News in Brief 15 September 2015 (AM)

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Bangui, Central African Republic. File Photo: OCHA/Gemma Cortes

Eviction of internally displaced by CAR authorities raises serious concern

The eviction of more than 100 internally displaced people by authorities in the Central African Republic is a serious concern and "may shadow evictions in other sites", the UN said Tuesday.

In a statement criticizing the move, the UN humanitarian agency, OCHA, said that police had helped take down tents belonging to 114 residents in Saint Jean Gabaladja site in the CAR capital, Bangui.

OCHA warned that nine other sites in Bangui that are home to 2700 people are also at risk of being moved on.

The development comes after major political upheaval in the last two years in CAR where violent conflict has left some 2.7 million people, over half the population, in dire need of assistance.

Killing of Somali journalist condemned

The murder of a journalist in Somalia on 8 September has been condemned by the UN cultural agency, UNESCO.

Abdullahi Ali Hussein, a Somali editor for a news website, was shot dead in Mogadishu.

Reacting to the death, UNESCO's Director-General, Irina Bokova, said that extremists must not be allowed to stifle freedom of expression through violence and intimidation.

Ms Bokova said a free and vibrant media is essential for the rule of law and good governance in strife-torn Somalia.

Afghan refugee teacher wins UN refugee award

An Afghan refugee teacher who dedicated her life to bringing education to Afghan girls exiled in Pakistan has been honored by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

Ageela Asifi, a former teacher who fled Kabul in 1992, has helped more than 1,000 refugee girls in the Kot Chandana refugee village in north-western Pakistan, complete primary school.

She received UNHCR's 2015 Nanseen Refugee Award which honours extraordinary service to the forcibly displaced.

The agency praised Ms Asifi for her determination to educate girls despite minimal resources and cultural challenges.

Veronica Reeves, United Nations.

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