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Red Cross Urges Nigerian Militants To Spare 2 Health Workers

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Red Cross Urges Nigerian Militants To Spare 2 Health Workers

The International Committee of the Red Cross made an urgent appeal on Sunday to an affiliate of the Islamic State organisation in Nigeria to spare the lives of two abducted health workers.

The women risk the fate of a colleague who was killed by the extremists last month, the statement said. “We urge you for mercy.”

The global aid organization urged Nigerian authorities and others who might have influence to help. “Speed and urgency are critical. A deadline that could result in the killing of another health care worker is less than 24 hours away.”

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The three health workers were seized in March in Nigeria’s northeastern community of Rann, where thousands have sought shelter from the deadly threat posed by Boko Haram extremists and a recent offshoot, the Islamic State West Africa Province group.

That organization has grown into the largest ISIS-linked extremist group in Africa, with a “tentative” estimate of 3 500 fighters, the Combating Terrorism Centre at West Point said in a report in August.

Mass abduction

The killing in September of health worker Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa led to outrage. She was abducted along with Hauwa Mohammed Liman, who was working in a local hospital supported by the ICRC, and Alice Loksha, a nurse who worked at a center supported by the UN children’s agency.

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Nigeria’s government has said it continues to press for the release of all held captive by extremists, including Leah Sharibu, a student seized in a mass abduction in February. She remains held while more than 100 of her fellow students were released because she is Christian. Her mother in recent weeks has said her life was in danger.

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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who declared that defeating the extremists was a top priority when he took power in 2015, in recent days sent three Cabinet ministers to meet with the families of Sharibu and the abducted health workers, his office said.

Buhari has called the killing of Khorsa “an act of extreme barbarism; utterly reprehensible and inhuman.”

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Morocco: Teachers Protest Over Poor Working Conditions

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Morocco: Teachers Protest Over Poor Working Condition

More than ten thousand Moroccan teachers have staged a new protest in the capital, Rabat, on Sunday to demand better working conditions.  This followed another demonstration that was broken up by police.

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These nationwide teacher strikes in Morocco have continued for three weeks and have drawn at least seventy-thousand public school teachers, marching across the country to protest against a new teacher employment contract they see as an attack on their rights and financial security.

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Their demands include legal due process for teachers facing dismissal, protection of the right to strike, periodic pay increases, increased teacher training, improved student transport and construction of more schools.

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Cyclone Idai: Cases Of Cholera Reported In Storm-Hit Areas

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Cyclone Idai: Cases Of Cholera Reported In Hit Areas

Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe were hit last week by one of the biggest and most aggressive cyclones ever recorded in the Southern African region.  It took the storm a few hours to kill hundreds, topple homes, uproot trees and leave scores of residents submerged in water.

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Mozambique’s third largest city, Beira, received the largest share of the devastation.  The Port City was turned upside down.  The extent of the devastation is massive, and the city is still primarily without electricity, running water and mobile phone service.

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Relief organizations, including the international federation of the red cross and red crescent societies, say some cases of cholera had already been reported.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe storm victims now face grief and hunger.  The country’s entertainment stars have organized a concert to raise funds to help victims.  There is growing fear of starvation in communities that have been cut off by smashed bridges or destroyed roads.

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UN says Death Toll From Massacre In Mali Now Up To 134

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United Nations says Death Toll From Massacre In Mali Now 134

The United Nations says death toll from massacre in a village in Mali has risen to 134.

An ethnic Dogon militia, already blamed for scores of attacks in central Mali over the past year, is said to have attacked an ethnic village just before dawn on Saturday. The militia accused the ethnic community of having ties to jihadist groups.

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A visiting UN representative said in Bamako the killings are an “unspeakable attack.”  Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General, Antonio Gutterres condemned the attack and called on Malian authorities to swiftly investigate and bring perpetrators to justice.

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