Top UN relief official to visit Africa

08:51, April 21, 2010      

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UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes will embark on a three-nation African tour later this week, a UN spokesman said Tuesday.

Starting from Friday, Holmes will visit Niger, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Senegal, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters.

While in Niger, the emergency relief coordinator is expected to "gain first-hand impressions of the poverty, food insecurity, and population growth that are affecting millions of households in the region," Nesirky said, adding that he will also meet government officials, UN and NGO staff involved in the relief effort.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, Holmes will visit a number of the towns most affected by the instability there and its attendant problems. He will also assess the UN and other aid agencies' humanitarian work.



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