Archive for October 5th, 2020

Uganda Reports Blood Shortages Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

KAMPALA, UGANDA – Health authorities in Uganda say the supply of blood has sharply declined since the start of the coronavirus pandemic as fewer people donate and schools remain closed. The consequences are sometimes deadly. Students, especially those in secondary school, are the largest group...
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Conflict, Coronavirus Pandemic Threaten Refugee Protection

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi warns the coronavirus pandemic poses unparalleled challenges and threats to refugee protection at a time when conflicts are flaring up in many parts of the world. The high commissioner was speaking at the opening of...
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Mali: Over 100 Jihadist Prisoners Released in Apparent Exchange

More than 100 jihadist prisoners have reportedly been released in Mali in an apparent exchange for a politician and a French aid worker. Agence France-Presse reported that the release of Malian opposition leader Soumaila Cisse and French charity worker Sophie Petronin were negotiated over the...
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Sudan Peace Deal Prompts Praise, Protests

JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN/KHARTOUM, SUDAN – Saturday’s peace deal between Sudan’s government and various rebel groups is drawing both praise and protests from the people most directly impacted by the accord. Several Sudanese who attended a signing ceremony in Juba said the agreement marks a new...
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Prosecutor: ‘Hotel Rwanda’ Man to Be Tried With Rebels

KIGALI – Rwanda’s prosecution on Monday said it intends to hold a joint trial of Paul Rusesabagina, whose story inspired the 2004 film “Hotel Rwanda,” together with 16 prisoners alleged to be rebel fighters. Rusesabagina, 66, is a founder of the Rwanda Movement for Democratic...
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