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“Children are particularly affected by Ebola”-UNICEF

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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday said children are particularly affected by the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ebola treatment centers in Beni and Mangina are currently treating six children infected with the virus or are suspected cases. Two children have already died from the disease.

The Unicef says it has identified 53 orphaned children who have lost their parents to the deadly viral disease.

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This 13-year-old, whose identity is not revealed has lost eight members of his immediate family to Ebola.

“They all died of Ebola. It was my entire family. It was my mum initially and then my sisters and aunts followed. Another is in hospital. I’ve lost eight family members,” he said.

Health workers are on a campaign drive to speak to people including children about Ebola and how to protect themselves from the virus.

“The impact of the disease on children is not limited to those who have been infected or suspected. Many children are faced with the illness or death of their parents and loved ones, while some children have lost large parts of their families and become isolated. These children urgently need our support,” Gianfranco Rotigliano, the UNICEF representative in Congo, said in a statement.

Unicef and its partners have trained 88 psychosocial workers to assist and comfort children in centres, and to support children discharged as free of Ebola, but may be at risk of stigmatization within the community.

“I can’t just kill myself; I must continue to live even in this situation,” the 13-year old teenager said.

The country has begun using the experimental mAb114 Ebola treatment which authorities have described as successful.

The DRC has experienced 10 Ebola outbreaks since the virus was discovered in 1976, altogether killing some 900 people.

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Madagascar presidential election credibility in doubt as electoral body face charges.

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Madagascar’s presidential election result is likely to face stiff legal challenges, following accusations of electoral fraud and corruption against the electoral body.

Report says appeals have already been lodged with the country’s High Constitutional Court.



Madagascar’s electoral commission announced results on Saturday, confirming an expected presidential election run-off after neither of the candidate obtained the 50% of votes needed to win outrightly.

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According to the Independent electoral commission, former presidents Andry Rajoelina and Marc Ravalomanana, will contest the second round having secured 39.19% and 35.29% respectively.

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The outgoing president Hery Rajaonarimampianina, placed third in the polls with only 8.84% of the vote.

The commission said turnout was 54. 3%.

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Nigeria: Akwa Ibom PDP alleges APC thugs put House of Assembly under heavy attack.

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The Peoples Democratic Party, on Monday, alleged that the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly premises was attacked by thugs, suspected to be working for the opposition party.



In a tweet on its verified Twitter handle @OfficialPDPNig shared a photo and said, “the thugs allegedly invaded the complex, chanting the slogan “APC! Change” as they set fire and blocked the entrance to the Assembly complex.”

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The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly (AKHA), premises is under heavy attack by members of @OfficialAPCNgthugs. The thugs invaded the complex, chanting the slogan “APC! Change” as they set fire and blocked the entrance to the Assembly complex #AkHAUnderattack pic.twitter.com/5R8sMhC7RU

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