Tanzania

News in Brief 24 September 2019

  • Second Ebola vaccine for DRC is welcome, says UN health agency
  • Nigeria must act to stop housing crisis and forced evictions: rights expert
  • Harassment of human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong must end, say experts 
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Tanzania urged to provide more information on suspected Ebola case

Authorities in Tanzania have been urged by the UN to supply further information about the death of an individual from suspected Ebola Virus Disease earlier this month in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam.

New Mozambique storm rips off roofs, brings lashing rain as aid response kicks in

Tropical Cyclone Kenneth swept into northern Mozambique on Thursday evening bringing heavy rain and winds in excess of 225 kilometres per hour (140 miles per hour) after lashing the Comoros islands, where it claimed at least three lives, UN agencies said on Friday.

FROM THE FIELD: ‘Harvested’ rainwater saves Tanzanian students from stomach ulcers, typhoid

The students in the Tanzanian town of Bagamoyo once had to decide between getting sick or being thirsty all day long.

In Tanzania, UN refugee chief praises ‘regional peacemaker’ role, and efforts to welcome neighbours on the run

The head of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has praised Tanzania for the long-standing welcome it offers hundreds of thousands of refugees, describing it as a “regional peacemaker” in an unstable part of Africa, that deserves more international support.

UN strongly condemns witchcraft-linked killings of ten children in Tanzania

“We need to ensure a stronger protection environment” and “raise awareness” over the killings of girls and boys in Tanzania, believed to be linked to witchcraft rituals, said Álvaro Rodríguez, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the country, strongly condemning the recent killing of ten children in the south of Njombe district.  Mr. Rodríguez spoke with Stella Vuzo from the UN Information Office in the capital Dar es Salaam.

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Peacekeeping chief honours Tanzanian troops in Zanzibar, a year on from deadly DR Congo attacks

A year on from the brutal killings of 15 United Nations peacekeepers from Tanzania in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the head of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) paid a visit to some of the victims’ families on Friday, to honour the memory of the soldiers who died in what was the biggest single loss of ‘blue helmets’ in recent history.  

From DR Congo to New York City – one war refugee’s UN-aided journey

New York-based Lubunga Mwendanababo  is a US citizen, a recent graduate of Georgia State University, and manager of a furniture store in New York.  But, as a small child, he had to flee a bloody conflict in DRC, and spent 14 years in a refugee camp along with over 140,000 others. He talks about his journey, and how the UN helped along the way.

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UN rights chief warns of potential ‘witch-hunt’ as Tanzanian official plans to track and arrest LGBT people

The United Nations human rights chief has warned that an official campaign in and around the capital of Tanzania to identify and detain anyone suspected of being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) “could turn into a witch-hunt.”

Ferry tragedy takes lives in Tanzania, Guterres offers condolences, support

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres issued a statement of condolence and solidarity after a passenger ferry capsized on Lake Victoria, in Ukurewe district of Tanzania.