News in Brief 14 July 2016 (PM)

Listen /

Displaced people in South Sudan. Photo: Giles Clarke

Situation in Juba "calm but tense" with heavy military presence

South Sudan's capital Juba remains "calm but tense", with heavy military presence on the streets, the UN Mission (UNMISS) in the country reports.

Meanwhile, peacekeepers continue to carry out limited patrols in and around the protection of civilian sites (POC) and UN House.

Some 33,000 Internally Displaced Persons are being hosted in the sites.

UNMISS will also start searching the premises for weapons.

At least one South Sudanese national has been killed and there are reports of one international staff getting raped.

UN staff members have also been assaulted.

A relative calm has given a window of opportunity for aid organizations to respond by distributing high energy biscuits, sanitary items and medicines.

275,000 people to get aid in Nigeria's Borno State

A plan to provide immediate assistance to people living in camps in Nigeria's Borno State has been finalized, the UN humanitarian agency has confirmed.

These 275,000 people are living in 15 newly accessible military-controlled camps in the area.

Aid workers are also preparing for cross-border assistance from Cameroon into Banki, Nigeria where 15,000 displaced people need urgent aid.

The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) are to scale up assistance in north-eastern Nigeria to help some 431,000 people, including malnourished children.

Assassination of former Burundi minister condemned

The assassination of a former Burundi Minister and East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) member has been condemned by the UN chief.

According to media reports, Hafsa Mossi was shot in front of her home.

Hundreds of people have been killed and more than 250,000 have fled after a crisis erupted in April 2015 over the Burundi President's run for a controversial third term.

In a statement released through his spokesperson, Ban Ki-moon called the act "despicable" and offered his condolences to the family.

Stephane Dujarric has more.

"The Secretary-General condemned the assassination of Hafsa Mossi, the former Burundian Minister for East African Community Affairs and Member of the East African Legislative Assembly. He extended his deepest condolences to her family. This despicable act of violence only serves to promote divisions, entrench mistrust, and destabilize the country."

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

Duration: 2’06″

Filed under .
UN Radio Daily News Programme
UN Radio Daily News Programme
Updated at 1800 GMT, Monday to Friday
Loading the player ...




November 2017
« Oct