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UN AND AFRICA: Nigeria violence disrupts food aid for Niger, warns WFP

12 Feb 2015

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Students in Dalaweye, Niger. Photo © WFP/Vigno Hounkanli

• Violence linked to Boko Haram terrorists in northern Nigeria has spilled over into neighbouring countries Niger, Chad and Cameroon, hampering humanitarian aid deliveries. Worst-hit is Niger, according to the World Food Programme, which says the country has 125,000 refugees and returnees scattered over more than 140 locations. WFP says in Diffa region the population has almost doubled since the middle of last year, putting  what it describes as “enormous pressure” on the drought-hit area.

People of South Sudan need peace now, says UN humanitarian chief

Valerie Amos (right) and Forest Whitaker (left) in Juba. Credit: UN Photo/Isaac Gideon

• If conflict does not stop in South Sudan, there will be a lost generation of children without education, access to health services and facing the threat of hunger. The warning has come from the United Nations humanitarian chief who has been visiting the new African nation. South Sudan has been embroiled in a conflict which broke out in December 2013 between government and opposition forces.

Female genital mutilation doesn’t make sense

Awa Sangho / UN Radio

• Female genital mutilation doesn’t make sense, according to a West African singer called the “Golden Voice from Mali. The procedure, known as FGM is carried out on three million girls each year around the world. It can lead to serious health problems and even death. The UN observes 6 February as the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.

Producer/Presenter: Derrick Mbatha
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Studio Engineer: Shalako Gordon
Duration: 10’00”