U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green Travels to Africa and the Middle East

16.August.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

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U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green will travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Israel, and Nigeria August 16-August 24, 2019.

The Administrator will meet with government and civil-society partners to discuss the response to the Ebola outbreak and highlight partnerships and investments across the U.S. Government that save lives, strengthen citizen-responsive democratic governance, and help people emerge from humanitarian crises. Administrator Green will also visit USAID-funded programs related to economic empowerment, resilience, food security, and global health security that are helping reduce the impact of ongoing humanitarian emergencies, reduce intercommunal conflict, and promote a path to self-reliance.

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United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) deplores the ever-increasing attacks on Airports available for use by civilians in Western Libya

16.August.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

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The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) deplores the ever-increasing and systemic attacks on airports in western Libya, including Zuwara and Mitiga. These attacks have endangered the lives of thousands of civilian travelers, including UN staff and humanitarian workers. Mitiga airport is the only functioning airport in the greater Tripoli area available for use by hundreds of thousands of civilians and for the delivery of humanitarian assistance.

The latest of these despicable attacks against civilian targets was the indiscriminate shelling of Mitiga airport yesterday, which reportedly killed an airport staffer, wounded another, and caused material damage resulting in the closure of the airport for a number of hours today. This led to a severe disruption in airport operations and left hundreds of passengers stranded. Overnight, there was an LNA-declared airstrike on Zuwara airport, a civilian facility, which caused damage to the airport infrastructure.

UNSMIL stresses that these attacks must cease immediately, and reiterates that airports used by civilians are not military targets. The Mission reminds the parties to the conflict that all feasible precautions must be taken to protect the civilian population in accordance with international human rights and humanitarian laws and that failure to do may constitute a crime of war.

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Basketball Africa League Names John Manyo-Plange Vice President & Head of Strategy and Operations

16.August.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

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The Basketball Africa League (BAL), a new professional league featuring 12 club teams from across Africa and scheduled to begin play in March 2020, today named NBA (https://in.NBA.com) Africa Head of Business Operations and Ghana-native John Manyo-Plange as BAL Vice President & Head of Strategy and Operations.

Manyo-Plange, who goes by Manyo, will assume his new role immediately and will continue to report to BAL President Amadou Gallo Fall (https://on.NBA.com/2TCx4je).

“Over the last decade, Manyo has been instrumental in the continued growth of basketball and the NBA’s brand across Africa,” said Fall. “He has helped expand the NBA’s business across the continent, and I look forward to continuing to build the BAL and African basketball ecosystem with Manyo’s support and leadership.”

Manyo-Plange has more than 20 years of experience in the NBA’s global operations and management and had been working in his previous role since May 2010 when he helped launch the NBA Africa office in Johannesburg, South Africa. Since then he has led many aspects of the NBA’s continued growth in Africa by helping secure marketing, media and consumer products partnerships and leading the operations around the three sold-out NBA Africa Games and the launch of The NBA Academy Africa in Senegal.

Prior to relocating to South Africa, Manyo-Plange spent 14 years at the NBA office in New York City, holding management positions across multiple departments, including international business operations, events and marketing.

Manyo-Plange graduated from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, specializing in International Economic Development and Management. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Rutgers University, where he double-majored in Political Science and Sports Management and was a Henry Rutgers Scholar.

In July, the BAL announced Cairo (Egypt), Dakar (Senegal), Lagos (Nigeria), Luanda (Angola), Rabat (Morocco) and either Monastir or Tunis (Tunisia) as the host cities where the inaugural BAL regular season will take place and Kigali (Rwanda) as the host city for the first-ever BAL Final Four and BAL Final. NIKE and Jordan Brand will be the exclusive outfitter of the new professional league.

The announcement about the NBA and FIBA’s launch of the BAL, which would mark the NBA’s first collaboration to operate a league outside of North America, was made at the NBA All-Star 2019 Africa Luncheon in Charlotte on Saturday, Feb. 16.

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About the NBA:
The NBA (https://in.NBA.com) is a global sports and media business built around four professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, the NBA G League and the NBA 2K League. The NBA has established a major international presence with games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 50 languages, and merchandise for sale in more than 100,000 stores in 100 countries on six continents. NBA rosters at the start of the 2018-19 season featured 108 international players from 42 countries and territories. NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV, NBA.com, the NBA App and NBA League Pass. The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with 1.6 billion likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms. Through NBA Cares, the league addresses important social issues by working with internationally recognized youth-serving organizations that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes.

About FIBA:
FIBA (FIBA.basketball) – the world governing body for basketball – is an independent association formed by 213 National Basketball Federations throughout the world. It is recognized as the sole competent authority in basketball by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

For further information about FIBA, visit FIBA.basketball or follow FIBA on Facebook.com/FIBA, Twitter.com/FIBA, Instagram.com/FIBA and YouTube.com/FIBA.

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Wau residents seek durable peace in Roc-Roc-Dong County rally (by Alahayi Nemaya & Dawit Kahsay)

15.August.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

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A big crowd of people gathered under a huge tree, dancing and singing peace songs, at a public peace rally in Roc-Roc-Dong County, organized by the Wau area government.

The crowd – comprising the Wau area governor, advisors, cabinet ministers, county commissioners, local chiefs, youth, women, children, cattle keepers, and farmers’ representatives – had descended upon Roc-Roc-Dong to show commitment to ensuring durable peace in Wau and the neighbouring areas of Tonj and Gogorial in South Sudan’s Greater Bar el Ghazal region.

“Roc-Roc-Dong County has been significantly affected by displacement from ongoing conflict between farmers and cattle keepers, whereby both herders and farmers face a rising threat of armed conflict,’’ said 17-year-old Mayol Ayiec, a youth in the county.

‘‘Peacebuilding initiatives like the one we have today can also present new opportunities for the return of internally displaced persons to their homes and former places of habitual residence,’’ he said.

Mayol hopes to continue with his education, which was halted when communal fighting between cattle keepers and farmers erupted early this year.

‘’But now following the tri-state peace and reconciliation agreement, I hope genuine peace will come so that I can go back to school again,” said Mayol Ayiec.

Michael Madut Chan, Wau area’s local government minister and organizer of the regional peace conference in July 2019, announced that his Wau government would like citizens to come together and peacefully coexist as they had done in the past.

‘’We came here today to declare the peace agreement your representatives have signed in Wau. Most of you were not there. Now we are bringing the peace to you,’’ recalled Michael Madut, referring to the peace and reconciliation conference convened by the governors of Wau, Tonj and Gogorial, which culminated in a joint peace agreement.

‘’This peace agreement aimed to bring harmony and love that our people and grandparents experienced long time ago,’’ Wau area governor Angelo Taban Biajo said.

“Attacks or acts of violence among communities of cattle keepers and farmers is unacceptable,” Angelo Taban warned.

The governor also highlighted the relentless effort made by the UNMISS in support of peace.

Speaking at the rally, Sam Korutaro Muhumure, UNMISS Head of field Office in Wau, appealed to the leadership of the three administrative areas to speak about peace to provide an example to the population in the area, while committing to fully support the current process.

‘’It is our collective responsibility to build confidence in the community so that those who are in displacement in Marial bai, at UNMISS PoC [protection of civilians site] and collective sites can have the confidence to return home,’’ Mr. Muhumure said.

The joint peace agreement was signed by the three governors of the three areas of Tonj, Wau and Gogorial, which have witnessed recurrent acts of inter-area cattle raiding and revenge fighting, displacing hundreds of people.

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Bangladeshi peacekeepers take free medical services to residents of Bazia-Jedid

15.August.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

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About 300 people mostly women, children and elderly have turned up for a free medical service in Wau. The campaign that targeted returnees at Bazia-Jedid residence in Wau was organized by which is Bangladesh peacekeepers in Wau.

Bazia-Jedid is one of the areas most affected during 2016 conflict in Wau where many people have now return home.

“The child was sick with fever and cough and was unable to eat and I also have hemorrhoids and general body pain’’ I have no money for buying but they helped us with medicine,” Hawa Daniel said as she expressed her gratitude for the medicine.

“I was sick for a number of days with a cough, thanks today I got medicine, my vision was weak, and they gave me a glass, thanks to them it’s progress in the country.” Luis Mungu said he is grateful to the Bangladesh peacekeepers for providing him vision glass and medicine. 

 “As you know that we are part of the Bangladesh battalion basically the peacekeeping operation and besides this, we are conducting such kind of humanitarian assistance program within our limited capacity Most cases of patients are malaria, some are suffering from cough, diarrhea, headache, we have only the preliminary medical facility but still we can deal with patients case to case if it is within our capacity we can treat them if it is not we will say we don’t have the capacity.” Col. Majharul Huge, Commander of Bangladesh peacekeepers in Wau said the free medical campaign is part of their humanitarian support to returnees in Wau.

Dr. James Patrice, Minister of Health in Wau acknowledged the support by UNMISS Bangladesh peacekeepers and urges for more support to also treat malaria in the area.

“This is the area of return, this center of Bazia-Jedid is the only center providing health services to most of these areas up to Nazareth’’. I wish to express my gratitude to your excellent job and standing side by side with the government to support in the health field to provide some medicine and some help to our people.’’ Dr. James Patrice said the Bangladesh peacekeepers in Wau are doing marvelous work and urges them to continue the exercise and bring more antimalaria drugs if possible, as malaria pick is increasing because of the rainy season.’’

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Terrorism Survivors: ‘The terrorists killed many people in front of us’

15.August.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

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Hawa Abdu, a 38-year old Nigerian mother of two was abducted by Boko Haram in 2014 and spent four years with the outlawed terrorist group moving around the north-east of Nigeria. She has been living in Minawao, a camp for Nigerian refugees in the Far North region of Cameroon, since January 2018.

In 2014, my mother was in Bama, a town in between the state capital of Borno State, Nigeria, and the border with Cameroon, so I went to see her. One day, we were told by the local authorities that it was not safe to stay, but I refused to move my mother because she was sick. The terrorists entered the town at 4 a.m. the next day and gathered in the market. It was beyond our power to prevent them.

I heard gun shots from all sides, and in the confusion, my two children ran in one direction and I went with my mother in another. We were caught by terrorists and my mother was slapped and left on the ground.

I was taken, many of us were taken, by the terrorists. We were driven to the town of Zamaimaya and then had to walk 10 kilometres into the bush.

All but the young girls were forced to marry a Boko Haram fighter. I refused to begin with, however after three days I realized I had no choice but to agree, because they said if we did not marry, we would be executed. I was ordered to convert to Islam, which I did before the marriage.

After I married, I was beaten a lot and given very little food. One time I spent seven days without food. Sometimes I was given dindiri or beans to eat. I suffered a lot from hunger. I hated being married to a Boko Haram fighter.

The terrorists killed many people in front of us. We did not have the power to stop that happening.

We moved around the bush a lot, changing locations day by day. God saved me during these harsh times.

One day, my daughter Hadiza who is 13-years old managed to escape. I have not seen her since. I pray every day that she is still alive. I do not know where my mother is. And then later soldiers came and chased away Boko Haram, and they helped me and my other daughter, Fatima, who is now 14 years old, to escape.

She is with me in Minawao camp today.

I have spent over a year in this camp and have been given food and clothes by my neighbours. I have not eaten chicken since I have been here. I sell groundnuts to make a little money. I need a mat, a pot and more clothes.

I am suffering from heart disease and anxiety and cannot forget how I was separated from my parents and brothers and the killings I saw. I think about this every day.

One way, I can relax is by listening to music to Hausa Fulani songs. I sometimes borrow my neighbour’s phone to listen. It makes me happy; it gives me piece of mind.

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Terrorism survivors: Forced to farm, fish, fight, ‘they slaughtered three of my friends’

15.August.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

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In 2015, the island of Ngomiron Doumou in Lake Chad was attacked by armed extremists who said they belonged to the outlawed Boko Haram group. The island is home to some 5,750 people. Up to 300 men, women and children were abducted at gunpoint by Boko Haram fighters who had travelled to the island from Nigeria. Twenty-five-year-old Kedra Abakar is one of around 100 people who made it back to the island. Here is his story.

“My name is Kedra Abakar. I am 25 years old and live on Ngomiron Doumou island. I was 21 when Boko Haram invaded my island; they created confusion and fear. Many neighbours fled, but those who were unable to do so, maybe 2-300 people, were rounded up. I was one of those people. We were kept under a tree and they slaughtered three of my friends in front of us. It was terrible. We were told that if we didn’t go with Boko Haram, the same would happen to us. We were very fearful.

We were taken to Nigeria by Boko Haram. We had three duties; farming, fishing and fighting for Boko Haram. I had to fight when it was my turn. I was given a gun and told to attack a village – I was forced to do this – If I refused, they would have killed me. I did shoot my gun, but I do not know if I killed anyone.

I spent two painful years with Boko Haram and I was not happy. I looked for an opportunity to escape but knew if I was caught, I knew I would be killed, so I was very scared. In the end, I was able to flee. I took a canoe at night time on the shore of Lake Chad. I was not able to come directly to Chad but had to travel through Cameroon.

When I think of the time with Boko Haram, I am very unhappy. Only 100 of the 300 people who were taken, have returned to the island. Many died in the fighting and some are still there; those who believe Boko Haram is a good thing.

My advice to other young people is to understand that Boko Haram is very bad. I tell them that they must remain in the village if they can. We were cheated by Boko Haram as we did not know any better.

My community has welcomed me back. Whatever I needed they gave me. I hope that in the future there will be a school on the island, so people can be educated and not fall under the spell of Boko Haram.

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Jonglei and Boma governors: ‘Our youth cannot continue shedding blood’ (by Gideon Sackitey)

15.August.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

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A new push to end hostilities between communities in Jonglei and Boma has brought the governors of the two areas to Bor Town, where they resolved to maintain peace in their areas by engaging regularly with each other.

Governors Maker Thiong Mall of Jonglei and David Yau Yau of Boma held their first high-level regional peace and security meeting – supported by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) – which also brought together their senior advisors and cabinet ministers.

“We, as leaders must work to get hostile communities together; this is how we can demonstrate to our people that we are the same [South Sudanese] people and must live at peace with each other,” said David Yau Yau during the two-day meeting.

“Our youth cannot continue shedding blood,” he went on, “There is a lot to be done in building the nation. The world has moved on and left us behind. We have to keep the peace that we have, and work at bringing development to our people,” Yau Yau noted.

The two governors listed security, disarmament and development of their communities as the bedrock of any sustainable peace, currently being sought at the national level.

“The two states are friends and connected by history and tradition,” said Yau Yau. “It’s critical that we work together and talk together about our issues,” he stressed.

“It is important to take our country back to the level it was before and grow it,” said his Jonglei counterpart, Maker Thiong Mall. “No one should be left behind; and this is what we as leaders are doing through interactions. We hope our people will follow to increase interactions in trade, travel and other engagements,” he noted.

He called for commitment to the needs of the people, with development as the main priority.

“Our concerns should be for the people of Akobo, Bor, Pibor, Wat and Lankien, and all South Sudanese,” Maker said.

In the meeting, which could be described as frank and direct, sharp concerns were raised about child abductions, killings, return of abducted persons, proliferation of arms, and trust building, among others.

South Sudan gained independence from Sudan on 9 July 2011 – an outcome of a 2005 agreement that ended Africa's longest-running civil war.

Independence did not end conflict in the country as civil war broke out in 2013 leading to a conflict that has displaced millions, some of whom are returning following the signing of a revitalized peace agreement in September 2018.

The peace agreement has largely held, but intercommunal violence, driven by cattle raiding, continues to disrupt efforts to restore complete normalcy.

It is expected that a delegation from Jonglei will soon pay a reciprocal visit to Boma.

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SRSG Ghassan Salame strongly condemns Attacks against health facilities and workers

15.August.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

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Since the beginning of the offensive on Tripoli in early April, more than 37 attacks have been registered against health workers and facilities, including hospitals, field hospitals and civilian and military ambulances. These deplorable attacks which impacted at least 19 ambulances and 19 hospitals, have resulted in 11 deaths, and injuries to more than 33 persons, although the actual number may be significantly higher.

In late July, airstrikes conducted by the Libyan National Army targeted two field hospitals and two ambulances, killing at least four doctors and one paramedic and injuring at least eight other medical personnel. Despite repeated wide-ranging condemnation and with blatant disregard to international humanitarian norms and conventions, these merciless attacks have continued, where two precision airstrikes targeted yesterday a field hospital in Aziziya neighbourhood, reportedly injuring at least four medical staff.

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya Ghassan Salame condemns in the strongest terms this clear pattern of ruthless attacks against health workers and facilities.  “Intentionally targeting health workers and health facilities and ambulances is a war crime, and when committed as part of a widespread or systematic attacks directed against any civilian population, may constitute a crime against humanity,” the Special Representative reiterates. “We will not stand idly by and watch doctors and paramedics targeted daily while risking their lives to save others. We will spare no efforts to ensure that those responsible will face justice,” he added.

International humanitarian law strictly prohibits attacks against hospitals and other medical facilities, medical personnel and medical transport.

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Preventive Maintenance Services – Waste Water System

15.August.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

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By Monica Barreto, Contracting Officer

Subject: Request for Quotations Number 19CM8019Q0025

Enclosed (24MB) is a Request for Quotations (RFQ) for preventive maintenance services for the sanitary sewer collection system and the waste water treatment system.  If you would like to submit a quotation, follow the instructions in Section 4 of the solicitation, complete the required portions of the attached document, and submit it to the following address:

Please submit your quotation in a sealed envelope marked “Quotation Enclosed” to the above address.  The deadline for receipt of quotations is local time, 10:00 am on September 16, 2019.  No quotations will be accepted after this time.

In order for a quotation to be considered, you must also complete and submit the following:

SF-1449 (blocks 17, 24 and 30).  Block 24 should list the total value of the quote for the base year and the option year.

Section 1, The Schedule

Section 5, Representations and Certifications

Additional Information as required in Section 4.

A pre-proposal conference has been scheduled for August 30, 2019, at 10:00am at the U.S. Embassy Yaounde.  Direct any questions regarding this solicitation in writing to yaounde_procurement@state.gov .

An award, if one is made, will only be made to a vendor which is registered in the System for Award Management (SAM). If you are registered in SAM, please provide proof upon quoting. Offerors shall also submit the price proposal inclusive of Defense Base Act (DBA) insurance charges as a separate line item.  DBA insurance is different from Workmen’s Compensation Plan (WCP) and DBA insurance premium charges will be reimbursed by the U.S. Government. Offerors shall estimate the cost of DBA premium after contacting the authorized insurance provider.  Once the contract is awarded, you shall reach out to the insurance provider and pay the premium.  The receipt and insurance policy shall then be forwarded to the Embassy for reimbursement.  Offers will not be accepted without DBA insurance costs.

The U.S. Government intends to award a contract to the responsible company submitting an acceptable quotation at the lowest price.  We intend to award a contract based on initial quotations, without holding discussions, although we may hold discussions with companies in the competitive range if there is a need to do so.

Quotations are due by September 16, 2019 by 10:00 am.

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