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Près de 6.000 réfugiés congolais rapatriés après près de 5 ans d’exil en Zambie – HCR

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NEW YORK, USA, le 27  Septembre 2022 -/African Media Agency(AMA)/-L’Agence des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés (HCR) et les autorités zambiennes ont annoncé, mardi, la poursuite des opérations de rapatriement « volontaire » de quelque 6.000 réfugiés congolais qui avaient trouvé refuge depuis cinq ans en Zambie pour échapper aux violences en République démocratique du Congo (RDC).

Selon le Haut-Commissariat de l’ONU pour les réfugiés (HCR), le rapatriement volontaire des réfugiés de la colonie de Mantapala dans la province de Luapula vers Pweto dans la province du Haut-Katanga en RDC a commencé en décembre 2021. Les réfugiés ont été transportés en bus par convois hebdomadaires d’environ 600 personnes jusqu’au poste frontière de Lunkinda.

Plus de 11 000 réfugiés congolais sont enregistrés pour retourner en RDC d’ici fin 2022, suite à la déclaration d’une amélioration de la sécurité dans certaines zones de la province du Haut-Katanga. « Alors que certaines parties du pays restent très peu sûres, d’autres régions comme le Haut-Katanga sont stables, ce qui permet les retours », a déclaré lors d’une conférence de presse à Genève, Boris Cheshirkov, porte-parole du HCR.

Des réfugiés ayant fui les violences dans certaines parties du sud-est de la RDC en 2017

Ces réfugiés avaient été déplacés suite à des affrontements inter-ethniques ainsi qu’à des combats entre les forces de sécurité congolaises et des milices dans certaines parties du sud-est de la RDC en 2017.

Le rapatriement volontaire, qui se poursuivra cette année, s’inscrit dans la continuité de l’accord tripartite signé en 2006 par le HCR et les gouvernements de la Zambie et de la RDC. « Les réfugiés ont exprimé leur joie de rentrer chez eux et sont impatients de retrouver leur famille et leurs amis et de recommencer leur vie », a ajouté M. Cheshirkov.

Dans un centre de transit du HCR à Pweto (RDC), où les rapatriés sont hébergés pendant deux jours, les autorités congolaises délivrent des documents, notamment des certificats de naissance pour les nouveau-nés et des certificats scolaires, afin de leur permettre de s’intégrer rapidement et d’accéder aux services. Le partenaire du HCR dans le domaine de la santé effectue également des examens médicaux et les personnes ayant des besoins spécifiques reçoivent un traitement de base.

Près de 60.000 réfugiés congolais sur les 95.000 en Zambie

Les rapatriés reçoivent également une aide en espèces pour couvrir les dépenses de base à leur arrivée chez eux. Cette aide couvre le transport jusqu’à leur destination, les articles d’hygiène et de ménage, ainsi que l’aide au loyer initial.

En fonction de la taille de la famille, les rapatriés reçoivent également un mois d’approvisionnement en légumes secs, en farine de maïs, en huile et en sel. Une aide supplémentaire à la réintégration, telle que l’aide à l’inscription des enfants à l’école, est également fournie.

La Zambie, l’un des neuf pays limitrophes de la RDC accueille quelque 95.000 réfugiés, demandeurs d’asile et anciens réfugiés. Parmi eux, 60.000 en provenance de la RDC, selon les chiffres officiels des Nations Unies. Dans ce lot, plus de 18.000 Congolais ont vécu dans le camp de Mantapala, en Zambie.

Près d’un million de réfugiés congolais sont encore accueillis dans les pays voisins. Selon le HCR, des millions de réfugiés rêvent de rentrer chez eux en sécurité et dans la dignité. « Le rapatriement volontaire nécessite un engagement total du pays d’origine pour aider à la réintégration de sa propre population et le soutien continu de la communauté internationale », a fait valoir le porte-parole du HCR.

Distribué par African Media Agency (AMA) pour ONU Info.

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WaterAid scales up WASH facilities for disease prevention at Uganda/Congo border

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Women from Vurra Community checking out the new facility provided by WaterAid and UWASNET.

KAMPALA, Uganda, 25 November 2022 -/African Media Agency(AMA)/- WaterAid East Africa and implementing partner, Uganda Water and Sanitation Network (UWASNET), handed over a new gender-inclusive and disability-friendly sanitation block to the management of the border post and Vurra community. The sanitation block, which is being handed over few days after the commemoration of World Toilet Day, consists of four toilets each for men and women, including special suites for persons with disabilities, three urinal bowls for men, six bathrooms and a store.

Vurra border post is a key goods-clearing and immigration checkpoint for Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo, and due to high rate of border movements and inadequate WASH facilities, the post potentially exposes people to the risk of communicable diseases. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, about 500 trucks crossed the border post daily with commuters overstretching the toilet facilities in the guest houses and restaurants.

This new intervention by WaterAid East Africa, forms part of the second phase the organisation’s cross-border WASH projects, aimed at helping countries improve pandemic preparedness after the disruption by COVID-19. The first phase of the border intervention was successfully delivered in 2021. 

During the first phase, WaterAid worked with UWASNET to install six contactless handwashing facilities at Vurra border. Speaking on the second phase and introduction of sanitation facilities, Regional Director for WaterAid East Africa, Olutayo Bankole-Bolawole said it was borne out of the need to have a more integrated approach in curbing the spread of communicable diseases. 

“With COVID-19 and now Ebola Virus Disease, it is clear that the risk of emergence of infectious diseases has increased over the past few years, and this can be traced to high mobility of people that is witnessed at border points. After the completion of the first phase of WaterAid’s response, we conducted an assessment and concluded based on impact of the first phase, to have a more holistic approach, which requires providing access to integrated WASH facilities and hygiene behaviour change trainings”.

“Inadequate sanitation systems spread human waste into rivers, lakes and soil and this pollutes water resources and impacts people’s health. Poor sanitation is also linked to diarrheal diseases which results in the death of about 800 children globally, every day. Ensuring that toilets are climate-resilient and connected to a proper sanitation system that effectively removes and treats human waste is key in promoting good health and protecting the environment”.  

Olutayo added that “Border points are very significant in boosting the economy of countries, but without these basic WASH services, it becomes very difficult for people to protect themselves and contribute to a prosperous economy. Research shows that handwashing with soap reduces diarrheal diseases by 30%, can reduce acute respiratory infections by up to 20% and it plays an important role in reducing the transmission of outbreak-related pathogens such as cholera, Ebola, shigellosis, SARS, hepatitis E, and COVID-19. Investment in WASH is worth it and we encourage governments across the region to prioritise investing more in WASH to ensure preventive measures against diseases, rather than seeking for curative measures when people’s lives are in danger”. 

In line with its global and regional strategy, WaterAid aims to inspire and accelerate action to tackle the global sanitation crisis and achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6, which promises access to sanitation and water for all by 2030. 

Since 2021, WaterAid East Africa has been working closely with partners, including WASH networks in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda country programmes, to curb the spread of infectious diseases along cross-country border routes in East Africa. So far, the organisation has embarked on 9 border interventions covering six countries- Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania. These include Busia border between Kenya and Uganda; Holili border between Tanzania and Kenya; Malaba border between Kenya and Uganda; Nemba border between Rwanda and Burundi; Horohoro border which serves Tanzania and Kenya; Lungalunga border serving Kenya and Tanzania; and Rusizi border between Rwanda and DRC

Yunia Musaazi, Executive Director of UWASNET appreciated WaterAid for the initiative.

“UWASNET is grateful to WaterAid for having partnered with us to contribute to the fight against pandemics in the world like COVID-19 and Ebola. We are also grateful to WaterAid for having listened to the voices of Vurra and Arua districts who called for the effective curbing of communicable WASH-related diseases by offering a full WASH package for transient communities.” 

Prior to WaterAid’s intervention, the poor conditions of the toilets contributed to an increase in open defecation.

“In the past, we’ve experienced health problems due to the poor sanitation we’ve had. Now we have beautiful toilets, with urinals, we can use the toilets and the bathrooms. We welcome these facilities with open arms,” said Taban Joseph, the Operations Manager for Cargo Trans and a leader in the long-distance drivers community.

Distributed by African Media Agency on behalf of Water Aid.

For more information, please contact:

Bukola Bayo-Philip, Ag. Regional Communications Manager, WaterAid East Africa on bukolaphilip@wateraid.org.

For more information, please contact:

Bukola Bayo-Philip, Ag. Regional Communications Manager, WaterAid East Africa on bukolaphilip@wateraid.org.

WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene: 2017 update and SDG Baselines

WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene: 2017 update and SDG Baselines

Prüss-Ustün et al. (2014) and The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (2018)

World Health organization (2012) Global costs and benefits of drinking-water supply and sanitation interventions to reach the MDG target and universal coverage

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Tia Lee’s Animation Series Takes a New Turn 

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Fourth Episode Welcomes the Handsome Prince

HONG KONG, SAR, 24 November, 2022,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- Tia Lee Yu Fen, Asian fashion icon, C-POP singer, film and television actress, released the fourth part of her “GOODBYE PRINCESS” animation series on 22 November. With many twists and turns in the story, the latest episode is the most dramatic and romantic one in the series. The viewership figures of the “GOODBYE PRINCESS” animation and motion images MV pre-release campaign series has scaled new heights, with almost 70 million views to date.  

In the fourth episode, “Pawn to Queen”, Tia continues plunging downwards from the last episode; the puppet princess eventually lands on a chessboard. In this dreamland, she becomes a white pawn. On the other side of the chessboard, the queen reads the newspaper and commands the black chess pieces to attack. The white pawn keeps her calm and evades the attacks with agility, eventually reaching the opposite side of the chessboard. There, she sheds the white pawn uniform to regain her human form. In the background, a castle appears mysteriously as a handsome prince kneels down before her to declare his love for her. 

Thematic image echoing content of the fourth animated episode. 

Displaying Tia’s fashion wisdom, “GOODBYE PRINCESS” MV pre-release campaign stylist, Sanshai, Style Director of Vogue Thailand, has hand-picked the Kanapot iconic dusty blue dress, Christian Louboutin heels and Alessandra Rich​ ear-rings for this videographic set. 

Today, well-known UK top fashion and culture magazine ROLLACOASTER released a sneak review of the Winter 2022 cover, and announced that Tia Lee will be covering the Winter 2022 global print and digital issues to be released soon, in which Tia will talk about what to expect from Tia’s new, globally-focused era. Tia wears Burberry’s latest autumn and winter collections, presenting yet another side of Tia to her global fans. Previous ROLLACOASTER covers featured Justin Bieber, John Legend, Alicia Keys and other leading artists. 

The “Pawn to Queen” poster, released on 23 November, gave more details on the episode:   

  1. When the princess falls in the beginning, she passes by a newspaper with the headline “Otaku Goddess”. This appears again in the scene where the queen reads the newspaper. 
  2.  While fighting on the chessboard, the princess maintains her composure with a familiar look in her eyes. She shows the same determination to chase her dreams as she did in the first 3 episodes. 
  3.  Adding the handsome prince and his castle, the story builds towards a climax. 
@leeyufen wears @burberry for @rollacoaster (Rollacoaster Magazine) Winter 2022 global cover 
Photography by @studioioo 
Words by @ericarana 
Editor @ellaxwest 
Visual Director @s.e.a.n.k 
Executive Producer @babylee82 at @blcreativehouse 
Styling by @ksy_0105 & @kimjeesoo.work at @es.consultancy 
Hair by @enoclee 
Make up by @ongibeauty 
Nails by @nail.suji 
Set Designer @setset_fromyj 
Art Directors @aparna_aji @harry_conor 
Production Director @bencrankbencrank 
Producer @isabellacoleman_ 

The typical fairytale would end here, with the handsome prince and gorgeous princess living happily ever after, but is “GOODBYE PRINCESS” such a straightforward story? Find out in the fifth episode, which will be released tomorrow (25 November)! 

The fourth set of motion images and still photography for “Pawn to Queen” was released today together with Vogue Hong Kong, featuring an undaunted Tia on a chessboard, looking at a close to 8-ft plus tall queen with wrapped in newspaper headlines about her. 

Episode 5 release schedule:  

Animation:  25 November 

Animation Poster:  26 November 

Motion & still images: 28 November 

Official press materials:  

“GOODBYE PRINCESS” Animation Episode 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Gxw1FP7rAw  

“GOODBYE PRINCESS” Episode 4 Poster: https://www.instagram.com/p/ClS1aleNFGw/?hl=en  

https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=682690586557499&set=a.231904644969431 (for downloading) 

“GOODBYE PRINCESS” Episode 4 Still Image: https://www.instagram.com/p/ClVad-oPLNC/ https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=687955699364321&set=a.231904644969431 (for downloading) 

“GOODBYE PRINCESS” Episode 4 Motion Image: https://youtu.be/Q5yGZ5b2f0Y  

ROLLACOASTER UK Cover: https://www.instagram.com/p/ClUA1Swtnyk/ 

https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=688854202607804&set=a.231904644969431(for downloading) 

Vogue Hong Kong「The Voice」Cover: https://www.instagram.com/p/Ck7_neKsh_w/  

https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=681908259969065&set=pcb.681909583302266 (for downloading) 

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf Redhill Asia.

Tia Lee Official Channels:

Instagram @leeyufen: https://www.instagram.com/leeyufen/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@tialeeofficial/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/leeyufentialee/

Weibo: https://weibo.com/u/1396928042/

About Tia Lee: 

Tia Lee (李毓芬), born in Taipei, is an Asian C-pop singer, film and television actress, model, and former member of the girl band Dream Girls. In addition to her acting roles and musical career, Tia appears frequently at major fashion shows. As a fashion icon and trend-setter, Tia has graced the covers of fashion, beauty and lifestyle magazines such as Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, and shares her beauty and fashion tips through a number of Vogue’s social media channels. 

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eMudhra Becomes an Electronic Certification Service Provider (E-CSP) in Kenya to empower Secure Digital Transformation

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NAIROBI, Kenya, 24 November 2022 -/African Media Agency(AMA)/- eMudhra Limited has just announced that it is now a licensed Electronic Certification Service Provider (E-CSP) in Kenya under the Communications Authority of Kenya Root. This milestone is all set to enable the largest Certifying Authority in India to make solid inroads into the African continent, starting with Kenya, a country with massive potential and a strong Digital Outlook. With robust procedures, a strong solution stack, and strong experience in similar demographic environments, eMudhra is poised to provide solutions optimized for Kenya. 

“Our eCSP services in Kenya brings together local legal validity, paired with the benefit of global recognition by popular PDF readers giving end users a lot of comfort in signing digitally. Moreover, our objective is to drive benefit for the Kenyan ecosystem by merging our solution stack, with the signature services to offer a ready, usable, and value generating solution for our clients in Kenya”, says Arvind Srinivasan, SVP (Global Markets & Strategy) at eMudhra. Being a licensed E-CSP in Kenya, eMudhra has complied with all the relevant local laws and now all businesses, citizens and government agencies in the country have a fully TRUSTED source to procure Digital Signature Certificates for their specific use-cases. 

It’s increasingly evident that digital transformation is going to be an integral part of BCP, growth, and empowerment initiatives in Kenya because of its ability to provide a competitive edge, and bridge gaps that cannot be traditionally scaled at low cost. Use cases of digital signatures include digital tax filing, eServices to citizens, insurance fraud mitigation, paperless banking, eGovernment initiatives, defense security, advanced authentication, and more. 

eMudhra intends to begin with enterprise use cases that are sure to have a wider impact post which, it will roll out its retail services in the country.  

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of eMudhra.

About eMudhra

eMudhra is a pioneer in PKI driven Digital Transformation. As the largest licensed Certifying Authority in India (under the Controller of Certifying Authorities) and CA, Cross Certifying Authority, and E-CSP in many countries across the globe, eMudhra has paved the way for digital transactions in context of the required legal non repudiation, security, and trust required to propel the society forward. eMudhra has a strong solution stack that focuses on Identity and Digital Trust and consequent workflow applications to enable a digital society and empower organizations to adapt to the Digital era. eMudhra currently operates in over 25 countries with a mission to securely digitize societies through empowering trust in presence-less transactions.

For more information, press only:

Mavis Fernandes, Manager, Marketing

Email: mavis.f@emudhra.com

Ankita Shriwardhankar, Senior Manager, Adfactors PR

Email: Ankita.shriwardhankar@adfactorspr.com

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