UN and Africa: focus on Sahel region, Mali and Nigeria

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U. Joy Ogwu, Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

40 million youth in Sahel at risk of radicalization or migration

The Sahel region risks becoming a hub for mass migration or recruitment of young people by extremist groups the Security Council heard on Wednesday. UN envoy Hiroute Guebre Sellassie told the 15-member body that security is the main concern for the region, whose countries are among the poorest in the world. In addition to the threats posed by terrorist organizations such as Boko Haram, Sahel countries are also combating drug trafficking and desertification. Dianne Penn reports.

 

MINUSMA provides support to the authorities following the terrorist attack in Bamako. Photo: MINUSMA/Mikado FM

 

Terrorists can't stop us, says UN humanitarian chief in Mali

The terrorists targeting civilians and aid workers in Mali won't stop the humanitarian effort there. That's the message from the UN humanitarian coordinator in the north-west African country, Mbaranga Gasarabwe. She was speaking after extremist gunmen attacked a hotel in the capital Bamako, killing twenty people, most of whom were foreigners.  There has been an upsurge in attacks on humanitarian workers in Mali, since the signing of a fragile peace accord earlier this year. Prescilla Lecomte asked Ms Gasarabwe how the rising insecurity was affecting the UN's work.

 

IDPs find refuge in Baga Sola, Chad, after Boko Haram attacked their village. Photo: OCHA/Mayanne Munan

Change of tactics for Boko Haram following military push

The outlawed group Boko Haram, which has been terrorizing populations in Nigeria has changed its tactics following recent military successes by the Nigerian authorities; that's according to the UN's most senior representative in the West African country. The government has pledged to defeat Boko Haram by the end of the year, but the group continues to carry out attacks. Opia Mensah Kumah is the Resident Representative for the UN Development programme in Nigeria. Daniel Dickinson began by asking him for his assessment of the current threat of Boko Haram.

Presenter: Daniel Dickinson
Production Assistant: Ana Carmo
Duration: 10'00″

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