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UN AND AFRICA: Re-opening of Nile River corridor critical for delivery of food aid

31 Dec 2014

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WFP barge. © WFP/George Fominyen

• The re-opening of the Nile River to aid convoys has made an enormous difference in efforts to deliver food to conflict-affected states in South Sudan, according to the World Food Programme (WFP). River transport of humanitarian goods across the border between Sudan and South Sudan largely stopped after the border was closed following South Sudan’s independence in 2011. WFP says the corridor  is critical to reach people in isolated areas.

Sierra Leone focuses on safe disposal of Ebola waste

Autoclave installation and testing. (UNifeed video capture)

• A new environmentally-friendly sterilizing machine is helping Sierra Leone to safely dispose of contaminated equipment and infectious waste generated in treating Ebola patients. The deadly disease has killed about, 6,900 people in West Africa, mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Known as an autoclave, the machine was designed under a project by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

UN in Somalia to review security procedures after Al-Shabaab attack

African Union soldiers serving in Somalia. Photo: AU-UN/Stuart Price

• Security procedures for the UN Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) will be revised after a deadly attack by Al-Shabaab gunmen, according to its Spokesperson. The militants infiltrated the Halane base camp in Mogadishu on Christmas Day  killing three African Union soldiers and two civilian contractors. UNSOM says the terrorists infiltrated the base camp, which is also used as its headquarters, in an attempt to gain access to critical infrastructure.

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