In Burundi, accusatory rhetoric against Rwanda is increasing. Just days before the anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, the head of the ruling party said that Rwandan President Kagame “experimented” with genocide and “wants to export it to Burundi to play a minor imperialist.” The EU plans to cut back its funding for Burundi’s peacekeeping contingent in Somalia, which earns the government $13 million a year, to try to force President Pierre Nkurunziza into talks with opponents and away from the brink of ethnic conflict.
In Central African Republic, the new president, Faustin-Archange Touadera, will take office Wednesday. The UN is investigating two new suspected cases of sexual abuse, one involving the possible rape of a 14-year-old girl by Burundian soldiers. Read Human Rights Watch’s latest report on this issue here.
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, officials have called for the size of the UN peacekeeping force MONUSCO to be reduced by half by the end of the year. The mandate for the 20,000-strong peacekeeping force expires in March.
In Iraq, militants claiming to be Iraqi Special Operation Forces, posted an image to its 80,400 followers on Instagram appearing to show a captured ISIS fighter and asked viewers to vote on the fate of the captured man.
In Israel and Palestine, Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon visited the Zaatari Palestinian refugee camp in Jordan.
In Libya, the U.N. envoy to Libya said he had been forced to cancel a flight to Tripoli because he had not been granted landing rights by the self-declared government there.
In Somalia, there will be a new advisor to the Prime Minister on gender issues. Ifrah Ahmed, an Irish woman who survived female genital mutilation as a child and a former asylum seeker, will return to her home country of Somalia to help draw up a national FGM eradication program.
In South Sudan, food insecurity has reached such a critical level that thousands are fleeing to Sudan.
In Yemen, children are enduring the greatest suffering in the conflict. UNICEF released a report on the cost of war for Yemen’s children, and Yahoo News tells a tragic tale of a 5 month old who died of hunger and malnutrition.
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