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Food prices soar in West Africa amid conflicts and COVID – WFP

ABUJA, April 18 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Food prices in West Africa have jumped more than 30% since last year to their highest levels in nearly a decade due to coronavirus lockdowns and a decline in cereal production, the World Food Programme (WFP) said. More…

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Patients evacuated after fire at South Africa hospital

JOHANNESBURG, April 18 (NNN-AGENCIES) — A fire has forced hundreds of patients to be evacuated from a hospital in South Africa’s Johannesburg. No injuries or casualties have been reported and patients are being moved to other hospitals. The fire started Friday morning and…

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US Deports Woman Who Lied About Role in Rwandan Genocide 

CONCORD, N.H. – A woman who served a 10-year sentence in U.S. prison for lying about her role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide to obtain American citizenship and lost her bid for a new trial has been deported to Rwanda, her lawyer said…

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UN Fears Resurging Violence in DRC’s Kasai Region Will Spark Mass Displacement

GENEVA – The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is calling for restoration of peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Greater Kasai region, as renewed violence threatens another mass movement of people. Local authorities estimate 21,000 people have fled their homes since…

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Africa’s Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Pass 4.38 Million: Africa CDC

ADDIS ABABA, Apr 16 (NNN-ENA) – The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa reached 4,383,168 as of yesterday, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), said. The Africa CDC, the specialised healthcare agency of the African Union (AU), said,…

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UN Warns COVID-19 is ‘Roaring Back’ as Yemen Faces Famine

UNITED NATIONS – The U.N. humanitarian chief warned Thursday that the world’s largest humanitarian crisis in Yemen is getting even worse with the COVID-19 pandemic “roaring back” in recent weeks as the Arab world’s poorest country faces a large-scale famine. In a grim…

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WFP: Millions in West, Central Africa Facing Hunger Emergency

GENEVA – The United Nations World Food Program warns that millions of people in West and Central Africa are facing catastrophic levels of hunger driven by conflict and soaring food prices. More than 31 million people, an increase of 10 million over last…

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West and Central Africa — A Region on the Move: Mobility Trends in West and Central Africa (January — December 2020)

Migration is an integral part of life in West and Central Africa, a long tradition embedded in its historical, economic, social and cultural fabric. The region is a pivotal area of mobility, home to strong intraregional migration and, thanks to its strategic location…

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Concluding Financing for Development Forum, Ministers Reaffirm Commitment to Strengthen Multilateral Cooperation, Solidarity in Combating Ill Effects of COVID-19

Economic and Social Council 2021 Session, Forum on Financing for Development, 3rd Meeting (AM) Equitable, Affordable Vaccine Access for All Key to Global Recovery, Outcome Document States, Highlighting Disproportionate Impact on Developing Countries Ministers and other high-level officials concluded the 2021 Forum on…

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More Than 100 Chibok Girls Still Missing Seven Years Later

ABUJA, NIGERIA – Nigeria’s government has vowed to rescue 112 former schoolgirls believed to remain in Boko Haram captivity since they were kidnapped by the militants from the town of Chibok seven years ago. A statement titled “Chibok Girls Still on Our Minds”…

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