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President Yar'Adua Approves Relief for Zimbabwean Refugees

President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua yesterday approved urgent humanitarian relief materials in support of South Africa 's efforts to take care of the influx of Zimbabwean refugees and the outbreak of cholera.The President disclosed the approval at a farewell audience with the out-going High Commissioner of South Africa, Mr. Bangumzi Sifingo , in State...

Somali Christians are in dire stare in Kenya

Nirobi: In a secluded house just outside the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, a group of men and women meet at least once a week to worship in secret. Their prayer session is simple and conducted in Somali. Elders take turns to pray or read verses from the Somali bible before a sermon is delivered. There are dozens of Somalis living in Nairobi who have...

Central Somalia needs urgent aid: UN

Nairobi (Kenya): The UN children's fund (UNICEF) said on Saturday that a recent conflict in the town of Belet Weynein central Somalia needs humanitarian response due to massive displacement of people. UNICEF said in a statement that over the past several weeks, fighting intensified in Belet Weyne between the Ethiopian forces and anti-government...

Somali food insecurity led street children increase

Nairobi: Food insecurity compounded by inflation and recent fighting between insurgents and government forces around the town of Beletweyne in central Somalia's Hiran region has led to a sharp increase in the number of street children. "More and more children are taking to the streets; some to engage in petty trade while others are just there...

Death toll rises to 106 in Uganda

Kampala (Uganda): The death toll from hepatitis E in northern Uganda has risen to 106, while 6,563 remain infected with the deadly viral disease, an official has said. The Director for Clinical Health Services in the Health Ministry Kenya Mugisha was quoted by Daily Monitor on Wednesday assaying that the situation improved much after implementing...

S Africa begin drug investigation

South Africa: South Africa's health department has launched an investigation after two tuberculosis drugs used for treating thousands of patients were withdrawn. Pharmascript, which supplied state hospitals and clinics with the medication, has promised to replace drugs found to be sub-standard. The probe comes within days of some anti-retroviral (...

East Africa faces acute food crisis

United Nations: More than 14 million people in the Horn of Africa need food aid because of drought and rocketing food and fuel prices, the United Nations has warned. The UN World Food Programme says it urgently needs $400m (£200m) to prevent starvation in the east African region. Ethiopia is worst hit, with 10 million people - some 12% of...

Somalia: Threats force aid workers to leave

Nairobi: At a time of drought, skyrocketing food prices, crippling inflation and intensifying street fighting, many of the aid workers upon whom millions of Somalis depend for survival are fleeing their posts - or in some cases the country. They are being driven out by what appears to be an organized terror campaign. Ominous leaflets recently...

EU divided over Africa aid, fish funds

Brussels: European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso faced a revolt on Thursday by many European Union governments over his plan to use about 1 billion euros in unspent farm funds to help African farmers. At a debate between governments and the European Parliament on next year's EU budget, lawmakers also criticised plans to pump an...

One million Nigerian children die yearly: UNICEF

Lagos (Nigeria): The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Tuesday in Abuja said over 1 million infants die yearly in Nigeria while nearly a third of the children under five years of age are underweight, reported This Day newspaper on Wednesday. The UN agency said Nigeria ranked among 12 countries with the highest mortality rate of children...

Somali minority people's plea for food aid

Somalia: Officials in Somalia's Middle Shabelle Region have raised the alarm over the plight of a community of drought-stricken hunter-gatherers there, who are in urgent need of food and water.   "We have visited four villages and what we saw was heart-breaking; the villagers were cooking `aramo’ [green leaves normally used as a...

Kenyans facing food crisis

Nairobi: About 1.2 million Kenyans are facing famine and require emergency food assistance, a U.S.- St funded famine early warning system has warned recently. The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) said that at least 1.16 million Kenyans require emergency assistance due to, among others, an expected below average agricultural...

Somalia: 20 Children die of Measles

Somalia: Up to twenty children have died of measles over the last week in areas of lower Shabelle region elders in the region confirmed on Monday. Most of the deceased children died in a small village in the region called Jabey village 45km north of Jowhar town the provincial capital of middle Shabelle region. "More than others in nearby...

FAO warns about food crisis, $1.7 bln needed to revive agriculture

Lagos: The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has observed that African countries affected by soaring food prices would need at least a total of 1.7 billion U.S. dollars to revive their agriculture system, neglected for several decades, reported the Ghana News Agency. It said, the amount is just for immediate and short measures during the...

Kenyan wins historic HIV verdict

Kenya: A HIV-positive Kenyan woman has won $35,000 in a landmark ruling against her employer for unfair dismissal. Jacqueline Adhiambo Ongur, a 45-year-old waitress, also sued her doctor for revealing her HIV status without her consent. The High Court ruled that it was unlawful to end employment on the grounds of a person's HIV status. None...