UN Calling Asia: focus on Afghan casualties, Myanmar floods and child trafficking in Nepal

Family in northern Afghanistan’s Faryab province. Photo: UNHCR/S. Sisomsack

Afghan casualty figures mask "horrendous" consequences, says mission head

Nearly 5,000 Afghan civilians have been killed or injured as a result of ongoing violence in the country in the first six months of the year, according to a UN report released Wednesday. Mortar attacks, improvised explosive devices and other lethal weapons are behind the figures, which were compiled by the UNAMA, the United Nations Assistant Mission in Afghanistan. UNAMA head Nicholas Haysom called the report's findings "truly horrendous", before telling Setyo Budi that it's time to focus on the terrible price paid by families, communities and survivors.

Myanmar battles deadly flooding

Residents survey the damage caused by cyclone Komen that swept across western Myanmar. Photo: WFP

Monsoon flooding in Myanmar has killed nearly 70 people and affected more than 250,000, the United Nations said on Wednesday.UN agencies and their partners have been assisting the country in responding to the disaster.The UN humanitarian affairs office (OCHA) says despite blocked roads and dangerous river conditions, assessment teams have reached remote areas in the west of the country that have been most affected.For an update, Dianne Penn spoke to Pierre Péron, OCHA spokesperson based in the capital, Yangon.

Nepali families unknowingly send their children to child traffickers

© UNICEF Nepal/2015/Newar

Lured by promises of education and health care, families affected by the earthquake in Nepal are unknowingly sending their children to facilities which exploit them. Youths are also being lured by traffickers who offer fake opportunities to work abroad. That's according to Virginia Perez, Chief of Child Protection in Nepal for the UN children's agency, UNICEF. UNICEF is working with local police to intercept young people and return them to their families. Siobhán Garside asked Ms Perez if child trafficking had been a problem in Nepal prior to the earthquake in April.

Presenter: Dianne Penn
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10’00

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