UN and Africa: focus on displaced people in Nigeria, Zika virus, El Niño and Liberia sanctions

26 May 2016

Nigerian nurse describes sheltering 50 people fleeing Boko Haram

A retired nurse from Nigeria, has been describing how she gave shelter to 50 people who were fleeing fighters from the Boko Haram terrorist group. The fifty displaced people ended up staying for seven months and were fed and looked after by 59-year old Aishatu Margima, in Adamawa state, in the north-east of the country. Ms Margima told her story to Fabrice Robinet at the recent World Humanitarian Summit which took place in Istanbul, Turkey. She explained what happened to the people who were fleeing Boko Haram.

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that can carry Zika as well as Dengue and Chikungunya viruses. Photo: IAEA/Dean Calma

Zika strain reported on African island for first time

A strain of a virus which can lead to brain defects in new-borns has been discovered for the first time in Africa, the UN has confirmed. The damaging strain of the Zika virus has been detected in some 26 countries across the Americas, but has now been identified on the island archipelago of Cabo Verde off the west coast of Africa. Daniel Dickinson reports.

Crops in Zimbabwe. Screenshot via UNifeed.

Satellite information helps to fight hunger in Zimbabwe

Information from satellite imagery is helping to assess the effects of the El Niño weather phenomenon in Zimbabwe and in the process fight hunger in the southern African country.That’s according to Rogerio Bonifacio, Climate Analyst for the World Food Programme (WFP). WFP is teaming up with the European Space Agency to collect data on climate change in agricultural and pastoral regions. Janie Cangelosi has the story.

David Pressman. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Lifting of Liberia sanctions “a testament to what can be achieved”

And finally, important news for Liberia, where the complete lifting of UN Security Council sanctions against there has been described as “a testament to what can be achieved” when they work properly. That’s the view of the United States Ambassador for Special Political Affairs to the UN. The sanctions regime just ended, came into effect in 2003, following the end of Liberia’s long-running and brutal civil war. Matthew Wells reports.

Presenter: Matthew Wells

Production Assistant: Sandra Guy

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