News in Brief 14 November 2016 (PM)

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WFP strives to reach all those affected by the Mosul crisis in Iraq. Photo: WFP/Marco Frattini

Space in UN camps "keeping pace" with Mosul displaced

With hundreds of internally-displaced civilians fleeing the Iraqi city of Mosul every day, space in UN camps is keeping up with rising demand, for the time being.

That's according to the World Food Programme (WFP) on Monday, which reported that more than 54,000 have had to leave their homes in and around the city, since the offensive to retake Mosul from ISIL began a month ago.

Here's more from UN Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq .

"This is an increase of 6,600 people since 11 November. About three quarters of the displaced families are sheltered in camps and one quarter in host communities. Available spaces in formal camps are still keeping pace with displacements."

"Overuse and misuse" is focus of World Antibiotic Awareness Week

The "overuse and misuse" of powerful antibiotics in humans and animals, means that so-called "superbugs" are developing immunity to the drugs and spreading.

That's the key message behind World Antibiotic Awareness Week, which began on Monday.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said it hopes to "encourage best practices among the general public, health workers, policy-makers and the agricultural sector."

WHO added it was vital to "change the way we use these medicines".

The campaign, using #AntibioticResistance, will feature 13 real-life stories of people around the world who have been affected.

Each year, an estimated 700,000 people die due to drug-resistant infections, mostly in developing countries.

Dr Bernhard Schwartländer, WHO Representative in China, said that in 20 years' time, treatments such as chemotherapy or even simple surgery, could become impossible.

"We are facing a future where a cough or cut could kill once again," he added.

More than 200 renowned writers pen "tiny stories" for children

More than 200 prominent writers from around the world are turning their talents to so-called "tiny stories", only seven lines long, to highlight the injustices faced by children.

The UN Children's Fund or UNICEF campaign, is to highlight Universal Children's Day, and will kick off the fund's 70th year commemorations.

The short stories will be shared by celebrated writers, who have their own social media audiences; a format first introduced by the First Lady of Finland, Jenni Haukio.

The Nigerian author, Chimamanda Adichie, said she was honoured to be advocating for the "protection of precious rights of children all over the world," through the "simplicity of storytelling."

The writers range from the genres of fairy tales, to adult fiction, including one of the world's youngest published authors, 7-year-old South African, Michelle Mkamankeng.

The stories, written in ten different languages, are being published at a time when there are increasing global threats to child rights, said UNICEF.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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