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WHO says millions of starving people in Horn of Africa resort to risky measures to survive

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Thursday said millions of starving people in the Horn of Africa have resorted to taking extreme and risky measures, including sex trading, to survive.

The global health organisation warned of a serious humanitarian crisis facing the region which had made millions of hungry people to engage in desperate measures to survive.

The WHO Incident Manager for Drought and Food Insecurity in the Greater Horn of Africa, Sophie Maes, who gave the warning, said the WHO and other aid agencies are unable to provide the help needed to stave off hunger and ill health because of a severe funding shortage.

Speaking in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, Maes said the World Food Programme has run out of money and had to cut rations for many beneficiaries to be able to support those most in need.

She noted that health risks have been compounded by four years of consecutive drought with a growing number of people engaging in risky behaviour just to get something to eat and support their families.

“People are desperate to get money. So, there is survival sex going on. There is more violence, fighting for the meager resources.

“And, also, gender-based violence going up with women having to go farther to find food and water. So, as they are further away from where they live, they are more prone to be attacked.”

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UN peacekeeping mission to resume operations in Mali month after suspension

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Barely a month after the Malian junta suspended operations of UN peacekeeping troops on its soil, a spokesperson of the mission has confirmed that mission will resume again on Monday.

Malian authorities in a statement in July suspended all rotations of the military and police contingents of the United Nations Mission in Mali (UNMIS). The suspension was in continuation of its position of severing foreign relations, the suspension includes UN mission that are already scheduled.

The spokesperson said the mission and Malian authorities had agreed on a streamlined rotation procedure and that the mission’s request to resume rotations on Monday had been accepted.

Mali’s foreign ministry could not be immediately reached for comment.

Relations between Mali and troop-contributing countries remain strained. On Friday, Germany said it was suspending its military reconnaissance mission, which provides intelligence to MINUSMA, after Malian authorities withheld a flight clearance

Mali under the current Junta of Colonel Goita has been on a thread of breaking diplomatic relations with allies.

It started by breaking defense alliance with the French, the junta also quit the anti-jihadist force, G-5 force but has enjoyed good relationship with Russia.

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15 African migrants found dead in the Libyan-Sudan border desert

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At least 15 African migrants were found dead on Saturday in the desert on the Libyan borders with Sudan, with authorities saying the tragedy involved migrants seeking a better life in Europe while perilous journeys through the deserts and the Mediterranean Sea.

The discovery of the victims was made by the Libyan Department for Combating Irregular Migration, in the southeastern city of Kufra, which said the migrants were on their way from Sudan to Libya when their vehicle broke down due to lack of fuel.

The agency, in a statement, said nine other migrants survived while two remain missing in the desert.

It added that there were women and children among the migrants, but did not elaborate on how many they were.

It also did not reveal causes of the migrants’ death, but said they did not have enough food and water.

“All the migrants were Sudanese, from a country in turmoil for years. The migrants likely attempted to reach western Libya in efforts to board trafficking boats to Europe,” the department said on its Facebook page.

In June, the Libya authorities had also discovered bodies of 20 migrants in the sprawling Kufra desert who they said died of thirst after their vehicle broke down close to the border with Chad.

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