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News in Brief 18 October 2018

  • UN rights chief calls for release of hundreds abducted and abused in South Sudan
  • ‘More time’ agreed for buffer zone, to spare three million Syrian civilians in Idlib
  • Under fire, UN refugee agency evacuates 135 detained in Libya to Niger
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Algeria must stop arbitrary expulsion of West African migrants in desert: UN migration rights expert

Atrocities suffered by child and adult migrants from West African States “should shock the conscience of humanity” into action, a UN rights investigator said on Thursday, before calling for Algeria to halt the collective expulsion of thousands of foreign nationals to Niger.

Africa’s Lake Chad Basin: Over $2.1 billion pledged, to provide comprehensive crisis response

A United Nations-backed humanitarian conference to raise much needed resources for relief, development and peacebuilding programmes in Africa’s Lake Chad Basin concluded on Tuesday, raising some $2.17 billion in support and about $467 million in concessional loans for the crisis-ridden region.

Progress made but Lake Chad crisis is not over, says UN relief chief, urging greater support for region

Despite improvements in the humanitarian situation in the Lake Chad region, millions continue to remain dependent on lifesaving assistance, the top United Nations relief official said on Monday, urging greater international support for the region to safeguard the progress achieved.

Sun beating down on Africa’s Sahel could provide 70 per cent of world’s electricity needs

Around 70 per cent of the world’s electricity needs could be provided by solar power in the Sahel region of Africa, according to the recently launched UN Support Plan for the region. Rachel Kyte, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All, believes that the Sahel is on the “cusp of a revolution” where solar can provide electricity to communities on and off the regional grid. She spoke to UN News’s Daniel Dickinson in Niger, one of the countries in the Support Plan.

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FEATURE: Niger’s girls find sanctuary in fistula treatment centres

Twenty-three-year-old Kodi Moumdau laughs with a group of young women in brightly coloured shawls in her ward at the National Fistula Centre [Centre National de Référence de Fistule Obstétricale] in the outskirts of Niamey, the capital of Niger. They can consider themselves amongst the lucky women who have been treated for and survived an obstetric fistula condition.

Women’s leadership 'critical' to future of Niger

The role of women in leadership positions is critical to the future of a peaceful Niger according to the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed. 

Top UN official commends Niger for tackling complex humanitarian crisis

A top United Nations official today commended the Government of Niger for tackling the country’s complex humanitarian crisis, including leading the provision of life-saving aid to hundreds of thousands of the most vulnerable, and highlighted the need to address its root causes.

Paris summit explores solutions to migrant crisis

The challenge for political leaders attending a summit on migration hosted by France on Monday will be to give people options other than having to trust smugglers, the UN has said.

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“Time running out” to stop terrorism’s spread across the Sahel

Time is “running out” to find and implement solutions to the spread of terrorist groups and their extremist ideology across Africa’s Sahel region.

That’s according to El Ghassim Wane, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, briefing the Security Council on Tuesday.

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