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Former ISIL prison transformed to bring joy and support to youth

Once used as a prison by the ISIL terror network in Iraq, the UN sexual and reproductive health agency and partners have converted a former grim detention centre into a sunny space for youth.

Escalation in Yemen ‘worst in years’ – UN top envoy 

The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, said on Tuesday that a recent military escalation in the country is “among the worst” in years and increasingly putting civilians in crosshairs. 

Infectious diseases ‘clear and present danger’ everywhere

COVID-19 continues to demonstrate how quickly “an infectious disease can sweep across the world”, pushing health systems to the brink and upending daily life for all of humanity, the UN chief said on Monday, marking the International Day of Epidemic Preparedness.

Despite ‘rampant’ poverty, ‘existential’ lack of funding impedes UNRWA's work

A long-term lack of funding for the UN’s relief agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, now represents an “existential” threat, its top official warned on Thursday.  

Ignoring COVID-19 will just perpetuate it, WHO warns 

As many friends and families consider whether to celebrate Christmas together, the UN health agency issued a reminder on Wednesday that “anyone who ignores COVID-19 is…perpetuating it”. 

Yemen alert: 8 million face reduced rations amid funding shortages

The UN food relief agency warned on Wednesday that it is running out of funds to continue providing food assistance to 13 million Yemenis.

Thousands head home voluntarily from Zambia to DR Congo  

Nearly 5,000 refugees who fled violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) four years ago, are opting to head home voluntarily from Zambia over the coming months, with the first 100 people setting out on Tuesday. 

UN expert underscores importance of human rights for Rohingya

A UN independent expert on Sunday commended Bangladesh for providing Rohingya refugees a safe haven, after they've fled atrocity crimes in Myanmar, offering to do all he can to “push for a stronger, more coordinated international response” to the crisis.

 

Afghanistan economy in ‘freefall’, threatening to take entire population with it

Afghanistan’s economy is in “free fall”, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator told a special meeting on Sunday, warning that if decisive and compassionate action is not taken immediately, it may “pull the entire population with it”.

Ethiopia crisis: Human Rights Council sets up international rights probe

Serious concerns over alleged severe human rights violations and abuses in Ethiopia should be investigated by an international rights probe, the Human Rights Council agreed in a vote on Friday.