UN and Africa: focus on South Sudan, DNA and refugee camp in Djibouti

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Implementation of peace deal "light at the end of the tunnel" for South Sudan

Ellen Margrethe Løj. UN Photo

The "light at the end of the tunnel" for South Sudan is the implementation of the peace agreement reached this past summer. That's according to the head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Ellen Margrethe Løj. President Salva Kiir and opposition leaders signed the deal in August, aimed at bringing an end to nearly two years of conflict that has left thousands dead and forced millions from their homes. Veronica Reeves spoke with Ms Løj, who was in New York to brief the Security Council, and asked her what she made of the current situation on the ground.

Vets and microbiologists learn to map virus DNA

Cattle raising in Sudan. UN Photo/Tim McKulka

Veterinarians and microbiologists from Africa and Asia have been learning how to map the DNA of viruses at a workshop organised by the UN's atomic energy agency, the IAEA. Understanding DNA can give scientists important information to find a cure for a disease and even stop it from spreading. It's hoped the technique can be used to protect vulnerable livestock populations. Steve Thachet reports from Vienna.

Harsh conditions in Djibouti camp still a welcome relief for Yemini refugees

Markazi refugee camp, Djibouti. Photo: UNICEF/Jordi Matas

The conditions may be harsh but for thousands of refugees from Yemen, a UN camp in neighbouring Djibouti represents a safe haven. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has registered nearly 6,000 Yeminis now in Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa, since violent conflict broke out at home in March. Matthew Wells reports on the Yeminis facing an uncertain future in Markazai refugee camp.

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