UN CALLING ASIA: Best-selling author calls for global support for Syrian refugees in Iraq

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The Best-selling author, Khaled Hosseini has called for more global support for Syrian refugees living in Iraq. Mr Hosseini, who is a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), is also a former refugee from Afghanistan. He visited two camps in northern Iraq which are home to around 20,000 Syrians. Like millions of their compatriots, they have been forcibly displaced by the ongoing civil war in Syria. The author who wrote "The Kite Runner" talked to refugees, including Payman, an aspiring young writer. Warda Al Jawahiry reports from Kawergosk camp.

Southeast Asian countries benefit from Mekong River

The Mekong River is an important resource for millions of people in Asia as it runs through China, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. This poses a challenge for the countries to ensure that all the people in the region benefit from its rich and diverse ecosystems. The issue is even more important as some countries look at ways of generating hydropower. UN Radio's Derrick Mbatha discussed the importance of this river with Andrew Hudson, Head of the Water and Ocean Governance Programme at the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

Vaccines guarded against natural disasters in refrigerators in the Philippines

Vaccines are being guarded in refrigerators against future natural disasters in the Philippines, according to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The move follows the destruction wreaked by Typhoon Haiyan, which tore through the Philippines in November 2013. Health clinics were destroyed, the cold chain disrupted and temperature-sensitive vaccines ruined. One of UNICEF's first interventions following the typhoon was to restore the cold chain, to keep vaccines cool so they wouldn't spoil. During this year's World Immunization Week, from 24-30 April, the UN is encouraging people to get the vaccines they need, when they need them. Thomas Nybo reports from Tanauan in the Philippines.

Presenter: Stephanie Coutrix
Production Assistant:  Beng Poblete-Enriquez
Duration: 10'00"

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