A look back at 2011

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drought in Africa

• 2011 has been described by the UN Secretary-General as an "extraordinary" year. Among major political development on the African continent were changes in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Côte d'Ivoire. A new nation of South Sudan was born. In the Horn of Africa conflict, drought and famine caused suffering.

Military disturbances threaten peace in Guinea-Bissau

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• In Guinea Bissau military disturbances threatened to end the year on a sour note. The UN Secretary-General condemned the use of force to settle differences. He called for the respect of lawful civilian authorities in the West African country. A top African Union diplomat went to the country to help resolve the crisis.

Efforts continue to stop use of child soldiers in Somalia

• Somali children suffered in 2011 as their country grappled with famine, drought and conflict. Some of the children are being used as child soldiers by various armed groups including the Al Shabaab insurgents. The United Nations continued its efforts to end the use of child soldiers.

Producer/Presenter: Derrick Mbatha
Editor: Daniel Dickinson
Production Assistant: Florence Poblete-Enriquez
Studio Engineer: Zach Prewit
Duration: 10'00"

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