Media Sweep for Eastern Africa - OCHA ROSEA
Eastern Africa | 27 July 2016
The report below constitutes a compilation of current media reports impacting the humanitarian situation in countries under the UNOCHA eastern Africa coverage. The views expressed herein are attributable only to the original source and may not in any circumstance be regarded as stating an official position of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) or the United Nations.
Burundi: Gang Rapes by Ruling Party Youth
Human Rights Watch, 26 July
Members of Burundi ruling party’s youth league, the Imbonerakure, have repeatedly gang-raped women since a wave of political protests began in 2015, Human Rights Watch said today. Many of the rapes appear to have been aimed at family members of perceived government opponents. Policemen or men wearing police uniforms have also committed rape.
Après une année de crise politique, le Burundi dans une impasse économique
Jeune Afrique, 26 July
Depuis la prise des sanctions de l’Union européenne contre le Burundi, Bujumbura est confrontée à un manque criant de devises. Une situation qui commence à se faire ressentir sur le marché des biens et services.
Ethiopia seen as hottest market for exporters
Financial Times, 26 July
Ethiopia, alongside neighbouring Kenya, “are the two countries that provide the strongest opportunities in Africa, and they are catching up with South Africa,” says Fadi Hassan, assistant professor of economics at Trinity College, Dublin, and consultant for UniCredit. “They are going to grow fast [economically], they do not rely on oil or other commodities, there is a rise in industrialisation and entrepreneurship that is quite remarkable and they are just past an income threshold where they start to import goods,” says Mr Hassan, who argues Ethiopia has the edge because of its greater political stability and lower crime levels.
UNHCR seeks extra 115 mln USD for return of Somali refugees from Kenya
Xinhua, 27 July
The UN refugee agency on Tuesday appealed to donors for an additional 115.4 million U.S. dollars for voluntary return, reintegration of Somali refugees from Dadaab camp in northeast Kenya. A statement from the UNHCR said the funds requested will also go toward the relocation of 31,000 refugees from Dadaab to Kakuma refugee camp in northwest Kenya and verification of camp population.
Somalia: UN condemns terrorist attack near Mogadishu airport
UN News Center, 27 July
The United Nations chief and his envoy for Somalia have denounced today’s terrorist attack in the vicinity of Mogadishu International Airport that killed at least a dozen people. Condemning the attack in a statement attributed to his spokesperson, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reaffirmed that “such criminal acts will not diminish the strong resolve of the United Nations to continue supporting the people and Government of Somalia in their work to build peace and stability in the country.”
US Condemns Somalia Airport Bombing, Pledges Support
Voice of America, 26 July
The United States has condemned "in strongest terms" a double bombing that took place at the main entrance of Mogadishu's airport during morning rush hour Tuesday, killing at least 13 people. A spokesman for the U.S. National Security Council, Ned Price, said Tuesday that the United States "stands squarely with Somalia and our partners in the fight against despicable acts of terrorism that seek to destabilize Somalia." He said the United States remains "committed to helping Somalia progress along a path towards peace and prosperity and the defeat of terrorist groups."
UN warns South Sudan's Kiir over Machar replacement
Al Jazeera, 26 July
The UN has warned South Sudan's President Salva Kiir that any political appointments must be consistent with a peace deal that ended nearly two years of civil war. The warning came a day after Kiir replaced his vice president and rival Riek Machar with Taban Deng, in a move that could potentially undermine August's peace agreement and send the world's youngest country back to all-out conflict.
SPLM-IO accuses President Kiir’s forces of fresh attacks
Sudan Tribune, 27 July
South Sudanese forces loyal to President Salva Kiir have been accused of carrying out fresh attacks against forces of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLA-IO) led by the former First Vice President, Riek Machar.
Evacuation of foreign traders exacerbates food shortage in South Sudan
Radio Tamazuj, 26 July
Ateny Wek Ateny, South Sudan’s presidential spokesman has admitted that evacuation of foreign nationals from the region including traders has caused food crisis in South Sudan. “Three quarters of goods and most of the traders come from Uganda and Kenya, so after the evacuation of the foreign nationals from South Sudan, those governments have directed their citizens not to travel to South Sudan” said Ateny.
U.S. special envoy starts visit to North Darfur
Sudan Tribune, 26 July
The United States special envoy to Sudan and South Sudan, Donald Booth on Tuesday has started a visit to North Darfur state to assess the security and humanitarian situation on the ground particularly in Jebel Marra area. On Tuesday, Booth has discussed with North Darfur’s deputy governor Mohamed Braima Hassab el-Nabi and senior military and security officials in El-Fasher several issues including IDPs conditions and government efforts to achieve security and stability in the state.
Some 4,000 South Sudanese fleeing into Uganda daily – UN warns
UN News Center, 26 July
Recent fighting in South Sudan has forced 37,491 people to flee to Uganda in the past three weeks, averaging more than 4,000 a day in the past week, the United Nations refugee agency warned today. “To put this in context, more refugees have arrived in Uganda in the past three weeks than during the entire first six months of 2016, when 33,838 came there in search of safety,” Adrian Edwards, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva.
S. Sudan Fighting Forcing Thousands to Flee to Uganda
Voice of America, 26 July
The U.N. refugee agency reports more South Sudanese refugees have fled into Uganda in the past three weeks than in the first six months of this year. The UNHCR says more than 37,000 people have crossed the border since fighting between South Sudan’s rival factions erupted July 8 in the capital, Juba.
Uganda’s top police official summoned over torture allegations
Newsweek, 26 July
A Ugandan court has summoned the country’s top police official to answer charges of torture in connection with alleged brutality against supporters of opposition leader Kizza Besigye. Kale Kayihura, the inspector general of police in the East African country, will be required to appear in court on August 10 along with seven other senior police officials, according to a summons issued by the Makindye Chief Magistrate’s Court and reported by private newspaper the Daily Monitor Tuesday.
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