Scores of Nigeria children missing

About 500 children aged 11 and under are missing from the Nigerian town recaptured from militants an old resident of Damasak has told the BBC

An investor within the north-eastern town told Reuters news agency that Boko Haram martial artists required the kids together once they fled

Troops from Niger and Chad grabbed Damasak earlier in March ending several weeks of control through the Islamist militants

A regional pressure has lately been helping Nigeria undertake the insurgents

Boko Haram triggered worldwide outrage in April 2014 after it kidnapped greater than 200 women from the boarding school in Chibok town in north-eastern Nigerias Borno condition

The particular groups leader Abubakar Shekau has stated the women happen to be married off

Damasak is really a buying and selling town in Borno condition near Nigers border and it is about 200km (120 miles) in the states primary town of Maiduguri

It had been overrun through the militants who started their insurgency in ’09 to produce an Islamic condition in the finish of this past year

Damasak businessman Malam Ali whose brother is one kind of individuals missing told the BBC Hausa Service that youthful boys have been include a madrassa or Islamic school by Boko Haram once they required within the town

Following a recapture from the town individuals boys was not paid for for he stated

The BBCs Will Ross reviews from Nigerias primary city Lagos the conflict has torn many families apart

As cities have transformed hands it’s been impossible to sort out the number of individuals have been wiped out and just how most are missing he adds

A week ago the rotting physiques in excess of 70 everyone was discovered within bridge near Damasak the city

It’s broadly thought these were ordinary people wiped out through the militants our correspondent states

Boko Haram encourages a form of Islam which causes it to be haram or forbidden for Muslims to get familiar with any political or social activity connected with Western society

Earlier this year the audience pledged allegiance to Islamic Condition militants who control large areas of Syria and Iraq and are generally active in Libya

Ebola nations need huge aid plan

(Antep Escort) — The problem rates are considerably lower – however the fight is not over

Liberian Leader Ellen Manley Sirleaf has known as for any Marshall Arrange for the Ebola-affected nations of West Africa

The BBCs Clive Myrie reviews around the hidden sufferers from the Ebola crisis

There’s without doubt this will need significant assets possibly a Marshall Plan We feel however that this is often accomplished through allocation from the additional assets committed through the European Commission she stated

Assets may also be acquired in the CCR [Catastrophe Containment and Relief] Trust Fund established through the Worldwide Financial Fund by regional the envelopes through the World Bank and also the African Development Bank

On Monday the Not stated the find it difficult to retain the epidemic was reaching another phase

Not experts the spread from the disease in West Africa has dropped to just about 10% of the items it had been six several weeks ago

Liberia particularly retains a minimal degree of transmission with simply one new confirmed situation within the week resulting in 22 Feb This even compares to 34 in Guinea and 63 in Sierra Leone

However the Not special envoy on Ebola David Nabarro told AP the worldwide community shouldn’t get used to it as dealing with zero cases was the toughest part

Its a very difficult painstaking task he stated

The BBCs Anne Soy in The city states that there’s some risk of donor fatigue despite the fact that the Ebola outbreak has gotten lots of attention in the worldwide community

The health care systems of Guinea Liberia and Sierra Leone may also need assistance to recuperate in the results of the outbreak

Scarce health care assets have needed to be forwarded to manipulating the epidemic and contains become harder to obtain strategy to other illnesses

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Somali pirates free Thai fishermen

The fishermen were able to ring their families on Friday after nearly five years

Four Thai nationals seized from a fishing vessel by Somali pirates nearly five years ago have been released, the UN and local officials have said

It is believed that they spent longer in captivity than any other victims of Somali piracy

The four were among 24 crew members seized in April 2010 after pirates hijacked the Taiwan-flagged fishing vessel FV Prantalay 12

At one time Somali pirates made millions of dollars in ransoms

But their tactic of seizing ships has been curtailed since 2012 because of increased patrols by international navies in the Indian Ocean and ships improving their onboard security

We collected them from a remote area, Omar Sheikh Ali, an official in Somalias central Galmudug administration, was quoted as saying by the AFP news agency

Mr Ali said the men were able to contact family members soon after their release on Wednesday

They called their families by phone and cried and cried and cried, he said

It is not known whether any ransom was paid for the releases One unconfirmed report claims $150,000 (£97m) was handed over while another says $1m (£650,000) was paid

Some reports say the pirates were losing patience with feeding and taking care of the hostages for so long, and had borrowed a large sum of money

UN Special Representative for Somalia Nicholas Kay said the FV Prantalay 12 was used by the pirates as a base before it capsized in July 2011 The remaining crew members were taken ashore, he said

He said six members of the original crew of 24 died of illness, while another 14 from Myanmar were released in May 2011

Somali pirates are still holding 26 more hostages from another vessel, Mr Kay said