UN AND AFRICA: UN appeals for $2bn to break "crisis cycle" in SahelListen /
• An appeal for $2 billion is being made by the UN to tackle a deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Sahel region of Africa. Over 20 million people across eight countries are struggling to feed themselves. It's hoped the money, which is part of a three-year response plan, will help to break what the UN is calling a "crisis cycle" in the region.
Relief efforts continue for Central African Republic
• Efforts continue to help end the crisis in the Central African Republic which started in December 2012 when rebels attacked government forces. The conflict, which has claimed over 1,000 lives, continues between Christian and Muslim communities. CAR, which now has a new interim president who was elected last month, is facing a serious humanitarian crisis.
Sport more powerful than governments says Mandela's grandson
• Sport can do more than governments to bring people together to promote peace and cooperation. That's what the grandson of former South African president, Nelson Mandela said at the UN recently. The global ambassador for "Protect the Goal'' a UN campaign to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS, said that his grandfather influenced his decision to engage in sports to advance development.
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