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UNICEF: 24,600 children stranded in Europe "suffering psychologically"

Listen / Mariem, 8, a refugee from the Syrian Arab Republic, in her family's shelter in Pikpa Village, an open refugee camp run by volunteers outside of Mytilini, Lesvos, Greece. © UNICEF/UN057954/Gilbertson VII Photo

Around 75,000 refugees and migrants, including an estimated 24,600 children, who are stranded in transit points across Europe are at risk of suffering major psychological stress. That's according to the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, which said the situation was particularly bad for single mothers and children. Matthew Wells has more. The refugee and migrant children [...]

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News in Brief 3 May 2017 (PM)

Listen / A woman from the Kassab camp for Internal Displaced Persons (IDP), in Kutum, North Darfur, shows her sorrow for the increase of rapes in the area. Photo: UNAMID/Albert González Farran

  Conflict-related sexual violence victims need national recognition: UN report Victims of conflict and terrorism-related sexual violence need greater national recognition in order to help relieve the stigma that they suffer. That's one of the overarching policy recommendations from the latest Report of the UN Secretary-General on conflict-related sexual violence. Survivors of such crimes should [...]

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New WFP chief hears stories of loss in Syria, Lebanon

Listen / Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley (centre) and Regional Director Muhannad Hadi (left) speaking to Nagwan, a 73-year-old woman displaced from her home in Syria. She depends on WFP food assistance. Photo: WFP/Abeer Etefa

The new Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) has been hearing for himself "heart-breaking stories" of loss and need in conflict-affected Syria. David Beasley, a former governor of the US state of South Carolina, has just finished a three-day visit to the war-torn country, as well as Lebanon, which is hosting more than [...]

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UN Daily News Programme 3 May 2017

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Listen to a bulletin of news and features from the United Nations, with Dianne Penn and Matthew Wells. In today's programme: an Eritrean journalist is the winner of a UN-backed award honouring press freedom; and: South Sudan women fight gender-based violence.  

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Jailed Eritrean journalist awarded UN-backed press freedom prize

Listen / Dawit Isaak in Sweden circa 1987-88. © Kalle Ahlsén

An imprisoned Eritrean-born journalist whose current whereabouts are not known has won a UN-backed award that celebrates freedom of the press. Dawit Isaak is the recipient of the 2017 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize, presented on Wednesday in Jakarta. Mr Isaak, who is also a citizen of Sweden, was known for his critical and [...]

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IOM photographer puts human face on inhumane Somalia drought

Listen / Built from aluminium and fabric on the outskirts of Hargesia, Somaliland, family lives in their 30 year-old  makeshift home. Photo credit: Muse Mohammed,

In November 2016, rains failed for the third year in a row in some parts of Somalia, resulting in a drought that has put millions at risk of famine. Muse Mohammed, a Multimedia Officer with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), has returned from a month-long assignment there to document the impact on people and [...]

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News in Brief 3 May 2017 (AM)

Listen / Elbio Rosselli. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

Security Council demonstrates "commitment" to UN Mission in Colombia The UN Security Council has embarked on an official visit to Colombia to "demonstrate its commitment" to the special UN Mission established there in support of the peace process. Council members will hold meetings with the government, the UN Mission, monitoring and verification bodies, leaders of [...]

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Eritrea must free prize-winning writer: UN expert

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The more than decade-and-a-half long detention of journalist Dawit Isaac in Eritrea must end, a UN investigator said on Wednesday. In her call to the authorities on World Press Freedom Day, Sheila Keetharuth also called for all other journalists held unlawfully there to be freed immediately. Isaac, who has been awarded the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World [...]

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Media critical to development and peace in Afghanistan: UN official

Listen / National Media Conference on Journalist Safety and Security in Kabul. Photo: Fardin Waezi from UNAMA

Without freedom of the press, an "informed and engaged" public would not be possible, the head of the UN mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, said on Wednesday. Tadamichi Yamamoto was speaking at an event in the capital, Kabul, marking World Press Freedom Day, observed annually on 3 May. He also underlined the critical role of journalists [...]

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South Sudan women fight back against gender-based violence

Listen / The UNMISS Japanese engineering contingent has been praised for teaching self-defense skills to South Sudanese women. Photo: UNMISS

Women in South Sudan are striking back at sexual and gender-based violence. They have been learning self-defense techniques, giving them the skills to protect themselves against potential attacks. The training was organized by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), with participation from Japanese peacekeepers serving in the country. Dianne Penn reports. Duration: 2’57″  

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Journalism more difficult than ever, says UN expert

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Too many political leaders treat journalists as "the enemy", rather than as a valuable expression of democracy, a leading UN human rights expert has said. David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, made the comments for World Press Freedom Day, which is [...]

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"Alarmingly high" deforestation rate in Africa and Asia: FAO

Listen / Eva Muller. Photo: UN News/Matthew Wells

The rate of deforestation in Africa and Asia is "alarmingly high" although many developed countries are increasing their forest cover. That's according to Eva Muller, forestry director at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) ,who is at UN Headquarters in New York to attend the UN Forum on Forests. She said that agricultural demand accounts [...]

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