Author Archives: Romain Lecadou

Nepal: children still at risk three months after devastating quake, UNICEF warns

Three children play with a rusted wheelbarrow in the town of Singati, near the town of Charikot in Dolakha District, Nepal, epicentre of the 12 May earthquake. Photo: © UNICEF/NYHQ2015-1499/Sokol

Three children play with a rusted wheelbarrow in the town of Singati, near the town of Charikot in Dolakha District, Nepal, epicentre of the 12 May earthquake. Photo: © UNICEF/NYHQ2015-1499/Sokol

Nepal, 27 July 2015 – Three months after Nepal’s devastating 25 April earthquake and its aftershocks, children continue to face multiple risks as their families have been pushed deeper into poverty and they remain in need of aid, warned the United Nations’s Children Fund (UNICEF).

“When a major disaster strikes like the earthquakes on 25 April and 12 May, it incurs not only loss of lives but also destruction of assets, sources of livelihoods and substantially reduces household income particularly among the most vulnerable population,” said Tomoo Hozumi, the UNICEF Representative in Nepal, over the weekend. Continue reading

UN chief condemns deadly Al Shabaab attack against hotel in Mogadishu

A street scene in Mogadishu, the Somali capital. Photo: AU-UN IST/Stuart Price

A street scene in Mogadishu, the Somali capital. Photo: AU-UN IST/Stuart Price

Somalia, 27 July 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the attack perpetrated by Al Shabaab yesterday on the Al-Jazeera Hotel in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu.

“The attack resulted in a number of casualties and injuries, including to staff of diplomatic missions of several countries whose missions were based in the hotel,” reads a statement issued by Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. Continue reading

UN mission finds overall environment in Burundi ‘not conducive’ to credible election process

In accordance with its mandate, MENUB observes the electoral process in Burundi, before, during and after the elections of 2015. Photo: MENUB

In accordance with its mandate, MENUB observes the electoral process in Burundi, before, during and after the elections of 2015. Photo: MENUB

Burundi, 27 July 2015 – While the 21 July election in Burundi that won President Pierre Nkurunziza a controversial third term was relatively peaceful and conducted adequately, the overall environment was ‘not conducive’ for an inclusive, free and credible electoral process, the United Nations Electoral Observation Mission in the country (MENUB) announced today.

This was the main conclusion of MENUB’s preliminary findings on the conduct of the presidential polls in Burundi, which took place after two postponements in an environment of “profound mistrust” between opposing political camps. The decision of the incumbent President to run for another term precipitated a deep political and socioeconomic crisis, the mission said. Continue reading

South Sudan takes steps to formulate a policy on charcoal production

A Man selling charcoal in Juba the capital of  South Sudan Photo: FAO

A Man selling charcoal in Juba the capital of
South Sudan Photo: FAO

South Sudan, 27 July 2015 – In South Sudan, the current demand for cooking fuels, and access to these resources, has huge implications for the environment and people’s well-being. The environmental risks associated with fuel wood use in the country are significant, given the damaging, long-term effects of over-exploiting natural forests. With these risks in mind, FAO and the Government of South Sudan launched a one-day consultative workshop on charcoal production and trade to raise awareness on the impact of charcoal production. Continue reading

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Presidential Elections in Burundi

New York, 23 July 2015 The Secretary-General takes note of the broadly peaceful conduct of polling in the Burundian presidential elections on 21 July. He calls on all parties to continue to remain calm and immediately resume an inclusive political dialogue to resolve their differences and address the challenges facing the country.

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Top UN official in Somalia condemns terrorist attack on hotel in Mogadishu

A street scene in Mogadishu, the Somali capital. Photo: AU-UN IST/Stuart Price

A street scene in Mogadishu, the Somali capital. Photo: AU-UN IST/Stuart Price

Somalia, 26 July 2015 – The most senior United Nations official in Somalia has strongly condemned today’s terrorist attack on Jazeera Hotel in Mogadishu that resulted in several deaths and injuries.

“I condemn the terrorist attack in Mogadishu today. The killers will not succeed in impeding the progress and extraordinary efforts of the Somali people and Government,” Nicholas Kay, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, said in a statement. Continue reading

‘Senseless cycle of violence’ in South Sudan must end – UN humanitarian chief

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O'Brien (top, centre), on a visit to South Sudan, meets with women representatives in the Protection of Civilians site 3, in the capital Juba. Photo: UNMISS/JC McIlwaine

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien (top, centre), on a visit to South Sudan, meets with women representatives in the Protection of Civilians site 3, in the capital Juba. Photo: UNMISS/JC McIlwaine

South Sudan, 25 July 2015 – Amid massive displacement and “horrendous atrocities,” civilians continue to bear the brunt of South Sudan’s brutal conflict, the top United Nations relief official underscored today, as he urged all parties, including the leaders of the warring factions, to “listen to their people,” lay down their arms and halt the rapidly spiralling humanitarian crisis.

“I am deeply shocked by what I have seen. Innocent civilians are bearing the brunt of this brutal war,” said Stephen O’Brien, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, as he wrapped up a four-day visit to South Sudan, which earlier this month, marked the fourth anniversary of its independence amid ongoing violence and deprivation. Continue reading

As health needs rise in Somalia, funding hits new low, cutting off 1.5 million from care – UN

World Health Organization (WHO) official, Dr. Ahmed El Ganainy, checks the eyes of a little girl during a joint humanitarian assessment mission to Marka, Somalia, on 9 July 2014. UN Photo/David Mutua

World Health Organization (WHO) official, Dr. Ahmed El Ganainy, checks the eyes of a little girl during a joint humanitarian assessment mission to Marka, Somalia, on 9 July 2014. UN Photo/David Mutua

Somalia, 24 July 2015 – Somalia – a country where every two hours a mother dies due to pregnancy complications – is facing cuts in life-saving health services because of the lowest funding levels in seven years, according to the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO).

“We cannot afford to let the country slide back into a humanitarian crisis,” WHO Representative for Somalia Dr. Ghulam Popal said. “Otherwise, we would undermine all gains made until today.”

UN health partners in Somalia are expressing concern that they will face difficulties in continuing to provide life-saving health services at the scale required as a result of declining humanitarian funding for 2015 and the forecast for 2016, WHO warned in a press release issued Thursday. Continue reading

Ban condemns deadly twin suicide bombings in northern Cameroon

Refugees in Minawao camp , Cameroon, after fleeing violence by Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria. Photo: WFP/Sofia Engdahl

Refugees in Minawao camp , Cameroon, after fleeing violence by Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria. Photo: WFP/Sofia Engdahl

Cameroon, 24 July 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the twin suicide bombings that targeted the city of Maroua, the capital of Cameroon’s Extreme North province, on 22 July.

“The Secretary-General extends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Cameroon and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured in the terrorist attacks,” says a statement issued yesterday evening by the UN Spokesperson. Continue reading

WHO calls for urgent action to curb hepatitis

Photo: WHO

Photo: WHO

Geneva, 23 July 2015 – On World Hepatitis Day (28 July) WHO highlights the urgent need for countries to enhance action to prevent viral hepatitis infection and to ensure that people who have been infected are diagnosed and offered treatment. This year, the Organization is focusing particularly on hepatitis B and C, which together cause approximately 80% of all liver cancer deaths and kill close to 1.4 million people every year.

Know the risks

WHO is alerting people to the risks of contracting hepatitis from unsafe blood, unsafe injections, and sharing drug-injection equipment. Some 11 million people who inject drugs have hepatitis B or C infection. Children born to mothers with hepatitis B or C and sex partners of people with hepatitis are also at risk of becoming infected. Continue reading