Archive for February 2nd, 2019


‘No Other Possibility But to Leave’ — UN News Special Report from the Nigeria-Cameroon Border as 35,000 Newly-Displaced Seek Safety

Human Wrongs Watch

1 February 2019 — Small shelters, some covered in the ubiquitous white sheeting provided by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), dot the dusty grey sun-bleached plain around the village of Goura, in the far north-east of Cameroon. 

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe | Some 35,000 Nigerians have fled across the north-eastern border into Cameroon in the last two weeks of January. (1 February 2019)
Hebibi Toudjum‘s shelter is so low to the ground she needs to crawl into it. She arrived from the village of Rann 7km across the border in Nigeria six days ago after fleeing a killing spree perpetrated by the terrorist group Boko Haram.

World in Grip of ‘High Impact Weather’ as US Freezes, Australia Sizzles, Parts of South America Deluged

“High impact weather” has gripped much of the world so far this year, the UN weather agency, WMO, reported on Friday [1 February 2019], with “dangerous and extreme cold in North America, record high heat and wildfires in Australia, heavy rains in parts of South America, and heavy snow on the Alps and Himalayas.

Daniel Johnson/UNOG | A view of the Palais des Nations, seat of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), ahead of snowstorm. 01 February 2019.
The WMO assessment of January’s weather, published on Friday, describes it as “a month of extremes”, with large parts of North America gripped by bitterly cold temperatures, caused by the influence of the Polar Vortex.
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