Monthly Archives: June 2011
The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in South Kordofan announced that the National Congress Party (NCP) violated the Addis Ababa on the day after it was signed by launching air attacks. A statement released by the media counselor of the SPLM chairman in South Kordofan said that Antonov planes carried out fourteen bombing runs on Wednesday morning, targeting the villages of Alahmeir, Abu Hashim, Koroji, Um Sirdaba, Alhamra, Elatmor and Alabo. Eye witnesses told Radio Dabanga that eight civilians were killed and 36 others were wounded in an airstrike launched by the army on Tuesday and one eye witness said that the attacks of the Armed Forces in the areas of Koroji and Tibla in Um Durwain and Baram and Silara, rural areas of El Delenj were repeated. The witness also stated that the airstrike on Tibla led to the killing of an elderly woman and the wounding of four with critical injuries. The witness also revealed that the main market of the area, Daimana market, was completely destroyed.
Article source: http://www.radiodabanga.org/node/15723
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) confirmed today that two Ethiopian staff members who went missing after a deadly incident in mid-May have been safely recovered.
“WFP confirms that the staff members have been brought to the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, where they are receiving medical treatment and stress counseling and being reunited with their families,” the Rome-based agency said in a press statement.
The two staff members went missing on 13 May after the convoy in which they travelling on a monitoring mission in Ethiopia’s Somali region was attacked by assailants.
One member of the convoy, the driver Farhan Hamsa, was killed in the attack, and another staff member was injured.
WFP said it had worked closely with national and regional authorities to ensure the safe return of the two staff members.
“This incident underscores the need to ensure the safety and security of UN staff,” the statement stressed.
The United Nations today urged African countries to empower the continent’s youth through schooling and jobs, stressing that the foundation for peace and development lay in giving young people opportunities to build better lives for themselves.
“If we are to bring lasting peace and sustainable development to the continent, we must empower Africa’s youth,” Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro told heads of State at the annual African Union (AU) summit, which is being held in Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea, and whose theme is youth empowerment for sustainable development.
She pointed out that 35 per cent of Africa’s total population is between the ages of 15 and 35, the phase in people’s lives when they lay foundations for their future, build careers and plan families.
“For too many young adults in Africa, this is a time of dashed hopes, frustration, and political, economic and social exclusion,” said Ms. Migiro. “But there is a way for African nations to defuse the youth time bomb – by empowering youth and reaping the benefits. You have recognized this yourselves – by choosing the theme of this meeting and by prioritizing youth development in your development agenda,” she added.
She said that the United Nations will continue to work closely with Africa’s leaders to maintain and strengthen peace by supporting the efforts of the African people to realize their right to choose their own leaders.
“Countries that prioritize democratic principles generally fare better in avoiding armed conflict, promoting stable and equitable development, and building socially inclusive societies,” Ms. Migiro.
“The young men and women of Africa need to know that their dreams can and will be achieved – not through violence and crime, but through the ballot box and the decent jobs that will come from thriving economies,” she added.
She pointed out that the continent has over the past decade undergone a period of rapid economic growth, a stark contrast to the stagnation and reversals of previous years.
Attractive investment opportunities are expanding beyond the minerals and energy sectors, and a middle class is also emerging in several countries, although extreme poverty, hunger and inequality remain a major concern.
“For Africa, this is, in many ways, an era of opportunity. Our job is to ensure that it is an era of opportunity for all,” she said.
Ms. Migiro reminded the African heads of State that this year marks the tenth anniversary of the coming into force of the Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The protocols prohibit the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has launched a global campaign to promote the universal ratification of the protocols, Ms. Migiro said, but only 18 AU Member States are parties. “I call on all 53 AU Members to become parties and implement them fully,” she said.
On Sudan, Ms. Migiro noted that despite the recent outbreaks of violence in Southern Kordofan and Abyei, the upcoming independence of Southern Sudan was another milestone for Africa, and for the continent’s partnership with the UN.
“The United Nations will remain committed to supporting South Sudan’s peaceful development and to good neighbourly relations between north and south,” she said
She also reiterated that the UN remains committed to the search for a political solution to the ongoing crisis in Libya.
“There should be no doubt about our aims. The objective – and the obligation – of the international community is to protect civilians and to work for a durable peace that meets the legitimate aspirations of Libyan people,” she added.