Afghan refugee's plight in seeking asylum

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Akhtar Azimi

Akhtar Azimi, a young Afghan migrant, has been travelling across continents for more than four years looking for a place to call home. He has been rejected for asylum in every country on his journey.  The UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Migrants is working with governments to facilitate migration and give refugees such as Akhtar the chance to make valuable contributions as citizens in new communities. UN Television has followed Akhtar intermittently for much of his journey. Pat Duffy picks up the story.

Afghans and Syrians top asylum seekers in industrialized countries

Young asylum-seekers in Bulgaria.

Nearly 480,000 people sought asylum in industrialized countries last year according to a new report from the UN refugee agency UNHCR. Afghans and Syrians top the list of asylum seekers and UNHCR is urging countries to keep their borders open as more and more people flee their homelands due to war and new or ongoing conflicts. Dianne Penn has more.

Rabies-an on-going problem in Asia and Africa

Dog showing his teeth

One person dies from rabies every 10 minutes on average, with the disease claiming 55,000 lives every year. Rabies is present on all continents with the exception of Antarctica, but more than 95 percent of human deaths occur in Asia and Africa. Dr. Francois-Xavier Meslin is with the Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva. He explained to UN Radio's Beng Poblete-Enriquez that rabies is an on-going problem and dogs are the main culprits. WHO highlights dog vaccination programmes as the most effective way to reduce the risk.

Presenter: Gerry Adams
Duration: 10'00"

Filed under UN Calling Asia.
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