Africa

ALERTNET: Niger Launches $2.5 Plan to Secure, Develop North

By at October 2, 2012 | 7:31 am

ALERTNET: Niger Launches $2.5 Plan to Secure, Develop North

(AlertNet/Reuters) Niger will spend nearly $2.5 billion to develop and secure its vast northern desert zones over the next five years, according to a new plan aimed at preventing the spillover of a conflict that has split neighboring Mali in two. Uranium-producing Niger, perched on the Sahara's southern rim, is one of the world's poorest nations. With a northern more...

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AmeriCares: Emergency Aid Headed to Niger for Sahel Crisis

By at October 1, 2012 | 6:46 am

AmeriCares: Emergency Aid Headed to Niger for Sahel Crisis

(AmeriCares) Emergency medical aid and water treatment supplies are on the way to Niger for the millions of people suffering from the food crisis in the Sahel region. With depleted food stocks from last year's harvest quickly running out and millions suffering from malnutrition and related health problems, AmeriCares is rushing enough medical aid to treat about 15,000 more...

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KENYA: Don Bosco Boys Town is Providing a Path Out of Poverty in Nairobi

By at August 13, 2012 | 10:45 am

KENYA: Don Bosco Boys Town is Providing a Path Out of Poverty in Nairobi

(MissionNewswire) In Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya, most of the three million residents endure lives of extreme poverty. Much of the population reside in slums that crowd the city. Here, poverty is commonplace and basic health care and education is lacking. Compared to Kenya’s more rural areas, fewer youth residing in the slums of Nairobi attend the later stages more...

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UNHCR: Kakuma Camp in Kenya Surpasses its 100,000 Capacity

By at August 6, 2012 | 11:18 am

UNHCR: Kakuma Camp in Kenya Surpasses its 100,000 Capacity

(UNHCR) Kakuma Refugee Camp has surpassed its capacity of 100,000 residents, creating serious concerns as more refugees continue to arrive. By the end of July the population of the camp established in northern Kenya in 1992 had reached 100,009 following a steady influx of new arrivals over the past two years. "The threat of conflict in neighboring countries, more...

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UNICEF: One Year After Somalia’s Famine, a Story of Recovery

By at July 20, 2012 | 8:39 am

UNICEF: One Year After Somalia’s Famine, a Story of Recovery

One year ago, on 20 July 2011, the United Nations declared famine in two regions of southern Somalia, the flashpoint in a humanitarian crisis gripping the Horn of Africa. After an outpouring of international support, the famine ended in February 2012, and countless lives across the region were saved. But 8 million people in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya remain in need more...

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MALI: Salesians Assist Displaced Children & Families as Political Instability Continues

By at July 19, 2012 | 2:00 pm

MALI: Salesians Assist Displaced Children & Families as Political Instability Continues

(MissionNewswire) Political instability and fears of chaos in Mali have driven more than 300,000 people from their homes since fighting erupted in the north between a Tuareg rebel movement and Malian government forces. There has been panic that rebel groups will use the region as a platform for drugs and arms trading. Adding to the plight of the refugees, Mali is among more...

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CONGO: Food Aid Relief Needed for Salesian School in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

By at June 29, 2012 | 12:03 pm

CONGO: Food Aid Relief Needed for Salesian School in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

(MissionNewswire) According to the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR, the eastern most part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has seen continued military operations against armed groups which has led to internal displacement and food shortages. A Salesian-run school, Don Bosco Ngangi Center located in Goma, in the eastern section of the country, is feeling the effects more...

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KENYA: Salesian Missions Office for International Programs Visits Kenya to Assist with Funding for Girls’ Education Challenge Project

By at June 11, 2012 | 6:23 pm

KENYA: Salesian Missions Office for International Programs Visits Kenya to Assist with Funding for Girls’ Education Challenge Project

(MissionNewswire) Salesian Missions staff members recently returned from a visit Kenya, where they toured Salesian-run youth education programs and assisted with the request for financial support for the Girls’ Education Challenge Project—a program funded by the Department for International Development in the United Kingdom. The visiting staff members, Denis more...

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LIBERIA: Salesian Programs Educate Youth and Instill Responsibility

By at June 7, 2012 | 12:05 pm

LIBERIA: Salesian Programs Educate Youth and Instill Responsibility

(MissionNewswire) Salesian Missions has been working in Liberia since 1979 when they opened their first vocational technical institute there. Nearly two-thirds of Liberia’s 3.5 million residents fall below the poverty line and families are struggling to rebuild in the wake of a devastating civil war. Since their arrival more than 30 years ago, the Salesians have more...

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UNITED NATIONS Launches Emergency Operation to Feed Thousands who Fled Malian Conflict

By at May 22, 2012 | 11:18 am

UNITED NATIONS Launches Emergency Operation to Feed Thousands who Fled Malian Conflict

(United Nations) The United Nations food and refugee agencies today launched a joint emergency operation to respond to the food needs of hundreds of thousands of people who have fled conflict in Mali and crossed the border into neighboring countries. The new operation, which will be carried out by the World Food Program (WFP) and the Office of the UN High more...

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