Source: Amnesty International |

Coronavirus - Ethiopia: Stop the use of deadly force on protesters

Spokespersons available to take media interviews Following the killing of at least 16 people following protests over the arrest of zonal officials, community leaders and activists by Ethiopian security officers in the Wolaita Zone of Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Regional State (SNNPR) since 9 August, Amnesty International’s Director for…

Source: World Council of Churches (WCC) |

Coronavirus - South Sudan: World Council of Churches (WCC) calls for end to violence in South Sudan

Desist from violence and ensure a sense of calmness in these difficult times of COVID-19 pandemic

Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca, World Council of Churches (WCC) interim general secretary, joined the South Sudan Council of Churches and the All Africa Conference of Churches in condemning recent violent killings of innocent people in South Sudan, and called to an end to brutality in the country. Expressing profound…

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

Coronavirus - South Sudan: Civil society, political stakeholders, community leaders in Western Bahr el Ghazal attend UNMISS-organized peace forum, find ways to work together despite COVID-19

Working towards durable peace across South Sudan remains a key aspect of the UNMISS mandate

Keeping up momentum regarding the ongoing peace process in South Sudan despite nation-wide COVID-19 restrictions was at the heart of a recent day-long event organized by UNMISS Civil Affairs in Western Bahr el Ghazal. The forum aimed at widening engagement with and understanding of the Revitalized Peace Agreement by political…

Source: The Republic of Sierra Leone State House |

Coronavirus: Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio donates sheep to 300 Mosques and Households in Western Area

He said because of the pandemic Muslims could not perform the Hajj this year, which was an important pillar of Islam

His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio has today presented sheep for slaughter to 300 mosques and households in the Western Area. Muslims worldwide celebrate this day in remembrance of Prophet Ibrahim’s (Abraham) willingness to slaughter his own son, Ismael before Allah intervened and ordered him to kill a sheep…

Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) |

Coronavirus - Ethiopia: UAE Embassy distributes meat as Qurbani to vulnerable refugee families

Meat will be distributed to 480 beneficiaries selected from Somali, Syrian and Yemeni refugee communities who are celebrating Eid al-Adha festivall today

The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Ethiopia today donated Qurbani meat to vulnerable refugee families in Addis Ababa. The meat will be distributed to 480 beneficiaries selected from the Somali, Syrian and Yemeni refugee communities who are celebrating the Eid al-Adha festivall today. In May and June this…

Source: African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) |

Coronavirus - Sudan: Message from the Head of UNAMID on Eid al-Adha

This year, Eid al-Adha will be observed amidst extraordinary circumstances due to the global outbreak of the New Coronavirus Pandemic known as COVID-19

By Jeremiah Mamabolo, UNAMID Joint Special Representative/Joint Chief Mediator On behalf of the African Union – United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), I would like to extend greetings and best wishes to the people of Sudan on Eid al-Adha. Eid Mubarak. Eid is a time for forgiveness, kindness, and compassion.…

Source: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) |

Coronavirus - Central African Republic: Contending with COVID-19 in the midst of a serious humanitarian crisis

Staff in the four healthcare facilities in Bangui are being provided with additional handwashing stations, chlorine and gloves

The struggle against COVID-19 is intensifying against the background of the alarming spread of the disease in the Central African Republic (CAR). Although the number of recorded cases has exceeded 4,500, some people still do not believe that the disease exists, thus jeopardizing efforts to counter it. Complying with hygiene…

Source: World Council of Churches (WCC) |

Coronavirus: In Uganda, young people represent “wealth of courage, agency and ideas”

Young people are bringing a fresh drive for justice in many local communities

During a ceremony recognizing how young people in Uganda are true “agents of change” in health and healing, Rev. Pauline Njiru, eastern Africa regional coordinator for the World Council of Churches Ecumenical HIV & AIDS Initiatives and Advocacy programme, said young people are bringing a fresh drive for justice in…

Source: World Council of Churches (WCC) |

Coronavirus - Africa: Taming post-harvest losses can boost food security in Africa, say church leaders

In sub-Saharan Africa, the loss is estimated at 100 million metric tonnes of food, with the estimated waste being much higher for perishable foods such as vegetables, fruits, meat and dairy

African Church leaders are highlighting the need to tame the continent’s persistent post-harvest losses, as organizations point at rising food insecurity due to the coronavirus pandemic. Although some regions have registered bumper harvests following improved rains, concerns for loss of food in the processes of harvesting, transport, and storage have…

Source: The Republic of Sierra Leone State House |

Coronavirus – Sierra Leone: Broadcast Statement by His Excellency, Dr. Julius Maada Bio, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone on the Easing of Restrictions on Houses of Worship and Other Measures

Citizens must take personal responsibility for protecting themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19

By His Excellency, Dr. Julius Maada Bio In our fight to protect against and curtail COVID-19, we have taken well-considered measures to protect lives and also sustain livelihoods through an inclusive and rigorous consultative process with stakeholders and experts. Throughout, we have also urged strict compliance with all public health…