February 9, 2016

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  • FGM

    AFRICA: Somalia, Guinea, Djibouti Lead in FGM Prevalence, Report Shows

    FEBRUARY 5, 2016(CISA)–Somalia, Guinea and Djibouti have the highest prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) globally, a UN report has stated. UNICEF report noted that in the 30 countries where the practice is most widespread, the majority of girls had undergone FGM before their fifth birthday despite the practice being declared the practice a violation of children’s rights. “In countries like Somalia, Guinea and Djibouti, the practice is practically universal,” AFP quoted Claudia Cappa, the lead author of the report as saying. “Being born in those countries means you have 9 out of 10 possibilities of undergoing the practice,” she…

  • SUDAN.MN.0708: **Goffard Sudan Daily Story**  Members of Parliament (L-R) Hon. Stephen Agongo and  Ngnog Deng Gumand learn the words to the new South Sudan National Anthem shortly after signing the new constitution in the Parliament building in Juba, Sudan July 07, 2011. (Barbara Davidson/The Los Angeles Times)

    S SUDAN: Parliament Passes Bill Limiting Foreign aid Workers

    JUBA FEBRUARY 5, 2016(CISA)-South Sudan parliament have passed a bill restricting numbers of foreign aid workers working in the country. The Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) bill, passed on February 3 says that no more than a fifth of aid workers can be from abroad. “Aid agencies must ensure that not less than 80 percent of the employees are South Sudanese nationals at all managerial, middle and junior levels,” the bill read, according to a copy seen by AFP. The bill must still be signed by the president to pass into law. Aid agencies already employ large numbers of South Sudanese –…

  • COPTIC

    EGYPT: Coptic Patriarch Speaks Against Domestic Violence

    CAIRO FEBRUARY 5, 2016 (CISA) – Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Tawadros II has said that domestic violence, whose victims are mainly women and children, represent a devastating social phenomenon that has severe effects on people’s lives and also on civil society. Patriarch Tawadros was speaking at a prayer meeting during the beginning of his visit to the dioceses on February 3, at the church of St. George, in the suburb of Guizeh, which was attended by thousands of faithful. In his homily, he cited the words of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount (“Blessed are the meek, for they shall…

  • DROUGHT IN ZIM

    ZIMBABWE: Country Declares State of Disaster in areas hit by Drought

    HARARE FEBRUARY 5, 2016 (CISA) – President Robert Mugabe has declared a state of disaster in several areas of the country hit by drought. According to the Minister of Local Government, Saviour Kasukuwere the El Nino-induced drought has severely affected some areas across the country. According to a statement from the Social Welfare Minister Prisca Mupfumira on February 4, about 2.5 million of Zimbabwe’s 12 million people currently need emergency food assistance. “Crops have been affected across 95 percent of the country and more than 16,000 cattle have died,” Kasukuwere said. “With rains failing almost completely, the situation is getting…

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FGM

AFRICA: Somalia, Guinea, Djibouti Lead in FGM Prevalence, Report Shows

Feb 9, 2016

FEBRUARY 5, 2016(CISA)–Somalia, Guinea and Djibouti have the highest prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) globally, a UN report has stated. UNICEF report noted that in the 30 countries where the practice is most widespread, the majority of girls had undergone FGM before their fifth birthday despite the practice being declared the practice a violation of children’s rights. “In countries like Somalia, Guinea and Djibouti, the practice is practically universal,” AFP quoted Claudia Cappa, the lead author of the report as saying. “Being born in those countries means you have 9 out of 10 possibilities of undergoing the practice,” she…

SUDAN.MN.0708: **Goffard Sudan Daily Story**  Members of Parliament (L-R) Hon. Stephen Agongo and  Ngnog Deng Gumand learn the words to the new South Sudan National Anthem shortly after signing the new constitution in the Parliament building in Juba, Sudan July 07, 2011. (Barbara Davidson/The Los Angeles Times)

S SUDAN: Parliament Passes Bill Limiting Foreign aid Workers

Feb 9, 2016

JUBA FEBRUARY 5, 2016(CISA)-South Sudan parliament have passed a bill restricting numbers of foreign aid workers working in the country. The Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) bill, passed on February 3 says that no more than a fifth of aid workers can be from abroad. “Aid agencies must ensure that not less than 80 percent of the employees are South Sudanese nationals at all managerial, middle and junior levels,” the bill read, according to a copy seen by AFP. The bill must still be signed by the president to pass into law. Aid agencies already employ large numbers of South Sudanese –…

COPTIC

EGYPT: Coptic Patriarch Speaks Against Domestic Violence

Feb 9, 2016

CAIRO FEBRUARY 5, 2016 (CISA) – Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Tawadros II has said that domestic violence, whose victims are mainly women and children, represent a devastating social phenomenon that has severe effects on people’s lives and also on civil society. Patriarch Tawadros was speaking at a prayer meeting during the beginning of his visit to the dioceses on February 3, at the church of St. George, in the suburb of Guizeh, which was attended by thousands of faithful. In his homily, he cited the words of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount (“Blessed are the meek, for they shall…

DROUGHT IN ZIM

ZIMBABWE: Country Declares State of Disaster in areas hit by Drought

Feb 9, 2016

HARARE FEBRUARY 5, 2016 (CISA) – President Robert Mugabe has declared a state of disaster in several areas of the country hit by drought. According to the Minister of Local Government, Saviour Kasukuwere the El Nino-induced drought has severely affected some areas across the country. According to a statement from the Social Welfare Minister Prisca Mupfumira on February 4, about 2.5 million of Zimbabwe’s 12 million people currently need emergency food assistance. “Crops have been affected across 95 percent of the country and more than 16,000 cattle have died,” Kasukuwere said. “With rains failing almost completely, the situation is getting…

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MAOMBI

KENYA: President Bows to Pressure, Rejects Proposed Religious Societies Rules

NAIROBI JANUARY 29, 2016(CISA)-President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday January 28 ordered the immediate withdrawal of the proposed Religious Societies Rules 2015. “This will pave way for a process driven by the religious stakeholders with the participation of the government and the general public in structured consultation,” a statement from State House said. President Kenyatta reached the decision following a meeting with religious leaders on the proposed regulations that had met protest and condemnation from a cross section of religious leaders. The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) had in early January decried the proposed Societies (religious societies) rules 2015 saying…

hUNGER IN ETHIOPIA

ETHIOPIA: Hunger Looms as Drought Hits Country

ADDIS ABABA January 29, 2016(CISA)- Millions of people in Ethiopia are facing intense food shortage after UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) issued a warning on January 14, 2016 of a break in food aid deliveries. “Without additional resources the food sector projects a full-pipeline break in a couple of months,” said a report from OCHA. According to Vatican Radio, the situation especially in Ethiopia has been made worse by the El Nino weather phenomenon which creates a cycle of drought and flooding. According to Michel Roy, the Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis, the drought in Ethiopia…

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MORROCO: Muslim Leaders Adopt Report Supporting Minority Rights

MARRAKESH, JANUARY 29, 2016(CISA)-Muslim leaders from around the world have adopted a declaration to defend the rights of religious minorities in predominantly Muslim countries. Hundreds of both Sunni and Shiite scholars from 120 countries gathered in Marrakesh to consider the plight of non-Muslim minorities in largely Muslim nations. Speaking during the conference, King Mohammed VI of Morocco said that the kingdom would never tolerate violation of the rights of religious minorities. “We in the Kingdom of Morocco will not tolerate the violation of the rights of religious minorities in the name of Islam,” King Mohammed VI stated at the January…

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VATICAN: Pope Meets Togo President, Calls for Peace and Security

VATICAN CITY JANUARY 29, 2016(CISA)-Pope Francis on January 28 met the president of the Republic of Togo, Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé During the meeting, reported Vatican Information Service, Pope Francis acknowledged the good existing relations between the Holy See and Togo, and the prospects for their further consolidation and stressed on “the need for joint commitment to the promotion of security and peace in the region.” President Gnassingbé lauded the contribution of the Catholic Church to the development of the country and the integral progress of the Togolese population, especially in the field of education. During the meeting, Pope Francis gave…