Nigeria : Borno State August 2017 attacks UN Statement

Statement attributable to Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General:

The Secretary-General condemns the series of terrorist attacks on 15 August in Borno State, Nigeria.

The Secretary-General extends his deep condolences to the Government and people of Nigeria for the loss of life and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured. He calls for those responsible for these repeated heinous acts in Nigeria and neighbouring countries to be swiftly brought to justice.

The Secretary-General reiterates the United Nations solidarity and support to the Government of Nigeria in its fight against terrorism and violent extremism. The Secretary-General also renews the commitment of the United Nations to support efforts within the framework of the counter-terrorism initiatives of the Lake Chad Basin Commission.

Distributed by APO on behalf of United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Local EU Statement by Heads of Mission in Kenya

The European Union and its Member States accredited to Kenya issue the following statement:

The EU and its Member States express great concern at the decision taken by the NGO Coordination Board regarding Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG) and Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC).

We welcome the announcement by the Cabinet Secretary for Interior to reverse the NGO Coordination Board decision regarding AfriCOG and KHRC, as well as his reassurances that President Kenyatta and the Government of Kenya are committed to ensure unrestrained space for civil society, in all its diversity.

It is vital, particularly during this important period, that Civil Society Organisations are able to operate without harassment or hindrance in line with due process.

Notes:
1) The European Union has 28 Member States: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom.
2) The European Union and its Member States accredited to Kenya are represented by the diplomatic missions of: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the European Union.

Distributed by APO on behalf of EU Delegation to Kenya.

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Angola-Based Internet Exchange Point (IXP) Now Top-Three in Africa

In just two years, Angonix (www.Angonix.net) – an Internet Exchange Point (IXP) based in Luanda – has grown exponentially to become the third largest African IXP. With peak traffic of 10.8 Gbps (www.Angonix.net/about-angonix/statistics) (as recorded in July 2017), Angonix has become a competitive force in Angola and the sub-Saharan region.

Managed by Angola Cables (http://AngolaCables.co.ao), Angonix allows global and local networks such as Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) to interconnect directly to exchange Internet traffic. Angonix currently has 17 members (www.Angonix.net/customers-partners/customers/), including leading financial institutions, cable and satellite companies, ISPs, mobile phone operators and various communications service providers operating on the continent. An interactive infographic about Angonix is available here (http://APO.af/iStTCm).

Darwin Costa, project manager at Angonix, explains what makes the IXP unique. “We provide a physical access point through which major networks with their own Autonomous System Numbers can connect and exchange traffic. As a neutral IXP, Angonix allows content to be localised at greatly reduced per-bit delivery costs and offers improved routing efficiency. Its commercial offering features peering Ports of 1G Ethernet and 10G Ethernet, with speeds of 1000Mbps and 10 000Mbps, respectively.

Proud of the impact the organisation is seeing in improving Internet access in Africa, Costa adds: “With a suite of strategic communications assets on the continent, Angola Cables will become the only carrier able to directly connect networks from the Americas and Europe to the third largest platform in Africa, Angonix. Remote peering services will soon be launched whereby peering ports on Angonix will be available in other markets.”

He adds that the growth of Angonix has exceeded even the most optimistic of forecasts. “Our growth is an indication of how ripe the continent is for digital growth.”

Distributed by APO on behalf of Angola Cables.

For further information contact:
Andrew Fletcher Cole
Atmosphere Communications
Cel: +27 (0)79 483 3208
AndrewC@Atmosphere.co.za

About Angonix:
In operation since March 2015, Angonix is the third largest Internet Exchange Point (IXP) in Africa. Located in Luanda, Angola, it acts as a bridge between the continent and the rest of the world by providing a carrier-neutral Internet hub to interconnect global networks, network operators, content providers and other organisations with their own Autonomous System Number. For more information, visit www.Angonix.net.

About Angola Cables:
Angola Cables is a multinational telecommunications company founded in 2009, which operates in the wholesale market and whose core business is the commercialisation of capacity in international circuits for voice and data through Submarine Cable Systems. SACS and the Monet cable system will interconnect three continents (South America, North America and Africa) as well as a Tier III data centre in Fortaleza to interconnect the cable systems. Angola Cables also runs Angonix, a neutral Internet Exchange Point located in Luanda, which interconnects global networks and content providers. Angola Cables also manages Angonap, a neutral data centre located in Luanda and the company’s traffic exchange point in Angola. For more information, visit www.AngolaCables.co.ao.

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Attacks increasingly targeting displaced people in northeast Nigeria

Dozens of people where killed yesterday when multiple suicide bombers detonated devises outside a camp sheltering displaced people in Borno State.

Attacks on civilians sheltering in displacement sites are on the rise, worsening an already dire situation for people on the brink of famine in northeast Nigeria.

“Camps like the one attacked yesterday sheltering displaced women and children are being indiscriminately targeted. Towns we previously considered safe for civilians are also under attack,” said Ernest Mutanga, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)’s head of programmes in Nigeria. “As the government’s military offensive intensifies, armed groups seem to be looking for softer targets like places where civilians are sheltering.”

190 security incidents involving civilians were reported in July in northeast Nigeria. This was substantially more than the total combined for May and June. Also of note was an increase in the number of attacks on sites sheltering displaced civilians.

On 23 July, a suicide bomber killed three people and injured 17 others in a displacement (IDP) camp in Borno State. The same day another suspected female suicide bomber was shot dead by the military as she tried to climb a perimeter wall surrounding an IDP camp.

Five days earlier on 28 July, five people were killed and six wounded in Dikwa town when two suicide bombers detonated explosives in an area sheltering displaced families. Dikwa town was previously considered safe from the time the Nigerian military took control of it a year ago.

“Camps sheltering innocent families fleeing war should be places of refuge. But instead they are turning into death traps. Armed groups in this conflict are pushing people from one hell into another,” said Mutanga.

Insecurity is hampering the humanitarian response. For example, NRC staff had to temporarily suspend operations in Mamenti area of Maiduguri City in June because of threats from armed groups. Hundreds of people did not receive food, clean water and hygiene support as a result.

The arrival of the rainy season has worsened access to communities, already causing flooding in multiple areas. Heavy rains are preventing helicopters from landing, and cutting road access. NRC has had to have cranes accompany some truck deliveries of aid into displacement camps, as the small feeder roads are often flooded. This substantially increases the costs of aid delivery.

Northeast Nigeria is already experiencing a widespread food crisis, with food security experts forecasting a rise in the number of people facing crisis, emergency and famine conditions from 4.7 million to 5.2 million by the end of the month. This includes 50,000 people forecast to be affected by famine-like conditions.

“Parts of northeast Nigeria are already forecast to tip into famine. Any worsening of the crisis could be that tipping point,” warned Mutanga.

“We need to see the Nigerian government stepping up to protect civilians in displacement camps. It’s their primary responsibility,” said Mutanga. “However, law enforcement agencies must adhere to human rights laws while protecting people fleeing the conflict.”

The worsening situation in Nigeria comes as aid organisations prepare to mark World Humanitarian Day this week on 19 August, calling attention for better protection to civilians targeted in conflict.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Norwegian Refugee Council.

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