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UN envoy tells Somali refugees in Kenya ‘things are gradually getting better’ back home

13 April 2018-Meeting residents of the world’s largest camp for Somali refugees ­– sprawling Dadaab, located in north-eastern Kenya ­­– the top United Nations official for Somalia expressed his solidarity with their situation and highlighted the gradual progress made in their home country. “In my opinion – as the mother of a family that is about to return just told me – things are gradually getting better in Somalia,” the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Michael Keating, said Thursday at the end of his visit to the refugee complex. “There is now a stronger State, a federal structure, there are big...

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Winnie Mandela left an ‘indelible mark on the history of the 20th century,’ says UN chief

13 April 2018-“‘Mama Winnie’ – as she was affectionately known – was a towering figure in the struggle against apartheid,” said  Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday, during a tribute held at United Nations Headquarters in honour of the late Winfred ‘Winnie’ Nomzamo Madikizela-Mandela. “She was an international symbol of resistance who left an indelible mark on the history of the 20th century,” he added. Mr. Guterres said the outpouring of condolences since her passing on 2 April, shows what an enormous impact Ms. Mandela had not only on the people of South Africa and on the African continent, but for millions around...

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World ‘must nurture the courage to care – and the resolve to act,’ says UN chief, reflecting on 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda

13 April 2018-United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday urged the world to reflect on the suffering of those who perished, as well as survived, the Rwandan genocide, and resolve to prevent such atrocities from ever happening again. Speaking at an event commemorating the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, he also said reconciliation is possible, even after a tragedy of such monumental proportions. “Rwanda has learned from the events of 1994. So must the international community,” said the Secretary-General. Mr. Guterres said he was concerned about the rise of racism, hate speech and xenophobia...

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Donors pledge over $500 million to tackle growing needs in DR Congo; UN warns humanitarian crisis cannot be ignored

13 April 2018-The first-ever international conference to help the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) opened at the United Nations Office at Geneva on Friday amid dire warnings of a growing humanitarian crisis in the vast African country. Despite massive natural resources and major socio-economic changes under Government-led initiatives, years of violence by armed groups vying for control – along with ethnic strife in the country’s restive east, and political and ethnic instability – has created massive food insecurity, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). In Geneva, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock told donors that more than two million children are...

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More than 1,000 children in north-east Nigeria abducted by Boko Haram since 2013 – UNICEF

13 April 2018-At least 1,000 children have been abducted by the Boko Haram insurgent group in northeastern Nigeria since 2013 amid repeated attacks on schools, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said Friday, calling for an end to such violence and the release of those who have yet to be returned. Since the conflict started in northeastern Nigeria nearly nine years ago, at least 2,295 teachers have been killed and more than 1,400 schools have been destroyed. Most of these schools have not reopened because of extensive damage or ongoing insecurity. The issue of child abduction drew renewed attention...

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