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Ebola resurfaces in Democratic Republic of Congo

Listen / Men in the fog in a remote community in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).  UN Photo/Myriam Asmani

A fresh outbreak of Ebola  fever has killed 13 people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to UN sources in the country. The UN Mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO) has created an Ebola task force in response to the outbreak. Over 1000 people have died from the disease, which causes internal bleeding, [...]

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Children living with albinism face appalling human rights violations in Tanzania

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People living with albinism in Tanzania continue to face appalling human rights violations, with many being forced out of their homes for fear of being attacked by criminals in search of body parts for sale, according to the UN Human rights office. Alicia Londono from the UN Human Rights Office says efforts by authorities in [...]

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Work kills more people than wars, says head of ILO

Listen / Construction worker on site of Temporary UN North Lawn Building.  UN Photo/Evan Schneider

More people around the world die from work-related accidents and diseases than war, according to the Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO). Guy Ryder spoke at the start of the World Congress on Safety and Health at Work which opened in Frankfurt, Germany on Monday. Nearly 4,000 occupational safety experts, politicians and scientists from [...]

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Displaced Iraqis share transit camp with Syrian refugees

Listen / A former transit camp for Syrian refugees in northern Iraq is being reconfigured and expanded to meet the needs of a growing number of displaced people.  (UNHCR video capture)

A transit camp for Syrian refugees in Erbil, northern Iraq is making room for an influx of Iraqi citizens displaced by recent fighting, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The Darashakran Refugee camp is taking in Iraqis from Sinjar fleeing clashes between Kurdish troops and ISIL also known as the Islamic State. Meanwhile, thousands [...]

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Urgent need for aid in Ukraine as shelling continues in Lugansk

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The population of Lugansk in eastern Ukraine is in urgent need of aid because of the deteriorating humanitarian conditions in the city. That's according to the International Committee of the Red Cross or ICRC. Heavy shelling continues between separatist and government forces for control of the city. A Russian aid convoy arrived in Ukraine on [...]

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Educating children in Gaza remains priority for UN agency

Listen / Psycho-social support activity at Nablus Girl School Saida, Lebanon.  Monica P. Gonzalez/UNRWA Archives

Providing education to children in conflict-torn Gaza remains a priority for the UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA). That's what the Deputy Director of Operations for UNRWA in Gaza, Scott Anderson said on Sunday which should have been the first day of school in the territory. School bells rang in all 85 UNRWA emergency shelters [...]

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Displaced people live in "very dire" conditions in South Sudan's Unity State

Listen / UN Humanitarian Coordinator Toby Lanzer walking through flooded protection site at UNMISS base in Unity State capital Bentiu where more than 40,000 people are seeking shelter. Photo: UNMISS / JC Mcilwaine

Living conditions for displaced people at a United Nations base in Bentiu town in South Sudan's Unity State have been described by a senior UN official as "very dire". Toby Lanzer, the UN humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan led a delegation that included British and Dutch diplomats to assess the situation at a UN Protection [...]

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Militant groups in Iraq committing grave and horrific human rights violations

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The UN Human Rights Office has condemned the appalling, widespread and systematic human rights violations being committed in Iraq by the militant group Islamic State and its associated forces. The violations include targeted killings, forced conversions, abductions, trafficking, slavery, sexual abuse, destruction of places of religious and cultural significance, and the besieging of entire communities [...]

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