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UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva: mass graves in Libya’s Tarhuna, Human Rights Council action on Eritrea, Myanmar and more

This week’s top stories include action at the Human Rights Council on Eritrea, Myanmar and a push for all countries to take early action to stop violence against women and girls. In Ukraine, UN Refugee agency chief Filippo Grandi has been offering support to communities devastated by the Russian invasion, and we’ll also hear the latest hard-hitting findings of the UN Fact-Finding Mission in Libya.

El-Miskin Camp in in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State is home to around 5000 IDPs.
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Monday’s Daily Brief: Nigeria massacre, Libya shelling condemned; recycled plastic used to build classrooms in Côte d’Ivoire

Our main stories today: UN chief and senior UN official condemn the ‘terrible massacre’ in Nigeria that left some 65 dead, and the shelling of a hospital in Libya that killed medical workers; UN Secretary-General António Guterres reacts to a deadly landslide in China; recycled plastic waste is used to build classrooms in Côte d’Ivoire; and scouts are urged to become human rights defenders.

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Vulnerable Venezuelan refugees need more aid: UNHCR’s Filippo Grandi

On a visit to the Colombian border, UN refugee agency chief, Filippo Grandi, said the international community must do more to aid thousands of Venezuelans leaving the country each day, many seeking international protection.

Mr. Grandi said the scale of the refugee exodus from Venezuela into Colombia was “shocking.”  

According to UNHCR, more than 4,000 are making the crossing every day, looking to stay or continue their journey southwards.


UN and Africa: UN refugee chief in Somalia, closing of POC site and 'Childhood under Attack' in South Sudan

First closure of civilian protection site in South Sudan

Hundreds of families who had been sheltering at a UN camp in South Sudan are returning home due to improved security.  That's according to the UN mission in the country, UNMISS, which for the first time has closed one of its protection of civilian sites, or POCs.  These locations provide sanctuary for internally displaced people (IDPs) who have fled conflict which broke out four years ago.  Irene Lasu has been speaking to Sam Muhumure, the mission's Senior Coordina

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Despite progress, Somalia still needs support: UN refugee chief

The international community is being urged to continue supporting efforts to restore and rebuild Somalia.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi made the appeal during a visit to the country this week.

Decades of political instability coupled with armed violence, poverty, drought and other natural hazards, have displaced scores of Somalis: either within the country or across the border.

But, as Dianne Penn reports, many are returning home.

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Violence against Rohingyas is “exceptional": UN refugee chief

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has said that the violence experienced by refugees who’ve fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh is among the worst he has encountered – and that their plight is a “recipe” for a health “disaster”.

Speaking to journalists in Geneva on Wednesday, Filippo Grandi praised the Bangladeshi authorities for keeping their borders open, before calling on the government of Myanmar to find solutions to the crisis.

UNHCR/Achilleas Zavallis (file photo)

Collective commitment to work together on refugees

There’s now a collective commitment within the international community to work together on the response to the global refugee and migrant crisis.

That’s the view of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, speaking in New York before world leaders adopted what’s been described as a “bold plan” to enhance protection for those people who have been forced to flee their homes.

The UN says there are some 65 million people forcibly displaced worldwide.

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Colombian refugees look to rebuild after Ecuador quake

It has been three months since a 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Ecuador, killing more than 660 people.

The disaster left more than 80,000 people homeless, including refugees fleeing violence in neighbouring Colombia.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees recently travelled to the South American country to meet displaced families.

Dianne Penn reports.

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