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COVID-19 Pandemic Sparks Rights Abuses Worldwide, HRW Says

Human Rights Watch has released a report saying the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic set off human rights crises worldwide. The report documents how government have allowed corruption to flourish, and used the pandemic to clamp down critics and the …

Central African Refugees Being Moved Away From Dangerous Border Areas in DR Congo

The U.N. refugee agency is rushing to relocate thousands of Central African refugees in the Democratic Republic of Congo away from the dangerous border areas to safer sites farther inside the country. An estimated 92,000 refugees from the Central Afri…

UN Appeals for $266M to End Food Cuts to Millions of Refugees in Eastern Africa

The World Food Program and the U.N. Refugee Agency are appealing for $266 million to restore full food rations for more than 3 million refugees in Eastern Africa. Millions of refugees in camps across East Africa are not getting enough to eat. U.N. agen…

Thousands Flee Rebel Violence in Central African Republic

Monique Moukidje fled her home in Central African Republic’s town of Bangassou in January when rebels attacked with heavy weapons, the fighting killing more than a dozen people.“I ran away because the bullets have no eyes,” the 34-year-old said sittin…

Refugees’ Frustration Drives Renewed Western Sahara Conflict

Generations of young Sahrawis have grown up in Algeria’s remote desert refugee camps largely forgotten by the outside world and now see no prospect of an independent homeland in Western Sahara except through a new war their leaders say has already beg…

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…