A diplomatic cable sent by Ambassador Chris Stevens from Benghazi hours before the attack on the U.S. Consulate that killed him was largely devoted to the rising security threats in and around the city.
We met her in the car park of a small shopping mall on the edge of Mbabane, Swaziland's capital. She was too shy to get out of the car her friend had brought her in, too nervous of who might see, or what might be overheard.
This year Mali has struggled to cope with a prolonged drought and food crisis that is affecting large areas of the Sahel region of West Africa -- a situation made worse by a spreading internal conflict.
Throughout my travels with UNICEF -- from Angola, to Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Sudan and Uganda -- I have met countless young girls and boys whose bodies and minds have been permanently damaged because they were malnourished during the first 1,000 days of their lives.