Syria: ‘Catastrophe’ looms in Idlib if violence escalates, says WFP spokeswoman

If fighting around the rebel-held Syrian enclave of Idlib escalates, with 300,000 already forced to flee their homes, a humanitarian “catastrophe” could well ensue. That’s according to World Food Programme (WFP) Spokesperson, Marwa Awad, who warns in an interview with UN News that depression and anger is now widespread across the region. 

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News in Brief 10 May 2019

  • Record number of people displaced by conflict and natural disaster
  • Myanmar military alleged to have opened fire on men and boys held in school 
  • Nearly 900 children released by north-east Nigeria armed group
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Escalation in Syria fighting cause for ‘great concern’ says UN chief, dozens more civilians dead or injured

UN chief António Guterres has said that he’s following “with great concern” intensifying clashes in north-western Syria that have claimed yet more civilian lives and displaced thousands in recent days.

News in Brief 21 August 2017 (AM)

WHO working to prevent spread of diseases in the wake of Sierra Leone tragedy

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Women UN Police help instill safety at camps for South Sudan displaced

South Sudanese citizens who have been displaced to UN protection camps as a result of conflict say they feel safer when those camps are searched for weapons and other prohibited items.

When the search is conducted by women, there’s a higher sense of trust, confidence and security.

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UN Messenger of Peace Malala inspires displaced girls in Iraq

Nobel laureate and UN Messenger of Peace Malala Yousafzai is urging world leaders to support the right of every child to go to school.

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UNHCR’s Melissa Fleming tells Syrian refugee’s powerful story of survival

A young Syrian refugee woman’s remarkable story of surviving “one of the worst shipwrecks in the Mediterranean” has been told in a book written by the chief spokesperson for the UN refugee agency.

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Former refugee helps displaced women amplify their voices

When a community breaks down, women face a heightened risk of exploitation, abuse and violence, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has found.

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News in brief 27 April (AM)

More than 2,000 Afghan civilians killed or injured in first quarter of 2017

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UN and Africa: focus on DRC, Burundi and Somalia

New mass graves find in DRC – OHCHR’s Liz Throssell

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