Daily Archives: August 25, 2016

Polisario Calls on UN to safeguard Western Sahara ceasefire in response to Moroccan violations

24 August 2016 –The Frente POLISARIO has called for urgent UN action to uphold the ceasefire agreement between the POLISARIO and Morocco in response to ongoing Moroccan violations of the 1991 deal. Since 11 August, Moroccan occupation forces in Western Sahara have repeatedly crossed the Moroccan military wall in the Al Guargarat zone in defiance of military agreement No. 1 of the ceasefire, which prohibits any work or deployment in a 5km strip along the wall.

Italy | Art experts fear serious earthquake damage to historic Italian buildings

Art experts fear numerous historic Italian buildings and their contents were damaged in Wednesday’s earthquake, across a region where almost every hilltop town and village has beautiful churches and monuments.

Nigeria | UN sounds alarm as 4.5 million people need food aid in Boko Haram-hit north-east Nigeria

The number of people in need of food assistance in north-eastern Nigeria has nearly doubled to 4.5 million from March, according to a mid-August analysis by various agencies including the World Food Programme (WFP).

“All indications point to an extremely grave situation,” said Abdou Dieng, the UN agency’s Regional Director for West Africa, in a news release.

Colombia stakes peace deal on vote; but for millions, their future is at stake

by Adriaan Alsema

For millions in Colombia, an upcoming vote on peace between the government and FARC rebels will not just decide the fate of their country. Their survival and hopes to a normal life depend on it.