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News in the Humanosphere: WHO director-general race heats up

Ethiopia's Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus with US Secretary of State John Kerry. Wikimedia

A leading candidate to head the World Health Organization was accused this week of covering up three cholera epidemics in his home country, Ethiopia, when he was health minister — a charge that could seriously undermine his campaign to run the agency. The accusation against Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was made by a prominent global health expert who is also an informal adviser to Dr. David Nabarro, a rival candidate in the race for W.H.O. director general. Dr. Tedros, who uses his first name in his campaign, denied the cover-up accusation and said he was “not surprised at all but quite disappointed” that Dr. Nabarro’s camp — which he said included high-ranking British health officials — had switched to running what he called a “last-minute smear campaign. (NYT

Quote of the day: “This is not fake news, this is reality…I mean literally if you turn on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CNN — it’s nothing but Trump, Trump, Trump, Trump, Trump, Trump, Trump! And very little information about the famines in Syria, northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen. We’ve got to break through all of the smoke. This is not fake news, this is reality.” – WFP Director-General David Beasley (AP

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Armed militias targeting Muslims in the remote Central African Republic town of Bangassou in recent days have killed up to 30 civilians and six U.N. peacekeepers. (VOA

Cholera has killed at least 115 people in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, the local Saba news agency said, after authorities declared a state of emergency over the outbreak and called for international help to avert disaster. (Reuters

About 100 armed men attacked a group of journalists and robbed them of their equipment in the troubled southern state of Guerrero, Mexican authorities and media reports said. (AP

Ugandan soldiers in Central African Republic have sexually exploited or abused at least 13 women and girls since 2015, including at least one rape, Human Rights Watch said. (AP

The measles epidemic in Tajikistan started in April 2017 gradually spreading out of Rudaki district to the capital city of Dushanbe and the surrounding districts as well as Khatlon oblast. (IFRC

The UN Refugee Agency and the World Food Program urged donors to step up support for desperate refugees fleeing South Sudan. Humanitarian agencies are seeking $ 1.4 billion to provide life-saving aid to South Sudanese refugees in the six neighboring countries until the end of 2017 – according to an updated response plan presented in Geneva. (WFP

More than 1 million people have returned to northeast Nigeria since October 2015, often to towns with no basic services, infrastructure or ability for people to rebuild their lives. (NRC

According to statistics, migrant domestic workers in Lebanon are dying at a rate of two per week. Many of the deaths are suicides or botched escape attempts in which migrant women choose to jump off buildings rather than continue working in abusive and exploitative situations. (IRIN


France was a key security player in Africa under Hollande. Now what? (UN Dispatch

How do you get girls to school in the least educated country on Earth? (Guardian

Unlocking the Diaspora Development Potential (IPS

The Interpreter: How Venezuela Stumbled to the Brink of Collapse (NY Times

WHO’s the Boss? Inside the Race to Elect a New Head of the World Health Organization (UN Dispatch

Global Health: How a Tsunami in Japan Endangered Children in Cambodia (NY Times

Ivory Coast mutiny: What lies behind the shooting in Abidjan? (BBC News

Where there’s a wall there’s a way: artists take aim at Sumatra’s palm oil industry (Guardian

Top USAID contractors for 2016 (Devex

Inclusion in Peacekeeping (Reinventing Peace


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