Human Security

WHO says ‘heartbroken’ by Congo sex abuse probe findings

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The World Health Organization's regional director for Africa said on Tuesday that the health agency was "humbled, horrified and heartbroken" by the findings of...

Three young women killed execution-style in Khayelitsha

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Police have instituted a 72-hour activation plan for the mobilisation of resources in search of those who shot and killed three young women execution-style...

Rights groups demand release of Congo journalist over terrorism charges

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Rights groups called on military authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday to release a journalist arrested on terrorism charges for the possession...

Ten Nigerian students kidnapped by bandits freed after ransom paid

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Ten more students who were kidnapped by gunmen from a school in Nigeria two months ago have been released after ransom was paid, the...

Rwandan genocide ‘kingpin’ Bagosora dies in Mali prison – sources

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A former Rwandan army colonel who was accused of masterminding the slaughter of 800 000 people during the 1994 genocide has died in prison...

Why Buhari government will not name Boko Haram sponsors now – Attorney General

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Nigeria’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has reiterated the position of the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration not to name sponsors of Boko...

Protection of whistleblowers key to fighting corruption

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Special Investigating Unit (SIU) head, Advocate Andy Mothibi, says whistleblowers remain an important aspect to combatting corruption. He was speaking during the first webinar in...

Rwandan court finds ‘Hotel Rwanda’ film hero Rusesabagina guilty of terror-related charges

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A Rwandan court on Monday said Paul Rusesabagina, a one-time hotel manager portrayed as a hero in a Hollywood film about the 1994 genocide,...

Kenya judge: policemen must answer for killing of human rights lawyer

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Four police officers and a police informer have a case to answer in the killing of a human rights lawyer, a Kenyan judge ruled...

Bandits release ten students kidnapped two months ago from Nigerian school

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Bandits have released ten more students kidnapped two months ago from a Baptist school in northwest Nigeria, the school administrator told Reuters on Saturday. The...

Eritrean and Tigrayan forces killed and raped refugees – Human Rights Watch

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Eritrean soldiers and Tigrayan militias raped, detained and killed Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray, an international rights watchdog said on Thursday. Human...

One million Nigerian children to miss school due to mass kidnappings, UNICEF says

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At least one million Nigerian children could miss school this year as the new term begins amid a rise in mass school kidnappings and...

Police officer dismissed for impregnating inmate

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A North West police officer has been dismissed after he allegedly impregnated an inmate. In a statement, North West provincial spokesperson Colonel Adéle Myburgh said...

Nigeria says 75 abducted children released amid army crackdown

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Seventy-five children who were kidnapped from their school in Nigeria’s northwestern Zamfara State have been released after their abductors came under pressure from a...

Five people stabbed in Italian resort, Somali man arrested

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A Somali asylum-seeker was arrested by Italian police after he allegedly stabbed four women and a six-year-old child in the tourist town of Rimini...

School term delayed in Nigerian capital zone amid kidnapping crisis

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The start of the school term has been pushed back to an unusually late date in Nigeria's Federal Capital Territory (FCT) without explanation, after...

Cameroon sentences four men to death for shooting attack on school

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A court in Cameroon has sentenced four people to death for their roles in a shooting attack on a school last year that killed...

Gunmen kidnap 20 in northwest Nigeria as crisis spreads

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Gunmen kidnapped 20 people in remote Sokoto State in northwest Nigeria, police said on Wednesday, in what a local government source described as a...

ISS: Abductions – the hidden face of Mali’s crisis

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The problem isn’t new, but it is growing at an alarming rate and claiming new types of victims. More people have been abducted in Mali...

UN footage from northern Ethiopia shows humanitarian crisis

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Footage of war-hit northern Ethiopia published by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) on Monday reflected the severe humanitarian crisis there, after the United...

SA records over 100 000 GBV cases during lockdown

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More than 120 000 cases of gender-based violence were recorded by the government-run Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Command Centre in the first three weeks of...

South Africa’s former President Zuma placed on medical parole

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South Africa’s jailed former president Jacob Zuma has been placed on medical parole because of his ill health, the government’s correctional services department said...

Libya frees Saadi Gaddafi, son of former leader

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Libyan authorities have released Saadi Gaddafi, a son of the former leader Muammar Gaddafi who was ousted and killed during a 2011 uprising, a...

UN warns catastrophe looms in Ethiopia’s north, urges government to end de facto aid...

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A de facto blockade on aid to the Tigray region in Ethiopia’s north is bringing millions of people to the brink of famine, the...

Five girls rescued after Nigeria’s latest mass kidnapping, police say

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Five girls who were among 73 children kidnapped from a school in northwestern Nigeria have been rescued, police in Zamfara State said on Thursday,...

Eight people suffocate at Burkina Faso mine after police fire tear gas

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Eight people suffocated to death when police in Burkina Faso used tear gas against unauthorised gold miners at Nordgold's Bissa mine, a prosecutor said...

Six Kenyan police officers charged over murder of brothers

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Six Kenyan police officers were charged on Thursday with murdering two brothers, a month after the deaths that triggered widespread protests. The officers - four...

Algerian dissident case raises fears over Tunisian rights

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An Algerian dissident appeared in court in Algiers on Wednesday accused of terrorism, a person in court said, confirming he was no longer in...

Gunmen abduct 73 children from school in northwest Nigeria

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Armed men kidnapped 73 children from a school in the northwestern Nigerian state of Zamfara in the latest mass abduction in the region, police...

ISS: Families are central to the search for Africa’s disappeared

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Although armed conflict is the leading cause of people going missing, migration is increasingly becoming a factor. The number of people missing across Africa appears...

Cabinet raises concern over GBVF incidents

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Gender Based Violence and Femicide is one of the biggest challenges currently facing the country, Cabinet said on Thursday. This is according to Minister in...

US agency says Tigrayan forces looted aid warehouses in Ethiopia’s Amhara region

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Forces from Ethiopia's Tigray region in recent weeks looted warehouses belonging to the US government's humanitarian agency in the Amhara region, USAID's mission director...

ISS: New private sector options for preventing violence

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Work-based programmes can make the home and the workplace safer, and in the process improve productivity and profits. In South Africa, reports of women being...

Alleged Deokaran murderers remanded in custody

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The six suspects linked to the murder of senior finance official at the Gauteng Department of Health, Babita Deokaran, have been remanded in custody. In...

Joy as parents reunited with kidnapped Nigerian students

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Ninety children abducted from a school in Nigeria were reunited on Friday with their parents after being held captive for nearly three months, part...

SA acts to quell GBV on campus

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South Africa has taken a significant step towards curbing gender-based violence at institutions of higher learning. Higher Health South Africa on Friday released a set...

Seven arrested in Gauteng Health official murder

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Swift police action has led to the arrest of seven suspects in connection with the recent callous murder of senior Gauteng Department of Health...

Gunmen kill 36 villagers in Nigeria’s divided Plateau state

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Attackers shot dead at least 36 people and destroyed buildings in a night raid on a village near the central Nigerian city of Jos,...

Desperate Nigerians sell homes and land to free kidnapped children

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After armed men snatched seven of Abubakar Adam’s 11 children in northwestern Nigeria, he sold his car and a parcel of land and cleaned...

Six out of 136 abducted Islamic students die in north-central Nigeria

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Six of the 136 students kidnapped from an Islamic school in the north-central Nigerian state of Niger have died of illness, the school principal...

Interpol operation targeted illegal health products in southern Africa

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Ten Southern African countries were part of an Interpol operation against trafficking of illicit health and other products leading to the confiscation of goods...

Bandits in northwest Nigeria release 15 students after parents raise ransom

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Bandits have released 15 more students kidnapped last month from a Baptist school in northwest Nigeria, officials told Reuters on Sunday. School administrator Reverend John...

US aid chief says emergency food in Ethiopia’s Tigray to run out this week

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For the first time in nine months of war in Ethiopia's Tigray region, aid workers will this week run out of food to deliver...

Death toll from Burkina Faso attack rises to 80

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The death toll from an attack on civilians and the military in northern Burkina Faso has risen to 80 people, the government said in...

At least R170 million paid in Marikana reparations

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Since August 2018, government has paid out at least R170 million in damages to families of those who lost loved ones and those who...

Around 11 000 Cameroonians flee to Chad after violence

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Around 11 000 people fleeing clashes between herders and fishermen in northern Cameroon arrived in neighbouring Chad at the weekend, a provincial governor in...

Gunmen abduct 19 people from college in northwest Nigeria

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Gunmen abducted 15 students and four staff members from an agricultural college in the northwestern Nigerian state of Zamfara, police said on Monday, the...

Jailed former South African president Zuma undergoes surgery

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Jailed former South African president Jacob Zuma has undergone unspecified surgery and remains in hospital with more operations planned, prison authorities said on Sunday. Zuma,...

Second Nigerian “Chibok girl” freed in a week seven years after abduction

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A second young woman abducted seven years ago from the town of Chibok by Boko Haram militants was freed this week, Borno state's governor...

Government provides shelter for GBV victims

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In an effort to respond to Gender Based Violence (GBV), the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has so far made 12 properties...