Somali president appeals for aid as drought crisis escalates

Somali president appeals for aid as drought crisis escalates

As the drought in Somalia deepens, the nation’s president is appealing for humanitarian aid to help millions of Somali people without food and water. Hassan Sheik Mohamud said the Somali government needs additional resources from both its own citizens and the international community to meet overwhelming need. The drought is…

Conflict and climate hit South Sudan crops, spike food prices

Conflict and climate hit South Sudan crops, spike food prices

Nearly a third of all people in South Sudan are facing severe food insecurity now, and that’s expected to “rapidly deteriorate to massive proportions” in 2017, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization said. The FAO issued an assessment report Monday explaining that harvest time in South Sudan traditionally means…

Report on Juba attacks details changes for UNMISS operations

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon plans to implement new measures for the United States Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), designed to ensure greater accountability and better protect South Sudanese civilians. The UN decision follows an independent investigation of the violence that spanned days marked by chaos in and around the…

Ban, global leaders call on Ethiopia to protect human rights

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is urging the Ethiopian government to ensure “the protection of fundamental human rights,” the AP reports. A Ban spokesman said Monday the Secretary General “reiterates his call for calm” and urges inclusive dialogue in Ethiopia. The United States also has expressed its concern over Ethiopia’s…

Missing Mutharika to return on Sunday, Malawi officials say

President Peter Mutharika will return to Malawi from the United States this weekend, the government said Tuesday. State House Press Secretary Mgeme Kalilani sent a statement to local news outlets assuring Malawians that Mutharika, who left Lilongwe on September 13 to attend the United Nations General Assembly in New York…

Zimbabweans scoff at rash Mugabe declaration on U.N.

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s proclamation that the country will next year leave the United Nations has been met with derision from Zimbabwe citizens, political leaders and agency heads. The statement, made to Zanu PF supporters over the weekend as Mugabe returned from the UGNA in New York, variously has been…

Morocco files long-awaited AU membership request

Morocco has submitted an official request to join the African Union (AU), more than four decades after leaving the AU over the disputed Western Sahara territory and ongoing clashes over its sovereignty. Moroccan foreign affairs adviser Taieb Fassi Fihri, meeting Thursday with AU Commission Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, told…

Ethiopia co-hosts at Obama Leader’s Summit on Refugees

U.S. President Barack Obama hosted his Leaders’ Summit on Refugees Tuesday, following a U.N. General Assembly on Monday that resulted in adoption of the New York Declaration on refugees and migrants. Obama’s proposal to increase to 110,000 the number of refugees welcomed to the U.S. next year, from countries across…

UN investigators sent to Burundi

A team of United Nations investigators have been sent to Burundi to look into abuses and arbitrary killings in the country, reported DW. The three investigators are from Algeria, South Africa and Colombia and reportedly are due to give their preliminary findings at the end of March. Since Pierre Nkurunziza…