Zambia faces challenges in preserving its forests

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

Catherine Namugala

• Zambia is facing a serious challenge to preserve the forests. Between 250,000 and 300,000 hectares of vegetation are being lost each year. Zambia’s Minister of Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources, Catherine Namugala, says many rural communities depend on forests.

Malnutrition rates soar in Western Chad

• Approximately 2 million people are in need of food aid in Chad, most of them in the Western region, that’s according to the UN. Changing weather patterns have led to severe droughts in Chad, crippling local agriculture and causing chronic food shortages. As a result, malnutrition rates have soared.

Burundi urged to eastablish a human rights commission

Mother and child in Chad

• As Burundi recovers from the 1993 to 2005 civil war, it is being urged to establish a body to monitor human rights. The UN independent human rights expert, Fatsah Ouguergouz, stresses that the agency must be totally independent of the government. He says now that a law establishing the human rights commission has been passed, it is time to take action to create it.

Femmes burundaises

Burundi women

Producer/Presenter: Derrick Mbatha
Editor: Daniel Dickinson
Production Assistant: Charles Appel
Studio Engineer: Zach Prewit

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