Crisis in Libya threatens to become civil war

UN and Africa - a weekly 10-minute radio programme on political, social, economic and other developments related to Africa.

Edward Luck

•The crisis in Libya is threatening to develop into civil war unless the international community intervenes. This warning has come from the United Nations Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, Edward Luck. He stresses that it is the responsibility of a state to protect its people.

57 presumed dead after people smuggling boat capsizes in Gulf of Aden

Gulf of Aden

•Fifty-seven people are missing and presumed drowned in the Gulf of Aden after their boat capsized off the coast of Yemen. It’s thought that 54 of the people were Somalis trying to escape conflict and drought in the Horn of Africa. The crossing to Yemen had been organised by human traffickers.

Some African languages are in danger of extinction 

•February 21 is observed as International Mother Language Day to promote all the languages of the world. UNESCO publishes an Atlas on the World’s Languages in Danger. Dr. Matthias Brenzinger, a linguist based in Gaborone, Botswana, says that some of these languages are spoken by the indigenous San people of Southern Africa.


Producer/Presenter: Derrick Mbatha
Editor: Daniel Dickinson
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Studio Engineer: Pete Kurisko

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