29 Jan 2015
• Devastating floods in Malawi have left thousands of farmers without crops and livestock, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The agency estimates that 60,000 hectares of land and 250,000 farming families have been affected by the heavy rains that have hit the Southern African country. FAO says there is a “very narrow window” to replant crops.
Tracing Ebola “difficult and dangerous” job in Guinea
• In Guinea finding people who have come in contact with a family member or friend infected with Ebola is not only difficult but also dangerous, according to the UN. The intervention, called “contact tracing” is being used to effectively control the Ebola Virus Disease outbreaks in the West African region. In September last year, eight members of an outreach team died after being attacked with stones and clubs by villagers from Wome in the southeast of the country.
Child soldiers in South Sudan released from army
• Around 3000 child soldiers in South Sudan are scheduled to be released from fighting, according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The children were recruited by the South Sudan Democratic Army’s Cobra Faction. Some had been fighting for almost four years in the country’s civil conflict. UNICEF, which is facilitating the process, says close to 250 children have already been demobilized and will soon start to be reintegrated in schools.
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