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Regarding the Somalia Conference in London, Oxfam says:
On 2 April 2013, history was made at the UN as countries agree for the first time that the global arms trade must be brought under control.
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Draft Arms Trade Treaty text littered with loopholes which need fixing urgently to save lives.
International agency Oxfam appealed to the UK government to ensure that training on international humanitarian and human rights law is prioritized in its dispatch of military advisors to Mali.
Latest estimates indicate that household food stocks in and around Gao will only last few weeks.
As hundreds of thousands of people still live in fear of attacks, African leaders at the AU Summit must “seize the moment” and make peace a priority.