News in Brief 10 March 2015 (AM)

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Child soldiers in South Sudan. Photo: UNICEF South Sudan/Marinetta Peru (file)

Recruitment of child soldiers in South Sudan a concern for UN envoy

Authorities in South Sudan's Upper Nile State have once again heard the UN's concerns about reports of the recruitment of child soldiers in the country.

The concerns were conveyed by the head of the UN Mission in the country, Ellen Margrethe Loej who visited Malakal, the capital of the State on Tuesday.

She stressed the importance of holding accountable all those who engage in what she called "this unacceptable practice.

Dramatic setbacks in human and economic development reported in Syria

There have been dramatic setbacks in human and economic development in Syria as a result of the ongoing conflict which is entering its fifth year.

That's according to a report released by Syrian Centre for Policy Research with the support of the UN Development Programme and the UN agency for Palestinian Refugees.

According to the report, since the start of the conflict, the Syrian economy has lost more than US$200 billion, and the country is plagued by 58 per cent of unemployment.

Madagascar faces deteriorating food security

Madagascar is facing deteriorating food security as a result of major climate shocks, notably floods and landslides, according to the World Food Programme (WFP).

The situation has reportedly been worsened by drought especially in seven districts in the south of the country.

WFP warns that 200,000 people, including 40,000 children are facing the threat of food shortages.

The agency is aiming to help alleviate the situation, starting with 136,000 people, especially those most at risk such as children and pregnant women.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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