UN AND AFRICA: Hope for 750,000 stateless people in West Africa

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Stateless young man in Côte d’Ivoire. Photo: UNHCR/Helene Caux

• The future of up to 750,000 people in West Africa who are stateless has come under the spotlight at a meeting organized by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Côte d’Ivoire. It’s part of the agency’s bid to end statelessness across the world within 10 years. A stateless person is somebody who does not have an official nationality and unable to access the rights and services that countries normally offer their citizens.

A hospital recovers from Ebola in Liberia

A team of technicians in Liberia. Photo: UNMEER (file)/Martine Perret

• One of the casualties of the Ebola in Liberia has been its health care infrastructure, including its second largest referral hospital. Liberia is one of the three West African countries that have been hardest hit by Ebola which has claimed over 9,300 lives in the region. Redemption Hospital, located in a town just outside the capital Monrovia, has survived the Ebola crisis, despite the loss of some of its staff to the disease.

Conflict in Central African Republic hits healthcare

Central African Republic (CAR) refugees in DRC Photo: UNHCR/B. Sokol

• The ongoing crisis in the Central African Republic is worsening an already poor healthcare system in the country, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The country has been mired in sectarian violence between the Muslim and Christian militias for the past two years. Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes as a result of the conflict.

Producer/Presenter: Derrick Mbatha
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Studio Engineer: Shalako Gordon
Duration: 10'00"

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