Africa

SIERRA LEONE: Girls Education Helps Young Women Break the Cycle of Violence and Poverty

By at January 11, 2014 | 1:46 pm

SIERRA LEONE: Girls Education Helps Young Women Break the Cycle of Violence and Poverty

(MissionNewswire) Close to 200,000 young girls and older women were sexually assaulted during Sierra Leone’s decade-long civil war, according to UNICEF. And although the war has stopped, the sexual violence against women continues. Young women are at risk for sexual violence, trafficking and forced pregnancy, among other atrocities. Today, one third of girls are forced more...

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UNITED NATIONS: As Crises Worsen, UN Weeks $99 Million More for Refugees in Central African Republic, South Sudan

By at January 10, 2014 | 11:07 am

UNITED NATIONS: As Crises Worsen, UN Weeks $99 Million More for Refugees in Central African Republic, South Sudan

(United Nations) Facing worsening refugee crises in strife-torn Central African Republic (CAR) and South Sudan, the United Nations today appealed for $99 million in additional funding to aid 1.3 million people for the next 100 days, less than three weeks after launching an initial $360-million appeal. "In the situations of both South Sudan and CAR, we are extremely more...

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UNITED NATIONS: South Sudan: UN Releases $15 Million in Urgent Aid but Peacekeeper Surge Will Take Longer

By at January 9, 2014 | 11:12 am

UNITED NATIONS: South Sudan: UN Releases $15 Million in Urgent Aid but Peacekeeper Surge Will Take Longer

(United Nations) While the United Nations has released $15 million from its rapid response fund for immediate humanitarian operations in war-torn South Sudan, even amid “very substantial progress”, it could take up to eight weeks before the full 5,500-strong surge in UN peacekeepers and equipment is deployed on the ground. “But our goal is to go as quickly as more...

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UNITED NATIONS: Food Aid Resumes in Central African Republic after Machete Attacks Forced Three-Week Halt

By at January 7, 2014 | 3:50 pm

UNITED NATIONS: Food Aid Resumes in Central African Republic after Machete Attacks Forced Three-Week Halt

(United Nations) The United Nations resumed food aid for some 100,000 displaced people in Bangui, capital of the strife-torn Central African Republic (CAR), for the first time in nearly three weeks since deliveries were suspended when machete-wielding men stormed the distribution site and food was stolen. The UN World Food Program (WFP) distributed food, buckets, more...

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UNITED NATIONS: Refugee exodus from strife-torn South Sudan picks up momentum, UN reports

By at January 7, 2014 | 3:48 pm

UNITED NATIONS: Refugee exodus from strife-torn South Sudan picks up momentum, UN reports

(United Nations) As the fighting in parts of South Sudan grinds on between Government forces and rebels despite ceasefire talks, more and more civilians are fleeing to neighboring countries, with some 2,500 people a day now seeking refuge in Uganda, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) reported today. As of yesterday, 23,546 South Sudanese refugees had arrived more...

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(Doctors Without Borders) CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Civilians and hospitals affected by extreme violence in Bangui

By at December 30, 2013 | 6:11 am

(Doctors Without Borders) CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Civilians and hospitals affected by extreme violence in Bangui

(Doctors Without Borders) Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) reiterates its call for the respect of civilians, medical staff and health facilities Despite the presence of international armed forces in the capital of Central African Republic (CAR), fighting, lynchings and violent attacks are still a daily occurrence in Bangui, and the situation more...

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DR CONGO: New Training Program Helps Reduce Newborn and Maternal Mortality at Birth

By at December 26, 2013 | 12:36 pm

DR CONGO: New Training Program Helps Reduce Newborn and Maternal Mortality at Birth

(MissionNewswire) Three million newborn babies die every year from easily preventable or treatable causes such as infections, complications at birth and complications of prematurity, according to Save the Children’s 14th annual State of the World's Mothers report. The report also noted that more than 1 million babies die on the first day of life, making the birth day more...

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DR CONGO: New Professional Technical Institute Provides Hope to Poor Youth

By at December 20, 2013 | 12:32 pm

DR CONGO: New Professional Technical Institute Provides Hope to Poor Youth

(MissionNewswire) The Democratic Republic of the Congo has been plagued by intense civil war and internal conflict since the outbreak of fighting in 1998. As a result, there have been close to 5.4 million deaths, according to the International Rescue Committee. Most deaths resulted from non-violent causes such as malaria, diarrhea, pneumonia and malnutrition, all more...

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SIERRA LEONE: New Salesian Program Brings Rehabilitation and Hope to Young Prisoners

By at December 18, 2013 | 1:47 pm

SIERRA LEONE: New Salesian Program Brings Rehabilitation and Hope to Young Prisoners

(MissionNewswire) Prison life in Sierra Leone offers very little hope for rehabilitation or reintegration back into society once a prison term has ended. According to the 2011 Human Rights Watch report, prisons in Sierra Leone face overcrowding and inadequate food as well as lack vital sanitation and health care. Inmates die from overcrowding, illness and violence. All more...

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BURUNDI: Fortified Rice Meals from Stop Hunger Now Feed 800 Hungry Youth at Salesian School

By at December 13, 2013 | 1:48 pm

BURUNDI: Fortified Rice Meals from Stop Hunger Now Feed 800 Hungry Youth at Salesian School

(MissionNewswire) More than 800 youth participating in three different Salesian-run programs in Burundi have better access to nutrition thanks to a recent donation of fortified rice-meals. The donation was made possible through an ongoing partnership between Salesian Missions and Stop Hunger Now, an international relief organization that provides food and life‐saving more...

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