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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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Men in the Philippines stand up against gender-based violence

Listen / UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Men in the Philippines are actively engaged in their communities to tackle gender-based violence, according to the Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the UN. Ambassador Libran N. Cabactulan was referring to MOVE, a leading men's group involved in gender advocacy since 2006. At a UN event to encourage people to help end sexual violence [...]

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Fresh start for Somali families displaced by decades of conflict

Listen / A young Somali refugee. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Over 800 families in Somaliland in the Horn of Africa who were displaced by decades of insecurity are making a fresh start in a newly established community. Digaale is on the outskirts of Hargeysa, the capital of Somaliland and provides residents with a whole range of services that they have found difficult to access as [...]

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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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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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Trash helping to light up the Philippines

Listen / Illac Diaz (UN in Action video capture)

Turning on a light at the flick of a switch is something many people around the world take for granted. But for one fifth of the world’s population, it’s simply not an option, relegating them to a life of what's been called “energy poverty”. One man in the Philippines is making his dream of spreading [...]

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