UN and Africa: Somalia, South Sudan briefing, and efforts to eradicate TB thread

International support "a silver lining" in the wake of Somalia bombing

Somalis have taken to the streets of the capital, Mogadishu, to protest against violent extremism in the aftermath of a double car bombing which killed more than 300 people this past weekend. The United Nations and its partners have been assisting the government in responding to the huge needs arising from the tragedy. UN Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, Vincent Lelei, said the international community's support to the Somali authorities represents a "silver lining" in the tragedy. Dianne Penn spoke by Skype to Mr Lelei several days afterwards. He began by providing an overview of the atmosphere in the capital.

Personality politics driving conflict in South Sudan must end

The South Sudanese people have been held hostage to personality politics for long enough and accountable institutions must be allowed to take over. That's the stark message from UN Peacekeeping chief, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, briefing the Security Council on Tuesday. He said that the Regional Protection Force, or RPF, which was mandated more than a year ago following violence around the capital, Juba, would be fully in place by the end of November. Matt Wells reports on Jean-Pierre Lacroix's security briefing.

Bid begins to eradicate neglected TB thread

Efforts are under way to eradicate a neglected form of tuberculosis that has a particularly damaging impact on poor rural communities in Africa and South-East Asia, UN health experts said on Thursday. Animal � or zoonotic � TB can be passed to humans through contaminated meat or dairy products, and kills at least 12,000 people a year, according to new data from the World Health Organization (WHO). Its economic consequences are serious too, but the hope is that the first Roadmap for Zoonotic TB � launched at a recent health conference in Mexico � will help change that, as WHO's Dr Anna Dean explained to Daniel Johnson.

Source: United Nations Radio