Ahead of Sunday’s consultation in Venezuela, UN voices concern for demonstrators

protests Venezuela

The United Nations today expressed concern about the situation in Venezuela, where nearly 100 people have died since April and more than 1,500 were injured in connection with ongoing protests. Secretary-General António Guterres today said he and the international community “wish for peace and democracy in Venezuela,” and stressed in a statement that a solution must be found by Venezuelans alone. “The way out is through an agreement, elections and respect for fundamental rights and constitutional powers,” the Secretary-General said calling for national dialogue between the Government and the opposition to eradicate violence…

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UN warns of worsening hunger in East Africa amid third consecutive failed rainy season

Herders collect water with camels

The third consecutive failed rainy season in East Africa has seriously eroded families’ resilience, and urgent and effective livelihood support is required, the United Nations agricultural agency has warned. According to an alert released today by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), poor rains have worsened hunger and left crops scorched, pastures dry and thousands of livestock dead. “This is the third season in a row that families have had to endure failed rains – they are simply running out of ways to cope,” said FAO’s Director of Emergencies Dominique…

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UN in South Sudan concerned about civilians fleeing clashes in Upper Nile

South Sudanese civilians are fleeing

Thousands of South Sudanese civilians are fleeing to neighbouring Ethiopia as Government troops advance on a rebel stronghold in the Upper Nile region, a senior United Nations official today said, expressing grave concern about what is already the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis. Reports from the UN International Organization on Migration (IOM) “suggest that Government forces are now approaching the town of Maiwut, 25 kilometres north-west of Pagak. I’m gravely concerned by this ongoing situation,” the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in South Sudan, David Shearer, told reporters from Juba,…

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Dominica Red Cross – Press Release

HURRICANE MATTHEW HAITI RELIEF OPERATION NOTICE FOR RECEIVING RELIEF ITEMS ROSEAU, Dominica, Monday October 10th, 2016: With the endorsement of the Government of Dominica the Dominica Red Cross Society advises potential donors that cash donations can be made to the Dominica Red Cross – Disaster Relief Account (09655) 100-878-8 at the RBC Royal Bank of Canada or at our National Headquarters, Federation Drive, Goodwill. Non-perishable Relief Items for collection will include water, canned foods, baby food and baby care products and hygiene products. • Dates for receiving Relief Items to…

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