Daily Archives: July 7, 2015

Yemen: amid &#39massive&#39 humanitarian crisis, UN reports civilian death toll now exceeds 1,500

7 July 2015 – The United Nations human rights office is among several key UN entities voicing deep concern over the worsening human rights and humanitarian situation in Yemen that has more than 1,500 civilians dead, 3,600 injured and 1 million displaced in three months of violence.

Underscoring that civilians continued to bear the brunt of the conflict, Cécile Pouilly, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) updated the press in Geneva that between 17 June and 3 July, at least 92 civilians &#8211 including 18 women and 18 children &#8211 were killed with another 179 injured &#8211 including 43 women and 30 children. Since the conflict began, more than 1 million civilians had been internally displaced or sought refuge in neighbouring countries.

&#8220Since 17 June, coalition forces have continued aerial bombardment and other attacks. Ground clashes, shelling, sniper fire and detonation of improvised explosive devices have also been reported in different governorates in Yemen,&#8221 she said.

Over the past few weeks, OHCHR documented rights violations and abuses and violations of international humanitarian law by all parties to the conflict, including violations of the right to life, abduction, ill-treatment and attacks against humanitarian workers, journalists and media organizations.

&#8220Dozens of civilians have been abducted and subjected to arbitrary detention in Sana’a. We have also received worrying reports that local Popular Resistance committees affiliated with exiled President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi have summarily executed at least six people perceived to be loyal to the Houthi-Saleh coalition and committed acts of ill-treatment.&#8221

Additionally, OHCHR has been closely monitoring attacks by the conflict parties against UN offices, citing an airstrike on 28 June that wounded one civilian and partially destroyed the UN Development Programme (UNDP) office in Khormaksar, Aden. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) was struck twice, once by a mortar in Basateen and again by an airstrike in Harad.

The UN rights office is also acutely worried about increasing attacks against places of worship, pointing to the targeting of five Zaydi mosques with car bombs over the past few weeks as an alarming trend to create sectarian divisions.

&#8220Since 17 June, there has been further destruction of civilian infrastructure, with at least 36 buildings, including hospitals, schools, court houses, power generation facilities and communications institutions partially or totally damaged in the governorates of Sana’a, Aden, Taiz, Al-Jawf, Al-Mahwit, and Hajjah,&#8221 said Ms. Pouilly said.

Humanitarian access also remains severely constrained by the recent violence. Since the beginning of the conflict, land, air and maritime restrictions have severely reduced imports &#8211 with food and other essentials dropping significantly.

&#8220We have also received reports of very serious constraints to humanitarian access in Aden, Al-Dhali, Taiz and Lahj, where Houthi-affiliated Popular Committees and armed forces units loyal to former President Ali Abdalla Saleh have set up checkpoints controlling entry and exit of goods.&#8221 noted Ms. Pouilly.

In addition to insecurity on the roads and blocked access to food and clean water, civilians have been imposed with movement restrictions. Yemen’s healthcare system continues to deteriorate as medicine shortages, essential medical supplies and fuel have reached critical levels.

&#8220Once again,&#8221 Ms. Pouilly stressed, &#8220we urge all sides of the conflict to ensure that international human rights law and international humanitarian law are respected, and to ensure that all feasible measures are taken to protect civilians. International humanitarian law imposes on parties to a conflict the duty to allow and facilitate rapid and unimpeded passage of humanitarian relief for civilians in need. &#8220

In response to a question on attacks against United Nations offices, she called on all parties to respect the inviolability of UN premises, in accordance with applicable international law protecting UN facilities, including the Convention on the Safety of United Nations and associated personnel.

At the same time, Adrian Edwards, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said that on Saturday, 4 July, a rocket blasted a kindergarten in Aden, killing 12 refugees.

&#8220Since the closure of schools across Yemen at the end of May, schools and kindergartens were used to accommodate internally displaced persons. Refugees and internally displaced families were among the most vulnerable, and the UNHCR thus again called on all parties to allow unfettered access for humanitarian aid,&#8221 he said.

Mr. Edwards added that there are some 250,000 refugees in Yemen, whereas more than 46,000 persons had fled the country. At the same time, some 35,000 had crossed into Yemen from the Horn of Africa by boat since the beginning of the year.

&#8220Clearly, there is a massive humanitarian crisis…in Yemen,&#8221 said Jens Laerke, spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), who said the UN’s $1.6 billion dollar appeal is only partially funded. He explained however that no cash had been taken away from other operations because the Yemen relief appeal is underfunded.

Life under siege in Yemen

SANA’A, 7 July 2015 (IRIN) – For most, selling the family silver is a metaphor for bad planning. In Yemen, it is the desperate reality.

45-year-old painter Mohammed Mosed’s has eight family members to protect as he tries to survive in the midst of one of the world’s fiercest and most underreported conflicts.

Living in the Al-Hawta district of Lahj in southern Yemen, he has been under siege for several months.

In late March, Yemen’s President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi fled the capital Sana’a, eventually reaching Saudi Arabia. A Saudi-led coalition then began a bombing campaign in Yemen in a bid to reinstate him and displace Houthi rebels who have claimed large parts of the country in alliance with former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The Houthis have maintained control of key parts of the country and advanced further south. There are fierce clashes in many parts of Aden, while al-Dhale, Taiz and Lahj are under Houthi siege, cut off from Sana’a and other major cities.

For families like Mosed’s, the results are devastating. Most supermarkets and shops are closed, he said, and those still open have little on their shelves. Before the war, a month’s supplies cost YR40,000 ($186), but now the same shopping goes for YR100,000 ($465).

“I have no work so in recent years I could not save any money to eke out a life in this war,” he told IRIN.

And so it was that his wife was forced to sell her jewellery to keep the family alive. Many families, he added, had already run out of funds to buy food.

Basem Al-Zawraiqi, a spokesperson for Lahj province, told IRIN a bag of wheat now costs up to YR18,000 ($84) and the population is desperate. “They will eat anything. They are eating less than their needs, maybe one loaf of bread for a whole family.”

Ongoing talks have raised hopes of a fresh two-week humanitarian pause in hostilities, following a week-long break in May. Hadi’s negotiating teams are calling for the lifting of the sieges, while the Houthis are demanding an end to the bombing that has killed over a hundred people in recent days.

The Houthis justify the sieges as necessary to control Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which has long had its base in southern Yemen.

Mohammed Al-Boukhaiti, a member of the Houthi’s political office, told IRIN the group was “fighting Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State militias in different provinces such as Aden, Taiz, Al-Dhale, and Lahj.”

Rights groups say the sieges amount to collective punishment of civilians; the Houthis counter that Saudi-led blockades on fuel and other crucial goods are just as harmful.

Refugees also affected

In the city of Al-Dhale, 100 kilometres to the north of Lahj, the Houthis were pushed out in late May by a mixture of pro-Hadi forces and other militias, in one of the group’s first major setbacks.

Since then, said Waleed Al-Khateeb, media officer at the Al-Dhale Coordination Council, Houthis have blocked humanitarian aid, even during the ceasefire in May. Several humanitarian organisations tried to deliver aid to the city, he said, but it was confiscated. Houthi spokesman Al-Boukhaiti declined to comment on the allegations.

After negotiations last week, Al-Khateeb said, the Houthis allowed 2,000 food parcels to enter the city. But he claimed this was only “half of the parcels they seized.”

The city has not been as severely cut off as others, so the price of goods has not risen as high, Al-Khateeb said. Partly this is because businessmen from the city working in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere have been able to use local charities to buy goods and distribute them to residents.

But Majed Ali, a poor resident of the city, said the rich were increasing shortages by buying up goods in shops.

“I am jobless right now so I don’t have money to buy lots of food to save it. Though the rich men know that we are under siege and we depend on the local market, they are trying to kill us by saving large quantities of food.” he added to IRIN.

He said that while prices had not risen as much as elsewhere, there were long queues in shops.

Also affected by the sieges are thousands of refugees, mostly from Somalia, living in the south. Many have fled large cities to the Kharaz camp in Lahj.

This hosts over 20,000 refugees, of whom at least 2,000 arrived in recent weeks, according to Mogib Hassan Abdullah, spokesperson for the UN’s refugee agency UNHCR.

Abdullah said there were severe limitations on the agency’s access to the camp, even if last month it was able to deliver medical and health supplies from Aden by boat.

“However, transporting medicines, food and fuel has been extremely challenging and in some cases fraught with security risks. Last week, after several attempts, a consignment of food was delivered to the camp,” Abdullah added.

In Aden, where fierce fighting is ongoing, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) last week began distributing food across the front lines. The consignment of more than 160 tonnes will cover the emergency needs of 17,500 people, the ICRC said.

“We cannot say that this step will solve the whole problem in Aden, rather it is a first step for the international organisations to break the siege,” said Essam Al-Shaeri, the head of the Aden-Based Sah Foundation for Defending Rights and Freedom.

Many people have been prevented from leaving the city by the Houthis, Al-Shaeri added.

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South Sudan: UN Mission deplores killing of civilian in Organization compound

7 July 2015 – The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has condemned &#8220in the strongest terms&#8221 the fatal shooting of an internally displaced person (IDP) at one of its ‘protection-of-civilians’ sites &#8211 the second attack of its kind to strike the African nation and the Organization in less than a week.

According to a press release issued by the Mission earlier today, UN personnel serving at the Organization’s compound in Bentiu responded to a gunshot on the evening of 5 July only to find the body of a male IDP fatally wounded in the back.

UNMISS explained that according to eyewitness accounts two armed men in military uniforms were seen inside the ‘protection-of-civilians’ site and fled into the surrounding bush following the attack.

&#8220Any attack on a protection-of-civilians site constitutes a direct assault against the United Nations and may constitute a war crime,&#8221 the Mission declared in its condemnation of the attack.

&#8220This is not the first time that an UNMISS protection-of-civilians site has come under attack by armed elements in South Sudan, and such indefensible actions will compromise the Mission’s ability to implement its mandate if they continue to go unpunished.&#8221

The killing, in fact, follows the shooting death of one internally displaced person (IDP) and the injuring of six others at another UN compound in Malakal early last week.

In that specific incident, however, three members of forces belonging to either the Sudan People’s Liberation Army In Opposition or the allied militia led by General Johnson Olony were identified as having opened fire on IDPs at the recently inaugurated ‘protection-of-civilians’ site.

The 5 July shooting is just the latest outburst of violence to afflict South Sudan as the country’s 18-month conflict continues to smoulder amid brutal violence against civilians and deepening suffering across the country.

Some 120,000 South Sudanese are sheltered in UN compounds while United Nations estimates suggest that the number of people in need for 2015 will include an anticipated 1.95 million IDPs and a projected 293,000 refugees.

Meanwhile, the country is also being threatened by a cholera outbreak amid mounting reports of contagion throughout the capital, Juba, and the nearby city of Bor.

&#8220It’s a race against time to prevent the spread of cholera up the river Nile, especially during rainy season,&#8221 Jonathan Veitch, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative in South Sudan confirmed in a press release. &#8220Our priority right now is reaching the most vulnerable children who urgently need clean water and vaccinations.&#8221

UNICEF has reported more than 700 cholera cases in Juba and Bor so far and 32 deaths &#8211 one in five of which are children under the age of five.

In South Sudan’s Central Equatoria state, where the epicentre of the outbreak is located, students and teachers in schools near cholera hotspots have invited UNICEF to make school visits to raise awareness of the main risk factors. According to the UN agency, some 1,340 students and 30 teachers have already benefited from life-saving information, with a goal of reaching 150 schools.

In addition, UNICEF is also working to strengthen health facilities, distribute soap to communities, conduct vaccination campaigns in crowded ‘protection-of-civilians’ sites and raise awareness in vulnerable communities about prevention and early detection by training volunteers, teachers and religious leaders.

&#8220Cholera is a deadly disease that inordinately affects young children,&#8221 continued Mr. Veitch. &#8220One of the most powerful ways we can respond to this outbreak is by equipping school-children with the information and tools they need to protect themselves and their families.&#8221

Hughes Expands Managed MPLS Network for African Development Bank

– Hughes builds upon long-term relationship with AfDB providing end-to-end managed WAN service

GERMANTOWN, Maryland, July 7, 2015 / PRNewswire — Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), the world’s leading provider of broadband satellite solutions and services and a leading provider of managed network services, today announced that it was awarded a contract by the African Development Bank (AfDB) to expand the managed MPLS services it provides to AfDB.

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AfDB has been a Hughes managed services customer since 2008, employing a primary communications network of broadband satellite terminals installed at 32 AfDB field offices throughout Africa. In 2013, managed services were expanded to include MPLS circuits at four AfDB sites to headquarters in Abidjan, Ivory Coast from a teleport in Germany. This new 3-year contract calls for expanding MPLS connectivity to an additional seven (7) bank locations including regional resource centers and key field offices. Major applications include SAP, VoIP, video conferencing and high-speed Internet access.

“Hughes has been a valued managed services provider to AfDB for many years,” said David Wu, ICT Director at AfDB. “Our vision is to implement a decentralized IT cloud for which high throughput redundant links and reliable connectivity is of critical importance. The Hughes service delivers on all of these with superior in-country support.”

Kamran Givpoor, vice president of Global Managed Services at Hughes, said “We are delighted that AfDB has chosen to award Hughes with this MPLS expansion contract. It’s a testament to our focus on customer satisfaction and superior service delivery capabilities for the past 7 years delivering end-to-end managed services to AfDB. Hughes looks forward to supporting AfDB in its desire to be a leading ICT innovator in the pan-African region.”

AfDB had stringent requirements for their network including: high availability; uniform SLA and QoS offerings; a single vendor to provide full turnkey managed services and ongoing system engineering, installation, and field maintenance; monthly reporting, statistics and quarterly review on usage and performance; and 24 x 7 multi-lingual help desk.

About African Development Bank
The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group is a multi-lateral development finance institution established to contribute to the economic development and the social progress of African countries. The African Development Group comprises three entities: the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Development Fund (ADF), and the Nigeria Trust Fund (NTF). The AfDB Group is one of the five major multilateral development banks in the world that provides assistance to its regional member countries with a view to helping them achieve their development goals. Combating poverty is at the heart of the AfDB’s effort to assist the continent to attain sustainable economic growth. The AfDB Group seeks to stimulate and mobilize internal and external resources to promote investments as well as provide Regional Member Countries (RMCs) with technical assistance.

The overarching objective of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group is to spur sustainable economic development and social progress in its regional member countries (RMCs), thus contributing to poverty reduction. The Bank Group achieves this objective by:

  • mobilizing and allocating resources for investment in RMCs; and
  • providing policy advice and technical assistance to support development efforts.

In 2000, all multilateral development institutions have agreed on a same set of objectives, called the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). They are:

  • Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  • Improve maternal health
  • Achieve universal primary education
  • Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
  • Promote gender equality and empower women
  • Ensure environmental sustainability
  • Reduce child mortality
  • Develop a global partnership for development

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A Final Status Report on the MDGs

And the news is overwhelmingly encouraging. Not all of the goals were met, but humanity took historic steps to end extreme poverty and the pathologies associated with it. “A 15-year effort to implement eight goals adopted by world leaders at the start of the new millennium has helped lift more than one billion people out of extreme poverty, enabled more girls to go to school than ever before, and brought unprecedented results in fighting diseases such as HIV/AIDS, the U.N. chief said Monday.In the final report on the Millennium Development Goals released Monday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the global mobilization to implement the goals by the end of 2015 has produced “the most successful anti-poverty movement in history.” (NYT http://nyti.ms/1Rhmr0B)

Deadly Boko Haram attack in northern Nigeria…At least 44 people were killed in twin bomb blasts in the central Nigerian city of Jos, the emergency services said on Monday, after a wave of mass casualty attacks blamed on Boko Haram militants. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1eAbBRy)

Comings and Goings…Former member of congress and co-founder of Avaaz, Tom Periello will replace Russ Feingold as the President’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1NN1sgK)

More money please…Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai wants world leaders to spend more money, on top of their earlier promises, to secure 12 years of free primary and secondary education for all children across the world. (AP http://yhoo.it/1HJ7JZZ)

Stranger than fiction: Chinese government researchers are using chickens, fish and toads to try to predict earthquakes, media reported. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1eAbQfw)

Developing story: A customs officer was wounded and three freight trucks were torched when armed men attacked the town of Nimule near the border with Uganda, officials and residents said Monday. (VOA http://bit.ly/1HIDswe)

So, about China…A top U.N. official is expressing concern about whether China-backed development projects overseas will have adequate protections for human rights. (VOA http://bit.ly/1H7yvXw)

Africa

The Malian Islamist rebel group Ansar Dine claimed it carried out a series of attacks against U.N. peacekeepers and Malian army targets in the country’s capital, Bamako, and border areas near Ivory Coast and Mauritania. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1NMR4FH)

Nigeria’s military has freed 180 detainees held for months, including women carrying babies with toddlers clinging to their skirts, declaring they are no longer suspected of being part of the Boko Haram Islamic extremist insurgency. (AP http://yhoo.it/1NMQTu5)

Kenyan anti-gay protesters marched in Nairobi Monday warning US President Barack Obama not to speak about gay rights when he visits the country of his ancestors later this month. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1HJ7uy9)

A Burundian general who backed a failed coup in May threatened to launch an armed uprising after President Pierre Nkurunziza refused to bow to opposition and international demands to abandon a bid for a third term. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1NMQR5o)

The prime minister of Burkina Faso, Yacouba Izaac Zida, said he has not resigned — contrary to rumors and what the local news media have been reporting in recent days. The reports have circulated amid a dispute involving Zida and the presidential guard, the RSP. (VOA http://bit.ly/1NMQrMm)

It’s estimated more than 20 million Nigerians suffer from mental illness, but many opt for traditional healers instead of getting professional help. (VOA http://bit.ly/1NMQ8Bq)

President Robert Mugabe on Monday moved Zimbabwe’s information minister, who he branded a “devil incarnate” last year, to an education department role in his second cabinet reshuffle since December. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1NMR8W0)

As precision farmers in South Africa go hi tech to boost yields, some are also adopting a “conservation” approach to land management, which involves limiting soil disturbance to build up nutrients in the ground and increase production. (TRF http://bit.ly/1H7t4rp)

Zambia: In the advent of unpredictable weather, smallholder rain-dependent agriculture is increasingly becoming a risky business and the situation could worsen if, as seems likely, the world experiences levels of global warming that could lead to an increase in droughts, floods and diseases, both in frequency and intensity. (IPS http://bit.ly/1HJ6XMy)

Ride-hailing service Uber said on Monday its drivers had faced intimidation in South Africa following a protest last week by members of metered taxi associations who say the online app competes unfairly for business. (VOA http://bit.ly/1NMQnw6)

MENA

Nearly 100 people were killed on Monday in air strikes across Yemen, the Houthi-run state news agency reported, as a Saudi-led coalition stepped up attacks that are likely to weigh on efforts to broker a humanitarian truce. (AFP http://reut.rs/1RhmxW7)

The Islamic State group has regained control of a northern Syrian town captured by Kurdish fighters two weeks ago, activists and IS-linked social media outlets reported Monday. (AP http://yhoo.it/1NMRj3K)

Cash for educating children caught up in disasters, ranging from the war in Syria to the earthquake in Nepal, needs to rise sharply to cope with a surge in the number of young refugees, a U.N. envoy said on Monday. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1HJ7uyh)

New anti-terrorism legislation in Egypt is targeting the media and making it a criminal offense to publish news contradicting the government’s version of events in terrorism-related cases. (VOA http://bit.ly/1HIDtQW)

Asia

A shoe factory collapsed in eastern China during a weekend shift, killing 14 people and injuring 33 others, local authorities said Monday. (AP http://yhoo.it/1NMR7Sb)

Fourteen Thai students who were arrested after staging anti-coup rallies must face military court and will not be released beforehand, Thailand’s army chief said on Monday, despite growing calls for charges to be dropped. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1JKryCx)

A foreigner who flew to the Philippines from the Middle East has become the second confirmed case of MERS in the country, the health department said Monday, as a deadly outbreak in South Korea spreads alarm across Asia. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1eAbKVk)

Dozens of Afghans have rallied to denounce last week’s court ruling that overturned the death sentences for four men convicted for taking part in the mob killing of a woman outside a Kabul shrine in March. (AP http://yhoo.it/1NMRdJf)

A severe drought in Thailand is limiting the growing season of the country’s important rice crop. Farmers are blaming the government for not doing more to protect a key export. (VOA http://bit.ly/1eAa4LB)

The BRICS emerging economies will launch a development bank at a summit this week which Russian President Vladimir Putin hopes will help reduce Western dominance of world financial institutions and show Moscow is not isolated. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1HJ7BK3)

The Americas

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos must make strong gestures to avoid another half-century of conflict in the South American nation, a commander for the FARC rebel group said. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1HJ7xdq)

Nothing like a good measles outbreak to get Americans thinking more kindly about vaccines. One third of parents say they think vaccines have more benefit than they did a year ago, according to a poll conducted in May. (NPR http://n.pr/1JKqGh7)

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet’s approval rating fell to a record low in June after a month of political shakeups and protests, an opinion poll showed Monday. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1HJ7w99)

A Republican entrepreneur seeking to push his party to fight climate change and support clean energy in the U.S. said on Sunday he has given his first big campaign gift to Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1JKrF0O)

…and the rest

About 800 million people still live in dire poverty and suffer from hunger despite the United Nations Millennium Development Goals being the most successful anti-poverty push in history, the U.N. said on Monday. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1HJ7lL8)

The World Health Organization says cholera vaccines are effectively controlling the spread of the deadly disease in a number of high-risk areas around the globe, but the lack of vaccines limits the ability to protect all people in need. (VOA http://bit.ly/1NMQpEl)

Hungary’s parliament passed legislation on Monday that tightens its asylum rules, providing the legal framework for the erection of a fence along the country’s southern border with Serbia to stem the flow of illegal migrants. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1HJ7FcP)

New information uncovered by a UN panel on the death of former secretary-general Dag Hammarskjold should be investigated to establish whether his plane was attacked just before it crashed in southern Africa, the UN chief said Monday. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1H7yrqK)

Advanced countries need to do more to address breaches of integrity by public officials and help win back citizens’ trust in national governments, a survey by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) found. (TRF http://yhoo.it/1HIDqVh)

Opinion/Blogs

Anand Gopal wrote the most important foreign policy book of the last decade. He discusses his pulitzer-finalist book and why he traveled to Afghanistan on a whim to report this crucial story. (Global Dispatches Podcast http://bit.ly/1H3E4Hh)

Make poverty history? A decade on from Gleneagles, it is a genuine possibility (Guardian http://bit.ly/1NMQw2K)

The number of children out of school is growing: What happened? (WhyDev http://bit.ly/1KMTyUR)

The biggest barrier to ending poverty is… our paternalism? (Chris Blattman http://bit.ly/1KMU59e)

A Climate Apollo Program (Policy Innovations http://bit.ly/1NMUWqm)

Who will determine aid spending in the next 10 years? (Devex http://bit.ly/1NMV8Gc)

On Horseshit (Aid Leap http://bit.ly/1NMUVCT)

Women’s Rights Advocacy – Why Am I Involved? (Fahamu http://bit.ly/1eA9r4p)

Ghana: What’s Holding Back Ghana’s Progress in Reducing Maternal Mortality (The Conversation http://bit.ly/1JKqnTv)

Africa Should Invest in Its Youth, Education and Agriculture (The Monitor http://bit.ly/1eA9E7L)

What have the millennium development goals achieved? (Guardian http://bit.ly/1HJ7gXS)

Religion and the SDGs – The ‘New Normal’ and Calls for Action (IPS http://bit.ly/1HID5BP)

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