Africa – 30 September 2015

African Leaders Call for Reinstatement of President of Burkina Faso
West African leaders called on Tuesday evening for the reinstatement of Burkina Faso’s interim president, who was overthrown in a coup last week.
Leaders of several nations in the region — including the largest, Nigeria — said they would travel here on Wednesday morning to try to broker a peaceful resolution to the political crisis.
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U.N. Adopts Ambitious Global Goals After Years of Negotiations
The last time Amina J. Mohammed went home to see her extended family in northern Nigeria, her cousins asked her to skip her usual gifts of clothes and sweets and bring them something that they really needed: body scanners for the gates of the local mosque, to guard against suicide bombers sent by Boko Haram.
Their request summed up for her what has happened to the place she calls home, and how years of dysfunction and destitution had turned the region into a battleground. “Terrorists are not born,” is how she put it the other day. “What was it that birthed Boko Haram?”
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Malawi: U.N. Warns of a Food Crisis
The World Food Program, the hunger-fighting agency of the United Nations, warned Friday of an impending crisis in the southeastern African nation of Malawi, saying that more than 2.8 million people there will lack enough to eat over the next several months because of severe floods and a drought that ruined the 2015 harvest. The agency said the floods this year in Malawi were “the worst in living memory,” flushing away stockpiles of food and ruining fertile land. Crops that survived the floods, the agency said, succumbed later to “intense dry spells.” The agency, which is financed by voluntary contributions, said its Malawi relief operation was less than 25 percent funded and required more than $80 million.
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Burkina Faso’s Interim President Returns to Power, Week After Coup
The interim president of Burkina Faso, the target of a coup last week, returned to power on Wednesday, as West African leaders arrived here to finalize a resolution to the political crisis.
The interim president, Michel Kafando, thanked other countries for condemning the coup, which was staged by allies of former President Blaise Compaoré, who was ousted in a mass uprising last October.
“We are proud of the mobilization and fearlessness of the Burkinabé people, especially its youth, whose unwavering determination helped to stop the usurpation,” Mr. Kafando said.
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