“The violence, which has left more than 220 dead, appears to mirror that of the neighbouring Darfur region of Sudan,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva. “We fear the inter-communal hostilities are spiralling out of control and could threaten the entire south-eastern region of Chad.”He said accounts from displaced Chadians bear a striking similarity – the assailants are almost always identified as being of Arab ethnicity, often known personally by victims as neighbours with whom they had lived for generations. They are often well-armed, particularly with Kalashnikovs; on horseback, camelback or in trucks; sometimes in military attire, sometimes in civilian attire.In just the past week some 5,000 newly displaced Chadians have converged on a site for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Habile, 45 kilometres southeast of Goz Beida. “In all, there are now some 68,000 Chadians who have been displaced within eastern Chad in a series of attacks over the past year,” Mr. Redmond added.He noted that Security Council Resolution 1706, adopted in August, already called for the deployment of a multi-dimensional UN presence to Chad and the neighbouring Central African Republic (CAR).UN officials have repeatedly warned of a spill-over to neighbouring countries of the deadly violence in Sudan’s Darfur region where over three years of fighting between the Government, allied militias, and rebels seeking more autonomy and development have killed scores of thousands of people and uprooted more than 2 million others. “With new attacks reported daily in south-eastern Chad, UNHCR is extremely worried that an already volatile situation is continuing to deteriorate,” Mr. Redmond said, noting that the Chadian Government yesterday declared a state of emergency. “UNHCR remains concerned by the difficult humanitarian situation and the difficulties we’re facing in properly assisting local residents, internally displaced people and refugees.”Since 4 November, at least 20 villages have been attacked south of Goz Beida. A UNHCR-led interagency mission to assess the recently-attacked village of Louboutigue yesterday had to flee when gunfire, believed to be warning shots, were fired from nearby millet fields by unseen gunmen. “No one was injured, but it was just a small sampling of the terror that tens of thousands of Chadians are now experiencing daily in the southeast,” Mr. Redmond added.In the village of Bandicao, residents have warned relief agencies that it is not safe to send ambulances to evacuate the wounded because of gunmen lying in wait. Government forces were sent yesterday to Kerfi to evacuate the wounded to the hospital in Goz Beida where capacity has been stretched in recent days with the arrival of 70 wounded.There are not enough beds and many patients are recuperating from serious wounds on mats under trees outside. To help ease the strain on the hospital, UNHCR has provided 10 large tents to house patients along with sleeping mats. Other agencies also provided assistance, including bandages and medicine.
28 November 2011First National Bank (FNB) is to enhance its eWallet solution, which enables employers to pay salaries directly to their employees’ mobile phones, by introducing features that enable users to pay money from their eWallet directly to a bank account, and even to pay their bills.FNB has had success with eWallet, with over R1-billion being transferred using the solution during the year between its launch in October 2009 and October this year. Encouraged by the success of eWallet in South Africa, FNB has since made the solution available in Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland.“When we created the eWallet, recipients were only able to send money to another cellphone,” eWallet Solutions CEO Yolande van Wyk said in a statement this week.“With this enhancement, eWallet users are able to pay funds directly into an individual’s bank account at any of the major South African banks, or easily make a payment to one of our pre-loaded beneficiaries such as municipalities, Edgars etc.”Customers’ feedbackFollowing customers’ feedback, the eWallet can now hold a maximum balance of R3 000, increased from the R 1 000 limit introduced at the product’s launch in 2009. The maximum amount a customer can transfer to another person per day has also been increased from R 1 000 to R1 500.“Enabling South Africans to transfer money directly into a bank account or pay their bill without having to leave their homes is taking us closer to making banking truly accessible to the previously unbanked,” added Van Wyk.The eWallet allows for money to be sent even to people who do not have a bank account. When sent money in this manner, the recipient receives an SMS informing them that they have received money, and the necessary instructions to withdraw it from an FNB ATM.“The beauty of eWallet is that the recipient doesn’t need a bank account to be able to access the money sent to them,” she said. “In addition to withdrawing cash, buying prepaid airtime or sending the money to another person, they can also pay their bills instantly and conveniently.”Innovation award shortlisteWallet has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Financial World Innovation Awards 2011 in the Innovation in the delivery of financial products – Multichannel and Mobile Banking.The Financial World Innovation Awards have been running for more than a decade, recognising examples of creativity and vision within the financial services industry. The awards will take place in London on 1 December 2011.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
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It’s all performance driven.World football’s governing body FIFA and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) on Wednesday announced the participation of former Argentina midfielder Esteban Cambiasso and Nigerian forward Nwankwo Kanu along with Indian skipper Sunil Chhetri and country’s top-ranked badminton player PV Sindhu at the official draw for the FIFA U-17 World Cup. With inputs from IANS