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No “worse place on earth” than Syria’s Raqqa, says top aid official

Needs are “beyond belief” for thousands of civilians trapped by ISIL fighters in the Syrian city of Raqqa, a senior aid official said on Thursday.

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Disaster protection needn’t cost billions: UN expert

Natural disasters are a major brake on development but low-cost initiatives can counter the threat they pose.

That’s according to senior UN official Robert Glasser, head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).

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UN and Africa: focus on human rights in Burundi, hunger in DRC and human trafficking in Libya

UN human rights experts concerned about situation in Burundi

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Appeal for justice for Iraqi rape survivors

Thousands of Iraqi women and girls who survived rape and other sexual violence committed by extremists should receive care, protection and justice.

Furthermore, children born to them as a result of such violence should not face a life of discrimination and abuse.

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Slave trade remembrance a symbol of justice among people

A slave uprising in the Caribbean nearly 300 years ago represents a symbolic victory for human rights and freedom.

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UN Gender Focus: Iraqi women, Kenyan youth delegates and women drug addicts

Appeal for justice for Iraqi rape survivors

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UN supporting civilians fleeing Telafar, Iraq

UN agencies in Iraq are gearing up to help thousands of civilians expected to flee the city of Telafar.

The northern city has been under the control of the terrorist group ISIL, also known as Daesh, for the past three years.

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Migration, human trafficking major challenges in Libya: UN official

It is important to look at migration in Libya “not just as an internal problem, but as a regional issue.”

That’s according to Maria do Valle Ribeiro, deputy head of the UN mission in the country, UNSMIL.

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UN human rights experts concerned about situation in Burundi

International human rights experts monitoring Burundi have seen “no sign of positive evolution” in the country since June.

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War surgeon: I feel more at risk of death on front line

A leading war surgeon has spoken of the increasing risks associated with saving lives in combat zones and the need for governments to “muster the courage” to protect humanitarians.

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