Sep 292014
 

GENEVA, Switzerland, September 29, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Official Draw for the FIFA Club World Cup Morocco 2014 presented by TOYOTA will take place at the La Mamounia Hotel in Marrakech on Wednesday, 11 October. Five of the seven teams who will take part in the competition are already known: Auckland City FC from New Zealand, Cruz Azul FC from Mexico, Moghreb Athletic de Tétouan from Morocco, Real Madrid CF from Spain and CA San Lorenzo from Argentina. The teams representing the Asian and African confederations will be determined at a later stage. The draw, which will determine the match-ups for the quarter-finals, is scheduled to take place at 19.00, and representatives of the qualified teams have been invited to attend.

The media accreditation process for media representatives wishing to cover the event is now open via the FIFA Media Channel. The deadline for accreditation applications is 4 October 2014. Please ensure that you complete the following two steps if you wish to request an accreditation:

1. FIFA Media Channel account: Media representatives who do not have an approved FIFA Media Channel account can submit a registration form by visiting http://media.fifa.com/registration. Approval to access the FIFA Media Channel does not mean you have been granted accreditation.

2. Transmission of the accreditation form: Please complete the media accreditation form on the FIFA Media Channel and submit it to media-fcwc@moroccoloc.ma. All applications are subject to confirmation. Confirmation will NOT be on a first-come, first-served basis. Successful applicants will be notified and provided with further information in due course. Furthermore, please be advised that international applicants are responsible for arranging their own visas.

You can visit www.FIFA.com/clubworldcup for further information on the tournament and click here to see the match schedule.

Sep 292014
 

GENEVA, Switzerland, September 29, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Official Draw for the FIFA Club World Cup Morocco 2014 presented by TOYOTA will take place at the La Mamounia Hotel in Marrakech on Wednesday, 11 October. Five of the seven teams who will take part in the competition are already known: Auckland City FC from New Zealand, Cruz Azul FC from Mexico, Moghreb Athletic de Tétouan from Morocco, Real Madrid CF from Spain and CA San Lorenzo from Argentina. The teams representing the Asian and African confederations will be determined at a later stage. The draw, which will determine the match-ups for the quarter-finals, is scheduled to take place at 19.00, and representatives of the qualified teams have been invited to attend.

The media accreditation process for media representatives wishing to cover the event is now open via the FIFA Media Channel. The deadline for accreditation applications is 4 October 2014. Please ensure that you complete the following two steps if you wish to request an accreditation:

1. FIFA Media Channel account: Media representatives who do not have an approved FIFA Media Channel account can submit a registration form by visiting http://media.fifa.com/registration. Approval to access the FIFA Media Channel does not mean you have been granted accreditation.

2. Transmission of the accreditation form: Please complete the media accreditation form on the FIFA Media Channel and submit it to media-fcwc@moroccoloc.ma. All applications are subject to confirmation. Confirmation will NOT be on a first-come, first-served basis. Successful applicants will be notified and provided with further information in due course. Furthermore, please be advised that international applicants are responsible for arranging their own visas.

You can visit www.FIFA.com/clubworldcup for further information on the tournament and click here to see the match schedule.

Sep 292014
 

GENEVA, Switzerland, September 29, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Official Draw for the FIFA Club World Cup Morocco 2014 presented by TOYOTA will take place at the La Mamounia Hotel in Marrakech on Wednesday, 11 October. Five of the seven teams who will take part in the competition are already known: Auckland City FC from New Zealand, Cruz Azul FC from Mexico, Moghreb Athletic de Tétouan from Morocco, Real Madrid CF from Spain and CA San Lorenzo from Argentina. The teams representing the Asian and African confederations will be determined at a later stage. The draw, which will determine the match-ups for the quarter-finals, is scheduled to take place at 19.00, and representatives of the qualified teams have been invited to attend.

The media accreditation process for media representatives wishing to cover the event is now open via the FIFA Media Channel. The deadline for accreditation applications is 4 October 2014. Please ensure that you complete the following two steps if you wish to request an accreditation:

1. FIFA Media Channel account: Media representatives who do not have an approved FIFA Media Channel account can submit a registration form by visiting http://media.fifa.com/registration. Approval to access the FIFA Media Channel does not mean you have been granted accreditation.

2. Transmission of the accreditation form: Please complete the media accreditation form on the FIFA Media Channel and submit it to media-fcwc@moroccoloc.ma. All applications are subject to confirmation. Confirmation will NOT be on a first-come, first-served basis. Successful applicants will be notified and provided with further information in due course. Furthermore, please be advised that international applicants are responsible for arranging their own visas.

You can visit www.FIFA.com/clubworldcup for further information on the tournament and click here to see the match schedule.

Sep 292014
 

GENEVA, Switzerland, September 29, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Official Draw for the FIFA Club World Cup Morocco 2014 presented by TOYOTA will take place at the La Mamounia Hotel in Marrakech on Wednesday, 11 October. Five of the seven teams who will take part in the competition are already known: Auckland City FC from New Zealand, Cruz Azul FC from Mexico, Moghreb Athletic de Tétouan from Morocco, Real Madrid CF from Spain and CA San Lorenzo from Argentina. The teams representing the Asian and African confederations will be determined at a later stage. The draw, which will determine the match-ups for the quarter-finals, is scheduled to take place at 19.00, and representatives of the qualified teams have been invited to attend.

The media accreditation process for media representatives wishing to cover the event is now open via the FIFA Media Channel. The deadline for accreditation applications is 4 October 2014. Please ensure that you complete the following two steps if you wish to request an accreditation:

1. FIFA Media Channel account: Media representatives who do not have an approved FIFA Media Channel account can submit a registration form by visiting http://media.fifa.com/registration. Approval to access the FIFA Media Channel does not mean you have been granted accreditation.

2. Transmission of the accreditation form: Please complete the media accreditation form on the FIFA Media Channel and submit it to media-fcwc@moroccoloc.ma. All applications are subject to confirmation. Confirmation will NOT be on a first-come, first-served basis. Successful applicants will be notified and provided with further information in due course. Furthermore, please be advised that international applicants are responsible for arranging their own visas.

You can visit www.FIFA.com/clubworldcup for further information on the tournament and click here to see the match schedule.

Sep 292014
 

GENEVA, Switzerland, September 29, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Official Draw for the FIFA Club World Cup Morocco 2014 presented by TOYOTA will take place at the La Mamounia Hotel in Marrakech on Wednesday, 11 October. Five of the seven teams who will take part in the competition are already known: Auckland City FC from New Zealand, Cruz Azul FC from Mexico, Moghreb Athletic de Tétouan from Morocco, Real Madrid CF from Spain and CA San Lorenzo from Argentina. The teams representing the Asian and African confederations will be determined at a later stage. The draw, which will determine the match-ups for the quarter-finals, is scheduled to take place at 19.00, and representatives of the qualified teams have been invited to attend.

The media accreditation process for media representatives wishing to cover the event is now open via the FIFA Media Channel. The deadline for accreditation applications is 4 October 2014. Please ensure that you complete the following two steps if you wish to request an accreditation:

1. FIFA Media Channel account: Media representatives who do not have an approved FIFA Media Channel account can submit a registration form by visiting http://media.fifa.com/registration. Approval to access the FIFA Media Channel does not mean you have been granted accreditation.

2. Transmission of the accreditation form: Please complete the media accreditation form on the FIFA Media Channel and submit it to media-fcwc@moroccoloc.ma. All applications are subject to confirmation. Confirmation will NOT be on a first-come, first-served basis. Successful applicants will be notified and provided with further information in due course. Furthermore, please be advised that international applicants are responsible for arranging their own visas.

You can visit www.FIFA.com/clubworldcup for further information on the tournament and click here to see the match schedule.

Sep 292014
 

DAKAR, Senegal, September 29, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — APO (African Press Organization) (http://www.apo-opa.com), the sole press release newswire in Africa and the global leader in media relations relating to Africa, today announced the three winners of the 2014 APO Media Award (#APOMediaAward), which celebrates brilliant and inspiring stories about Africa.

With a total endowment of $15,000, the APO Media Award is one of Africa’s most important media awards.

Photos of the winners: http://goo.gl/xzPgf9

APO logo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/logos/schneider_electric.jpg

Photo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=782 (Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, Founder and CEO of APO (African Press Organization)

The first-place winner of the 2014 APO Media Award is Ms Sumitra Nydoo (@sumitranydoo), Business Correspondent South Africa at China Central Television (CCTV Africa), for her piece entitled “South Africa’s Wonderbag Revolutionizes Cooking” (http://bit.ly/1qvB9SW).

Sumitra Nydoo will receive $500 a month for one year, a laptop and an intercontinental flight ticket to a destination of her choice as well as one year’s access to over 600 airport VIP lounges worldwide.

The second-place winner is Mr Pius Sawa (@kharunda), Reporter for Thomson Reuters Foundation in Kenya, for his piece entitled “Cheap, green solar bottles light up Kenyan slum” (http://tmsnrt.rs/1rNAlco).

Pius Sawa will receive $300 a month for one year.

The third-place winner is Ms Kristia Van Heerden (@k_r_isis), Editor at Finweek (South Africa), for her piece entitled “How the poor can make you rich” (http://bit.ly/ZcqRgm).

Kristia Van Heerden will receive $200 a month for one year.

“APO was very impressed by the quality of the entries. Judging was an incredibly difficult process but we were unanimous in our conclusion that Sumitra Nydoo, Pius Sawa and Kristia Van Heerden were the worthy winners. On behalf of APO, and personally, I would like to express my warmest congratulations to these three very talented journalists,” stated Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, Founder and CEO of APO (African Press Organization).

About the APO Media Award: http://www.apo-opa.com/apo-media-award.php

Follow APO on Twitter: https://twitter.com/apo_source

Follow the hashtag: #APOMediaAward

Contact:

Aïssatou Diallo

bdm@apo-opa.org

+41 22 534 96 97

About APO

APO (African Press Organization) (http://www.apo-opa.com) is the sole press release newswire in Africa and is a global leader in media relations relating to Africa.

With offices in Senegal, Switzerland, Dubai, Hong Kong, India and Seychelles, APO owns a media database containing over 100,000 contacts and is the main online community for Africa-related news.

It offers a complete range of services, including press release distribution and monitoring, online press conferences, interactive webcasts, media interactions, strategic advice, public diplomacy, government relations and events promotion. To find out more, please visit http://www.apo-opa.com.

Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/apo_source

Follow us on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/african-press-organization

Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/africanpressorganization

Sep 292014
 

DAKAR, Senegal, September 29, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — APO (African Press Organization) (http://www.apo-opa.com), the sole press release newswire in Africa and the global leader in media relations relating to Africa, today announced the three winners of the 2014 APO Media Award (#APOMediaAward), which celebrates brilliant and inspiring stories about Africa.

With a total endowment of $15,000, the APO Media Award is one of Africa’s most important media awards.

Photos of the winners: http://goo.gl/xzPgf9

APO logo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/logos/schneider_electric.jpg

Photo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=782 (Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, Founder and CEO of APO (African Press Organization)

The first-place winner of the 2014 APO Media Award is Ms Sumitra Nydoo (@sumitranydoo), Business Correspondent South Africa at China Central Television (CCTV Africa), for her piece entitled “South Africa’s Wonderbag Revolutionizes Cooking” (http://bit.ly/1qvB9SW).

Sumitra Nydoo will receive $500 a month for one year, a laptop and an intercontinental flight ticket to a destination of her choice as well as one year’s access to over 600 airport VIP lounges worldwide.

The second-place winner is Mr Pius Sawa (@kharunda), Reporter for Thomson Reuters Foundation in Kenya, for his piece entitled “Cheap, green solar bottles light up Kenyan slum” (http://tmsnrt.rs/1rNAlco).

Pius Sawa will receive $300 a month for one year.

The third-place winner is Ms Kristia Van Heerden (@k_r_isis), Editor at Finweek (South Africa), for her piece entitled “How the poor can make you rich” (http://bit.ly/ZcqRgm).

Kristia Van Heerden will receive $200 a month for one year.

“APO was very impressed by the quality of the entries. Judging was an incredibly difficult process but we were unanimous in our conclusion that Sumitra Nydoo, Pius Sawa and Kristia Van Heerden were the worthy winners. On behalf of APO, and personally, I would like to express my warmest congratulations to these three very talented journalists,” stated Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, Founder and CEO of APO (African Press Organization).

About the APO Media Award: http://www.apo-opa.com/apo-media-award.php

Follow APO on Twitter: https://twitter.com/apo_source

Follow the hashtag: #APOMediaAward

Contact:

Aïssatou Diallo

bdm@apo-opa.org

+41 22 534 96 97

About APO

APO (African Press Organization) (http://www.apo-opa.com) is the sole press release newswire in Africa and is a global leader in media relations relating to Africa.

With offices in Senegal, Switzerland, Dubai, Hong Kong, India and Seychelles, APO owns a media database containing over 100,000 contacts and is the main online community for Africa-related news.

It offers a complete range of services, including press release distribution and monitoring, online press conferences, interactive webcasts, media interactions, strategic advice, public diplomacy, government relations and events promotion. To find out more, please visit http://www.apo-opa.com.

Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/apo_source

Follow us on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/african-press-organization

Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/africanpressorganization

Sep 292014
 

DAKAR, Senegal, September 29, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — APO (African Press Organization) (http://www.apo-opa.com), the sole press release newswire in Africa and the global leader in media relations relating to Africa, today announced the three winners of the 2014 APO Media Award (#APOMediaAward), which celebrates brilliant and inspiring stories about Africa.

With a total endowment of $15,000, the APO Media Award is one of Africa’s most important media awards.

Photos of the winners: http://goo.gl/xzPgf9

APO logo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/logos/schneider_electric.jpg

Photo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=782 (Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, Founder and CEO of APO (African Press Organization)

The first-place winner of the 2014 APO Media Award is Ms Sumitra Nydoo (@sumitranydoo), Business Correspondent South Africa at China Central Television (CCTV Africa), for her piece entitled “South Africa’s Wonderbag Revolutionizes Cooking” (http://bit.ly/1qvB9SW).

Sumitra Nydoo will receive $500 a month for one year, a laptop and an intercontinental flight ticket to a destination of her choice as well as one year’s access to over 600 airport VIP lounges worldwide.

The second-place winner is Mr Pius Sawa (@kharunda), Reporter for Thomson Reuters Foundation in Kenya, for his piece entitled “Cheap, green solar bottles light up Kenyan slum” (http://tmsnrt.rs/1rNAlco).

Pius Sawa will receive $300 a month for one year.

The third-place winner is Ms Kristia Van Heerden (@k_r_isis), Editor at Finweek (South Africa), for her piece entitled “How the poor can make you rich” (http://bit.ly/ZcqRgm).

Kristia Van Heerden will receive $200 a month for one year.

“APO was very impressed by the quality of the entries. Judging was an incredibly difficult process but we were unanimous in our conclusion that Sumitra Nydoo, Pius Sawa and Kristia Van Heerden were the worthy winners. On behalf of APO, and personally, I would like to express my warmest congratulations to these three very talented journalists,” stated Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, Founder and CEO of APO (African Press Organization).

About the APO Media Award: http://www.apo-opa.com/apo-media-award.php

Follow APO on Twitter: https://twitter.com/apo_source

Follow the hashtag: #APOMediaAward

Contact:

Aïssatou Diallo

bdm@apo-opa.org

+41 22 534 96 97

About APO

APO (African Press Organization) (http://www.apo-opa.com) is the sole press release newswire in Africa and is a global leader in media relations relating to Africa.

With offices in Senegal, Switzerland, Dubai, Hong Kong, India and Seychelles, APO owns a media database containing over 100,000 contacts and is the main online community for Africa-related news.

It offers a complete range of services, including press release distribution and monitoring, online press conferences, interactive webcasts, media interactions, strategic advice, public diplomacy, government relations and events promotion. To find out more, please visit http://www.apo-opa.com.

Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/apo_source

Follow us on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/african-press-organization

Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/africanpressorganization

Sep 292014
 

DAKAR, Senegal, September 29, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — APO (African Press Organization) (http://www.apo-opa.com), the sole press release newswire in Africa and the global leader in media relations relating to Africa, today announced the three winners of the 2014 APO Media Award (#APOMediaAward), which celebrates brilliant and inspiring stories about Africa.

With a total endowment of $15,000, the APO Media Award is one of Africa’s most important media awards.

Photos of the winners: http://goo.gl/xzPgf9

APO logo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/logos/schneider_electric.jpg

Photo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=782 (Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, Founder and CEO of APO (African Press Organization)

The first-place winner of the 2014 APO Media Award is Ms Sumitra Nydoo (@sumitranydoo), Business Correspondent South Africa at China Central Television (CCTV Africa), for her piece entitled “South Africa’s Wonderbag Revolutionizes Cooking” (http://bit.ly/1qvB9SW).

Sumitra Nydoo will receive $500 a month for one year, a laptop and an intercontinental flight ticket to a destination of her choice as well as one year’s access to over 600 airport VIP lounges worldwide.

The second-place winner is Mr Pius Sawa (@kharunda), Reporter for Thomson Reuters Foundation in Kenya, for his piece entitled “Cheap, green solar bottles light up Kenyan slum” (http://tmsnrt.rs/1rNAlco).

Pius Sawa will receive $300 a month for one year.

The third-place winner is Ms Kristia Van Heerden (@k_r_isis), Editor at Finweek (South Africa), for her piece entitled “How the poor can make you rich” (http://bit.ly/ZcqRgm).

Kristia Van Heerden will receive $200 a month for one year.

“APO was very impressed by the quality of the entries. Judging was an incredibly difficult process but we were unanimous in our conclusion that Sumitra Nydoo, Pius Sawa and Kristia Van Heerden were the worthy winners. On behalf of APO, and personally, I would like to express my warmest congratulations to these three very talented journalists,” stated Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, Founder and CEO of APO (African Press Organization).

About the APO Media Award: http://www.apo-opa.com/apo-media-award.php

Follow APO on Twitter: https://twitter.com/apo_source

Follow the hashtag: #APOMediaAward

Contact:

Aïssatou Diallo

bdm@apo-opa.org

+41 22 534 96 97

About APO

APO (African Press Organization) (http://www.apo-opa.com) is the sole press release newswire in Africa and is a global leader in media relations relating to Africa.

With offices in Senegal, Switzerland, Dubai, Hong Kong, India and Seychelles, APO owns a media database containing over 100,000 contacts and is the main online community for Africa-related news.

It offers a complete range of services, including press release distribution and monitoring, online press conferences, interactive webcasts, media interactions, strategic advice, public diplomacy, government relations and events promotion. To find out more, please visit http://www.apo-opa.com.

Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/apo_source

Follow us on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/african-press-organization

Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/africanpressorganization

Sep 292014
 

DAKAR, Senegal, September 29, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — APO (African Press Organization) (http://www.apo-opa.com), the sole press release newswire in Africa and the global leader in media relations relating to Africa, today announced the three winners of the 2014 APO Media Award (#APOMediaAward), which celebrates brilliant and inspiring stories about Africa.

With a total endowment of $15,000, the APO Media Award is one of Africa’s most important media awards.

Photos of the winners: http://goo.gl/xzPgf9

APO logo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/logos/schneider_electric.jpg

Photo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=782 (Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, Founder and CEO of APO (African Press Organization)

The first-place winner of the 2014 APO Media Award is Ms Sumitra Nydoo (@sumitranydoo), Business Correspondent South Africa at China Central Television (CCTV Africa), for her piece entitled “South Africa’s Wonderbag Revolutionizes Cooking” (http://bit.ly/1qvB9SW).

Sumitra Nydoo will receive $500 a month for one year, a laptop and an intercontinental flight ticket to a destination of her choice as well as one year’s access to over 600 airport VIP lounges worldwide.

The second-place winner is Mr Pius Sawa (@kharunda), Reporter for Thomson Reuters Foundation in Kenya, for his piece entitled “Cheap, green solar bottles light up Kenyan slum” (http://tmsnrt.rs/1rNAlco).

Pius Sawa will receive $300 a month for one year.

The third-place winner is Ms Kristia Van Heerden (@k_r_isis), Editor at Finweek (South Africa), for her piece entitled “How the poor can make you rich” (http://bit.ly/ZcqRgm).

Kristia Van Heerden will receive $200 a month for one year.

“APO was very impressed by the quality of the entries. Judging was an incredibly difficult process but we were unanimous in our conclusion that Sumitra Nydoo, Pius Sawa and Kristia Van Heerden were the worthy winners. On behalf of APO, and personally, I would like to express my warmest congratulations to these three very talented journalists,” stated Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, Founder and CEO of APO (African Press Organization).

About the APO Media Award: http://www.apo-opa.com/apo-media-award.php

Follow APO on Twitter: https://twitter.com/apo_source

Follow the hashtag: #APOMediaAward

Contact:

Aïssatou Diallo

bdm@apo-opa.org

+41 22 534 96 97

About APO

APO (African Press Organization) (http://www.apo-opa.com) is the sole press release newswire in Africa and is a global leader in media relations relating to Africa.

With offices in Senegal, Switzerland, Dubai, Hong Kong, India and Seychelles, APO owns a media database containing over 100,000 contacts and is the main online community for Africa-related news.

It offers a complete range of services, including press release distribution and monitoring, online press conferences, interactive webcasts, media interactions, strategic advice, public diplomacy, government relations and events promotion. To find out more, please visit http://www.apo-opa.com.

Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/apo_source

Follow us on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/african-press-organization

Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/africanpressorganization

Sep 292014
 

NEW YORK, September 29, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Remarks of Mr. Elhadj As Sy

Secretary General

International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC)

Ebola came to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia and there it found us: the IFRC with 25,000 Red Cross volunteers on the ground, 3 National Societies, backed up by a Movement of 189 National Societies and 17 million volunteers across the world and the International Committee for the Red Cross.

The Red Cross and Red Crescent has been there from the beginning. We mobilized and trained a pool of 5,000 volunteers and sent 137 international staff to do what we initially thought would be our routine work: build a field hospital, help with contact tracing and reach out to communities with information.

But very quickly, reality caught up with us, and our humanity has been called upon to suddenly face the high number of our fellow human beings who have been dying, as the statistics are showing, and who deserve all our care, respect and dignity.

We are becoming known for “dead body management”, but we do not “manage” dead bodies. We safely, respectfully and in a dignified manner accompany our deceased fellow human beings and help to prepare them in accordance with their cultures for their last resting places. We do not manage “dead bodies” because in the beliefs and cultures of that region in West Africa – and I myself am coming from that region – our deceased ancestors are not considered truly dead. There is a continuing chain between those who have left and those who stay behind: those who have died always remain with us. It is in this spirit that we carry out our work.

We in the Red Cross have accompanied and safely buried 1,353 deceased human beings; in Guinea alone, we have carried out virtually all – 97% — of burials from Ebola deaths.

Our success cannot be measured by the numbers of people whom we bury. We must deliver better prevention and better care faster, measuring our success in fewer deaths and fewer people to bury.

Our one treatment centre in Sierra Leone, alongside MSF, is not enough! We in the Red Cross must do more, and we can do more with your support.

We must engage in social healing and social reconciliation. People and communities do not understand that we convince them to leave their family members and friends in our hands, we take them as patients to isolation centres for care, yet we return — in over 80% of cases – deceased loved ones whom they cannot touch, they cannot wash, and they cannot keep with them for the usual time required for mourning. They cannot understand this, and our front line workers and volunteers are already paying a huge price for this normal human reaction and lack of comprehension among families and communities.

This is the reality of Ebola, Mr Secretary-General, a reality which is so difficult to convey, until one is there to witness it first-hand, a reality which is difficult to comprehend until, unfortunately, a friend, a brother or a sister is directly affected.

We in the Red Cross must do more, and we can do more; but we need your solidarity and support.

When Ebola leaves the region – and I hope this will be soon – 25,000 Red Cross volunteers and 3 National Societies will remain and will continue to support the people and communities as they face the new challenges of the hour.

The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement will always be there, on your side!

Thank you very much.

Sep 292014
 

MOGADISHU, Somalia, September 29, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) protests the arrest of journalists and other media workers in Puntland over non-payment of 3-months salary arrears owed them by the government television station.

Some fourteen (14) journalists and other media workers, working for Puntland Television, were arrested after they demanded payment of their three months salaries and allowances.

The management of Puntland TV, which is owned by Puntland government, informed workers that they will be given two months salary and the provision of allowances will no longer exist.

Journalists and technicians refused to come to work and the Puntland TV has been off air. The management of the TV station with Puntland police arrested one of the technicians after refusing to put the TV on air. In solidarity, the journalists and other workers went yesterday afternoon (Sunday) to the police station demanding their colleague’s release, resulting the police also to arrest protesting media workers.

“Instead of addressing their grievances and paying the media workers, it is disgraceful for arresting workers because they are peacefully putting their grievances forth to their manager and general public,” said Abdirisak Omar Ismail, President of NUSOJ Supreme Council.

NUSOJ fully backs journalists’ demands for their 3-month salary arrears to be paid in full and allowances provided as agreed when recruited to employment. Intimidations of rights-demanding media workers must end.

The union hails last night urgent intervention by Puntland President, Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, to release arrested media workers and invite them to his office today to discuss and solve their grievances.

“We want Puntland President to instruct management of Puntland TV to pay the salaries arrears of all their media workers swiftly and their allowances must not be removed,” added Ismail.