News in Brief 11 August 2015 (PM)

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More must be done to protect youngsters from child sexual abuse. File Photo: UNICEF

Pakistan case highlights need for more action against child sexual abuse

Reports of widespread child sexual abuse in the Kasur district of Pakistan show that more must be done to protect youngsters from these horrors, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday.

Hundreds of children were reportedly abused over several years by a group who filmed the acts and then attempted to blackmail the youngsters or their parents.

UNICEF is in contact with the government and expressed hope that every effort will be made to bring those responsible to justice.

The agency also stressed the importance of children and families receiving the necessary care and protection that will allow them to heal from these incidents.

Promoting peace and dialogue in South Sudan

People in South Sudan have been encouraged by the top UN official in the country to refrain from violence and to promote community dialogue.

Ellen Margrethe Løj, head of the UN Mission in South Sudan, UNMISS, visited Warrap State on Tuesday where she reaffirmed the organization's commitment to the world's youngest nation.

South Sudan became independent in July 2011 but has been plagued by fighting stemming from a December 2013 political battle between the president and former vice-president.

This has resulted in mass displacement, with more than two million people fleeing their homes.

Food aid reaches more than 200,000 Myanmar flood victims

UN agencies are assisting the Myanmar government and local organizations in providing food aid to approximately 435,000 people in the wake of deadly floods, the World Food Programme (WFP) reported.

So far, more than 213,000 people have received supplies of rice, chickpeas, cooking oil, salt and, in some cases, high-energy biscuits.

As many as 100 people have died as a result of the floods which began in June due to monsoon rains, coupled with a cyclone that hit the country earlier this month.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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