News in Brief 04 May 2015 (AM)

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Child from South Sudan and her mother. Photo: UNHCR/R. R. Thot

Ratification of children's treaty by South Sudan welcomed

The ratification by South Sudan of the Convention on the Rights of the Child has been welcomed by the UN.

The Convention was adopted more than 25 years ago and sets out children's right to life, health, education and to play, as well as the right to family life.

It is the most widely ratified international human rights treaty.

The United States and Somalia are the only countries that have not ratified the Convention, although Somalia has started the process.

Civilians continue to pay heavy price for conflict in Iraq

More than 800 Iraqis were killed and another 1,700 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in the country in April.

The figures from the UN mission in Iraq, UNAMI, show the largest number of civilian casualties was in Anbar Governorate.

Parts of Anbar have been occupied over the past year by fighters of the terrorist group, ISIL.

126,000 Sierra Leoneans to receive cash grants

Around 126,000 of the poorest people in Sierra Leone are to benefit from a new cash transfer programme.

The cash grants will enable families, Ebola survivors and other vulnerable people to buy food, send children to school, and protect assets such as livestock.

The programme which is costing almost US$8.5 million is supported by the World Bank, the Government of Sierra Leone and the UN Children's Fund.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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