News in Brief 3 June 2015 (PM)

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The Protection of Civilians (POC) site near Bentiu, in Unity State, South Sudan. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine (file)

UN Security Council has "grave concern" for South Sudan

The security and humanitarian situation in South Sudan has been described as of "grave concern" by the 15 members of the UN Security Council.

It follows the decision by the authorities to expel the Humanitarian Coordinator for the UN Mission in the country.

South Sudan continues to suffer from instability and conflict as fighting continues between government and rebel forces.

The UN World Food Programme has said a combination of conflict, high food prices and a worsening economic crisis is leading to the worst levels of food insecurity in the young country's history.

Middle East and North Africa only region where undernourishment increased

The Middle East and North Africa is the only region in the world to have seen its overall prevalence of undernourishment increase compared to a quarter of a century ago.

That's according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO.

The UN's food agency says conflicts and protracted crises in Iraq, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, as well as the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, are the reason why some 33 million people in the region are chronically undernourished.

This is twice the number of people compared to 1990.

Palestinian refugee families to gain access to new housing units

Palestinian refugee families living in substandard dwellings, and owners of homes demolished in last year's hostilities in Gaza, are to gain access to shelter under a UN-backed project.

The UN agency for Palestine refugees, UNRWA, announced that the project will provide a total of  600 new housing units.

It is funded by the United Arab Emirates Red Crescent at a cost of almost US$20 million.

Almost half of the eligible refugees are those who are living in shelters in Gaza.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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