News in Brief 12 July 2016 (PM)

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IDP women in one of the camps in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria, collect their share of stock cubes to prepare the day’s meal. The women are paid a salary to cook the meals. Photo: OCHA/Jaspreet Kindra

Famine could be "imminent" in north-eastern Nigeria

Famine could be imminent in the worst affected areas in north-eastern Nigeria recent assessments by the UN and aid agencies have shown.

Humanitarian convoys have uncovered alarming levels of malnutrition and famine-like conditions in Borno State, particularly in satellite camps, says OCHA, the UN's relief agency.

These camps are in insecure, hard-to-reach areas and many of them are still in locations where conflict is ongoing.

Boko Haram insurgents have mounted several attacks in recent weeks, displacing tens of thousands of people in the conflict-hit regions of the Lake Chad Basin.

US$ 221.6 million are needed to respond to immediate humanitarian needs in the Lake Chad Basin between now and the end of September.

US$952 million needed for humanitarian aid in Sudan

Aid agencies in Sudan are asking for close to a billion dollars to support millions of people who need assistance, a spokesperson for the UN has said.

The escalation of conflict in Darfur coupled with the influx of people because of continued insecurity in South Sudan's Unity and Upper Nile States are two of the emergencies relief workers are dealing with.

Here's Stephane Dujarric.

"The 2016 Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) was launched today requesting US$ 952 million to support 4.6 million people in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. These include an estimated 2.2 million internally displaced people, 700,000 refugees, as well as vulnerable populations due to the impacts of El Niño."

Prosecution of rape in Cote d'Ivoire remains "insufficient"

Efforts to prosecute rape and sexual violence in Cote d'Ivoire remain "insufficient" a new UN report has found.

The UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) and the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a joint report on Tuesday.

The report documents 1,129 cases of rape in the West African country between January 2012 and December 2015

Seventy-six percent of the victims are children, one per cent of whom are boys.

About 7 per cent of alleged perpetrators in the documented cases were reportedly people working for the government, particularly members of the national armed forces and teachers.

And although investigations were opened in 90 per cent of rape cases documented in the report, less than 20 per cent of them resulted in a conviction.

The report also stresses that all 203 cases that ended in a conviction were "reclassified", a common practice of judging rape as a lesser offence and for which the sentencing is less severe.

This practice is seen as a way for victims to access justice and facilitate a prompt judgement, but, according to the report, it minimizes the gravity of rape.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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