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A million children have fled violence in South Sudan: UN agencies

Listen / South Sudanese refugees arrive at the Elegu border collection point in Adjumani district, northern Uganda. (file) Photo: UNHCR/Barb Wigley

More than one million children have fled the world's youngest country, South Sudan, amid escalating violence and humanitarian crisis. That's according to a joint statement released on Monday from the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and UNHCR, the Refugee Agency. More details from Matthew Wells. South Sudan has been convulsed by conflict since 2013, when forces [...]

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Release of 82 more kidnapped Chibok girls welcomed by UNICEF

Listen / A view from a rally held in May 2014 in Lagos, calling for the return of the Nigerian secondary school girls abducted by the extremist group Boko Haram. UN File Photo.

The release on Saturday of a further 82 of the so-called Chibok girls abducted by the Boko Haram terrorist group in Nigeria has been welcomed by the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF. UNICEF's Representative in the country said agency staff were already supporting efforts to identify the released girls and give them medical check-ups. Matthew Wells [...]

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UN peacekeepers "urgently deployed" to support South Sudan aid effort

Listen / Access to safe water is vital for thousands of civilians sheltering in and around Aburoc, South Sudan. Photo: OCHA/Gemma Connell

UN peacekeepers were urgently deployed on Sunday to aid around 50,000 South Sudanese sheltering in the town of Aburoc, in the Upper Nile region. The civilians fled to the town on the west bank of the Nile, to escape a series of clashes between government and opposition forces. Matthew Wells reports. The head of the [...]

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"Massive arrivals" over "deadly" route this weekend: UNHCR chief

Listen / Risking their lives to reach Europe from North Africa, a boatload of people, some of them likely in need of international protection, are rescued in the Mediterranean Sea by the Italian Navy. Photo: UNHCR/A. D'Amato

More than 6,000 people have crossed the Mediterranean from North Africa to Italy since Friday – a "particularly deadly" journey that "cannot continue" according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi said on Sunday that the weekend crossings meant that a total of 43,000 migrants and refugees had made the crossing [...]

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