News in the Humanosphere: Polio outbreaks reported in DR Congo

A Nigerian health official administers a polio vaccine to a child in Kano, northern Nigeria, April 13, 2014. (Credit: AP Photo/ Sunday Alamba)

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has suffered two separate outbreaks of polio, a debilitating and potentially deadly disease that the world is trying to eradicate, the World Health Organization said. Confirmation of the outbreaks in Congo’s Haut-Lomami and Maniema provinces came less than a week after the WHO said polio had resurfaced in Syria, in an area partly controlled by Islamic State. “WHO assesses the risk of further national spread of these strains to be high, and the risk of international spread to be medium,” the U.N. health agency, said in a disease outbreak report. (Reuters http://bit.ly/2st4Ts3)

Facebook video depicts mass kidnapping of migrants in Libya…In a video posted on Facebook, hundreds of emaciated and abused Somalis and Ethiopians are seen huddled fearfully in a concrete room. Other nationalities may also be present. Speaking on video to a Somali journalist based in Turkey (who recorded the call he received from the criminal gang), the migrants and refugees, who are sitting on the floor in a crowded space, say they have been beaten and tortured. Some report that their teeth have been removed, their arms broken and that none of them have been given any food. They explain that women have been put in different cells, where they are afraid that they are being further abused both sexually and physically. (IOM http://bit.ly/2stJxuI)

Stat of the day: The cholera outbreak in Yemen is escalating at an alarming rate, with experts warning that a child is now infected with the disease every 35 seconds, according to Save the Children. (Guardian http://bit.ly/2ste2ke)

Top Stories

WFP delivered food to displaced people in seven hard-to-reach areas in Raqqa and Deir Ezzor governorates in northern Syria, where regular deliveries of humanitarian assistance have been suspended for more than three years due to conflict and besiegement. (WFP http://bit.ly/2tmRwGc)

Authorities in Niger rescued 92 West African migrants abandoned by traffickers in the Sahara desert as they tried to cross into neighbouring Libya, the International Organization for Migration said. (Reuters http://bit.ly/2ssTTLg)

With a record-breaking 26.5 million people going hungry in the Horn of Africa, development banks are increasing their humanitarian funding to fill a gap left by traditional donors, a high-level mission said. (VOA http://bit.ly/2sppUmA)

The president of the Marshall Islands is appealing for help to convince U.S. President Donald Trump of the need to fight global warming following his decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. (AP http://bit.ly/2s1FEvJ)

Chief prosecutor Nestor Martinez rocked the nation by saying he has compiled evidence that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia is sitting on an illegal fortune worth hundreds of millions of dollars, a political war chest that outstrips the coffers of traditional parties. (VOA http://bit.ly/2rwrijc)

Civilians from minority ethnic groups suffer appalling violations and abuses, including war crimes, at the hands of Myanmar’s military and ethnic armed groups in the country’s Kachin and northern Shan States. (Amnesty International http://bit.ly/2tmGukf)

Australia tentatively agreed to a $53 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of asylum seekers housed in one of the country’s contentious offshore detention centers, lawyers for the detainees said on Wednesday. (NY Times http://nyti.ms/2t2Ycu2)

A report on the Sustainable Development Goals fails to capture the true picture of water challenges and the UN must withdraw it, said a global civil society coalition. (IPS http://bit.ly/2t2YdOC)

The World Bank approved a $500 million loan to support Tunisia’s budget, a government official for the North African country said. (Reuters http://bit.ly/2rwzyzD)

Opinion/Blogs

The Secretary of State Accused Saudi Arabia’s Foes of Stealing Humanitarian Aid in Yemen. Aid Agencies Do Not Agree (UN Dispatch http://bit.ly/2stNM9I)

Here’s why donating £2 a month cannot possibly end poverty (Guardian http://bit.ly/2sowTfB)

In Britain’s post-election disarray, can a Brexit consensus be found? (CSM http://bit.ly/2s1pfaw)

Trump is Right to Reset U.S.-Cuba Policy (Foreign Policy http://atfp.co/2rvXPGm)

A comic textbook helps dispel bogus health claims in Uganda (PRI http://bit.ly/2sp3GkD)

What’s The Difference Between Famine And Hunger? A Food FAQ (NPR Goats and Soda http://n.pr/2tmPvd8)

Climate change, food security, and adaptation (IRIN http://bit.ly/2rwhl5p)

Why Do One in Four Children Suffer from Stunting? (The Conversation http://bit.ly/2tnaP22)

Digitization Can Improve Financial Inclusion for Smallholder Farmers (Inter Press Service http://bit.ly/2t2FbaR)

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