- The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution on Somalia, extending the African Union mandate to 31 January 2010. The extension comes as clashes between government forces and rebels took a new toll in the Horn of Africa state.
The Security Council has also condemned the recent upsurge of fighting in Somalia and called on all Somali parties to support the Djibouti Agreement.
The UN Agency for Refugees (UNHCR), said that the latest escalation of fighting in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, has displaced over 67,000 people.
UNHCR warned that the escalating violence between government forces and rebel groups that tried to make a coup also hinders the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the displaced population.
The agency’s spokesman in Geneva, Ron Redmond, said that most of the displaced persons are directed to Afgooye corridor, southeast of Mogadishu, where they are housed in makeshift camps housing more than 400,000 Somalis who have fled the capital due to violence during the past two years.
"Local agencies that have provided vital assistance to the displaced are increasingly facing security problems in trying to help those who need it so much," he said.
UNHCR staff today launched an emergency operation for the distribution of commodities to some 50,000 people.
afrol News - It is called "financial inclusion", and it is a key government policy in Rwanda. The goal is that, by 2020, 90 percent of the population is to have and actively use bank accounts. And in only four years, financial inclusion has doubled in Rwanda.
afrol News - The UN's humanitarian agencies now warn about a devastating famine in Sudan and especially in South Sudan, where the situation is said to be "imploding". Relief officials are appealing to donors to urgently fund life-saving activities in the two countries.
afrol News - Fear is spreading all over West Africa after the health ministry in Guinea confirmed the first Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa. According to official numbers, at least 86 are infected and 59 are dead as a result of this very contagious disease.
afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.