News in Brief 30 March 2015 (PM)

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UNMISS personnel conducting a security sweep in its Juba camp to rid it of weapons and smuggled goods, including military and police uniforms. Photo: UNMISS/Isaac Bill (file)

UN welcomes deployment of British Royal Air Force aircraft to South Sudan

The temporary deployment of a British Royal Air Force C-130 aircraft to South Sudan has been welcomed by the UN Mission in the country, UNMISS.

The aircraft, which arrived in Juba on Sunday, will conduct daily flights to Malakal in Upper Nile State.

It will reportedly enable the delivery of vital supplies and vehicles to the UNMISS base and its Protection of Civilians' site.

The operation is expected to last until mid-April to prepare for the rainy season when 60 per cent of the roads in South Sudan will be impassable and Malakal will be mostly reachable by river barges.

Kuwait recognized as key UNICEF partner in Syria

The State of Kuwait has contributed nearly US$90 million to provide life-saving assistance to children impacted by the ongoing conflict in Syria, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

Through Kuwait's support, UNICEF says it was able to reach 8.6 million Syrians with direct emergency support.

The UN further estimates that around 3.7 million children were able to access education, inside Syria and in host communities through the funding received.

Iraqi IDPs to get shelter and basic services

A project in Iraq to support internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the country has been launched by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat.

The agency said that this was made possible through the support of the Government of Japan.

The project seeks to improve living conditions for IDPs through the provision of prefabricated durable shelters and basic services in Baghdad, Dohuk and Kerbala Governorates.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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