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From horror in Iraq to a new dawn in Switzerland, how one Yazidi survivor picked up the pieces

Adiba Qasim is an inspiration.  After fleeing an ISIL terrorist massacre in northern Iraq that claimed dozens of family members in 2014, at just 19 years old, she became a humanitarian worker to help other women who’d endured unimaginable horrors at their hands. Today, Adiba is in Switzerland, where she’s studying hard to become a lawyer – and where she spoke to UN News’s Daniel Johnson at an event to celebrate World Humanitarian Day.

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News in Brief 23 August 2019

  • School closures triple in Central and Western Africa as education comes under fire
  • Sudan flash-floods leave 54 dead, nearly 200,000 affected: OCHA
  • Ebola outbreak spreading but intensity of transmission has fallen: WHO
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Slave trade remembrance ‘concerns all humanity’

The history of the global slave trade “concerns all humanity” as it impacts on modern societies, according to the Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences at the UN cultural organization, UNESCO. Nada Al-Nashif was speaking to UN News ahead of The International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, celebrated annually on 23 August. Twenty-five years ago, UNESCO launched the ‘Slave Route Project: Resistance, Liberty, Heritage’, a landmark initiative that helped break the silence surrounding the slave trade and slavery. Ana Carmo began by asking Nada Al-Nashif about the impact of the project.

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Arms trade treaty talks at UN set to focus on gender impact of weapons exports

The arms trade involves almost every country in the world, but more action is needed to consider how the $100 billion a year industry impacts on gender-based violence, the head of a key treaty said on Thursday. In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Ambassador Jānis Kārkliņš of Latvia, President of the 5th Arms Trade Treaty  Conference of States Parties meeting in Geneva next week, explains how for the first time, the treaty’s signatories are expected to agree to look at gender as a criteria for weapons exports in future. 

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New UN plan will ensure that ‘worshippers can observe their rituals in peace’

The senior UN official tasked with overseeing a plan of action to ensure that religious sites are safe, has delivered a draft to the Secretary-General.

Miguel Angel Moratinos, spoke to UN News on the first-ever International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief. 

Mr. Moratinos explained that one of the new elements explored in the draft plan, is the role of social media, using, as an example, the Christchurch, New Zealand shootings.

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News in Brief 22 August 2019

  • Honouring victims of religious-based violence
  • New climate reality in Asia and the Pacific
  • UN chief condemns Burkina Faso violence

 

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News in Brief 21 August 2019

  • Lack of funds forces UN to close Yemen aid programmes
  • UN chief expresses concern at ‘new wave of human suffering’ in last Syrian rebel-held city
  • Somalia security remains a concern, head of UN Mission warns Security Council
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‘Heroism and resilience’ of Somali people in face of ongoing attacks

The Somali people have demonstrated “heroism and resilience” in the face of ongoing insecurity caused by “senseless terrorist attacks”; that’s according to the UN’s most senior representative in the Horn of Africa country.

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Podcast: Terrorism survivors of Lake Chad recount harrowing stories

For this special edition of our Lid Is On podcast, Daniel Dickinson travelled to the north-east of Cameroon to meet two survivors of terrorism who are trying to rebuild their lives following the unspeakable acts committed against them and their families.

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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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