News in Brief 16 August 2017 (AM)

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A mother with her children in Monguno, Borno state, northeast Nigeria. (file) Photo: OCHA

UN chief condemns triple suicide bombings in Nigeria

A series of suicide bombings in northern Nigeria on Tuesday has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General.

At least 30 people were killed in the three attacks which occurred at a market and refugee camp in Borno State.

In a statement condemning the violence, UN chief António Guterres called for the perpetrators to be swiftly brought to justice.

He also underlined the UN's solidarity and support to the Nigerian government in its fight against terrorism and violent extremism.

WFP scaling up food distributions in DRC's Kasai provinces

Food distributions have begun for thousands of Congolese villagers who have been displaced by conflict, the World Food Programme (WFP) announced on Wednesday.

The emergency operation by the UN agency and its partner, World Vision, will feed 42,000 people in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Scores of people have fled their villages there due to violence which broke out in August 2016.

WFP reported that a recent assessment found that the number of people in the DRC in need of urgent food assistance has jumped from 5.9 million to 7.7 million in the last year.

However, the agency requires US$17.3 million in order to scale up operations to support 250,000 people in the two Kasai provinces from September to December of this year.

US urged to address rising racism and xenophobia

Three UN human rights experts are calling on the authorities in the United States to step up action to tackle racism and xenophobia.

Their appeal, which came in a statement issued on Wednesday, comes in the wake of far-right demonstrations and violence in Charlottesville, located in the state of Virginia.

White nationalists and anti-racism protestors clashed in the southern city this past weekend. One person was killed and many more were injured.

The UN experts expressed deep concern over what they viewed as increasing prominence of "organized hate and racist groups" in the US.

They called on the government and state authorities to adopt effective policies to urgently tackle manifestations of incitement to hatred.

"The government must be vigilant in combating all acts of racism, xenophobia and racist violence, wherever they occur," they stated, adding that incidents in several other states of the country "demonstrate the geographical spread of the problem."

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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