UN and Africa: focus on African migrants, Darfur and Ghana

28 January 2016

African migrants reportedly forcibly recruited into Yemen war

Migrants from Africa are reportedly being forcibly recruited to fight for militias in Yemen; that’s according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Some 92,000 people, most of them Ethiopians and Somalis, arrived in Yemen by boat in 2015 despite the ongoing conflict in the Gulf state. The agency says that’s one of the highest annual totals for crossings in the past decade. Johannes Van Der Klaauw is based in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, with UNHCR. Daniel Dickinson began by asking him why migrants from Somalia and Ethiopia are going there in war time.

Internally displaced persons (IDPs) in North Darfur. UN File Photo/Albert González Faran

250,000 people displaced in Darfur last year

A quarter of a million people have fled their homes in Darfur in the last year, the joint UN-African Union mission in the Sudanese region, UNAMID, has said. They're escaping intensified fighting between government forces and armed opposition groups. Only half of the displaced have received assistance from humanitarian agencies. UNAMID is stepping in to provide immediate support, as Jumbe Omari Jumbe reports from Darfur.

A woman works in a small shop in Ghana. Photo: The World Bank/Arne Hoel

US$900 million loan from IMF supports Ghana's economic recovery

Ghana is set to receive loans totalling more than 900 million US dollars from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to support its economic recovery following several years of turbulence. The West African country has just accepted the latest disbursement of 114 million dollars from a lending arrangement that began in April 2015. Ghana was once considered a regional model for economic growth but debt, inflation and the depreciation of its currency has led to a slowdown. Bruce Edwards discusses Ghana's economic challenges with Joël Toujas-Bernaté, IMF Mission Chief for the country.

Presenter: Daniel Dickinson

Production Assistant: Ana Carmo

Duration: 10’00″

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