Rejuvenate indigenous language says youth from Asia


Meenakshi Munda, President of the Asia Pacific Indigenous Youth Network (APIYN)

The indigenous people's language and culture are being threatened, says Meenakshi Munda, an indigenous youth from the Munda community of Jharkhand, India. As President of the Asia Pacific Indigenous Youth Network (APIYN), Meenakshi is attending an expert group meeting on indigenous youth here in New York. Beng Poblete-Enriquez caught up with her and discussed some issues of concern to the indigenous youth in Asia.

UN aid chief in Afghanistan hopes country does not become "a forgotten humanitarian situation"

Afghan girls

Ongoing insecurity, widespread displacement, poor access, remote communities and high exposure to natural disasters: these are just some of the obstacles to providing humanitarian aid in Afghanistan. The Afghan government and its humanitarian partners this week launched a $471 million appeal to assist the country, which consistently ranks low on various development indices. They hope it will be well received as the last appeal was less than half funded.  Dianne Penn reports on the press conference announcing the launch which was held in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul.

Rebuilding after Typhoon Bopha

The Philippines ranks third among the top three major disaster-prone countries after the Pacific Island States of Vanuatu and Tonga says IOM, the International Office for Migration. Typhoon Bopha, which ravaged the Philippines late last year, killed over a thousand people and displaced at least 800,000. IOM says it was the deadliest storm globally in 2012 and the most powerful to hit southern Mindanao in more than 100 years causing massive destruction to homes and basic infrastructure. But along with this devastating loss to lives and property, the International Labour Organization (ILO), says Typhoon Bopha's winds also blew away the livelihoods of the people, as we hear from this piece prepared by ILO's Karen Naets-Sekiguchi.

Presenter: Beng Poblete-Enriquez

Duration: 10'00"

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