News in Brief 07 April 2015 (AM)

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Forces of the UN Peacekeeping mission in Mali receive their blue berets in Bamako. Photo: MINUSMA/Blagoje Grujic (file)

Two UN peacekeepers injured in Mali

Two peacekeepers from the UN Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) have been injured in a mine explosion.

UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric says the peacekeepers were escorting a convoy around Kidal in Northern Mali on Monday when the explosion occurred.

"One of them is seriously injured and both were immediately evacuated. The Mission and the UN Mine Action Service remain committed to continue their work against mines in order to protect the civilian population in Mali." (11")

4,500 displaced people find shelter at UN site in South Sudan

Close to 4, 500 people displaced by fighting between government and opposition forces in South Sudan have sought shelter at the UN compound in Malakal town, in Upper Nile State.

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) says that there are now 26,000 civilians who have sought shelter in that site.

According to UNMISS, more than 115,000 people are accommodated in its compounds as a  result of the outbreak of the conflict in South Sudan in December 2013.

Stranded Ethiopians return home from Djibouti

One hundred and fifty nine Ethiopian migrants who had been stranded in Djibouti have returned home with the help of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The UN partner agency says the returnees included 131 individuals who were stranded in Djibouti on their way to Yemen and 28 people who were evacuated from Yemen by sea due to the ongoing conflict in the country.

IOM points out that none of the people had the means to return home to Ethiopia.

Cathrine Hasselberg, United Nations.

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