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UN: $864m appeal for Somalia only 31 percent funded

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The United Nations says the $864 million UN humanitarian appeal for Somalia where a worsening drought threatens millions of people with famine is only 31% funded.

The UN deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters on Wednesday that “the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate”.

He says nearly 257 000 people left their homes between November and February and are internally displaced, and some 4 300 Somalis crossed the border into Ethiopia.

Haq says there are more than 13 000 cases of “acute watery diarrhea” and cholera with more than 300 deaths from those illnesses reported since the beginning of the year.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who visited Somalia last week, will chair a UN Security Council meeting Thursday on the humanitarian and political situation in the Horn of Africa nation.

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Ghana: video of police assault on nursing mother goes viral

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Ghana’s social media space – Facebook and Twitter – has been buzzing with a call for the arrest of a police officer for assaulting a nursing mother.

A viral video shows the said officer in what starts like a tussle with the woman in a banking hall. Subsequently, he is seen hitting the woman with an umbrella, punching and slapping her on the face.

Reports indicated that the woman, a client of the savings and loans company, where the incident occured had arrived when the company had closed.

She ostensibly got in despite the close of business and refused to leave till she could withdraw a sum of 250 cedis ($50). Social media users are calling for the immediate arrest of the police officer. 

Local media portals also report that the police heirachy has confirmed that a probe had been opened into the alleged incident and that due process was going to be pursued.

The video continues to be widely shared on Facebook with some prominent media personalities joining the calls for justice for the woman.

 

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Trump extends Somali immigrants’ stay in US

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Somalis living in the United States under protected status have been given permission by the Trump administration to remain in the country for at least another 18 months, because of ongoing violence in the North African nation.

At least 500 Somalis in the United States with Temporary Protected Status will be able to re-register for an extension of their status through March 17, 2020, according to a Thursday statement from the Department of Homeland Security. The status grants beneficiaries the ability to legally work while they are in the United States.

 

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