UN AND AFRICA:Guinea Bissau holds "watershed" general electionsListen /
• The counting of votes began in Guinea Bissau this week following "watershed" general elections on Sunday. The West African country has been plagued by political instability and military coups since it gained independence from Portugal in 1974. The last coup was in April 2012 and elections were promised within a year but didn't take place until Sunday.
UN supported-project provides water to Kenyan farmers
• More than seven million seedlings have been planted in the water catchment along the eastern slopes of Mount Kenya. Trees hold rainwater in the soil and keep it flowing to small farmers, who can grow more high-value crops like snow peas for export. The pilot project is supported by the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
Over 95,000 South Sudanese refugees arrive in Ethiopia
• Refugees from South Sudan continue to arrive in the remote Ethiopian Gambella region at a rate of up to 1,000 people per day. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says many of the refugees are from the Upper Nile where fighting broke out in December last year. UNHCR is concerned about the approaching rainy season and is working with its partners to relocate the South Sudanese refugees to higher grounds.
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