Congolese nun helps vulnerable female victims of LRA violence

April 5, 2012

Source: UNHCR

Sister Angelique in Dungu, where she helps vulnerable women, including those abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army. (Photo: M. Hofer/ UNHCR)

Sister Angelique is a familiar sight as she bicycles around the dusty town of Dungu on her way to meet women who really do see her as a blessing.

That’s because she’s been helping them recover from the trauma of being abducted and abused by the feared Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a brutal Ugandan rebel group that has been terrorizing people in this corner of north-east Democratic Republic of the Congo for years.

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More than 1,000 Syrian refugees flee to Turkey in single day

April 5, 2012

Source: Al Arabiya

Turkish officials have contingency plans in the event of a larger-scale incursion as Syrian regime forces storm opposition towns near the Turkish border. (Reuters)

More than 1,000 Syrian refugees fled to Turkey in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of people currently staying in Turkey to nearly 21,000, a Turkish official told AFP on Thursday.

“A total of 1,043 Syrians made their way to Turkey in a single day, marking the highest figure in recent times,” the official said on condition of anonymity.

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Ivorian priorities

May 23, 2011

Source: Radio Netherlands Worldwide

By Bram Posthumus, Monrovia

Photo: International Justice Desk (RNW)

President Alassane Ouattara of Ivory Coast says he wants national dialogue and reconciliation and an end to impunity. Noble intentions – but his country may have more pressing issues to deal with and what is more: not everyone is prepared to reconcile

‘We lost two of our friends. One of them we found with a hole in his head, the other one they had tried to burn. I took pictures of them. They’re in my cellphone.’

‘When they entered our town, we ran. They were shooting everywhere. They killed people. They killed our brother.’

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Liberia: Protect refugees against sexual abuse

April 21, 2011

Source: Human Rights Watch

Refugees from Côte d’Ivoire walk with their belongings through Grand Gedeh County in eastern Liberia. (Photo: Reuters)

Ivorian women and girls compelled to trade sex for food, shelter

Dozens of Ivorian refugee women and girls recently arrived in eastern Liberia say they have had to engage in sex to get adequate food, shelter, or money, Human Rights Watch said today. The Liberian government, the police, and United Nations agencies should take urgent measures to protect and assist vulnerable women and girls, including rapidly building protected shelter and helping them get sufficient and appropriate food, Human Rights Watch said.

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