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

26 May 2016

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Aishatu Margima at the World Humanitarian Summit. Photo: UN/Fabrice Robinet

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 WellsProduction
Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10'00″

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Satellite information helps to fight hunger in Zimbabwe

25 May 2016

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Crops in Zimbabwe. Screenshot via UNifeed.

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.

Duration: 1’54″

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El Nino Devastates Zimbabwe's Harvest, WFP Using Satellites to Mitigate Effects of Drought (For the Media)

Zimbabwe is one of a number of countries in southern Africa that has declared a drought disaster this year due to the impact of a strong El Nino weather event which meant reduced rainfall for much of southern Africa late last year and during the early months of this year - the same period as the growing season in the region. In partnership with the European Space Agency, WFP is using data from Sentinel-2  to monitor the effects of climactic changes in agricultural and pastoral areas . This will help WFP plan and respond to climactic events and conditions that can cause poor harvests and hunger. Designed as a two-satellite mission, Sentinel-2 is providing imagery on a five-day revisit cycle. Sentinel 2 is a polar-orbiting, multispectral high-resolution imaging mission for land monitoring to provide, for example, imagery of vegetation, soil and water cover, inland waterways and coastal areas. Its camera sensor has been designed to detect very specific wavelengths of light that detail the health of plants.

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