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‘So freeing’ to come out as ‘a lesbian and a feminist’

Back in 1976 Linda Tyson came out as “a lesbian and a feminist”, she told UN News on the sidelines of the 2019 New York City LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] Pride March on Fifth Avenue, long before the UN-GLOBE joined the World Pride parade.

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Daily security assessment needed in Ebola areas: WHO

Amid reports of massacres in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Ebola-hit Ituri province, World Health Organization workers continue to risk their lives to prevent the disease from spreading deeper into rural areas. In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Dr. Ibrahima Soce Fall, WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Emergency Response explains how the agency operates in this dangerous region.

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News in Brief 28 June 2019

  • Ebola fight ongoing amid evidence of ‘several massacres’ in DRC’s Ituri province
  • Earth is set to experience its five warmest years on record
  • One migrant child reported dead or missing every day, UN calls for more protection
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News in Brief 27 June 2019

  • After Rio Grande drownings, UNICEF chief highlights ‘dire’ detention centres on US-Mexico border
  • UN panel appeals to Mexico to release two men held in arbitrary detention for years
  • Hundreds of millions of people no longer at risk of blindness infection trachoma: WHO
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News in Brief 26 June 2019

  • Tragic image of drowned father and child in Rio Grande spurs migration debate 
  • UN should lead criminal investigation into Khashoggi killing, says rights investigator 
  • Two-thirds of global drug deaths now from opioids: UN drugs report 
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South Sudan peace ‘hangs in the balance’

Peace between government and opposition forces in South Sudan “hangs in the balance,” but there is an overwhelming desire from people in the eastern African country for an end to the five-year long conflict there; that’s according to David Shearer, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for South Sudan. Speaking to UN News in New York, Mr. Shearer said that it was up to the country’s leaders to ensure the people’s desire for peace is fulfilled. Daniel Dickinson spoke to Mr. Shearer and began by asking him for the latest on the revitalized peace deal which was agreed late last year.

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Sahara migration route: Many would die without us, migration agency warns

Every month, the UN rescues around 1,200 people from the vast Sahara Desert, near Niger, many after they’ve been abandoned by traffickers who promised to take them to Libya, Nigeria or Morocco. In an interview with Daniel Johnson from UN News, Joel Millman from the UN migration agency, IOM, says that without its help, “virtually all of them” would perish.

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News in Brief 25 June 2019

  • ‘Immediate’ moratorium call, on use of surveillance technology
  • 20,000 migrants rescued in Sahara since 2016
  • Concern over slow decline of malnutrition in India 
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News in Brief 24 June 2019

  • ISIL families detained in ‘sub-standard conditions’, says UN rights chief
  • Displacement challenges ‘cannot be done alone’
  • New UN agriculture agency chief hails from China
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Leaving Gaza enclave for surgery still an ‘issue’, says UNRWA Director

With hundreds killed and more than 30,000 injured so far during the Gaza-Israel border protests, known as “The Great March of Return”, many Palestinians are now facing a future of life-long disability, unable to get the treatment they need.  Referring to the “devastating impacts in human terms”, Matthias Schmale, director of the UN relief agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) has warned in an interview with UN News, that local hospitals do not have the capacity to deal with the most serious health cases. 

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