FAO aims to provide livelihood assistance to nearly 49 million people in 2021

Rome - As the COVID-19 pandemic, conflict and climate-related crises drive acute levels of hunger higher, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is seeking $1.1 billion in 2021 to save the lives and livelihoods of some of the world's most food-insecure people.In 2021, FAO is aiming to reach more than 48.9 million people who rely on agriculture for their survival and livelihoods through interventions aimed at…

Thai army medic dismissed over fake COVID-19 vaccine in S. Sudan

(JUBA) - A Thai medic accused of injecting 273 Thai troops on a peacekeeping mission in South Sudan with fake Covid-19 vaccines has been dismissed, a military official confirmed.UNAMID peacekeepers from Thailand posted in Muhkjar (West Darfur) - Demotix ImagesSupreme Commander General Chalermphol Srisawat was quoted saying the army medic, a lieutenant, gave injections of harmless plain water, claiming it was a Covid-19 vaccine.Each of the Thai soldiers reportedly paid…

COVID-19 vaccines touchdown in Sudan and Rwanda

In a boost for equitable distribution in Africa, 800,000 doses of the AstraZeneca shots touched down in Khartoum, making Sudan the first country in the Middle East and North Africa region to receive the vaccine, according to a press release from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). This delivery follows the arrival on 26 February, of 4.5 metric tons of syringes and safety boxes – funded by GAVI, the vaccine alliance,…

Sudan, Rwanda Receive Shipments of COVID-19 Vaccines

Sudan and Rwanda received their first shipments of COVID-19 vaccines Wednesday, according to the U.N.Sudan received the initial 820,000 doses out of a total of 3,400,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine secured by COVAX, a global program to distribute vaccines to low- and middle-income countries, and UNICEF. Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s office posted news of the shipment in a tweet.Rwanda received 102,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, making the country…

10 People Feared Dead in South Sudan Commercial Plane Crash

A South Sudan Supreme Airlines plane crashed just after takeoff late Tuesday afternoon in South Sudan, killing all 10 people on board, according to media reports. Initial reports indicate the plane carrying eight passengers and a two member crew, went down after leaving the small village of Pieri. The plane was bound for the Juba International Airport, where an airport official there confirmed the accident. The exact cause of the…

PLANE CRASH IN SOUTH SUDAN: AT LEAST 10 PEOPLE KILLED

Ten people, including the two pilots, died when a plane crashed Tuesday at an airstrip in South Sudan's Jonglei state, the region's governor said."It was with great shock and horror to receive the news of the plane crash (HK-4274) of South Sudan Supreme Airline that happened today the 2nd day of March 2021 at around 5.05 PM at Pieri Airstrip," Governor Denay Jock Chagor said in a statement sent to…

South Sudan considers extending partial COVID-19 lockdow

(JUBA) - South Sudan’s health ministry said it could consider extending the partial lockdown it recently imposed in the wake of the rising positive cases of the coronavirus pandemic.Speaking to reporters in Juba on Sunday, the incident manager for COVID-19 in the ministry of health, Richard Lako said the number of positive COVID-19 cases reached 7,926 on Sunday."There is real community transmission, cases are still going up and the number…

First Person: Yemen ‘cannot even afford to worry about the coronavirus’

Famine, conflict and widespread poverty mean that Yemen is one of the toughest countries in the world in which to live, both for internally displaced people and refugees who have arrived from countries like Somalia.Ahead of a major international conference to raise funds for humanitarian aid initiatives in Yemen, UNHCR’s Jean-Nicolas Beuze has been speaking to the head of communications for the UN, Melissa Fleming, as part of the podcast…