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UN and Africa: focus on Somalia and press freedom day

Somalia children facing “triple threat” of drought, disease and displacement: UNICEF

The “triple threat” of drought, disease and displacement is taking a terrible toll on children in Somalia, according to the UN children’s agency, UNICEF. It’s projecting that the number of malnourished children there has risen by 50 per cent since the beginning of the year, to 1.4 million. Dianne Penn has been speaking to Susannah Price, chief of communications for UNICEF Somalia, who is based in Nairobi.

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UN and Africa: focus on Mali, Somalia piracy and Mine Awareness

UN peacekeeping chief urges support for Mali peace process

Parties to the conflict in Mali must be encouraged to accelerate implementation of a 2015 peace agreement, the new UN peacekeeping chief Jean Pierre Lacroix told the Security Council on Thursday. The deal signed by the Government and armed groups sought to end three years of instability, including a failed military coup and the seizure of the north by radical Islamists. Dianne Penn reports.