British High Commissioner visits BBC Tanzania

At the start of British Week and ahead of Queen Elizabeth II official birthday on June 17th, 2017, British High Commissioner, Sarah Cooke, visited the BBC World Service and BBC Media Action in Dar es Salaam.

During her visit, the High Commissioner got a chance to meet with the BBC production team and learn more about BBC’s work in Tanzania. She was also interviewed on Niambie, a BBC Media Action production for Tanzanian youth where she talked about her mentorship programme alongside her first mentee, Ms. Byera Rahel Mugini.

The High Commissioner launched her mentorship programme on March 8th, 2017, International Women’s Day Celebrations. The mentorship programme is the High Commissioner’s personal contribution to moulding more young women leaders in Tanzania.

‘One of the biggest challenges that many women face is that they do not know where to go for advice and support about their careers. I have been fortunate enough to have two mentors. I have learnt so much from my mentors, that I want to do the same for young women here in Tanzania,’ said Sarah Cooke.

Through the mentorship programme, the High Commissioner along with other women leaders in Tanzania, mentors a mentee for a period of six months. The selected applicants have the opportunity to meet with their mentors on a monthly basis to plan for the future and shadow their mentors while they go about their work.

Distributed by APO on behalf of British High Commission Dar es Salaam.

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US$65 million sought to aid DRC refugees in Angola

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and partners are seeking US$65 million to help the growing number of refugees arriving in Angola from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Since April, some 30,000 refugees have already arrived in Angola’s Lunda Norte province, fleeing violent attacks in the Kasai region since.

Inter-communal tensions, clashes among different militia groups and the Congolese armed forces, have now displaced more than 1.3 million people internally. Humanitarian agencies fear the situation could develop into a large-scale conflict affecting more civilians. The number of refugees could reach 50,000 according to the government and UN estimates, with 300-500 arriving daily.

“Traumatized refugees need urgent support to ensure provision of life-saving assistance and protection,” said Valentin Tapsoba, UNHCR’s Director for the Africa Bureau.

“Angola is providing a warm welcome, but reception centres – accommodating refugees, are full beyond their capacity and basic services cannot be maintained without immediate donor support.”

Arriving refugees express fear about returning to the DRC unless the situation changes, allowing safe and dignified return. Most civilians in affected areas are at risk of serious human rights violations, including physical mutilation, killing, sexual violence, arbitrary arrest and detention in inhumane conditions.

Angola, a signatory to the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, has historically received refugees from the DRC and other neighbouring countries. Prior to the recent influx, Angola was hosting some 15,600 refugees – including more than 13,400 from the DRC.

UNHCR needs US$35 million till end of the year to continue assisting refugees in remote parts of Angola, but sustaining life-saving assistance won’t be possible without more funding.

Current humanitarian activities are supported with US$10 million by the UN’s Central Emergency Fund.

Distributed by APO on behalf of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

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Migration needs better reporting: New media competition awards 35 journalists

The first edition of the Migration Media Award ( will award 35 journalists from 16 countries for their journalistic excellence in reporting on migration in the Euro-Mediterranean region. The winning entries feature fact-based and impartial reporting on the complexity of migration, its many challenges and opportunities.

An international jury, composed of reputable senior journalists, evaluated over 120 applications for the four categories of video, print, online or radio in the English, French or Arabic languages. The twelve first-prize winners come from Algeria, Egypt, France, Italy, Morocco, Portugal and the UK. A total of thirty-five 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners will be announced during an award ceremony to be held on June, 14th in Valletta, Malta, under the auspices of Malta’s EU presidency.

The Migration Media Award is a new EU-funded journalism competition bringing together four partners based on the initiative of the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD). The EUROMED Migration IV and OPEN Media Hub projects, funded by the EU, developed the scheme in partnership with the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) and Malta’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Distributed by APO on behalf of International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD).

Contacts for journalists and editors
In Valletta, for ICMPD: Sören Bauer:; Tel.: +356 991 25 201
In Valletta, for EASO: Jean-Pierre Schembri, Head of Communications and Stakeholders Unit,, Tel.: +356 99922328
In Paris/Brussels for the Open Media Hub: Dominique Thierry,, Tel.: +33 6 34461054
In Vienna, for ICMPD: Bernhard Schragl,, Tel.: +43 676 714 7002

Further information
1. The award scheme is at where all winning entries will be available as of 14 June, 2 pm Malta time.
2. TV footage and imagery will be freely available at in the evening of 14 June. You will first need to register with your email and a password of your choice to download the free content.
3. The members of the international jury are at

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U.S. strike against al-Shabaab logistics node

On June 11 at 2:20 am Eastern Standard Time, U.S. forces conducted a precision airstrike in southern Somalia.

The militants were operating an al-Shabaab command and logistics node at a camp located approximately 185 miles southwest of Mogadishu in a stronghold for the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabaab organization. Current assessments are eight (8) al-Shabaab militants killed in the strike.

U.S. forces, in cooperation with the Government of Somalia, are conducting operations against al-Shabaab in Somalia to degrade the al-Qaeda affiliate’s ability to recruit, train and plot external terror attacks throughout the region and in America.

In the last eight months, al-Shabaab has overrun three African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Forward Operating Bases by amassing large numbers of fighters and attacking in overwhelming numbers. Al-Shabaab has also increased its combat capability by seizing heavy weaponry, armored vehicles, explosives, small arms, ammunition, and other miscellaneous supplies during its operations overrunning Burundian National Defense Forces FOB Leego, Ugandan People’s Defense Force FOB Janaale, and Kenyan Defense Force FOB Ceel Ad.

The terror organization has taken advantage of safe haven. The group has cemented its control southern and central Somalia, they have used this area to plot and direct terror attacks, steal humanitarian aid, and to shelter other radical terrorists.

U.S. forces will use all effective and appropriate methods to protect Americans, including partnered military counter-terror operations with AMISOM and Somali National Army (SNA) forces; precision strikes against terrorists, their training camps and safe havens; and hunting and tracking members of this al-Qaeda affiliate throughout Somalia, the region and around the world.

Distributed by APO on behalf of U.S. Department of State.

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