UN court finds ex-Liberian leader guilty of war crimes

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Charles Taylor

• Former Liberian President Charles Taylor has been found guilty of war crimes. It is the first time in modern history that a former head of state has been found guilty of planning, aiding and abetting war crimes and crimes against humanity. UN officials say the verdict sends a strong signal to all leaders that they will be held accountable for their actions.

Children's lives in danger in Sahel

The Sahel

• The Sahel region of West Africa is facing a serious food crisis brought on by drought. UN agencies estimate that 15 million people don't have enough food and approximately 1.5 million children are on the brink of starvation. A UNICEF official says the crisis is unfolding fast.

Girls in Kenya encouraged to enter the ICT field

Juliana Rotich

• A soft ware company founded by a young Kenyan woman is helping to make Nairobi a hotspot for information and communication technologies (ICTs). "Ushahidi" was started to inform Kenyans about the violence that followed the disputed 2007 presidential election. Its founder participated in a UN event in New York promoting women and girls' involvement in ICTs.

Producer/Presenter: Derrick Mbatha
Editor: Dianne Penn
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Studio Engineer: Rosie Starr
Duration: 10'00"

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