Poverty, Overwhelmed School System Forcing Sudan’s Children to Work

Millions of children in Sudan go to work each day instead of to school, in part because of widespread poverty, and in part because the education system does not have the resources to accommodate them.Fifteen-year-old Murtada al-Haj left school three years ago to earn a living to support his family.Murtada lives with his parents in Khartoum, and makes under $4 per day. The situation hampers his dream to become a…

Poverty, Overwhelmed School System Forcing Sudan’s Children to Work

Millions of children in Sudan go to work each day instead of to school, in part because of widespread poverty, and in part because the education system does not have the resources to accommodate them.Fifteen-year-old Murtada al-Haj left school three years ago to earn a living to support his family.Murtada lives with his parents in Khartoum, and makes under $4 per day. The situation hampers his dream to become a…

Ethiopia PM Sidesteps Trump’s Head Scratching Nobel Prize Comments

Ethiopians and U.S. foreign policy observers are trying to unravel a comment made by President Donald Trump last week where he claimed to have "saved a country" and implied he should have been given the Nobel Peace Prize for the achievement. Trump made the comments during a rally in Toledo, Ohio, and appeared to be referencing Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, whose Nobel Peace Prize was announced in October. "I…

AGU signs agreement with a German university

Manama: The Arabian Gulf University (AGU) has signed a collaboration agreement with Leipzig University, in Germany. Students enrolled in the PhD Program in Innovation Management at AGU have received Professional Innovation Manager certificate from Leipzig University after equalizing the subjects they have successfully completed as part of the program requirements in developing products and marketing them. This certificate is important to empower youth in the GCC to use innovative methodologies…

Fleeing War, Poverty, African Migrants Face Racism in Egypt

Two Sudanese sisters, Seham and Ekhlas Bashir, were walking their children home from elementary school in a Cairo neighborhood when a group of Egyptian teenagers crowded around them. The boys taunted them, calling them slave and other slurs. Then they tried to rip off Ekhlas' clothes.An onlooker intervened, scolding the young harassers, and the sisters and their three children managed to escape. But they were shaken.They had just arrived in…

In First Annual Budget Since 1973, Fifth Committee Approves $3.07 Billion for 2020, Concluding Main Part of Seventy-Fourth Session

Delegates Clash over Funding for Mechanism Investigating Serious Crimes in SyriaThe Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) concluded the main part of its seventy fourth session on Friday, approving resources totalling $3.07 billion for 2020, its first annual budget since 1973 and $200 million more than the $2.87 billion outlay proposed by Secretary General Antonio Guterres in early October.With the new one year fiscal cycle for its regular budget, the Organization…

Year on, Amnesty Urges Sudan Deliver on Protesters’ Demands

Amnesty International on Thursday urged Sudan's new transitional government to deliver on popular demands for sweeping change as the country marked the first anniversary of mass protests that led to the ouster of former president and longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir.A year ago, the first rally was held in Sudan to protest the soaring cost of bread, marking the beginning of a pro-democracy movement that convulsed the large African country. That…

Delegate Concerned about Continual Increase of Programme Budget Implications, Revised Estimates, as Fifth Committee Reviews 2020 Contingency Fund

Speakers Also Discuss Financing for Hybrid Operation in DarfurAt today's Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) meeting, Japan's delegate expressed her concerns with a Secretariat request to approve $64.5 million in new charges against the contingency fund set aside for the Organization's upcoming 2020 regular budget.Member States are being asked to make a difficult decision, she said. Japan is concerned that, since the 2012 2013 biennium, the total amount of programme…