Source: World Council of Churches (WCC) |

World Council of Churches (WCC) congratulates World Food Programme on receiving Nobel Peace Prize

The World Food Programme’s contribution has become even more important in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

The World Council of Churches (WCC) welcomed and celebrated the award of the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize to the UN World Food Programme. “We express our gratitude and congratulations to the leadership and each staff member of the World Food Programme,” said Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca, WCC interim general…

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

Coronavirus: UNHCR welcomes Pope Francis’ support for internally displaced

The COVID-19 pandemic has compounded their vulnerability, precariousness and suffering

News Comment by Gillian Triggs, Assistant High Commissioner for Protection at UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency “On the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, UNHCR appreciates the message of Pope Francis highlighting the plight of people who have been displaced within their own country. Today there are 45.7 million internally…

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Source: World Council of Churches (WCC) |

Coronavirus - Africa: World Council of Churches (WCC) moderator contributes to G20 Interfaith Forum on Africa

Abuom addressed the specific topic of addressing COVID-19 amidst increasing deforestation, hunger, and international debt

Dr Agnes Abuom, moderator of the World Council of Churches (WCC), contributed to a G20 Interfaith Forum on Africa hosted by KAICIID, or the International Dialogue Centre, dedicated to the facilitation of dialogue between followers of different cultures and religions. Abuom addressed the specific topic of addressing COVID-19 amidst increasing…

Source: UN News |

Coronavirus - Africa: Defeat COVID-19 and put an end to hate and discrimination - UN chief

Mr. Guterres noted that the pandemic has been accompanied by “a surge in stigma and racist discourse vilifying communities, spreading vile stereotypes and assigning blame”

In a message published on the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Violence Based on Religious Belief, which falls on 22 August, UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned of a rise in racism since the spread of COVID-19 across the world. Mr. Guterres noted that the pandemic has been accompanied by “a…

Source: Médecins sans frontières (MSF) |

Coronavirus: In South Africa, Doctors Without Borders' (MSF) draws on HIV experience to teach compassion for COVID-19

Armed with a mic, a lapel pin and a song, MSF is battling COVID-19 stigma in South Africa

In late July, two COVID-19 facilities in areas where MSF works in South Africa were deliberately set on fire by community members, underscoring the risk COVID-19 stigma poses to the pandemic response and the ongoing need for initiatives aimed at educating both community members and health care workers about the…

Source: World Council of Churches (WCC) |

Coronavirus - Zimbabwe: Global religious leaders express deep concern for human rights in Zimbabwe

COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated economic challenges and seriously affected already fragile public health and education systems

The World Council of Churches, Lutheran World Federation, World Communion of Reformed Churches and Methodist World Council sent a letter to the churches and people of Zimbabwe expressing solidarity with the nation in its difficult quest for human rights and justice. “The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the economic challenges and…

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…