UN AND AFRICA: Liberia recovering from "national nightmare"

Karin Landgren. UN Photo/Mark Garten

After 14 months of a "national nightmare", the head of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) says the country is on the road to recovery.Karin Landgren was recently in New York, to present a progress report on Liberia to the Security Council. It says the period was "dominated by the Ebola outbreak". The virus claimed the lives of more than 4,300 people in Liberia, and thousands more deaths were reported in neighbouring West African countries. Stephanie Coutrix spoke with Ms Landgren and began by asking her whether Ebola is under control in the country.

Situation "very tense" in Mali

Major General Michael Lollesgaard. Photo : MINUSMA/Harandane Dicko

The situation on the ground in Mali is very tense while the UN awaits the signing of a peace agreement, according to the Force Commander of the UN Mission in the country, MINUSMA.Major General Michael Lollesgaard was appointed in March to serve in the West African country, where a coup d’état in early 2012 continues to breed instability and violence.The Major General says his primary role is to command the UN's peacekeeping force in Mali, but he is also chairman of a committee that is overseeing a ceasefire agreement.Helene Papper spoke with Force Commander Lollesgaard and began by asking him to describe his role within the UN's peacekeeping mission.

Thousands of Burundian refugees arriving in Tanzania

Burundian refugees. Photo: UNHCR/S. Masengesho

As violence ahead of elections in Burundi continues, some 4000 people have fled to neighbouring Tanzania, 60 per cent of whom are children. That's according to the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, which is supporting the refugees.At least 12 people have reportedly died in Burundi as a result of violent protests against the decision to have incumbent President Nkurunziza run for a third presidential term.To find out more about this developing situation in Tanzania, Assumpta Massoi spoke on the line with the UN Resident Coordinator in the country, Mr Alvaro Rodriguez.

Presenter: Assumpta Massoi
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Studio Engineer: Shalako Gordon

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