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News in Brief 20 August 2019

  • Aden escalation ‘clear sign’ that Yemen conflict must end, UN envoy
  • Deadly airstrikes displace thousands of civilians in Libya oasis town: OCHA
  • Venezuela: UNICEF seeks $70 million to aid 900,000 children
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Female humanitarians sacrifice a lot to help others, insists top UN official

The work of female humanitarians is hugely important and often comes at significant personal cost.

That’s according to Melissa Fleming, currently the communications chief for refugee agency UNHCR, but soon to take up her new post as head of Global Communications at the UN, who’s been speaking to UN News’s Daniel Johnson at a special World Humanitarian Day event in Geneva.

First, though, we’ll hear from Adiba Qasim, who was also at the event; she survived an ISIL massacre in Iraq in 2014 that claimed the lives of 70 family members.

Despite this trauma, she refuses to see herself as a victim and is now a human rights advocate. 

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News in Brief 19 August 2019

  • Afghanistan bloodshed mars 100 years of independence
  • World Humanitarian Day honours life-saving contribution of women aid workers
  • UN renews call to Yemen’s warring parties to down weapons
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News in Brief 16 August 2019

  • Displaced by DRC violence, survivors’ testimonies highlight brutality of armed militia
  • Two years after exodus, Myanmar’s ‘desperate’ Rohingya youth need education, skills: UNICEF
  • UN human rights office appeals to Zimbabwe to engage with protesters and ‘stop cracking down’
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Young Chadians join terrorist groups due to 'ignorance’

Youssouf Mbodou Mbami is the chief of the Canton of Bol and presides over a large swathe of Lake Chad, an area where many young people have been recruited or forced to join terrorist groups, such as Boko Haram.

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News in Brief 15 August 2019

  • Children’s lives’ in Mediterranean Sea must take priority over politics, says UNICEF 
  • UN steps up efforts against Dengue fever in Yemen 
  • WHO welcomes Switzerland’s decision to end tobacco deal at Dubai Expo 
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News in Brief 14 August 2019

  • Afghanistan: grave concern at reports 11 civilians killed by pro-Government forces
  • UN panel urges Paraguay to probe poisonings, contamination from agrochemical sprays
  • Disarmament discussions must make urgent progress, says UN’s new top diplomat in Geneva
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‘Most affected by climate change, the least responsible for it’, says UN Environment Assembly President

Transformative change is needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – mobilizing civil society and individuals - but also through securing “national and a global leadership”. That’s according to the President of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), Mr. Ola Elvestuen, who is also Norway’s Minister of Environment. In an interview with UN News’s Ben Malor, Mr. Elvestuen underscored the need to have environment challenges addressed urgently.

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News in Brief 13 August 2019

  • Breakthrough in new drug treatments to fight Ebola in DR Congo
  • UN expert calls for action over French nationals facing Iraq terror charges
  • Allow more than 500 rescued passengers to disembark, urges UNHCR
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News in Brief 9 August 2019

  • Food aid to Yemen set to fully resume after two-month break
  • More than 500,000 Rohingya refugees get ID cards for first time
  • Malians fleeing violence should be given international protection, says UN
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