UN humanitarian office hears of further forced relocation of displaced in Sudan

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said it had received reports of the relocation from Abu Shouk camp to Korma, without the consultations with international agencies that the government had pledged to conduct.Last July OCHA said about 4,000 IDPs were forcibly removed from El Meshtel to Abu Shouk camp in North Darfur State, and another 7,000 IDPs from Nyala to Kalma camp in South Darfur State.Meanwhile, OCHA said UN staff members were trying to find and aid the IDPs who were moved by military and police units yesterday after they suddenly closed the El Geer camp, near Nyala town, during the night. Some went to another camp, but others were dispersed in Nyala, and Mr. Annan said he was troubled by the move.The Government, however, did not appear to have taken action to move IDPs from Otash camp, on the outskirts of Nyala, OCHA said. read more

Over one million people visited Dublin Zoo in 2013

first_imgOVER ONE MILLION people visited Dublin Zoo in 2013 for the third consecutive year with the zoo remaining Ireland’s most popular family attraction.The final footfall figure for last year was 1,026,611 and Dublin Zoo said it plans to continue to develop this year “further enhancing the visitor experience and ensuring visitors continue to receive the best value for money”.“We are extremely proud to be in a position to say that after a decade of continuous investment and development Dublin Zoo is amongst the best Zoos in the world,” commented Leo Oosterweghel, director of the zoo.A number of high profile additions have been introduced over the last twelve months including the arrival of okapi, an Amur tiger, two snow leopards and an Asian lion.(Image: Dublin Zoo)2013 also saw a number of new births which include a southern white rhinoceros calf, a white-faced saki, white crowned manabeys and a pair of red panda twins.The zoo also opened a new Play Forest with an all-weather playground for children.Oosterweghel said the zoo is now an integral part of more and more European breeding programmes for endangered species. “Irish people are proud of their zoo and families are looking for fun, educational activities to do together and we are delighted to be able to provide a world class experience for families to visit and explore,” he added.Read: Down? Dublin Zoo’s new arrival will keep the blues at manga-bey*>Read: Having a crappy day? Come here and look at these red pandas>last_img read more