Deadly gun attack in northern Nigeria condemned
Parties to the conflict in northern Nigeria are being urged by a senior UN aid official to respect human life and dignity in the wake of a deadly gun attack this weekend.
At least 15 people reportedly were killed and dozens more injured in the incident, which took place on Sunday in the outskirts of Maiduguri, capital of Borno State.
Yassine Gaba, UN Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, has strongly condemned the attack, noting that innocent civilians continue to suffer daily from direct and indiscriminate attacks in north-east Nigeria.
Here’s UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric, speaking to journalists in New York on Monday:
“In recent weeks, there have been continued attacks on civilians in the three most conflict-affected states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, in the north-east part of Nigeria. Since the beginning of the year, at least 120 civilian women, children and men have reportedly been killed, and over 210 people have sustained serious injuries in over 22 attacks allegedly by non-state armed groups directly targeting civilians.”
Life-saving food aid airlifted to Papua New Guinea
Food for 60,000 people has been airlifted to Papua New Guinea which continues to recover from a devastating earthquake, the UN said on Monday.
The life-saving nutrient-dense biscuits were transported by the World Food Programme (WFP) from its humanitarian depot located in Dubai.
More than 270,000 people in the island nation are still in need of humanitarian assistance following the 7.5 quake that struck in late February.
It was followed by a series of severe aftershocks throughout March, which caused widespread panic among communities.
Papua New Guinea already faced severe food insecurity and alarming malnutrition levels before the earthquake.
UN welcomes progress on Afghanistan elections
The top UN official in Afghanistan has commended progress made on parliamentary and district council elections.
The country’s Independent Elections Commission announced on Sunday that the votes will be held on 20 October, following a three-year delay.
Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, described the announcement as “a notably positive and important development” in the Commission’s work.
He said transparent and inclusive elections are an essential component of Afghanistan, demonstrating the strength of the democratic political processes taking root there.
Donors have pledged to fund up to 90 per cent of the voter registration budget, which is around $28.4 million.
Mr Yamamoto underscored the commitment of the UN and the international community in supporting the process.