Day: September 1, 2019

Hell’s Gate: Kenya tour group swept away by flash flood

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A search and rescue operation is under way for the missing

Two people have been confirmed dead and five others are missing after a tour group was swept away by a flash flood during heavy rains in a Kenyan national park.
The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said the incident at at Hell's Gate National Park involved five Kenyan nationals, a local tour guide and a “foreigner”.
Two bodies were recovered during a search-and-rescue operation, which is still under way.
The park has now been closed.
AFP news agency reports that the missing and dead were part of a 12-strong group that were visiting Hells Gate, about 60 miles (100km) north-west of the capital Nairobi.

Kenya country profileLocal media report that a survivor from the group alerted park rangers after the incident took place, and a search party and helicopter were dispatched to the scene.
A police officer, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP that the rest of the missing w..

Nobel laureate Denis Mukwege sets up fund to help sexual violence victims

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Congolese gynaecologist Denis Mukwege, a Nobel peace prize laureate, has announced the creation of a global fund for victims of sexual abuse.
He was joint winner of the Nobel award last year for his work with victims who were abused during conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Dr Mukwege founded Panzi hospital which has treated more than 55,000 victims of sexual abuse.
He shares his Nobel Prize with Iraqi activist Nadia Murad.
Dr Mukwege, who founded Panzi hospital in 1999, made the announcement via his Panzi Foundation, AFP news agency reports.

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The doctor and his foundation will continue the “fight to seek justice throughout the world for the victims”, a statement says.
“Recognizing that sexual violence in conflict is not just a problem in the DRC, we want to broaden our vision of holistic healing outside the country,” French broadcaster TV5 Monde ..

UN chief pledges support for DR Congo army

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UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has promised to bring an end to insecurity in DR Congo

The head of the UN has promised continuing support for the army of the Democratic Republic of Congo in its fight against armed groups.
Visiting the eastern city of Beni, Secretary General Antonio Guterres said it was necessary to go on the offensive against the rebels.
Some 16,000 peacekeepers are deployed in the country, making it one of the largest UN missions in the world.
The annual budget for the mission is more than $1bn (£822m).
Mr Guterres promised UN peacekeepers would work closely with the Congolese military and police.

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People in the area often complain that UN peacekeepers are ineffective, BBC Africa editor Will Ross says.
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