Record number of Africans risked lives to travel to Yemen in 2012Listen /
• A record number of African refugees and migrants risked their lives crossing the sea to Yemen in 2012, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). It reports that 107,500 Africans made the dangerous trip. UNHCR says 80 per cent of the people who arrived in Yemen were Ethiopians and the rest were Somalis.
UN agencies step in to help conflict-affected Mali
• As the humanitarian situation in Mali deteriorates, United Nations agencies continue to step up efforts to respond to the needs of refugees and displaced persons. Fighting broke out in January 2012 when radical Islamists occupied northern Mali. The area is the home of the nomadic Tuareg, who have battled the Government over land and cultural rights.
Parties in Central African Republic agree to end conflict
• Representatives of various parties from the Central African Republic signed three agreements in Libreville, Gabon, to resolve the crisis in their country. The accords were signed at the end of talks in the Gabonese capital. The current crisis began in December last year when the Séléka coalition of armed groups occupied several towns and cities in CAR.
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