East Africa locusts threaten food security across subregion

Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are dealing with desert locust swarms of “unprecedented size and destructive potential” that could spill over into more countries in East Africa, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Monday. Destroying hundreds of thousands of acres of crops, the outbreak is impacting the region’s food insecurity. The UN agency urged for a collective campaign to deal with the crisis, concerned over the risk that the swarms spill over into more countries in East Africa,…

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UN Secretary-General Condemns Somalia attack

At least 79 people died and scores more were wounded when a car bomb exploded at a busy checkpoint in the capital, Mogadishu.  Many of the victims were students. UN chief António Guterres has condemned what he described as “this horrendous crime”, according to a statement issued by his spokesman. Mr. Guterres has also extended his deepest sympathies to the victims and wished a speedy recovery to those injured in the blast. “The Secretary-General reiterates the full commitment of…

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UN AGENCIES RAMP UP SOMALIA MEASLES AND POLIO CAMPAIGN
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has scaled up their cholera vigilance in Khartoum, Sudan.

Children under the age of five are being targeted with polio vaccines, and measles vaccines will be administered to children aged between 6 and 59 months. The campaign also includes a vitamin A supplement for children under 5 to boost their immunity as well as de-worming tablets. Over five days, until November 29, health workers will focus their efforts in the regions of  Benaadir, Galguduud, Hirshabelle, Jubaland and South West State, and on children in districts with high concentrations…

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