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Image of the film “The labels we put on refugee & migrant children matter” Photo: UNICEF

New film by photographer Rankin and UNICEF highlights the plight of children uprooted

Renowned fashion photographer and director Rankin has joined forces with the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, to create a 60-second film highlighting the plight of children uprooted by war, poverty and disaster.

The thought-provoking video urges people to see past the refugee and migrant labels and value each child as a child, no matter where they're from.

The film, set to Bastille's poignant track 'Four Walls', depicts refugee and migrant children watching footage of other children in danger around the world.

Rankin said "he loves filming with kids because they are expressive and don't hold anything back".

"We shouldn’t label these kids and judge them when what they really need is love, safety and warmth." – he added.

According to UNICEF, nearly 50 million children are living outside their country of birth or are displaced within their own country, at least 28 million of them driven from their homes by war and conflict.

First UN Migration Recipe Book launched in Vienna

To celebrate the benefits of migration in our daily lives IOM, the UN Migration Agency’s Regional Office in Vienna has compiled a cookbook with traditional recipes from across much of Southeast and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

"The Migration of Culinary Traditions in the Region" was launched this week under the umbrella of the UN's "Together" campaign which aims to promote tolerance towards migrants and refugees.

At the launch, Argentina Szabados, IOM Regional Director for Southeast and Eastern Europe and Central Asia said: "food and our culinary rituals are a strong reflection of our culture, our traditions and our identity".

She also highlighted the fact that food has a unique ability to bring people from different cultures together.

UN rights experts urge India to act after murder of journalist

A group of independent human rights experts called on the Government of India to create a safer environment for independent voices, on Wednesday; after Indian journalist and human rights defender Guari Lankesh was killed earlier this month.

"The Indian authorities should unequivocally condemn the killing of Gauri Lankesh, investigate it, bring all the perpetrators – including the masterminds – to account, and take seriously the safety of journalists," said the group or rapporteurs.

According to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Ms. Lankesh was known as a "rationalist," a term used in India for people who stand against the use of religion in politics.

OHCHR confirmed that her killing is the fourth in the last three years of activists who had opposed the rise of Hindu fundamentalism in politics.

Ana Carmo, United Nations

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