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News in Brief 4 August 2022

  • UN chief slams ‘immoral’ profiteering amid global energy crisis
  • Healthy life expectancy in Africa grows by nearly 10 years
  • Ukraine: Guterres calls for fact-finding mission after deadly prison attack
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News in Brief 3 August 2022

  • Ukraine: Black Sea grain shipment spurs hope of further ports opening
  • Iraq: Eight years after Yazidi slaughter, justice and security still lacking
  • UN human rights office spotlights increasing attacks on Cambodia’s media
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UN refugee agency official comes back ‘angry’ from DR Congo’s Ituri province 

Years of violent insecurity in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo have left at least 5.6 million people there displaced. 

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News in Brief - 2 August 2022

  • Vital programmes in DR Congo cut due to funding shortfall: UNHCR
  • Horn of Africa’s ‘catastrophic’ food insecurity -- WHO
  • Harassment of rights defenders in West Bank must end: UN experts
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News in Brief - 1 August 2022

  • - UN chief welcomes 1st ship carrying #Ukraine grain
  • - Conference to review #NPT now underway
  • - Support breastfeeding in emergency situations: @UNICEF and @WHO 
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PODCAST: Developing northern Uganda - connected farmers

In Lumonga village, situated in a remote part of the West Nile region of northern Uganda, smallholder farmers have traditionally been cut off from the banking system, and been forced to rely on small savings and loans from their community to survive hard times.

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DR Congo violence cannot be condoned, our pledge to protect still remains: UN Mission deputy

This past week in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, violent protesters have targeted the UN peacekeeping Mission there, MONUSCO.

Three UN ‘blue helmets’ have been killed, along with demonstrators, who have called on the force to do more to protect communities from the many armed groups that roam the mineral-rich east of the vast country.

It’s a deeply worrying situation, but as MONUSCO number two, Khassim Diagne explains to UN News’s Daniel Johnson, every effort is being made to restore calm and investigate the killings.

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News in Brief 29 July 2022

  • Injectable HIV drug deal a possible game-changer
  • 10 years since Za’atari camp opened, Syrian refugees face uncertain future
  • Lebanon: refugees targeted in street violence
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‘Cascading conflicts and crises’ threaten AIDS response: senior UN expert

The UN response to HIV/AIDS is under threat from a host of international crises, from COVID to the war in Ukraine, and the ensuing financial challenges faced by  countries across the world.

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Trafficking survivor from The Gambia works to save others from ‘hell’

A Gambian woman who was tricked into being trafficked to Kuwait in 2015 has shared her story of abuse and subsequent activism, in the hope others will be spared the “hell” she went through.  

Bessie Du spoke to the Fatou ahead of Saturday’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons to learn more about her traumatic experience, and how it spurred her advocacy. 

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