Tag Archives: Africa

U.N. Welcomes Demobilization of Child Soldiers Amid Signs of Peace

New York, N.Y.  The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is celebrating the release of some 3,000 South Sudanese child soldiers today in what is being hailed as one of the largest ever demobilizations of children in a zone of conflict. Children in South Sudan. Photo: UNMISS/Ilya Medvedev. “These children have been forced to do and [...]

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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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Mixed Picture for Ebola in Sierra Leone, as Victims Outpace Beds

Port Loko, Sierra Leone.  Witnessing yet again the challenging dynamics of the Ebola outbreak unfolding in West Africa, the United Nations envoy coordinating the global response visited Sierra Leone today, where he reported efforts to halt the virus in former hotspot Kenema are starting to pay off, while some 200 kilometres away, Port Loko is now [...]

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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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Film: Cameroon’s Response to ‘Born This Way’

New York, N.Y.  Director Shaun Kadlec and activist Bill Simbo talk about the challenges of filming Born This Way, a documentary which follows four gay and lesbian people in Cameroon and explores the difficulty of being queer in a country where homosexuality is illegal.  Director Shaun Kadlec and activist Bill Simbo talk about the challenges [...]

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Anglican Church Leaders Speak on Anti-Gay Laws in Africa

London, U.K.  The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have today written to all Primates of the Anglican Communion, and to the Presidents of Nigeria and Uganda, recalling the commitment made by the Primates of the Anglican Communion to the pastoral support and care of everyone worldwide, regardless of sexual orientation. In their letter, the Archbishops recalled [...]

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‘Ark of Return’ Tells Story of 15 Million Slaves as U.N. Memorial

New York, N.Y.  A Manhattan-based architect of Haitian descent was today announced as the winner of an international competition to design a memorial that will be permanently on display at United Nations Headquarters in New York to honor victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade. Unveiling Rodney Leon’s ‘Ark of Return’, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [...]

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U.N.: ‘Significant Breakthrough’ in HIV Prevention

Liberia Lifts Ebola Curfew, Opens Borders

Honoring Women of the Civil Rights Movement, Past and Present

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