SYRIA: ‘ First ever Flower Festival held in Tartous ‘

#AceNewsReport – SYRIA:June.07: The First International Flower Festival in Tartous seems to provide promising economic opportunities of cooperation among the local, Arab and foreign participants and exhibitors Syrian Arab News Agency.

The participants in the Festival, which goes on for the fifth day, spoke to SANA of them having used the opportunity of displacing theirs services in flower coordinating, wrapping, packaging and transporting to ensure future access into foreign markets facilitated by other participants.

Abdallah Rabeh, head of the Sudanese delegation, said they managed to hold several meetings with participants from different countries and discussed the possibility of exchanging experiences and creating trade movement on the two levels of importation and exportation.

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SUDAN: ‘ Two Russians Airline Employees Freed in Darfur ‘

#AceNewsReport – SUDAN(Darfur):June.06: Two employees of Russian airline UTair have been freed in Sudan’s Darfur, RIA Novosti reports.

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Mikhail Antyufeev and Sergey Cherepanov were abducted in the troubled region on January 29. The Russians were working in Sudan as a manager and a technician as part of the African Union-UN peacekeeping mission (UNAMID). Both former prisoners are in good health and will be transported to the capital Khartoum later Saturday.

The Russian Embassy in Khartoum told Sputnik news agency that the release was the result of negotiation efforts, and that force was not used to secure their freedom, nor was a ransom paid.

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SEA: ‘ Rise of the Child Soldiers of Pakistan ‘

#AceNewsServices – PAKISTAN – October 11 – The phenomenon of “child soldiers” is not new to this globe. From the far western shores of Americas, to Africa and Asia, the world continues to witness the rise of soldiers that are mere children

' Child Soldiers of Pakistan '

‘ Child Soldiers of Pakistan ‘

The world is stunned beyond limits to see that humanity has fallen to this level in the exploitation of young innocent children as child recruits for fundamentalist agendas.

The use of child soldiers has spread to almost all the global armed conflict. Though an exact number is impossible to define, thousands of child soldiers are illegally serving in armed conflict around the world.

According to Do Something Org, many countries are allegedly reported on use of under-age soldiers, these include Afghanistan, Colombia, India, Iraq, Israel, Libya, Mali, Pakistan, Thailand, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, and more.

 I am sure many are already geared up with the anti-Pakistani stereotypes that deem that whole of Pakistan is a terrorist country and on this list,  I get this hatred towards Pakistan is a global trend but not many of you know the dynamics of child militia here. And am taking this opportunity to shed some light on various important areas.

Pakistan|Trending Local Child Soldiers issue

The growing phenomenon of child militants in Pakistan is a horrific reality, one mirrored in various conflicts throughout history. Young innocent children are targeted because they can be easily brain washed by militant groups.

The cycle of poverty, large family size and economic hardships are factors that leave vulnerable parents little choice but to send children in local madrassas as they are free of cost.   The constitution Article 25-A says the State shall provide free and compulsory education to children between ages of 5 to 16. However that’s not being followed as millions of children are out of school and our literary rate is appalling low at 48%.

"Madrasa" is the Arabic word for any type of educational institution, whether secular or religious.

“Madrasa” is the Arabic word for any type of educational institution, whether secular or religious.

Most people have no choice but to send their children to religious schools or madrassas as. Moreover, there are huge discrepancies because education in Pakistan is heavily influenced by religion and in recent times Wahabi agendas.

The main source of funding for these madrasa groups is coming from Saudi Arabia. In fact, this whole phenomenon that we are confronting, which Al Qaeda is a part of, is very closely associated with Saudi Arabia’s financial and religious projects for the Muslim world as a whole. Its in greater interests to keep Pakistani children stuck into poverty cycles as they serve a greater agenda, shame on Pakistani government for colluding against its own.

Local madrassas cater Pakistani children as well as international students who avail the lucrative scholarship fundings  from Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia. 

However coming back to Pakistan, the different militant groups including TTP, LeT and so on have been able to harness the young Pakistani children in scores through enticing tactics.

Local Militant Recruitment Mechanism

The militant have sinister agendas however on the forefront they are able to cajole and manipulate young children by reminding them the sufferings of the Muslim world and that they have to play a role in eradication of misery; through this jihad.

"Madrasa" is the Arabic word for any type of educational institution, whether secular or religious.

“Madrasa” is the Arabic word for any type of educational institution, whether secular or religious.

Upon meeting some under-age boy militants in Swat, I found out that for years they have attended the madrassas whose lecturers and mentors taught them things like ” The Pakistan Army is the ally of the Western capitalist world; they the  imperialists are all the enemies of Islam. The fight against them is justified; they are apostates, the friends of the infidels.”

The second message drummed into them is one which the world is facing today. The increasing intolerance towards Muslims and followers of faith Islam within their own regions and in the western world. Sadly this is capitalized upon very well by the militant groups. The young recruits are taught that they have to stand up against the helplessness of Muslim women, daughters and sisters that are getting dishonored by non-Muslims in Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine etc.

They also watch videos purportedly showing the killing of Muslims by non-Muslims in Afghanistan and the Middle East. Instructors tell them that a war is being waged against Islam.

' Child Soldiers Recruited by Saudi Arabia as Terrorists as young as five '

‘ Child Soldiers Recruited by Saudi Arabia as Terrorists as young as five ‘

That the western world is at war with Islam has given a trump card to Pakistan’s militants for this sort of radical enticement of vulnerable children.

These main themes in lectures are taught to in both the senior recruits camps (ages 16 and older) and junior ones (ages 7 to 15), all are centered on vengeance and the need to do something for the wronged Muslims.The children are completely isolated from the normal outside world.

The young would-be suicide bombers are also persuaded by the promise of Paradise. This is, I repeat a huge blasphemy against the real teachings for if have to view from Islamic point of view; suicide is strictly forbidden along with the killing of innocent persons. Allah, God is the author of life that has granted us the gift of life and we mere humans don’t have the authority to take it.

This using of innocent children by militancy has to stop now. But. The inability of the Pakistan army to meet internal security challenges effectively is a particularly worrying factor. Three generations of Pakistani children are suffering due to the impact of this futile jihadi indoctrination.

It is time to seriously put an end to this madness, before it consumes us within the dark abysses of hatred and destruction.I am so exhausted to waking up in the mornings with the first thought in mind,What the hell happened Pakistan? And then trying to fix it some how in my way.

Though, we can’t bring back the already dead Pakistani children militants and can hardly ease the misery of the grieving parents, it is time for Pakistan to asses the complex root causes behind this phenomenon and design solutions for protection of children from becoming part of militancy.

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LIBYA: ‘ Libyan Government Accuses Sudan of Arming Terrorists ‘

#AceWorldNews – LIBYA (Tripoli) – September 07 –  Libya accused Sudan of arming terrorists and expelled the country’s military attaché on Saturday, a government statement said.

The Libyan government added that a Sudanese military transport plane under the control of a militant group had entered its airspace, with the intention of supplying a terrorist group” with ammunition. This work from the Sudanese state violates [the sovereignty] of the State of Libya and interferes with its affairs,” the Libyan statement said, claiming that Sudan is actually supporting a terrorist group.

According to Libya, the Sudanese plane was on its way to Tripoli-Matiga airport after making a refuelling stop in the Libyan desert oasis Kufra near the border with Sudan.

Sudan has confirmed that it sent a military plane, but denied it was meant to support non-state militant groups, stating that the plane was carrying equipment for a joint Libyan-Sudanese border force.

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IRAQ: ' Islamic State Militants Carried-Out Atrocities of 'Unimaginable Scale ' and Should be Constituted as War Crimes'

#AceNewsServices (Exclusive) – IRAQ (Baghdad) – September 02 – Twelve people have been killed and 41 others were injured after two cars exploded in Iraq’s capital Baghdad, local media reported. Though this is just the tip of the iceberg and as recent reports confirm the numbers killed, maimed and sexually abused or displaced are growing daily.

A militant Islamist fighter gestures as he takes part in a military parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province (Reuters)

A militant Islamist fighter gestures as he takes part in a military parade along the streets of Syria’s northern Raqqa province (Reuters)

The blasts took place five minutes apart in the south-western part of the city. Both vehicles used in the bombing were parked at the intersection of 20th and 30th streets in the al-Amil area.

The number of victims could rise, radio station Shafak FM cited a police spokesperson as saying. Iraq has been fighting off the attacks of Islamic State (IS), Sunni extremist group, since June.

The group has gained control over large parts of the country in the north, with a goal of taking over Baghdad. Earlier on Monday, the UN mission to the country said that at least 1,420 people have been killed and 1370 injured in violence in Iraq during August.

The figures did not include Anbar province.

Islamic State militants have carried out atrocities on “an unimaginable scale” over several months of fighting in Iraq, a UN official said in an emergency debate Monday. The UN agreed to send a commission to the country to investigate.

The UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Flavia Pansieri, who opened the debate in Geneva, said there is “strong evidence” that Islamic State (IS), formerly known as ISIS, groups have carried out numerous atrocities including killings, beheadings, torture, sexual abuse and conversions.

The reports we have received reveal acts of inhumanity on an unimaginable scale. Systematic and intentional attacks on civilians may constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity. Individuals, including commanders, are responsible for these acts,” she said.

Ethnic cleaning:

Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, wait for aid at an abandoned building that they are using as their main residence, outside the city of Dohuk (Reuters / Youssef Boudlal)

Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, wait for aid at an abandoned building that they are using as their main residence, outside the city of Dohuk (Reuters / Youssef Boudlal)

READ MORE: ISIS has 100,000 fighters, growing fast – Iraqi govt adviser

Pansieri added that she was particularly concerned with the persecution of Iraq’s religious minorities including the Shia, Yazidis, Christians and Turkmen.

These communities have lived side by side, on the same soil, for centuries and in some cases for millennia,” she said, adding that IS has carried out ethnic and religious cleaning.

The Yazidis have suffered extremely harshly under IS. Many men who refused to convert to Islam were reportedly executed and at least 2,250 Yazidi women and children are being held as hostage, while others are used as sex slaves.

She added that Iraqi police and government forces had also committed acts that amounted to war crimes.
Government allied militias opened fire on a mosque in Khanaquin district north east of Baghdad, killing 73 men and boys and Iraqi police executed a number of detainees in Tal Afar.

Iraqi forces have also shelled towns and carried out airstrikes near Kirkuk, Fallujah, and Salahuddin, which killed and injured dozens of civilians.

The one day UN session was called by Iraq with the support of its allies and agreed to a request by Baghdad to send a team of UN experts to investigate the crimes committed since IS swept through Iraq in June.

Mohammad Shia al-Sudani, Iraq’s Human Rights Minister, told the session that IS was “oozing with barbarity” and threatened the make-up of his country and the entire world, but did not respond to allegations of atrocities carried out by Iraqi troops.

An Islamic State militant uses a loud-hailer to announce to residents of Tabqa city that Tabqa air base has fallen to Islamic State militants, in nearby Raqqa (Reuters / Stringer)

An Islamic State militant uses a loud-hailer to announce to residents of Tabqa city that Tabqa air base has fallen to Islamic State militants, in nearby Raqqa (Reuters / Stringer)

The land of ancient Babylon is subjected to threats to its very independence, they are attempting to change its demographic and cultural composition,” he said.

ISIS is a "trans-national phenomenon that poses an imminent danger to all countries of the world, it defies all human rights principles and international law,” he added.

READ MORE: ‘Executions, amputations and lashings’: ISIS commits war crimes in Syria, UN says

The Sunni Muslim Gulf states as well as the West have all denounced IS, although they bear some of the responsibility for its rapid rise to dominance for indirectly helping to create a situation in Iraq and to a lesser degree Syria, where such an organization could thrive.

The organization has nothing to do with Islam, even if they carry the name,” said Jamal al-Ghunaim, Kuwait’s ambassador.

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#AceBreakingNews SUDAN Update on Earlier Article June 24…

#AceBreakingNews – SUDAN – Update on Earlier Article – June 24 – Ibrahim and Daniel Wani, as well as their two children, were taken to a facility used by Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Service after the arrest, at 2 p.m. local time, a source close to the family told FoxNews.com.

They had travel documents furnished by the U.S. embassy, but Ibrahim did not have a passport, the source said.

“She is either banned from travelling or the NISS could also create “papers issues” if they don’t want her to leave the country,” the source said.

Wani holds dual U.S.-Sudanese citizenship, and Ibrahim’s supporters argued that their children, including a daughter named Maya born in prison in May and a 20-month-old boy named Martin who was imprisoned with her, are U.S. citizens.

Read More: Fox News: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/06/24/sudanese-mom-re-arrested-day-after-being-freed-from-death-row/

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‘ Brother of Sudanese Woman on Death Row for Being Christian Deserves to Die ‘

#AceNewsServices – SUDAN – June 06  – The alleged brother of the Sudanese woman on death row for being a Christian says she deserves to die if she won’t renounce her faith.

Al-Samani al-Hadi told CNN that he is one of three brothers to Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, a 27-year-old who was sentenced to death last month for abandoning Islam. In Sudan, converting religions is a crime.

Ibrahim, who gave birth in jail shortly after her sentencing, has appealed her execution, the Associated Press reported.

Al-Hadi claimed his sister was a Muslim until she met her future husband. He said she went missing last July, and when the family found her 45 days later, “she was bewitched.”

The Muslim man said he believes Daniel Wani gave his sister “potions” and coerced her into converting religions.

Ibrahim has a different story.

She said she was raised a Christian after her Muslim father deserted her mother.

She met Wani, a Sudanese refugee and U.S. citizen who lives in New Hampshire, in 2009 and married him in 2011.

But the 27-year-old was jailed in February because, under Sudanese law, children must follow their father’s religion — making Ibrahim legally a Muslim and her Christian faith punishable by death.

Al-Hadi told CNN that if his sister did not recant her Christian faith, he would accept the court’s sentence.

“If she refuses, she should be executed,” he said. “If she dies, we will have enforced God‘s word.”

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` Sudanese Authorities Are to Free Meriam Ibrahim and Justice is Served '

#AceWorldNews – SUDAN (Khartoum) – May 31 – Sudanese authorities are to free a woman who was sentenced to death for having abandoned the Islamic faith, a foreign ministry official says.

Meriam Ibrahim, who gave birth to a daughter in custody, will be freed in a few days, the official told the BBC.

Abdullahi Alzareg, an under-secretary at the foreign ministry, said Sudan guaranteed religious freedom and was committed to protecting the woman.

Khartoum has been facing international condemnation over the death sentence.

In an interview with The Times newspaper, British Prime Minister David Cameron described the ruling as “barbaric” and out of step with today’s world.

The UK Foreign Office this week said that it would push for Ms Ibrahim to be released on humanitarian grounds.

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` Sudanese Woman Awaiting Death Penalty for Crime of Marrying a Christian Gives Birth ‘

#AceNewsServices – SUDAN – May 27 – A Sudanese woman awaiting the death penalty for abandoning her religious faith has given birth in jail near the capital, Khartoum, her lawyer has said.

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim Ishag married a Christian man and was sentenced to hang for apostasy earlier this month after refusing to renounce Christianity.

She is allowed to nurse her baby girl for two years before the sentence is carried out.

Born to a Muslim father, she was convicted by a Sharia court.

Sudan has a majority Muslim population, which is governed by Islamic law.

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Ms Ibrahim was also convicted of adultery on the grounds that her marriage to a Christian man from South Sudan was void under Sudan’s version of Islamic law, which says Muslim women cannot marry non-Muslims.

For this the judge sentenced her to 100 lashes, which will reportedly be carried out when she has recovered from giving birth.

Ms Ibrahim was raised as an Orthodox Christian, her mother’s religion, because her father, a Muslim, was reportedly absent during her childhood.

Amnesty International Reported:

That she was arrested and charged with adultery in August 2013, and the court added the charge of apostasy in February 2014 when she said she was a Christian and not a Muslim.

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, a 27-year- old Christian Sudanese woman, eight months pregnant with her second child, was convicted of ‘adultery’ and ‘apostasy’ by a court in Khartoum on 11 May. Meriam has been given three days by the court to recant her faith.

Her next hearing will be held on 15 May, when she is likely to be sentenced to flogging and death.

Treating adultery and apostasy as criminal offences is not consistent with international human rights law – including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights – to which Sudan is a state party. The criminalization of adultery violates the rights to freedom of expression and association and invariably discriminates against women in its enforcement.

The criminalization of apostasy is incompatible with the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. Meriam Ibrahim is a prisoner of conscience, convicted solely because of her religious beliefs and identity, and must be released immediately and unconditionally.

Meriam was arrested and charged with adultery in August 2013 after a family member reportedly claimed that she was committing adultery because of her marriage to a Christian South Sudanese man.

Under Shari’a law as practised in Sudan, a Muslim woman is not permitted to marry a non-Muslim man, and any such marriage is considered adultery.

The court added the charge of apostasy in February 2014 when Meriam asserted that she was a Christian and not a Muslim. According to Meriam, she was raised as an Orthodox Christian, her mother’s religion, because her father, a Muslim, was absent during her childhood.

Meriam risks being sentenced to up to 100 lashes for adultery under Article 146.

If she refuses to recant her Christian faith, she risks the death penalty for apostasy under Article 126 of the Sudan Criminal Code.

The punishment of flogging violates the absolute prohibition against torture and other ill-treatment in international human rights law.

Amnesty International considers the death penalty to be the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment and a violation of the right to life and opposes its use in all cases and without exception, regardless of the nature of the crime.

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#AceWorldNews SUDAN May 17 Fox News KHARTOUM Sudan…

#AceWorldNews – SUDAN – May 17 – (Fox News) – KHARTOUM, Sudan – A pregnant Sudanese woman who married a Christian man was sentenced to death Thursday after she refused to recant her Christian faith, her lawyer said.

Meriam Ibrahim, whose father was Muslim but mother was an Orthodox Christian from Ethiopia, was convicted of “apostasy” on Sunday and given four days to repent and escape death, lawyer Al-Shareef Ali al-Shareef Mohammed said.
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Sudan Death Sentence For Pregnant Woman


The woman’s lawyers plan to appeal against her sentence

And we in the West think we have a hard life!

A pregnant woman has been sentenced to be hanged by a Sudanese court for converting to Christianity. Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, 27, who is being held in detention with her 20-month-old son, had been ordered to abandon her faith and return to Islam. She has also been charged with adultery for marrying a Christian man. The death sentence was handed down despite appeals by Western embassies for compassion and respect for religious freedom. At a court in Khartoum, Judge Abbas al Khalifa said: “We gave you three days to recant but you insist on not returning to Islam. I sentence you to be hanged.” He also sentenced her to 100 lashes for “adultery”. Born to a Muslim father, the woman was convicted under the Islamic sharia law that has been in force in Sudan since 1983, and outlaws conversions under threat of death.


The death sentence was handed down at a court in Khartoum

She is married to a Christian national of South Sudan, which won independence in 2011 after decades of civil war. Earlier in the hearing, an Islamic religious leader spoke with her in the caged dock for about 30 minutes, trying to convince her to change her mind. But she told the judge: “I am a Christian and I never committed apostasy.” Following her sentence, one of her lawyers Mohanad Mustafa said they would seek to overturn the ruling on appeal. About 100 people, including Western embassy representatives, were in court to hear the sentence. The United States, Canada, Britain and the Netherlands have all expressed “deep concern” over her case. Amnesty International said she had been condemned to death for offences that should not be considered crimes at all, and condemned the sentences as “abhorrent”. Manar Idriss, Amnesty International’s Sudan researcher, said: “The fact that a woman has been sentenced to death for her religious choice, and to flogging for being married to a man of an allegedly different religion is appalling and abhorrent. “Adultery and apostasy are acts which should not be considered crimes at all. It is flagrant breach of international human rights law.”

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` Rebels Massacre Hundreds Killing 200 and Injuring 400 Civilians in Mosque in South Sudan '

#AceWorldNews – SUDAN – April 21 – Rebels in South Sudan massacred “hundreds” of civilians in ethnic killings when they captured the oil town of Bentiu last week, the UN said on Monday.

In the main mosque alone, “more than 200 civilians were reportedly killed and over 400 wounded,” the UN mission in the country said, as cited by AFP.

There were also massacres at a church, hospital and an abandoned UN World Food Program (WFP) compound.

South Sudan’s army has been fighting rebels loyal to sacked Vice President Riek Machar, and the conflict has also taken on an ethnic dimension, pitting President Salva Kiir’s Dinka tribe against militia forces from Machar’s Nuer people.

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` South Sudan’s Conflict Leads to Over `One Million ‘ Being Forced out of their Homes ‘

#AceWorldNews – UNITED NATIONS – March 30 – More than one million people have been forced from their homes because of the ongoing conflict in South Sudan, the UN says.

Of these 254,000 have fled to neighbouring countries and 803,000 have been displaced internally.

Fighting erupted between the troops of Salva Kiir, the president and his deputy, Riek Machar, in December.

A ceasefire was agreed in January but sporadic fighting has continued.

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` Italy’s Navy rescues 128 Migrant’s from Egypt, Eritrea, Sudan and Syria from a Boat crossing the Mediterranean ‘

#AceWorldNews – ITALY – March 27 – Italy’s navy said Thursday it had rescued 128 migrants from Egypt, Eritrea, Sudan and Syria.

The migrants, including eight women and 13 minors, were rescued from a boat crossing the Mediterranean Sea which got into difficulty off the coast of Sicily, AFP reported.

They were transferred on board the San Giorgio frigate and were being taken to the Sicilian port town of Augusta.

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` 100,000 People have fled their homes in ` Sudan’s Darfur Region in the last few weeks due to the Upsurge of Violence ‘

#AceWorldNews About 100,000 people have fled their homes in Sudan’s Darfur region because of an upsurge of violence in the last six weeks, according to the UN peacekeeping chief.

Herve Ladsous said Wednesday this adds to the nearly 2 million people displaced by the Darfur conflict, including 400,000 last year, AP reported.

Darfur has been gripped by bloodshed since 2003 when rebels took up arms against the government in Khartoum, accusing it of discrimination.

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` Student dies after police fired ` Tear Gas ‘ at a Demonstration taking place at ` Khartoum University ‘

#AceWorldNews A student in Sudan died on Tuesday after police fired tear gas at a demonstration taking place at Khartoum University, in the country’s centre, according to a statement emailed to Reuters by police.

The protesters reportedly had ties with the Darfur region, where dozens have been killed in recent weeks during clashes with the forces of Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir.

The police deployed tear gas and used batons on the 200 students who had comprised the march against violence in Darfur, for which they hold the government responsible.

Bashir has remained in power, despite an indictment from the International Criminal Court accusing him of instigating war crimes in Darfur.

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Sudan: “UN Relief Official Deplores Killing of Health Workers in West Darfur”

#AceWorldNews says the top United Nations humanitarian official in Sudan today strongly condemned the killing of two Ministry of Health staff members who were part of a measles vaccination team in West Darfur.

“My deepest condolences go to the family and friends of those killed,” the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Ali Al-Za’tari, said in a news release.

The victims in the attack, which reportedly took place on Monday, were a vaccinator and a driver.

“I call on all parties to ensure the protection of all personnel working to deliver assistance to populations in need throughout Sudan,” said Mr. Al-Za’tari.

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are helping to ensure that every child in Sudan is getting vaccinated, whoever they are and wherever they live.

The nationwide measles vaccination campaign that began on 24 November is targeting about 15 million children, according to media reports.
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