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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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My Visit: One Year of S. Sudan Independence

Juba, South Sudan.  Twelve months ago, to the date, I landed in South Sudan not knowing much about the country’s history. Throughout my journey, I was given the honor of getting to know the South Sudanese people and understand the hardship they had to endure. During the civil war, the northern Sudanese invaded South Sudanese [...]

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Nigeria: Sex Workers Advocate for Decriminalization

Lagos, Nigeria. Patricia Okana, who is in her early 30s, is a commercial sex worker.   “It is just like every other thing you do,” she says. “There are challenges, but I thank God it puts food on my table.”   Okana, a widow, says that poverty is the main catalyst driving women into commercial sex work [...]

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Ex-Child Soldier Now Leads Training Centre for Ex-Combatants

Edited by Jim Luce. Bujumbura, Burundi. What I am about to describe are only a minimum number of events and life experiences that have obliged me to make the decisions I have in consideration of our common humanity.   May each one of you who read this message find an auspicious opportunity to change your own [...]

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