Top Stories from DAWNS Digest.
Egyptian Security Forces Kill More than 500 Protesters
Breaking update: Egyptian security forces crushed a protest camp of thousands of supporters of the deposed president on Wednesday, shooting dead scores of people in the bloodiest day in decades in the Arab world’s most populous country. The health ministry said 525 people were killed and 3,717 were injured, both in Cairo and in clashes that broke out elsewhere in the country. (Fox News http://fxn.ws/13mDzK0)
MSF Leaves Somalia Over Security Concerns
Doctors Without Borders is closing all operations in Somalia after 22 years because of the increasing frequency of attacks on its staff. ”To access many parts of southern and central Somalia, aid workers must negotiate with leaders of armed militia groups. The final straw, [MSF President] Karunakara says, has been the increasing tolerance and even support for the attacks by authorities and those in power, who should be ensuring the safety of the humanitarian workers.” (NPR http://n.pr/125knxF)
One in Three at risk of Malnutrition in Namibia
The country is experiencing its worst drought in 30 years. “‘An estimated 778,000 Namibians, a third of the population, are either severely or moderately food insecure,’ said Unicef, noting that this includes 109,000 under fives. ‘Against a backdrop of underlying fragility, including pre-existing high levels of food insecurity and maternal and child undernutrition (29% national stunting) combined with low sanitation coverage (14% in rural areas), children and women are particularly at risk of worsening health and nutrition status given the current drought conditions,’ the agency added.” (Guardian http://bit.ly/16lF4sJ)