News in Brief 01 May 2015 (AM)

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Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos (right) alongside European Union Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides, in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu. Photo: UN OCHA Asia Pacific

UN humanitarian chief encouraged by "generosity and solidarity" in Nepal

The response to the devastating earthquake which struck Nepal, killing over 5,500 people has been marked by "generosity and solidarity" the UN humanitarian chief has said.

Valerie Amos is currently in the country to review the damage caused by the tremor.

The UN and its partners launched a US$415 million flash appeal earlier this week.

So far, more than US$50 million has been provided.

Meanwhile a plane chartered by the World Food Programme (WFP) carrying 50 metric tons of high-energy biscuits has arrived in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal.

South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia passes 200,000

The number of South Sudanese refugees who have fled to Ethiopia has passed the 200,000 mark according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

The agency says more people are expected as the fighting continues in South Sudan.

The number of refugees arriving has increased from some 1,000 people a month in the first quarter of this year to more than 4,000 in April.

Children at risk in Burundi

Children are at risk of bearing the brunt of the confrontations in and around Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, according to the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF.

Reports of violations of children's rights have been received since the start of street protests on 26 April.

They include reports of children being detained and suffering injuries in protests

One child was killed.

UNICEF says protecting children and upholding their rights is a shared responsibility, including of government and security forces.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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