dying in desert’ in attempt to return home after seven years

Around 200 families are camped out in makeshift tents in Qararet al-Qatef near Tawergha, while others are living in tents or public halls in nearby towns

Libya must ensure the safety of hundreds of former residents of the northern town of Tawergha, who are stranded and even dying in the desert despite an agreement allowing their safe return, a UN human rights expert has said. The entire population of around 40,000 people was forcibly evacuated in…

Source: Embassy of Japan in Kenya |

Handover ceremony: Japan provides 9.4 Million grant for Upgrading six primary schools in Laikipia county, Kenya

With over 500 pupils enrolled at the primary school, the main beneficiary of the fund is Chumvi Primary School where four new classrooms and a modern sanitation block were constructed

The Government of Japan offers a financial assistance program for development designed to meet diverse needs of developing countries. Known as “Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP)”, this scheme supports projects proposed by various bodies such as non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Today, the official handover ceremony of “The Project…

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World Council of Churches encourages participation in day of prayer for South Sudan, DRC

In the DRC, 4.3 million people are displaced and 13.1 million people will be in need of humanitarian assistance this year

The World Council of Churches (WCC) will participate in a day of prayer and fasting for South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo on 23 February. Pope Francis called for the day in response to the ongoing social-political tension and violence in the two nations. In the DRC, 4.3…

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Cameroon: Ambassador Barlerin Pays a Visit to Refugees in the East Region

During his trip, he met with regional authorities and visited the Gado-Gadzere camp, which hosts approximately 25,000 Central African refugees

U.S. Ambassador Peter H. Barlerin traveled to the East region February 6-8. During his trip, he met with regional authorities and visited the Gado-Gadzere camp, which hosts approximately 25,000 Central African refugees. The ambassador also met with United States Peace Corps volunteers and visited two elementary schools for refugee children.…

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Over 1,000 refugees evacuated out of Libya by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The 150 highly vulnerable refugees who were evacuated from Tripoli to Rome on Wednesday included children and women who had been held captive for long periods of time

Since November, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has evacuated over 1,000 highly vulnerable refugees out of Libya and is looking for durable solutions for them in third countries. On Tuesday, a flight departed from Tripoli bound for, Niamey, Niger, carrying 128 refugees and on Wednesday, a second plane took 150…

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‘Back to Learning’ education campaign to benefit half a million children in South Sudan

The Back to Learning 2018 initiative will target the most under-represented communities throughout South Sudan

The fourth phase of the ‘Back to Learning’ initiative launched Tuesday by the Ministry of General Education and Instruction, at Freedom Square in Kapoeta in the presence of more than 2,000 children and their parents, representatives of UNICEF, the Education Donor Group, Save the Children, Girls Education South Sudan, and…