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News in Brief 15 March 2021

  • Myanmar crisis: UN Special Envoy condemns ‘ongoing brutality’ 
  • Bachelet: South Sudan must hold supporters of community militias accountable 
  • Voices from Syria reflect on a decade of fighting and hopes for a peaceful future 
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After 10 years of war, 'heart breaking’ to see suffering of Syrians: senior UN relief official

In an interview with UN News, Muhannad Hadi, Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis speaks to Shirin Yaseen of our Arabic team, about the Organization’s efforts and priorities for ordinary Syrians caught up in the brutal war that on Monday, marks its grim, 10-year anniversary. 

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'Lament for Syria': a teenager's poetic cry for her homeland

Teenager Amineh Abou Kerech left Syria in 2012, one year into the decade-long conflict which has devastated the country.

She reads her poem for UN News.

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News in Brief 12 March 2021

  • UN health agency backs AstraZeneca COVID vaccine amid blood clot concerns 
  • Nine in 10 Syrian children need help after a decade of war: UNICEF  
  • Somalia water shortages displace 83,000 people since November – OCHA 
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You can’t just walk in and start taking pictures: War photographer on Yemen crisis

War photo-journalist Giles Clarke speaks about his latest trip to Yemen, a country ravaged by six years of conflict. He based himself in an abandoned school, that’s home to hundreds of displaced people. 

The photographs he took and the stories he heard feature in a campaign to raise awareness about their plight. It’s called Inside Yemen, Portraits of Resilience, and it wasn’t easy, as he explained in this UN News interview. 

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Podcast - UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – DPRK, COVID & war photographer Giles Clarke 

In this week’s show, we’re covering the disastrous impact of COVID-19 in DPR Korea (widely known as North Korea) as told to the Human Rights Council; violence in South Sudan that’s the worst since the onset of the civil war in December 2013 – and, we’ll hear about war photographer Giles Clarke’s moving portrait campaign showing some of Yemen’s displaced millions, in partnership with OCHA, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. 

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

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News in Brief 11 March 2021

  • US death penalty must be abolished, rights experts urge President Biden 
  • South Sudan ‘home to tens of thousands of well-coordinated fighters’ 
  • Myanmar: UN Security Council strongly condemns violence against peaceful protesters 
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News in Brief 10 March 2021

  • World Food Programme chief issues urgent plea for peace in Yemen’s ‘hell’ 
  • ‘Global Champions’ call for urgent action on clean energy for all, by 2030 
  • COVID contributed to ‘starvation’, executions in DPR Korea, Rights Council hears 
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News in Brief 9 March 2021

  • Polar vortex responsible for Texas freeze and warm Arctic temperatures 
  • Philippines killing of activists must be investigated 
  • Switzerland ban on headscarves risks further marginalization: UN rights office 
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News in Brief 8 March 2021

  • Shift mindsets that deny equality for women in all walks of life, urges UN chief 
  • Blaze kills migrants, guards in Yemeni capital Sana’a  
  • 10 million additional girls at risk of child marriage because of to COVID-19 
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