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News in Brief 1 April 2021

  • Protect all those fleeing Myanmar, UN offices urge countries in the region 
  • UNHCR urges greater protection for Sahel communities after deadly attack 
  • Rwanda massacre must not be forgotten amid today’s extremist threat: Guterres 
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Traumatised and exhausted: The child victims of latest Cabo Delgado violence

Horrific events have been unfolding in northern Mozambique in recent days, where thousands of people have fled gunmen who’ve attacked the town of Palma, located in Cabo Delgado province, reportedly killing dozens. 

According to UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF),  youngsters have been separated from their parents, and every single one desperately needs help. 

UNICEF’s head of communications in Mozambique, Daniel Timme, spoke to UN News’s Daniel Johnson from an aid hub in the provincial capital, Pemba.

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News in Brief 31 March 2021

  • COVID-19 infections and deaths continue rising globally
  • Concerns over Indonesia’s forced evictions at ‘New Bali’ resort
  • CAR: rights concerns alert over work of foreign military contractors
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News in Brief 30 March 2021

  • Grave concern for women and children targeted in northern Mozambique 
  • Syrians’ struggle is getting worse, not better, says UN’s Guterres  
  • World leaders call for new international treaty to improve pandemic response 
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News in Brief 29 March 2021

  • Myanmar: condemnation for military’s ‘shameful, cowardly’ attacks on protesters
  • $10 billion Syria appeal looks to fulfil emergency and long-term needs
  • Stricken Suez ship afloat, but will cause 40 per cent hit on cargo volumes from Asia to Europe
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Suez Canal cargo ship is afloat - but it’s not plain sailing for global economy

The gigantic cargo ship that ran aground and blocked the Suez Canal last week is afloat once again after a Herculean salvage operation, but the damage to global trade will take months to fix.

That’s the assessment of maritime expert Jan Hoffman at UN trade and development agency UNCTAD, who also explains why the cost of sending freight around the world has increased dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here he is, talking to UN News’s Daniel Johnson. 

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UNDP responding to ‘cocktail of crisis’ in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique

Nearly 700,000 people have fled “a cocktail of crisis” in the Cabo Delgado province in northern Mozambique, where a three-year brutal insurgency has intensified amid grinding poverty, natural disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Monica Grayley spoke to Aboubacar Koulibaly, leader of an expert team from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) that is currently in Mozambique to increase support to people battered by the complex, multilayered crisis.

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News in Brief 26 March 2021

  • Alert over Eritrea refugees after camps found destroyed in Ethiopia
  • 100 million more children fail minimum reading proficiency because of COVID
  • Severe insecurity in Angola driving families to Nambia
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Podcast - UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Beating polio in India, Tigray probe, Myanmar crisis

In this week’s show, we’re celebrating seven years without polio in India and finding out how it was done. Could the lessons learned help to overcome COVID vaccine hesitancy?  

Also - the UN’s human rights office OHCHR announces a probe into grave rights abuses in Ethiopia’s Tigray region; a call for solidarity for the tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees who’ve lost everything in a huge camp fire in Bangladesh; a call for an emergency summit to stop the violence in Myanmar and the latest global COVID data from the UN World Health Organization. 

With Daniel Johnson and Solange Behoteguy-Cortes from UN Geneva. 

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News in Brief 25 March 2021

  • Probe announced into alleged Tigray rights violations: UN rights office  
  • Monday’s blaze uprooted more than 45,000 mostly ethnic Rohingya
  • Myanmar: UN expert urges emergency summit to head off deepening crisis   
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