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Women in South Sudan in "unimaginable" situation

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Mothers and young girls in South Sudan are facing what has been described as an "unimaginable" situation. The country continues to suffer from an internal conflict which has pitted government forces against rebels. The UN says that close to one million people have been forced to flee their homes. Mabingue Ngom, a senior director at [...]

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"Unimaginable" situation for women in South Sudan

Listen / Young girls in the South Sudan. Photo: UNESCO/BRAC

The situation of mothers and young girls in South Sudan has been described as "unimaginable" by the UN Population Fund, UNFPA. The agency says it needs an additional $14 million to provide emergency maternal assistance to pregnant mothers in the country. The Director of the UNFPA programme division in New York, Mabingue Ngom said the [...]

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South Sudan Government condemns attack on UN base

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An attack on a United Nations base in South Sudan has been condemned by the country's government. The UN Mission (UNMISS) said a mob of armed civilians forced entry into the UN camp in Bor in Jonglei State on Thursday morning and opened fire on the internally displaced people sheltering there. Dozens of people were [...]

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Reconciliation process in Central African Republic underway says UN expert

Listen / Displaced people gather in Bangui, CAR (Photo:S.Phelps)

An inclusive reconciliation process between rival communities in the Central African Republic is underway according to an independent UN human rights expert. Fighting between mainly Muslim and Christian communities has fuelled a conflict which began at the end of 2012. Thousands of people are believed to have been killed, and over two million are in [...]

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Rival communities begin reconciliation process in Central African Republic

Listen / Internally Displaced Children in Bangui, Central African Republic.  UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Rival communities in the Central African Republic are finding ways to work towards reconciliation according to a UN human rights expert. Thousands of people are believed to have been killed, and over two million need humanitarian aid as a result of the ongoing conflict between Christians and Muslims that began in December 2012. Speaking at [...]

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Bravery medal for peacekeepers considered by UN

Listen / A blue helmet surrounded by individual vases and lilies representing the fallen peacekeepers.  UN Photo/Daniel Vilnersson

A medal for peacekeepers who have demonstrated acts of bravery while serving with United Nations missions is being considered by the Security Council. The proposal was made by Jordan’s ambassador to the UN, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein, after watching a documentary on a Senegalese peacekeeper, Captain Mbaye Diagne. Captain Diagne is said to have [...]

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Rwandan genocide exhibit features "rebirth of a nation from ashes"

Listen / Opening of the Exhibit Kwibuka20 : Memory, Unity and Renewal in Rwanda After the Genocide, organized by Kwibuka and the Government of Rwanda
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An exhibition depicting the "dark period" of the 1994 Rwandan genocide and the country's remarkable journey to heal and rebuild has opened at the UN. "Kwibuka20: Memory, Unity & Renewal in Rwanda after the Genocide" is part of a series of remembrance activities at the United Nations that commemorate the 20th anniversary of the genocide [...]

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Papua New Guinea struggles to meet MDG poverty targets

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As countries around the world continue to push towards reaching the Millennium Development Goals or MDGs, there are a few states which are still struggling to meet the poverty targets. One of those is Papua New Guinea, a Pacific Ocean archipelago with a population of seven million people. Around 40 per cent are living below [...]

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Psychosocial support needed for displaced persons in South Sudan

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Displaced people in South Sudan are suffering from negative emotions, including fears and concerns, as well as uncertainty and confusion about the future. That's according to a new report by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) which assesses the psychosocial needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs) seeking protection in the UN peacekeeping compound in Bor. [...]

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South Sudan women unite for peace

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Women in South Sudan are calling on the Government and armed opposition groups to stop fighting and make peace. The country has been beset by conflict since last December leading to the displacement of a million people. In times of conflict, it is generally women who suffer most. In South Sudan, they are joining a [...]

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Small bite, big threat: UN scientists research reducing mosquito populations

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Scientists at the UN are looking at ways of suppressing insect populations around the world as a way to prevent a wide range of diseases, such as malaria and dengue. Mosquito born-diseases result in the deaths of a million people every year. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is currently developing a procedure called Sterile [...]

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