Monthly Archives: February 2021

US Calls on African Union to Exert Pressure Over Worsening Crisis in Tigray

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Saturday called on the African Union and other international partners to help address a deepening crisis in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region as he condemned alleged atrocities in fighting there.Bl…

US Report Documents Atrocities, Ethnic Cleansing in Tigray, NY Times Says

An internal U.S. government report obtained by The New York Times says that Ethiopia is conducting “a systematic campaign of ethnic cleansing” under the cover of war in the Tigray region, an area largely controlled by Amhara militias in the northern pa…

3 Years After, Parents of Nigerian Girl Abducted?by?Boko Haram Still Plead for Her Release

YOLA, NIGERIA – Three years ago this month, Boko Haram abducted 110 girls from a school in Dapchi, in Nigeria’s Yobe state. One girl remains in captivity. Her parents remain hopeful she will be freed but say the government is doing nothing to ensure h…

UN Launches Multimillion Dollar Appeal for Uprooted Central Africans

GENEVA – The U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR, is appealing for $164 million to assistance and protect nearly 1.5 million Central Africans uprooted by conflict and violence. Civil conflict in the Central African Republic has uprooted about one-third of th…

Journalist’s Home Set Ablaze Amid Niger Violence

The home of a Radio France International (RFI) reporter was burned down Thursday during post-election violence in Niger’s capital, Niamey. RFI correspondent Moussa Kaka and his family were not harmed in the attack, but their house was badly damaged. Th…

Human Rights Violations Eroding Fundamental Freedoms Globally, Bachelet Says

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michele Bachelet warns a proliferation of human rights violations around the world is eroding fundamental freedoms and heightening grievances that are destabilizing.Presenting a global update Friday to the U.N. H…

Rwanda Paid for Flight That Brought Hotel Rwanda ‘Hero’ to Kigali

Rwandan Justice Minister Johnston Busingye said in an interview broadcast Friday that Kigali had paid for the plane that brought the hero of the hit movie Hotel Rwanda to his home country to be arrested and tried.A critic of Rwandan President Paul Kaga…