This is the News in Brief from the United Nations
Rising hunger in Middle East affects over 52 million people
Over 52 million people are undernourished in the Near East and North Africa region, and the numbers are continuing to rise, a UN report said on Wednesday.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says that conflicts and protracted crises have spread and worsened since 2011, and the UN’s chances of bringing about zero hunger by 2030 are looking increasingly slim.
Conflict is the main driver for hunger in the region: around 34 million affected people live in countries affected by conflict.
Other challenges include high unemployment, and a big gap in living standards and poverty rates between rural areas, where the majority of the poor are living, and urban centres.
Without emergency funding, more Gaza protestors face amputations
Unless millions of dollars in emergency funding are sent to Gaza, hundreds of wounded protesters will have to undergo amputation surgery.
A year on from the first so-called “Great March of Return” demonstrations in Gaza, some 29,000 people have been injured, around 1,700 seriously, and around 120 amputations have taken place, with 20 children among the amputees.
Speaking on Wednesday in Geneva, Jamie McGoldrick, Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, said that health facilities are struggling to deal with the thousands of patients.
Of that 29,000, 7,000 have been shot with live ammunition and those are the ones who have been treated at facilities that are under very serious stress anyway; so the health structures really are in bad shape and that’s why we have put this appeal out for $20 million to address the needs of those 1,700 people, but also to support the health system in a way that’s currently not being supported.
Mr. McGoldrick said that there is a race against the clock to prevent a crisis, and the doctors on the ground don’t have the technical ability to carry out treatment for the most severely injured demonstrators.
Remembering the victims of the Second World War
Wednesday marks the beginning of the UN’s two-day Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War.
The commemoration, launched by the General Assembly in 2004, recognises the fact that the Second World War established the conditions for the creation of the United Nations, which was designed to save succeeding generations from war.
The Assembly also called upon the member countries of the United Nations to collaborate in dealing with new challenges and threats, with the UN playing a central role, and settle disputes through peaceful means.
Conor Lennon, UN News.