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International Organization for Migration (IOM) Missions in South Sudan and Sudan ramp up Humanitarian Support to families following attacks in Abyei

A rapid interagency assessment conducted on 24 January revealed that nearly 4,000 people fled to Abyei town

At least 33 people, including women and children, were killed and an unknown number wounded during the attack in Kolom, nine kilometres from Abyei town last Wednesday. It is reported that an unknown number of children were abducted during the incident. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of life as a consequence of…

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Source: Creative Crafting Club |

African-born startup launches education platform that encourages entrepreneurship

The multifunctional online subscription site offers tried-and-tested creative crafting lesson plans, teaching resources and business acumen

A Cape Town based startup, www.CreativeCraftingClub.com bridges the gap between entrepreneurship for stay-at-home parents and education for tots-to-tweens. The multifunctional online subscription site offers tried-and-tested creative crafting lesson plans, teaching resources and business acumen for parents, educators and budding entrepreneurs, to kick start their own kids’ creative crafting club in…

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

Violence in Sudan’s Darfur forces thousands to flee

Clashes in El Geneina, in Sudan’s West Darfur State, have forced more than 11,000 people to flee as refugees into neighbouring Chad since last month

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Clashes in El Geneina, in Sudan’s West Darfur State, have forced more than 11,000 people to flee…

Source: United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) |

United Nations (UN) Report Urges Accountability for Libya Airstrike Deaths

The report concurs with previous UN findings that the airstrikes were likely conducted by aircraft belonging to a foreign state

In a new report on the July 2019 airstrikes in Libya that killed at least 53 migrants and refugees at the Tajoura detention centre – one of the deadliest incidents since a new round of hostilities broke out in April 2019 – the UN has renewed its call on all…

Source: World Rugby |

Statement on behalf of independent World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont

I can confirm that I will be seeking re-election as World Rugby Chairman at the Council meeting in May

By Sir Bill Beaumont Having consulted with my union and region colleagues and my family, I can confirm that I will be seeking re-election as World Rugby (World.Rugby) Chairman at the Council meeting in May. I will be standing with Fédération Française de Rugby President Bernard Laporte as my candidate…

Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

New Cooperation Agreement among East, Horn of Africa States address Overseas Worker Exploitation

Representatives also agreed to form a Regional Ministerial Labour and Social Protection Forum, with a rotational chairmanship

The rescue last week of roughly 100 children and young Ugandan women here as they prepared to fly to United Arab Emirates to labour as domestic workers, reinforces the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC) recent assessment that human trafficking has become a menace in East Africa over…

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

UN strongly condemns the harassment of humanitarian staff and looting of humanitarian premises in North Darfur

On 22 January, a large crowd of men, women and children harassed staff from the International Organization of Migration (IOM)

“This emerging trend of harassment of UN and NGO staff and subsequent looting and vandalization of UN and NGO premises and assets is not only very disturbing but totally uncalled for. UN and NGO staff are in Darfur to provide critical humanitarian and peacekeeping support in the region and deserve…

Source: South African Rugby Union |

Bok hero Du Toit makes it a memorable double in 2019

Pieter-Steph du Toit capped off phenomenal 2019 season when he added the prestigious South Africa (SA) Rugby Player of the Year award to his World Rugby Player of the Year accolade

Third win in four years for Pieter-Steph du Toit; Herschel Jantjies and Handré Pollard also scoop top awards; Rassie Erasmus and Springboks honoured for brilliant 2019. Pieter-Steph du Toit capped off phenomenal 2019 season when he added the prestigious SA Rugby Player of the Year award to his World Rugby…

Source: OCHA Sudan |

2020 Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) launched

Families cannot afford a nutritious meal - let alone other essential needs such as medical care, water, and education

The 2020 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) partners plan to support 6.1 million of the most vulnerable people in Sudan, which will require US$1.4 billion. Due to the current fragile economy, more people are unable to meet their basic needs, as high inflation continues to erode households’ purchasing power. An average…

Source: U.S. Embassy in Tanzania |

U.S. Government handover 16 Motorcycles to President’s Office – Regional Administrator and Local Government (PORALG) for improved Community HIV Services

The motorcycles will be used to monitor the provision of social welfare services to vulnerable children and families

On January 23, 2020, the United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), donated 16 Yamaha motorcycles and 800 filing cabinets to the Government of Tanzania. The motorcycles will be used to monitor the provision of social welfare services to vulnerable children and families. Community caseworkers are…