Niger’s government has extended a state of emergency to the entire region that surrounds the capital Niamey following the tragic killing of eight persons, including six French aid workers, their driver and guide on Sunday. The government has also suspended access to the giraffe reserve where the victims were shot dead by gunmen on motorbikes.
The giraffe reserve where the attack took place – a popular destination for expatriates southeast of Niamey – has now been closed to visitors.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but a combined operation by Niger and French troops are working to arrest the perpetrators.
The French humanitarian charity organization, acted, which employed the aid workers, said on Tuesday it had temporarily suspended its activities in Niger.
Niger’s national security council has announced, it was extending a state of emergency to all of the area, reaching more than 350 km south from the Malian border to the frontier with Benin.
ISWAP, an affiliate of the Islamic State group, is active in Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso.
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Uganda is set to start human trials of a COVID-19 vaccine starting in November as the country continues to fight against the pandemic.
The vaccine trials are a partnership exercise between Uganda’s Virus Research Institute and the United Kingdom’s Imperial College.
Uganda has recorded more than 7,000 coronavirus cases and 75 fatalies so far.
According to BBC, Monica Musenero who is the head of a presidential taskforce on epidemics is quoted as saying the first trial will be conducted on 10 Ugandans.
She added that if successful, a second trial will involve about 100 to 200 persons followed by a final trial of between 1,000 and 3,000 persons.
WFP Seeks Aid For South Sudan Flood Relief
Heavy seasonal rainfall, followed by devastating floods in South Sudan since June, have impacted more than 700,000 persons across the country. A large part of the nation is reported to be under water with the Nile River at its highest level in 50 years.
South Sudan was already in a precarious situation due to food shortages from an overwhelming locust infestation and a health crisis from the global coronavirus pandemic.
The World Food Programme (WFP) says it has been providing food assistance to more than half a million persons in South Sudan’s flood-affected areas as the threat of famine increases within the country.
A flood-displaced victim from Mathiang village says rains have destroyed everything, including houses, cattle, crops and sources of livelihood.
WFP spokesperson, Peter Smerdon says they are already under pressure in South Sudan because of conflict, high levels of displacement and, the added burden from flooding.
World Food Programme is now seeking to raise 58 million dollars to continue providing relief.
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