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

Hospital treats children affected by drought in Somalia

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Musicians’ stories shine a unique light on Mali conflict

Making a documentary about the conflict in Mali was inherently risky, but those risks “were nothing” compared to those facing the people of Mali since 2012, a filmmaker has said.

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News in Brief 9 March 2017 (AM)

Security Council condemns terrorist attack on Afghan military hospital

A terrorist attack on a military hospital in Afghanistan on Wednesday has been condemned in the strongest terms by the UN Security Council.

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Mali: UN expert calls for stronger protection of civilians amid ongoing violence

Serious security threats in north and central Mali put local populations and humanitarian aid workers at risk, a United Nations human rights expert said today.

Recent initiatives important milestones towards greater peace in Mali, say UN, regional partners

Commending recent progress, including the launch of interim authorities in Kidal, northern Mali, the United Nations together with regional blocs urged the parties to the peace agreement in the African nation to overcome the difficulties which are impeding the establishment of such authorities in the Taoudéni and Timbuktu regions.

News in Brief 6 March 2017 (PM)

UN relief chief in Somalia to assess drought impact

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator has called for stepped up efforts to enable aid workers to access drought-stricken areas of Somalia.

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News in Brief 3 March 2017 (AM) – Geneva

Sri Lanka’s slow progress on justice for past crimes “risks derailing peace”

A lack of progress in bringing to justice those responsible for gross human rights crimes in Sri Lanka risks derailing a lasting peace there.

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