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Iraqi citizens at risk and struggling to return to normal life: UN envoy

Civilians in Iraq are living under constant threat of mines and explosives, the UN has said.

Agnès  Marcaillou, the director of UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) recently spoke about mitigating the threat of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Iraq and other countries.

The agency educates populations of affected nations about the risks of IEDs and encourages governments to set up programmes to help those maimed by explosive hazards.

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System needed to remove children from Colombian armed groups

A system to release children from armed groups in Colombia needs to be set up as soon as possible, according to the UN’s most senior envoy in the country.

It follows a commitment made by FARC, Colombia’s largest rebel group, to stop the recruitment of children under the age of 18.

It’s thought that tens of thousands of children may have been drafted into rebel armies of criminal gangs in the South American nation.

Rocio Franco asked Fabrizio Hochschild , the UN Resident Coordinator in Colombia, to explain the significance of the FARC decision.