UN and Africa: focus on Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria

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Violent extremists have carried out bombings in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on various occasions. File Photo: UN Somalia

Somalia terror attack "desperate attempt" to disrupt electoral process

The attack on the Dayax hotel in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Wednesday has been described by the UN there as a "desperate attempt" by Al Shabaab extremists to disrupt the electoral process. Joseph Contreras, the Spokesperson for the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia, UNSOM, said the terrorist group's "continual resort to violent tactics is a sign of weakness." At least 20 people were killed and dozens were injured in the attack. Somali officials announced just hours earlier, that presidential elections will be held on 8 February. Mr Contreras spoke on the line from Mogadishu to Jocelyne Sambira. 

 

Radio Miraya. (Screen grab from UNifeed Video)

UN Mission in South Sudan protests arrest of radio journalist

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has protested the arrest of a journalist working for the UN's radio station in Juba. The Radio Miraya journalist and UN staff member was detained for five hours, by government soldiers while covering a story at the John Garang Mausoleum on Tuesday. UNMISS spokesperson Daniel Dickinson says the UN Mission has been in touch with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs over the incident. He spoke to Gabriel Shadar.

 

Joy Onyesoh, President of the International League for Peace and Freedom. Photo: UN News/J.Sambira

Inclusive peace requires "bottom-to-top" approach

Inclusive peace requires a "bottom-to-top" approach, a Nigerian peace activist said on the margins of a UN high-level dialogue on sustaining peace for all. Joy Onyesoh, President of the International League for Peace and Freedom, helps train and build the capacity of women in local communities to build peace and prevent conflict. She also works in north-eastern Nigeria, where Boko Haram militants have killed civilians, abducted and raped women and girls. She shared with Jocelyne Sambira what strategies the women are using and what her organization is doing to help.

 

Presenter: Ana Carmo
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10’00″

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