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Secretary-General calls for increased protection for humanitarian workers

Listen / Humanitarian worker in Pakistan

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has repeated his call for greater protection for humanitarian workers. Speaking in the Security Council on Monday, World Humanitarian Day, Mr. Ban stated that attacks against aid workers are war crimes. World Humanitarian Day 2013 also marks 10 years since the bombing of UN headquarters in Baghdad in which 22 [...]

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Humanitarian actors urged to find ways to help those in terrorist-restricted areas

Listen / Valerie Amos

Important steps had been taken by the Security Council to implement its commitment to protect civilians, says UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos. Speaking by video-conference from Rio de Janeiro to a meeting of the UN Security Council in New York marking the 10th anniversary of the bombing of the Baghdad Canal Hotel in Iraq, [...]

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Internally displaced Somali women continue to face sexual and gender-based violence

Listen / A woman walks on a street in the Madina district of Mogadishu, Somalia .  UN Photo/Tobin Jones

Sexual and gender- based violence have been pervasive in Somalia, according to the spokesperson for the Office of the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Jens Laerke added that during the first half of the year, 800 cases were reported in Mogadishu alone, and the internally displaced Somali women continue to be the most affected. He [...]

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United Nations honours memory of staff who sacrificed for peace

Listen / UN marks 10th anniversary of Baghdad bombing

The United Nations on Monday observed World Humanitarian Day to honour the memory of all staff who have made the ultimate sacrifice for peace. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad in which 22 staff members died. Events have been held around the world to raise [...]

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Maritime treaty protects rights of all seafarers

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The rights of all people who work on vessels will now be protected under international law when the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC) comes into effect on Tuesday. The treaty covers all seafarers, including those who work aboard cruise ships. Patrick Moser reports from the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva. Mention the word "seafarer" [...]

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UN commemorates World Humanitarian Day

Listen / Wreath-laying ceremony commemorating tenth anniversary of attack on UN headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq.UN Photo/Evan Schneider

With the theme "The World Needs More…" World Humanitarian Day was observed in a ceremony at the United Nations on the 19th of August. The day honours aid workers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. It also commemorates the 19th of August 2003 as the day 22 UN staff members were [...]

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UN fund allocates $10 million to assist displaced people in northwest Pakistan

Listen / Displaced girls at Jalala camp collect food from a central distribution centre. Photo: UNHCR/H.Caux

More than one million people displaced by insecurity over the past five years in north-western Pakistan will be the beneficiaries of a $10 million allocation from a United Nations humanitarian fund. The money will support food aid, sanitation and hygiene services and emergency primary care in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. In [...]

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UN envoy responds to rape allegations against AMISOM troops

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Nicholas Kay, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Somalia, has expressed grave concern over allegations of rape at a military facility of AMISOM, the African Union Mission in Somalia. He welcomes the announcements by the Somali Government and by AMISOM, of the establishment of an investigation into the allegations of rape made against [...]

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Thousands of Syrian refugees stream into Iraq

Listen / Newly arrived Syrian refugees in Jordan after crossing the border. [Photo: UNHCR/J. Kohler]

Close to 20,000 Syrians have crossed the border into northern Iraq since Thursday last week, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). Refugees interviewed by the agency said they were fleeing fighting involving various armed groups and increasing tension in areas of northern Syria including Efrin, Aleppo, Hassake and Qamishly. UNHCR has sent 37 [...]

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"Human river" of Syrians streams into northern Iraq, says UN refugee agency

Listen / Thousands of people flowed from Syria across the Peshkhabour border crossing into Iraq's Dohuk Governorate © UNHCR/G.Gubaeva

About 20,000 Syrians have streamed into northern Iraq in the last few days, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). The agency says this is one of the biggest crossings of refugees into a neighbouring country during the Syrian crisis. Many of the refugees are telling UNHCR that they are fleeing fighting involving various armed [...]

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