UN and Africa: focus on DRC, South Sudan and Ebola

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Child with malnutrition awaits treatment. Photo: UNICEF/UNO64921

Malnutrition alert for 400,000 DRC Kasai children

Conflict in central Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has put an additional 400,000 children at risk of severe acute malnutrition, the UN warned on Wednesday. According to UNICEF, the UN Children’s Fund, more than a third of health centres in Central Kasai province have closed amid an escalation in violence between government troops and opposition militia that erupted last August. The priority is now to reach these children urgently and overcome major access problems, UNICEF’s Patrick Rose explained to Daniel Johnson.

Civilians in South Sudan. Photo: OCHA/Gemma Connell

"Human rights violations in Yei may amount to war crimes": UN

Violations and abuses against civilians specifically in Yei, may amount to war crimes or crimes against humanity, a new report released by the human rights division of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) says. The report documents the profound human suffering caused by the ongoing conflict and the exploitation of local and ethnic divisions for political ends. The conflict in Yei, in particular, highlights the startling level of impunity in South Sudan, which has fed successive cycles of violence across the country. Speaking to David Lukan, Eugene Nindorera, head of the Human Rights Division of UNMISS said the "culture of impunity was unacceptable".

Representatives of the Ministry of Health in the DRC. Photo: WHO African Region

Experts race against clock to quell Ebola outbreak in remote DRC province

A race has begun to quell an outbreak of Ebola in a remote northern area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on the border with the Central African Republic, the World Health Organization has announced. Twenty cases of Ebola have been reported, two have been confirmed by laboratory tests and three people have died so far, the agency says. This is the eighth outbreak in the DRC since 1976. Jocelyne Sambira reports.

Presenter: Jocelyne Sambira
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10’00″

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