UN and Africa: focus on Libya, Darfur and South Sudan

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An exterior view of the Zawiya detention in Libya. Photo: UNICEF/Alessio Romenzi

"Terrible conditions" for migrants in Libya Detention centers

The living conditions for migrants being held in detention centres in Libya have been described by the UN as "terrible," with cases of abuse allegedly frequent. The assessment by the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the country, Ali Al-Za'tari, follows the death in custody of four migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa in a facility in al-Zawiya in the north of the country. All four were shot. Reem Abaza asked Mr Al-Za'tari for more details of the incident.

 

 

 

Women and children displaced from Jebel Marra, in North Darfur. Photo: OCHA

Renewed fighting in Darfur continues to displaces hundreds of thousands

Hundreds and thousands of people continue to flee the Jebel Marra area in the Sudanese region of Darfur, as air raids and clashes between government troops and rebels continue. That's according to the UN peacekeeping chief Hervé Ladsous, who recently briefed the Security Council. The UN and the African Union launched a joint peacekeeping mission in 2007 called UNAMID to bring stability to the war-torn region, but the conflict there continues. Jocelyne Sambira has more details .

 

 

Cultural Centre in Juba on the occasion of the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

South Sudan conflict causes rise in mine-related accidents

Conflict in South Sudan has caused a recent spike in the number of accidents involving mines and other explosive remnants of war, known by the acronym, ERW. The finding comes from a UN programme that's working to rid the country of these weapons. The UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) says people fleeing fighting between government and opposition forces are probably less aware of the hazards posed by ERW which include grenades, bombs and mortars. The current crisis in South Sudan began in December 2013. But mines planted during the two civil wars in what was formerly Sudan still remain in the ground. Sebit William discussed these dangers with Robert Thompson, UNMAS Chief of Operations in the country.

 

Presenter: Janie Cangelosi
Production Assistant: Ana Carmo
Duration: 10’00″

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