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U.S. Sends Troops To Help Search For Abducted Nigerian Schoolgirls

New York Times: U.S. Sends Troops to Chad to Aid Hunt for Nigerian Schoolgirls “The United States has sent 80 troops to Chad in Central Africa to support a growing international effort in neighboring Nigeria to help find and rescue the schoolgirls who were abducted by an Islamist extremist group…

Uganda’s New HIV Law ‘Is A Major Step Backward’

International Center for Research on Women: New HIV Law in Uganda Will Harm Women, Children, and Families Anne Stangl, a senior behavioral scientist at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), discusses a new law in Uganda that “criminalizes the transmission of HIV, makes it legal for doctors to…

U.N. Official Pleas For $60M In Aid To Somalia As Country Faces Starvation

Associated Press/Detroit Free Press: With Somalia on brink of mass starvation, United Nations pleads for aid “…The United Nation’s top humanitarian official for Somalia is pleading for more money. Philippe Lazzarini appealed for international donors to find $60 million so aid groups can continue feeding the malnourished children, and so…

World Donors Must Unite Behind S. Sudan, Provide Support As Country Rebuilds

Huffington Post: South Sudan: We Must Not Miss This Opportunity to Save Lives Toby Lanzer, U.N. assistant secretary-general in Juba, South Sudan as deputy special representative and development and humanitarian coordinator “…An end to the conflict [in South Sudan] would allow people to move around in greater safety, to sow…

U.N. Discusses Levy On Oil From Africa To Fund Health Efforts

News outlets report on the U.N.’s proposed funding mechanism to use a levy on oil to fight disease in developing countries. Agence France-Presse: U.N. eyes Africa oil levy to fight disease “The United Nations has begun talks with African leaders over a levy on oil that could rake in huge…

Ensuring Care, Dignity For Women, Young Girls In S. Sudan Is Urgent

Inter Press Service: OP-ED: Violence Leaves Women, Girls, and Young People on the Edge in South Sudan Julitta Onabanjo, regional director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) East and Southern Africa Region “As with many conflicts and other humanitarian emergencies around the world, those who suffer the most are…

Ugandan Nurse Jailed For Alleged Attempt To Spread HIV

News outlets report on the sentencing of a Ugandan nurse to three years in prison for allegedly attempting to spread HIV. Associated Press: Uganda nurse is jailed in HIV transmission case “A Ugandan court on Monday sentenced a nurse to three years in jail after finding her guilty of criminal…