News in Brief 23 January 2017 (PM)

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In Gogjali, on the eastern fringes of Mosul, a young girl stands by her family’s belongings after fleeing the city earlier that morning. Photo: UNHCR/Ivor Prickett (file photo)

Mosul displaced tops 160,000

More than 161,000 people have been displaced as a result of ongoing fighting in the Iraqi city of Mosul, the UN announced on Monday.

The Iraqi military and its allies are attempting to liberate the northern city which has been under the grip of the terrorist group ISIL since 2014.

UN humanitarian partners on Sunday delivered aid packages containing ready-to-eat food, hygiene materials and other items, to 4,500 people in one of the newly-liberated neighborhoods of eastern Mosul.

UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric has more:

"Overall, between 16 and 22 January, some 56,000 people living in newly accessible east Mosul city neighbourhoods received aid packages from UN and its partners. Access missions by humanitarian partners continue. An access mission to north-eastern Mosul neighbourhoods, which is underway today, will assess the level of explosive hazard contamination around water treatment facilities."

Mobile technology gives voice to young refugees in Pakistan

Mobile technology will be used soon to empower young refugees living in Pakistan.

That's according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) which will use a mobile-based social monitoring tool to help youth there to strengthen community development and engagement.

Pakistan is hosting more than one million displaced Afghans, 64 per cent of whom are under 25.

The agencies say the platform, known as U-Report PakAvaz, creates a safe space for young refugees to have a voice as they can use it to report on issues relevant to their communities via text, Twitter and Facebook.

UNICEF and UNHCR will work with telecom providers, community partners, non-governmental organizations and youth-led networks to create a network of so-called "refugee U-Reporters" in Pakistan.

WFP lauds German funding contributions in 2016

Germany contributed a record 791.5 million euros to the World Food Programme last year; funds which the UN agency used to feed millions of hungry people across the globe.

WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin acknowledged what the agency has described as the "all-time record" in terms of support from the country, during a visit to Berlin on Monday.

The German funding also included the single largest contribution ever to a WFP operation, with 570 million euros going to restoring food assistance to nearly six million people in Syria and neighbouring countries.

The WFP chief said: "Whether to families affected by the Syrian crisis, in drought-stricken southern Africa, or across Yemen and Ethiopia, Germany's generosity provides not only food assistance but is an opportunity to make hunger a thing of the past."

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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