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UN and Africa: focus on DR Congo, climate pollutants and Somalia

UN to conduct inquiry into deaths of DRC experts

The United Nations has confirmed the deaths of two members of a Security Council expert group who had been missing in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for more than two weeks. Michael Sharp and Zaida Catalán, accompanied by four Congolese nationals, were in the Kasaï Central region when they disappeared on 12 March. Their remains were discovered on Monday by peacekeepers with the UN mission in the country, MONUSCO. Dianne Penn reports.

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

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 and Africa Special: Somalia

UN humanitarian chief meets Somalis displaced by drought

A severe drought is affecting Somalia where more than six million people, or roughly half the population, are in need of humanitarian assistance. UN Humanitarian Coordinator chief Stephen O’Brien arrived in the country on Monday to assess the impact. Laura Gelbert accompanied the relief chief on his visit to a site for displaced people known as the Zone K IDP settlement, located in the capital, Mogadishu.