News in Brief 29 March 2016 (AM) – Geneva

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The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) peacekeepers in Likuangole Payam, Jonglei State. Photo: UNMISS

Thousands more South Sudanese flee conflict and food shortages

In South Sudan, food insecurity and growing unrest have forced nearly 40,000 people to flee the country and head for its northern neighbour, Sudan, in recent weeks.

The information comes from UN Refugee Agency the (UNHCR), which is concerned by the number of people who've been leaving South Sudan, particularly from north-western Bahr El Ghazal and Warrap states.

The displaced have been arriving in East and South Darfur and many risked their lives getting there, according to UNHCR's Adrian Edwards.

"Many of the people arriving in …have arrived in very poor conditions…but clearly already great difficulties..people have had trouble accessing food along the route…they need basic help, basic relief."

Sudan is already home to about 300,000 South Sudanese who remained in the country after it declared independence in 2011.

Another 200,000 South Sudanese have sought refuge in Sudan since conflict erupted at the end of 2013.

UNHCR now says that it is worried that its 2016 regional relief appeal is only three per cent funded.

Stories of refugee, migrant children depicted in "Unfairy Tales" series

A series of animated films telling the true stories of refugee and migrant children fleeing conflict has been launched by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

At least 65 million children and young people are globally on the move escaping poverty, conflict and extreme weather, the agency says.

The Unfairy Tales, which show the reality of the life of a refugee child aim to drive home the message that "children are children, no matter where they come from, and that every child has rights and deserves a fair chance".

One story describes a young Syrian girl's trip on a leaky boat crossing the Mediterranean into Europe.

The stories are part of an initiative where people are asked to show #actofhumanity towards refugees and migrant children.

Syria refugee resettlement takes centre stage at UN event

As the Syria conflict enters its sixth year and the European refugee crisis shows no signs of slowing, a new UN event is preparing to tackle the problem head on.

Taking place in Geneva and featuring representations from 92 countries, the aim of Wednesday's high-level meeting is to explore how to resettle one in 10 Syrians – well over 450,000 people.

To date, shelter for well under half that number of places has been pledged by the international community.

Here's Adrian Edwards, from UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, which wants to see more innovative approaches to the problem.

"The focus is the need for expanded multi-year programmes not just of resettlement, but of other forms of humanitarian admission too, including involving countries that really haven't been a traditional part of the resettlement landscape."

The event is expected to focus on novel approaches and alternatives to resettlement, including private sponsorship, academic scholarships and family reunions.

Daniel Johnson, United Nations, Geneva.

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