Thousands in Limbo Over Boko Haram Offensive
[Deutsche Welle] The Nigerien army wants to expel Boko Haram from islands in Lake Chad. Thousands of people were ordered to leave their homes ahead of a planned offensive. The evacuation was poorly prepared, say human rights activists.
USAID Contribution Ensures Vital Support for Poor Families in Niger
[WFP] "This is a very timely and significant contribution that will enable WFP to provide urgent food assistance to the most needy. It will also sustain WFP's efforts to build the resilience of these vulnerable people. The contribution comes just when Niger is facing several crises connected with an absence of food and displacement due to conflict in neighbouring countries; it is evidence of the robust partnership between WFP and USAID," said Benoit Thierry, WFP Niger's Country Director.
State Dept. On Boko Haram Attacks in Niger
[State Department] STATEMENT BY JEFF RATHKE, ACTING DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON
U.S. Condemns Boko Haram Attacks in Niger
[State Department] Washington, DC -Press Statement Jeff Rathke Acting Deputy Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Five African Countries to Join the IGAD Mediation On South Sudan
[Ethiopia Government] The African Union Peace and Security Council has selected five countries, each to represent different blocs in the continent to take part in the South Sudanese peace process under IGAD's expanded mediation process for South Sudan.
'Heavy Toll' Feared After Boko Haram Attacks Niger Army
[Vanguard] Boko Haram militants attacked troops from Niger on an island base in Lake Chad, the government said Saturday, in a raid believed to have taken a heavy toll on the army.
Still On the Xenophobic Violence in South Africa
[This Day] Harshly criticised for its slow response to days of murderous attacks on innocent foreigners, South Africa says it has now contained the crisis. But if the government was more painstaking in curbing arrogances among its citizens that encourage xenophobia, the damage to lives and relations would have been avoided. Vincent Obia writes.
Three Major Canal Schemes Criticised Over Use of Science
[SciDev.Net] Three water management projects involving canals in separate parts of the world have been criticised for how they incorporate scientific evidence - albeit for varying reasons.
UN - Escalation of Violence Is Holding Back Development
[UNDP] Continued violence in the Central African Republic, combined with the rise of Boko Haram in Nigeria and neighboring countries may delay development for years to come, according to UN officials who met in Yaounde, Cameroon.
Net Campaign Targets Universal Coverage in Niger
[Global Fund] Niamey -Ahead of World Malaria Day on 25 April, Niger and the Global Fund partnership strengthened their response against malaria with a new mass campaign to distribute mosquito nets aimed at achieving universal coverage in Niger for the first time.
Nigerien President Extols Cordial Relations Between Nigeria, Niger
[Guardian] The President of Niger Republic, Alhaji has extolled the current cordial relations between Nigeria and Niger Republic.
Redistributing Land to the Needy
[WFP] Tahoua -Hoe in hand, Binta Issah, a 40-year-old mother of eight, works the soil with a group of women. The smile on her face contrasts with the harshness of the land. The soil in the Alakaye area is rocky, but the World Food Programme is organizing a rehabilitation program to make it usable for farmers in the area.
Niger Calls On Malian Movements That Haven't Signed Yet Agreement to Do So
[Algerie Presse Service] Algiers -Niger Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation, African Integration and Citizens of Niger Living Abroad Aichatou KanĂ© Boulama called on, Tuesday evening in Algiers, the Malian movements that have not signed yet the peace and reconciliation agreement in Mali to do so.
Nearly 800,000 Children Forced to Flee Violence in Nigeria and Region - Unicef
[UN News] A new report released by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) reveals that least 800,000 children have been forced to flee their homes as a result of the conflict in northeast Nigeria between Boko Haram, military forces and civilian self-defence groups.
Appeal for U.S.$174 Million to Help Nigerian Refugees in Cameroon, Chad and Niger
[UNHCR] Today, United Nations Agencies and non-governmental organizations are launching the Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP) for Nigerian refugees.
Nigeria Bottom of Class in Race to Get Children into School
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] London -A major U.N. review of global progress on meeting key education targets by 2015 was published on Thursday. Here is a report card on some of the countries working hardest and those failing to make the grade.
Niger Steps Up Efforts to Fight Meningitis
[Cameroon Tribune] In three months the country recorded 345 cases of the meningitis the epidemic with 45 deaths.
SA's Nigerian Embassy Sums Up the Poll
[Parliament of South Africa] South Africa's Parliament is committed to playing its role in international affairs and building representative democracy, particularly in Africa. The Nigerian embassy, led by his Excellency, Mr Louis Mnguni, contributed this summary of the outcome of the Nigerian election.
Regional Leaders to Meet on Boko Haram
[Deutsche Welle] A coalition of African nations will meet Wednesday to coordinate efforts against Boko Haram. The Islamist insurgency is active in four different countries, with regional leaders vowing to crush the militants.
Counter-Insurgency Drive Worsens Poverty, Hunger - Aid Agencies
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -Tough counter-insurgency action in Niger after cross-border attacks by Boko Haram Islamist militants from Nigeria is worsening hunger and poverty in the arid southeast of the country, aid agencies said on Thursday.