Friday’s Daily Brief: hunger in North Korea, human rights in Iran, updates on DR Congo and Benin

This Friday, we cover: a worrying food crisis in the Democratic Republic of North Korea; attacks against civilians in DR Congo; outrage after the execution of child offenders in Iran; concerns over a super cereal distributed by the World Food Programme; and post-electoral violence in Benin.

Benin responds to illness spread by tiny rat

Authorities in Benin are responding to what they are calling an “epidemic” of a severe illness that causes bleeding.

Lassa Fever is transmitted through contact with food or other items contaminated with the faeces or urine of a tiny rodent species known as the multimammate rat.

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Benin authorities urged to tackle “inhumane” prison conditions

Authorities in Benin have been urged to tackle what have been described by UN human rights experts as “inhumane” conditions in one of the West African country’s prisons.

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UN and Africa: focus on prison conditions in Benin, drought in Ethiopia and Niger elections

Benin authorities urged to tackle “inhumane” prison conditions

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Benin: UN agency programme to help flood-hit farm communities rebound

The United Nations today launched an emergency response programme to support farmers in northern Benin who lost crops, livestock and fishing grounds when the region was hit by floods in August.

Following Benin floods, UN humanitarian official flags need for ‘new paradigm’ to help vulnerable

At the end of a joint United Nations-Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) mission to Benin, a senior UN humanitarian official highlighted the need for new ways to help people in the West African country cope with recurrent humanitarian emergencies.

On visit to Benin, UN humanitarian chief calls for more to help people deal with floods

The United Nations humanitarian chief has called for a change in the way the international community deals with humanitarian crises and supports governments in improving preparedness and increasing the capacities and coping mechanisms of communities and households faced with floods.

Benin: Ban welcomes successful staging of first round of presidential ballot

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today commended the “peaceful and orderly” conduct of the first round of presidential elections in Benin, saying the West African country had set a positive example by organizing the ballot without major incident.

UN and partners launch $47 million appeal for flood-ravaged Benin

The United Nations, its humanitarian partners and the Government of Benin today launched a joint $47 million emergency appeal to help nearly 800,000 people in the West African nation which is experiencing the worst flooding in a century.

Benin: as waters continue to rise, UN and partners get aid to neediest

United Nations agencies and humanitarian organizations are providing critical humanitarian aid to people affected by floods in Benin over the last month, as rainfall continues to swell the Niger River in the north of the West African country.