UN mission spends 700000 for volcano relief effort in DR of Congo

The Mission has used its air and land transport assets to help relief aid and international experts to reach those affected by lava flows from Mount Nyiragongo, which erupted on 17 January, according to Amos Namanga Ngongi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Briefing reporters in Kinshasa, Mr. Ngongi said the mission had dispatched four cargo planes in order to bring emergency aid to Goma through Kigali and Bukavu. The relief included 24 tonnes of humanitarian aid provided by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and 17 tonnes collected by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The UN estimates that about a quarter of a million people from Goma are homeless as a result of devastation wreaked by the volcano, while 40 per cent of all health centres and 70 per cent of all schools in the area have been destroyed by lava flows. read more

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Brides escape across Italy in Big Love

The age-old story of love versus power is the focus of the upcoming Brock production Big Love.Photo: Karyn McCallumThe play tells the story of 50 brides (all sisters) who flee arranged marriages to 50 grooms (their cousins) who pursue them across Italy. A contemporary look at Aeschylus’s Greek tragedy The Suppliant Women, the play will be performed by the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts on Feb. 11 to 13.In Big Love, three of the runaway brides seek asylum in an Italian family’s villa. Their hosts are unable to negotiate the moral predicament and allow the forced marriages, so the brides make a pact to kill their husbands on their wedding night.“I am drawn to the play because it has the scale of a Greek tragedy, but it is dressed in the global culture of today,” said Gyllian Raby, director and associate professor in Dramatic Arts. “(Playwright Charles) Mee invites a wild post-modern performativity, but his story is so deeply sourced in western culture that it is very accessible.”Karyn McCallum designed the set. The choreography is from Gemini-nominated director Allen Kaeja.Performers are from the Dramatic Arts undergraduate performance concentration. They include Rebecca Durance-Hine, Jacqueline Costa, Sadie Isaak, Rob MacMenamin, Corey Mehlenbacher, Trevor Ketcheson, Jen Bender, Chris Boyle, Michael Pearson, Eric Frank, Dylan Mawson and Kasey Dunn.Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students.Performances:Thursday, Feb. 11 – 7:30 p.m.Friday, Feb. 12 – 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 13 – 7:30 p.m.To order tickets:Centre for the Arts box office905-688-5550 [email protected] read more

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