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Plight of people with albinism remains dire in Tanzania

Children as young as 12 months have been targeted in recent attacks. UN Photo/Marie Frechon

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Thursday called for increased protection for people with albinism. Navi Pillay's appeal came on the heels of a barbaric killing of a 40-year- old women with albinism from Tanzania. These attacks, which are often motivated by the use of body parts for ritual purposes, have claimed the [...]

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Over 30 million children in Africa are out of school: UNESCO

A child writing his alphabet.  UNESCO/Poulomi Basu

More than 30 million children in Africa are out of school, according to a report launched by the Tanzanian government and the UN cultural agency (UNESCO) in Dar es Salaam on Thursday. The 2014 Education for All Global Monitoring Report identifies the shortage of quality teachers as the key problem in the efforts to provide [...]

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Higher life expectancy for all but gaps between regions remain

Portrait of an elderly woman in Suai Loro, Timor-Leste.  2011.  UN Photo/Martine Perret

People everywhere are living longer, according to the latest global health statistics published by the World Health Organization (WHO). Based on worldwide averages, the report shows that a girl who was born in 2012 can expect to live to around 73 years, and a boy to the age of 68. This is six years longer [...]

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People with albinism in Tanzania need more protection: UN human rights chief

An Albino boy carries a baby in Oromi IDP camp, Kitgum District, northern Uganda, 17 May 2007.  © Manoocher Deghati/IRIN

An appeal for more protection for people with albinism in Tanzania has been made by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay. It follows what has been described as "the barbaric" murder on Monday of a 40-year old woman with albinism. It's thought her body parts were to be used in ritual potions. [...]

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Drought and conflict in Syria cut cereal production by over half

Wheat field.  UN Photo/Forte

The combination of drought conditions and conflict in Syria has resulted in a significant drop in the production of wheat and barley, two of the country's most important food crops. That's according to the latest report of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). FAO Economist Monika Tothova says it is difficult to come up [...]

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Life expectancy up globally says UN health agency

A 90-year old man in Tunisia.  1982.  Credit: UN Photo/Kate Schafer

Life expectancy around the world is on the increase, according to the World Health Statistics 2014 report published on Thursday. The World Health Organization (WHO), which launched the study, says the greatest progress in life expectancy has been in low-income countries. WHO says one of the reasons for the improvement is that fewer children are [...]

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Over half of population in Yemen in need of relief aid

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More than half of the population of Yemen is in need of some form of humanitarian assistance, according to a senior UN official in the country. The Middle Eastern country continues to work towards building a federal state and forge ahead with democratic reform. Thousands of people have been displaced in Yemen as government forces [...]

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Maasai people facing loss of land

A Maasai traditional music group, Kenya. UN Photo/Andi Gitow

The Maasai people of East Africa are facing the threat of land dispossession according to an activist from this indigenous community. Yannick Ndoinyo, Executive Director the Tanzania-based IrkiRamat Foundation, is attending this year's session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues which began in New York on Monday. According to Mr. Ndoinyo, the Maasai [...]

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International Day of Families celebrated at UN

UN Photo/B Wolff

Strengthening families as units of societies can help to move countries to the next stage of development, according to the representative of a Kenyan non-governmental organization. The comment was made as the United Nations commemorates the International Day of Families on 15 May to recognize their contributions to societies. Raymond Mutura of Voice of the Family in [...]

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Family unit fundamental to development goals

Family in Burkina Faso. UN Photo/Ollivier Girard

Families are fundamental to attaining development goals according to a senior development worker who's in New York to mark the annual UN International Day of Families. Raymond Mutura is joining experts from around the world to discuss the role of families in the post-2015 development agenda, the theme of the commemoration. Daniel Dickinson asked Mr [...]

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