Twenty-three children between 14 and 17 years old were released from armed groups in Bangui on Thursday, with many more identified for release in the coming days. The children, released yesterday, among whom six are girls, were taken from a military base to a UNICEF-supported Transit and Orientation Centre. UNICEF
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today (17 January) called for action to address underlying threats in world hotspots, promote development and to protect the planet, in his first address of the year to the entire United Nations membership, in which he also expressed grave concern at the 'immoral and irresponsible actions' of some global leaders. UNTV
At a press conference in Juba, South Sudan's capital, the UN Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights said that one month of conflict has set the country back a decade, adding that the situation has now reached the threshold of an internal armed conflict. UNMISS
The Tigris river, once a symbol of life and prosperity, is now an inconvenient last hurdle for the estimated 300 refugees that cross its waters every day on the long journey to escape war and death in Syria.
Baby Nyariek's mother gave birth in Juba, then was shot and died the same day, a victim of South Sudan's return to civil strife. Nyariek means "Problem", a sad reminder of what happened. UNHCR
Health workers at the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) hospital are facing great challenges when it comes to providing health care to thousands of civilians seeking shelter in the UN base. A hospital which is ordinarily intended to cater to UN staff is now dealing with pregnancies, deliveries and children's diseases. UNMISS