UN and Africa: focus on Somalia; South Sudan and Mali

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Mogadishu, Somalia. UN Photo/Stuart Price.

Hospital treats children affected by drought in Somalia

Hunger-related illnesses have killed 47 children over the past two months at just one government-run hospital in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. The UN has been warning the world of the dire consequences of drought in the Horn of Africa country, where nearly three million are at risk of famine. UN Secretary-General António Guterres recently appealed for US$ 825 million to support more than five million people in the next six months. Dianne Penn reports.

UN Protection of Civilians Site, Malakal, South Sudan. Photo: IOM/Bannon

Torture, rape, unlawful killings "have become the norm" in South Sudan

Torture, rape, unlawful killings, arrests and detentions "have become the norm" in South Sudan, as the human rights situation continues to deteriorate. That's the stark conclusion of a report by the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan, presented to the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday. The world's youngest country has been mired in conflict since 2013 between rival factions, which has left hundreds of thousands dead and millions displaced. The commission was appointed last June to report on the human rights situation and make recommendations for improvements. Team leader Yasmin Sooka, told Nelson Lwak, that ethnic cleansing was "definitely underway" in parts of the country.

UN peacekeepers outside Ber, north east of Timbuktu, Mali. Photo: MINUSMA/Marco Dormino

Musicians' stories shine a unique light on Mali conflict

Making a documentary about the conflict in Mali was inherently risky, but those risks “were nothing” compared to those facing the people of Mali since 2012, a filmmaker has said. Johanna Schwartz is the director of the documentary “They Will Have to Kill Us First”; a film about musicians in Mali after Islamist groups took over the northern part of the country and banned music in 2012. The Mali conflict between the government, and armed militants supporting it and northern insurgent groups lasted until 2015 when a fragile peace agreement was signed.Following a screening of the film at UN Headquarters last week, Isabelle Dupuis spoke to Ms Schwartz about the risks and rewards of making the documentary.

Presenter: Matthew Wells
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10’00″

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