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Relief workers ability to deal with Gaza crisis reaches "breaking point"

Listen / Smoke and flames rise from Gaza's electricity distribution company plant after it was hit by Israeli strikes in the Nusseirat refugee camp, central Gaza Strip. UN Photo/Shareef Sarhan

The ability for relief workers to deal with the Gaza crisis has reached breaking point due to the huge numbers of displaced populations and the lack of basic necessities. Together with local authorities, the UN is appealing for $369 million to deliver aid. Forty-four percent of the Gaza Strip has been considered a "buffer zone" [...]

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UN in Iraq releases new casualty figures for July, civilian deaths high

Listen / The local mosque in a norther district of Iraq where many displaced Arab families have fled. Photo: UNHCR/K. Brooks

Over 1,700 Iraqi civilians were killed and close to 2,000 injured in acts of terrorism and violence in July. These new casualty figures were released by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) on Friday. However the total death toll during that period, including civilians and security forces, is 3,715. Baghdad is the worst [...]

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Annulment of anti-gay bill in Uganda a "victory for rule of law"

Listen / Stéphane Dujarric

The annulment of the anti-homosexuality legislation in Uganda is a victory for the rule of law. That's according to a statement issued by the Secretary-General through his Spokesperson, welcoming the move. The Constitutional Court of Uganda decided to annul the law over a lack of quorum when the bill was passed. It was challenged by [...]

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UN Chief condemns reported Hamas violation of Gaza truce

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN Photo/Mark Garten

The Secretary-General has condemned "in the strongest terms" the reported violation by Hamas of a mutually agreed humanitarian ceasefire which started Friday morning. In a statement released by his Spokesperson, Mr Ban Ki-moon expressed shock and profound disappointment by these developments. The Secretary-General noted that the UN has no independent means to verify exactly what [...]

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UN Mission in South Sudan battles crime in its IDP camps

Listen / IDP camp. UN Photo/Isaac Billy

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is erecting detention facilities for internally displaced people (IDPs) living on its protection sites who have committed crimes. People are detained for up to 72 hours after which they are either let off with a warning or handed to national authorities. The most common crimes committed are fighting [...]

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$369 million needed to meet urgent humanitarian needs in Gaza


Aid agencies working in the Gaza Strip are requesting $369 million to meet the urgent needs of people in the volatile area, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). A Gaza Crisis Appeal was launched on Friday by Palestinian authorities and United Nations officials in Ramallah city in central West [...]

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Humanitarian ceasefire reportedly violated by Gazan militants

Listen / Robert Serry. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

Authorities in Israel have reported a "serious incident" to the UN Special Envoy for the Middle East that took place early Friday morning before the start of the humanitarian ceasefire. All parties in the conflict had agreed to observe an unconditional 72-hour lull in the fighting from 8 am local time onwards. In a statement [...]

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Massai use radio as "door" to bring their issues to the open

Listen / Members of a Maasai traditional singing group, Kenya. UN Photo/Andi Gitow

The Maasai people in the Ngorongoro District of Tanzania are using radio to air their concerns and reach out to fellow Tanzanians so their particular situation can be better understood. The Maasai pastoralists are concerned about being pushed out of grazing areas to make way for tourism. Thanks to the UN cultural agency (UNESCO), a [...]

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Breastfeeding helps raise healthy kids and grow stronger families

Listen / Mother breastfeeds her baby.  Photo: UNICEF Philippines/2013/Kent Page

Breastfeeding is one of the simplest, smartest, and most cost-effective ways to raise healthy children and grow stronger families. Anthony Lake, the Executive Director of the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, shared the message for World Breastfeeding Week which starts on 1 August. The Week highlights the vital role the practice plays in the health and [...]

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