UN and Africa: focus on Southern Africa, albinism attacks and Nigeria

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Medeliya Ludaviko and her family in Malawi. Photo: IRIN/Rex Chikoko

Refugee camps and xenophobic attacks cause alarm in Southern Africa

Another xenophobic attack in South Africa and refugees on the move across the Malawi border is a major cause for concern, according to UN agencies in the region. More than 100 refugees fled into Malawi from Mozambique in July, following clashes between government forces and gunmen from the former rebel movement, Renamo. And further south, hundreds of immigrants in the South African city of Grahamstown, fled their homes after coming under attack. UN Radio's Eleutério Guevane, spoke to Tina Ghelli, the UN Refugee Agency's spokesperson for Southern Africa, to find out the latest, beginning with the situation in Malawi.

 

People with albinism suffer daily stigma. Photo: UNIFEED (video capture)

People with albinism “fear attack from relatives”

A surge in attacks has been reported against people with albinism in several African countries in the run-up to national elections, a UN human rights expert has warned. Ikponwosa Ero, the first UN independent defender of the rights of persons with albinism, whose skin, hair and eyes lack colour because of a genetic disorder, has called for political parties to distance themselves from such violations. Ms Ero said that people with the condition live in constant fear of attack, sometimes by their own relatives. Meanwhile, aid worker Mafalda Soto Valdes explained how people with albinism (PWA) face more danger from a natural source, the sun, which causes skin cancer and results in less than two per cent of PWAs living beyond 40 years old. Daniel Johnson's reports from Geneva.

 

A group of refugees in Niger, after fleeing Boko Haram violence in Nigeria. File Photo: OCHA/Franck Kuwonu

Release of kidnapped civilians in Nigeria welcomed by UN

The release of civilians in Nigeria who had been kidnapped by the Boko Haram terrorist group has been welcomed by UN. Nigerian troops rescued 338 people, mostly women and children, who were reportedly being held in the north-east of the West African country. The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) is providing support. Cristina Silverio has been speaking to the agency's Doune Porter who's based in Abuja, the Nigerian capital.

Presenter: Matthew Wells
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10’00″

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