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EU Donates €2M For 30,000 Vulnerable Namibians1 minute read

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The World Food Programme (WFP) has received a contribution of €2m (N$40m) from the European Union (EU), which will help the UN agency deliver critical food assistance to 30,000 vulnerable people affected by COVID-19 and drought in Namibia.

The EU funding will support severely food insecure communities living in informal settlements in the Khomas, Omusati and Erongo regions through September 2021.

WFP will help them through food distributions, cash transfers and vouchers.

The new contribution will also tackle malnutrition among children.

“The EU, as one of the largest humanitarian and development donors in the world, is supporting humanitarian partners throughout the region to address the needs caused by recurrent natural disasters affecting the most vulnerable communities,” said Alexandre Castellano, who leads the EU’s humanitarian response in the Southern Africa and Indian Ocean region.

The onset of COVID-19 early this year and the implementation of measures to curb its spread worsened the food security situation in Namibia. People in informal urban and peri-urban settlements – which have expanded in recent years – are most affected. This includes marginalized communities dependent on government relief programs and casual work on commercial farms.

“Stringent measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 have strongly affected the livelihoods of vulnerable people, especially those in the informal sector,” said George Fedha, WFP’s Country Director and Representative in Namibia.

“This contribution comes at a crucial time, allowing WFP to better address their precarious food security and nutrition situation.”

WFP will be implementing this contribution in partnership with UNICEF and the Government of Namibia, allowing for complementarity of efforts to address food and nutrition security in a holistic manner.

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South African Dies In Zimbabwe’s Plane Crash

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A South African national was found dead, and two others critically injured, in a crashed plane belonging to the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZIMPARKS) in Zambezi Valley.

Local reports on Tuesday said that a fourth person, who was on the four-seat Cessna 182 light aircraft, is still missing.

It said a 25-man search team has been combing the Chewore Safari Area, Zambezi Valley, in northern Zimbabwe to find him.

The deceased is a South African researcher, who was conducting a game survey with a compatriot and two Zimbabweans, including the pilot, the newspaper said.

Rescuers found the pilot and the other South African researcher badly injured, about 48 hours after the plane disappeared from the radar.

Zimbabwean and Zambian authorities are jointly carrying out the search for the missing passenger.

ZIMPARKS spokesperson, Tinashe Farawo, confirmed the plane crash and said the injured had been taken to Kariba Hospital.

“It is not yet clear what caused the crash and investigations are still in progress.

“We have engaged authorities in Zambia to help in the search for the fourth person who remains missing.”

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Nigerian Stabbed To Death By Ghanaian Wife In India Over Infidelity

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A Nigerian national living in India has reportedly been stabbed to death by his wife, a Ghanaian, over alleged infidelity.

The deceased, identified simply as 30-year-old Emmanuel, and his wife Abigail were said to have had an argument after the woman got to know of her man’s alleged involvement with another woman.

During the argument Abigail was said to have stabbed Emmanuel with a sharp object. Emmanuel was rushed to a hospital for treatment but was declared dead on arrival.

The incident reportedly happened in Outer Delhi.

Police say Abigail, who sells snacks from her home, has been arrested, and a case of murder has been registered at Nihal Vihar police station.

According to Additional DCP (Outer) Sudhanshu Dhama, “Police received information from DDU Hospital that a man had been brought there by his wife and was declared dead on arrival. When police reached the hospital, it was revealed the deceased had sustained injuries made by a sharp object. Abigail was nowhere to be found.”

“Her phone was also switched off, but hours later, she was found and questioned.”

He added that the duo got married in September 2019, but had been living separately since August 2020.

He said, “They had a strained relationship. During questioning, the accused revealed that on Sunday, she went to see Emanual and got to know that he was involved with another woman, following which a scuffle ensued. Early on Monday, Emanual went to her house, and an altercation again took place. This was when she stabbed him with a knife.”

Police said the two had been living in India since May 2019.

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Namibia Trains 80 Rhino Rangers

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Namibia’s Save the Rhino Trust has said it has started a rhino monitoring training programme for community rangers.

According to the group’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Sinson Urikob, 80 people are participating in the programme.

Speaking on Tuesday, Urikob added that the training was part of a bid to curb the poaching of the last free roaming black rhinos in the world.

Urikob said the training will equip community rangers with different skills that would make it possible for them to handle themselves in the field while protecting the rhinos.

“Community rhino rangers working in these areas are of the utmost importance when conducting monitoring patrols and providing critical information on rhinos.’’

Urikob said that the trackers come from the community and are trained in different skills such as how to track rhinos on foot on rough terrain in an area with no national park status and no fences.

“We need real data from the field to be able to tell the nation how many free roaming rhinos we have.

“The rangers need to know their behavior and tracking using the different equipment provided such as GPS, cameras.

“They must be able to tell their age and sex and know how to approach a rhino, and how to handle themselves at crime scenes.’’

Namibia is the only country in the world with the last free roaming black rhinos found in the north east of the country.

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