Daily Archives: April 9, 2015

UN AND AFRICA: Day of reflection on the genocide in Rwanda to never forget

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Jeanne d’Arc Byaje. Photo: UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

• Twenty-one years after the Rwandan genocide, there are still people who deny it was perpetrated, according to the Deputy Permanent Representative of Rwanda to the UN. In 1994, more than 800,000 people, mainly Tutsi, moderate Hutu and Twa, were systematically killed across Rwanda in less than three months. A solemn event was organized at UN headquarters on Tuesday to remember the victims and honour the survivors of the genocide.

Freedom of movement vital for planting season in South Sudan

Margerita, a South Sudanese farmer. Photo: FAO/Jean Di Marino

• Restrictions to people’s freedom of movement in South Sudan limit their abilities to provide for themselves, according to the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country. South Sudan continues to be plagued by a conflict that broke out between government and opposition forces in December 2013, displacing more than two million people and forcing half a million of others to flee to neighbouring countries. The UN says that traditional livestock migration patterns, agriculture and trading routes have been significantly disrupted by the ongoing fighting.

Project to restore food security begins in northern Mali

A farmerin in Mali sorts niebe beans. FAO@PHOTO

• A project to restore the livelihoods of households in northern Mali is being implemented by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) with the Government of the country. FAO says agriculture in parts of Mali, particularly the north, has been seriously affected in recent years by civil strife and climate change. The US$5 million project will seek to immediately restore production assets to families in the Gao, Mopti and Timbuktu regions.

Producer/Presenter: Derrick Mbatha
Production Assistant: Sandra Sandra
Studio Engineer: Zach Prewit
Duration: 10’00”