UN and Africa: focus on South Sudan, Western Sahara and African economy

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Close-up of the children's hands. Juba, South Sudan. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

The people of South Sudan "are suffering"

The people of South Sudan "are suffering"; that's according to Ellen Løj, the head of the UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). Ms Løj was speaking ahead of a recent Security Council meeting, during which the mandate of UNMISS was extended through next July.  The country, which only gained its independence in 2011, has been plagued by conflict for nearly two years now; during which time thousands have been killed, and millions displaced from their homes. Sebit William spoke to Ms Løj and asked her to describe the current dynamics in the country.

Peacekeepers with MINURSO, Western Sahara. UN Photo/Martine Perret

 

UN "hopeful" political process can still move ahead in Western Sahara

The UN remains "hopeful" the political process can still move ahead in Western Sahara, nearly 25 years after the peacekeeping mission was authorized there. Western Sahara was administered by Spain until 1976, but then claimed by neighbouring countries; Morocco and Mauritania. The UN Mission in Western Sahara (MINURSO) was established in 1991 to keep the peace in the region. May Yaacoub spoke to Kim Bolduc, head of MINURSO, following her recent briefing to the Security Council.

Mine workers at a thermal coal mine in South Africa. UN File Photo/The Global Fund

African growth spurring foreign direct investment

Africa's strong economic growth in recent years has led to more foreign direct investment from countries like China; that's according to a researcher at one of the most established think-tanks in the United States. David Dollar, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, says while Chinese foreign investment in Africa is increasing, it still lags behind other countries.  Bruce Edwards asked Mr Dollar what role China is playing on the continent.

Presenter: Veronica Reeves
Production Assistant: Ana Carmo
Duration: 10'00″

 

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