News in Brief 14 October 2015 (PM)

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Displaced Syrian children play among tents at the Domiz refugee camp. File Photo: UNHCR/B. Sokol

Children's situations in conflict zones worsening due to "increasing disregard for international law"

An "increasing disregard for international law" in many conflict situations around the world has led to a worsening of the plight of children. That's according to the UN's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui.

In her annual report to the General Assembly, Ms Zerrougui said that conflict and violence is rising worldwide – and that children are paying a high price as a result. Ms Zerrougui noted that almost half of all refugees and displaced persons feeling conflict are children.

Food assistance reaches 30,000 newly displaced in Central African Republic

More than 30,000 people who've fled their homes in the Central African Republic have finally received food assistance. Violence in parts of the country had forced the World Food Programme (WFP) to shut down its operations for several days, leaving tens of thousands cut off from food assistance.

According to WFP, even before the latest escalation in violence, about one in four people in CAR were in urgent need of food.

Ebola survivors need "comprehensive support"

Survivors of Ebola should be given "comprehensive support" to minimize the risk of a re-emergence of the killer virus, despite the "very low" chance of this happening, UN health experts said Wednesday.

The recommendation, by the World Health Organization (WHO), follows the publication of research by the New England Journal of Medicine, indicating that Ebola virus has been found in one survivor in Sierra Leone, more than nine months after infection.

Ebola has caused nearly 11,300 deaths, although no new cases have been reported for two consecutive in the west African countries worst affected by the outbreak.

Veronica Reeves, United Nations.

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