News in Brief 13 April 2015 (AM)

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A group of refugees in Diffa, Niger, after fleeing Boko Haram violence in Nigeria. Photo: OCHA/Franck Kuwonu

UN and African experts call for decisive steps to bring back abducted children

A group of UN and African human rights experts have deplored the continued captivity of girls abducted one year ago in Chibok.

On Monday they called on the Boko Haram terrorist group to immediately release them as well as the numerous other children who have since been captured in Nigeria.

In April 2014, 276 girls were abducted at gunpoint from their secondary school during a violent raid in north-eastern Nigeria.

To date, only 57 girls have reportedly managed to escape.

Destruction of archaeological site in Iraq condemned by UNESCO

Acts of destruction at the archaeological site of Nimrud in Iraq have been condemned by the UN cultural agency, UNESCO.

A video showing the destruction in graphic detail was recently circulated on social media channels.

Irina Bokova, the head of UNESCO, said the video confirmed that terrorists are not only destroying representations of figures and bas-reliefs, they are obliterating the site itself to wipe out all traces of the history of Iraq's people.

Immunization campaign targets 5.8 million children in Iraq

A 5-day nationwide polio immunization campaign targeting 5.8 million children began in Iraq on Sunday, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

It has been more than a year since the last case of polio was reported in the country, which has the highest risk for the disease in the region.

The new campaign aims to vaccinate every child under 5 years of age.

Around 24 000 health workers will reportedly conduct house-to-house visits.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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