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Violence, displacement continue, as 29 babies die of cold in northeast Syria camp

The World Health Organization (WHO) says it’s extremely concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Al-Hol camp in Syria’s Al-Hasakeh Governorate, where 11 infants are reported to have died due to cold, in the past two days alone.  Abdelmonem Makki spoke to WHO representative in Syria, Elizabeth Hoff, who said staff in the camp were “working round the clock”, to try and prevent further tragic loss of life, amidst desperate conditions.

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‘Not even a choice’ but ‘a duty’ to make Oscar-nominated refugee epic says Lebanese woman director

The first ever Arab woman director to be nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, has told UN News that she had ‘a duty’ to record the reality of the refugee crisis playing out on the streets of her native Lebanon. Nadine Labaki is the director of Capernaum, a harrowing drama seen through the eyes of a 12-year-old boy who decides to sue his own parents after years of abuse and neglect.

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Yumbi ‘a ghost city’ following DR Congo inter-communal violence

Yumbi in the western Democratic Republic of the Congo resembles a “ghost city” in the aftermath of a days-long massacre last month which left at least 535 victims. That’s according to Florence Marchal, spokesperson for the UN Mission in the country, MONUSCO.  Ms. Marchal spoke with  UN News's Pascal Sim regarding the brutal inter-ethnic killings  carried out between Banunu and Batende community members.

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UN strongly condemns witchcraft-linked killings of ten children in Tanzania

“We need to ensure a stronger protection environment” and “raise awareness” over the killings of girls and boys in Tanzania, believed to be linked to witchcraft rituals, said Álvaro Rodríguez, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the country, strongly condemning the recent killing of ten children in the south of Njombe district.  Mr. Rodríguez spoke with Stella Vuzo from the UN Information Office in the capital Dar es Salaam.

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PODCAST: How to beat the opioid epidemic

In late January, David Sheff and Vicky Cornell joined a panel discussion on addiction organised by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).  Mr. Sheff’s memoir about his son’s addiction is now a Hollywood movie, and Ms. Cornell was married to Soundgarden's Chris Cornell, whose suicide she has attributed to prescription drugs that altered his mental state.  They told Conor Lennon from UN News that changes to the health care system play a key role in addressing the crisis.

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Climate change impacting ‘African communities’ everywhere and their capacity to survive

“If we look at what Lake Chad was and what it is today, we understand that climate change is real, and it needs to be addressed”, the newly-appointed UN Special Representative to the African Union (AU) has told UN News. Based in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa since the beginning of January, Ms. Tetteh told Cristina Silveiro what her priorities were for the year ahead.

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Holocaust reminds new generations that ‘the unthinkable is always possible’

An important lesson for young people to learn from the Holocaust is that individuals “have more power than they realize” to make sure that history is not forgotten, according to Sara Bloomfield, Director of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day, Ms. Bloomfield said youth the world over had a responsibility to ask what role they can play. 

 

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Egypt on track to reduce food loss and waste by 50 per cent in five years: FAO

About one third of all food which is grown in the Middle East and North Africa is lost or wasted, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).  Governments in the region have pledged to reduce food loss and waste by 50 per cent by 2024, and the agency along with the Italian government, is training farmers and wholesalers to reduce food loss and ensure greater food security, as Anais Hotin reports, from Egypt.

 

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Toxic combination of economic woes hangs over global growth: UN expert

“A global economic downturn and a lack of political leadership are a combination that could end very badly for the world’s economy”, a leading UN financial expert has warned.  In an interview with Daniel Johnson of UN News, Richard Kozul-Wright, a globalization expert and Director with the Trade and Development agency UNCTAD, gives his assessment of the “entrenched” economic factors dragging down growth.

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Global economic growth steady but uneven, posing challenges for development

While the global economy will continue to grow at a steady pace of around three percent in 2019 and 2020, that growth is expected to be uneven and may fail to reach where it is most needed.  This is according to the 2019 World Economic Situation and Prospects Report, launched on Monday.  Dawn Holland, Chief of the Global Economic Monitoring Branch in the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), spoke to UN News's Liz Scaffidi.

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