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News in Brief 11 June 2021

  • Rights chief Bachelet condemns attacks on civilians in Myanmar
  • Aid, health teams 'turned away' from accessing the starving in Tigray
  • More families flee violence in Mozambique's Cabo Delgado
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UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Animals in lockdown, Tigray and COVID vaccine alert for Africa

In this week’s UN Catch-Up, we’re getting in touch with the natural world – a photo contest showing what animals make of COVID lockdowns…Plus, the week’s top news stories from UN News, including likely famine in Ethiopia’s Tigray and alarming coronavirus vaccine shortfalls in nearly all African nations. I’m your host in Geneva, Daniel Johnson, and regular guest Solange Behoteguy-Cortes is with us too for closing comments. Thanks for listening.

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Mozambique: Children with ‘fear in their eyes’ need urgent protection and support - UNICEF

The Cabo Delgado region of Mozambique has been plagued by insecurity since 2017, but this year has seen “multiple crises” impact the population there, after militant extremists overran the area around Pemba, killing dozens and displacing a third of the population.

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is one of the UN agencies providing relief on the ground, and in an interview with UN News while he’s assessing conditions there this week, Regional Director, Mohamed Malick Fall, said he’s most concerned about nearly 2,000 unaccompanied or separated children, whose survival is on the line. He spoke to Alexandre Soares, of our Portuguese team.

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News in Brief 10 June 2021

  • Tigray alert, with 350,000 at risk of famine
  • Nine in 10 African nations to miss COVID-19 vaccine targets
  • Europe COVID deaths continue downward trajectory
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News in Brief 9 June 2021

  • 'Mass deaths' alert across Myanmar: UN rights expert
  • 'Alarming' rise in antibiotic-resistant pathogens: WHO
  • G7 nations must promote more equitable COVID vaccine access
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News in Brief 8 June 2021

  • Chilly Spring, cold comfort for planet as emissions rise again
  • Ocean blues, as CO2 spike threatens marine life, jobs
  • Rescued Rohingya given food, water in Indonesia
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News in Brief 7 June 2021

  • Condemnation for brutal Burkina Faso attack
  • Belarus a 'black hole' for media freedoms
  • Haiti: aid access call amid rise in gang violence
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Amid India’s COVID battle, a new wave of poverty and hunger

In just a matter of two months, India’s second wave of COVID-19 infections overwhelmed the second most populous nation in the world, with 100,000 deaths recorded during May.

Behind the massive health crisis lurks an unprecedented threat to the job and food security of millions. UN News’s Anshu Sharma spoke to World Food Programme (WFP) Representative and Country Director to India, Bishow Parajuli, for an overview of measures being taken to help the country recover.

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News in Brief 4 June 2021

  • WHO appeal for 250 million COVID shots
  • Dozens killed in brutal DRC attacks on displaced people
  • Arrests of LGBTI rights defenders in Ghana, condemned by UN experts
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UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – DR Congo volcano aid operation

In this week’s 15-minute UN Catch-Up podcast, we hear from the UN aid team that’s been caught up in the terrifying volcanic eruption in DR Congo’s Goma city. Plus, the week’s top news stories from UN News, covering Ethiopia’s Tigray, COVID in Africa and a global biodiversity regeneration call. With Daniel Johnson and Solange Behoteguy-Cortes. Thanks for listening.

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