News in Brief 26 August 2016 (AM)

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In 2015, a young boy eats a sandwich made by volunteers helping at a refugee registration site set up by UNHCR on the Greek border. Photo: UNICEF/Georgiev

Refugee children facing a "double crisis" in Greece says UNICEF

Refugee children who are stranded in Greece are facing a "double crisis", according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

The agency said on Friday that around 27,500 children were currently in Greece having fled countries such as Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Nearly 2,300 have arrived so far in August, exceeding July's figure of just over 1,900.

UNICEF's Sarah Crowe has just returned from Greece and told reporters that it was critical to get refugee children back to school.

"There's a real sense that children are facing a double crisis because they are stranded in Greece, they are not able to move on and now they have growing needs, of education, of health and so on. So we really are making a strong effort now to put in place proper learning facilities."

She said that 2,250 children in Greece were unaccompanied, and UNICEF was concerned about the risk of exploitation.

Aid truck delivering humanitarian supplies to Aleppo attacked

An aid truck delivering humanitarian supplies to the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo, has been attacked, injuring one aid worker, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

At a press briefing in Geneva, IOM said that despite the on-going fighting its staff on the ground had been able to reach 7,500 internally displaced in both west and east Aleppo since 11 August.

Joel Millman said that the aid truck was hit on Monday.

"Despite security precautions one truck carrying IOM aid was targeted, destroying the cargo of humanitarian supplies inside, and injuring one aid worker. The security risks remain pretty high and this is one of several cases like this that have affected IOM deliveries around the world just in the last few months."

Students say they are "better prepared" to report on Somali elections

Students who attended a two-day workshop on election reporting in Somalia, organized by the UN Mission there (UNSOM) say they now feel "better prepared" to cover the story.

Somalis are due to go to the polls for historic parliamentary elections in October.

During the workshop held in Baidoa, the young  journalism students learnt about electoral rules, press freedom, and the UN's role in the whole election process.

Radio journalist Shukri Ismail Ahmed said that they had "learnt a lot" during the training including "how to report in an unbiased, accurate and professional fashion."

He added that they had been taught about the importance of empowering women in the upcoming vote, which will see 30 per cent of all seats in parliament reserved for female representatives.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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