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Liberia Lifts Ebola Curfew, Opens Borders

Monrovia, Liberia.  A Liberian health ministry official said the country will continue to observe all Ebola preventive protocols and regulations until it achieves “zero infections.” This came as President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Sunday ordered the lifting of the nationwide Ebola curfew put in place in August to prevent the further spread of the virus. Liberian [...]

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Spotlighting Racism, Stigma, U.N. Launches Ambitious Project

New York, N.Y.  People of African descent still face racism in every country, region and continent of the world, said United Nations General Assembly President Sam Kutesa as the world body today kicked off its International Decade of People of African Descent. Students inside a newly built classroom at a camp for internally displaced persons [...]

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Japan Donates Protective Gear to Ebola Health Workers

Tokyo, Japan.  The first of 700,000 sets of protective gear intended for healthcare workers battling on the frontlines of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa arrived today from Japan and were handed over the United Nations, as the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said the crisis has left some 5 million children out of school. Some [...]

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Ebola Response in ‘High-Gear,’ But Faces Great Challenges

New York, N.Y.  The United Nations continues to ramp-up its Ebola response, reaching more than 530,000 people with food assistance in hard-hit Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, and, in the latter country, gathering survivors for a meeting to help deal with the psychological aftermath and stigma they face re-entering their communities. A C160 German aircraft [...]

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U.N.: Nearly $1 Billion Needed to Combat Ebola Outbreak

New York, N.Y.  The United Nations announced today that it would need nearly $1 billion for an exceptional, international response to Ebola outbreak in West Africa, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declaring: “Every day we delay, the cost and the suffering will grow exponentially.” “This is not just a health crisis; it has grave humanitarian, economic and social [...]

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Aid Organization Oxfam Criticizes U.K. Media Portrayal of Africa

London, U.K.  Oxfam, an international organization intending to eliminate poverty, has criticized the way in which Africa is depicted to United Kingdom (UK) audiences. In a press release, the charity said the continent was being portrayed in an “overwhelmingly negative” way which is “undermining popular support for efforts to bring an end to hunger on the continent”. Dame Barbara Stocking, [...]

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Photo of the Day: UNICEF – Family in Guinea-Bissau

Tebe-Zinho, Guinea-Bissau.  A family uses a rudimentary log bridge to cross a stream on their way to the village of Tebe-Zinho, Guinea-Bissau in order for the children to receive vaccinations and other health services. Political instability and deep poverty continue to limit economic and social development in Guinea-Bissau. The country has the world’s seventh-highest under-five [...]

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Togo Women Push Sex Strike to Unseat President

Lome, Togo.  The female wing of a civil rights group is urging women in Togo to stage a week-long sex strike to demand the resignation of the country’s president.  Women are being asked to start withholding sex from their husbands or partners as of Monday, said Isabelle Ameganvi, leader of the women’s wing of the [...]

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