UN AND AFRICA: Militia violence in Burundi, fear in Eritrea and 50% chance Ebola returning in West Africa.

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Burundian refugees. Photo: UNHCR/F. Scoppa

• Increasingly violent and threatening actions by a pro-government militia "could tip Burundi over the edge" according to the UN human rights chief. Civil unrest broke out in the country in April following the President’s announcement to run for a third term. The UN human rights office says it has been receiving 40 to 50 calls every day from frightened Burundians all across the country pleading for protection or reporting abuses by the militia known as the Imbonerakure.

Eritrea “ruled not by law, but by fear”

Elderly woman in Eritrea.
UN Photo

• The people of Eritrea are living in a country ruled not by law but by fear, according to a UN report released early this week. A UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea has found that a large proportion of the population is subjected to forced labour and imprisonment, and hundreds of thousands of refugees have fled the Horn of Africa nation. Some of these violations may constitute crimes against humanity.

"50% chance" of Ebola returning to West Africa

Peter Jan Graaff. UN Photo/Loey Felipe (file)

• The likelihood of the deadly Ebola virus re-emerging in West Africa has been put at around 50 per cent by the United Nations. Over 11,000 people have died in an outbreak of the disease mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Liberia has been declared Ebola-free and cases have been declining in the two other worst affected countries. But the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) is warning against complacency.

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

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