A group of UN independent human rights experts have called on countries to lift – or at the very least, ease – sanctions to allow affected nations and communities access to vital supplies to fight against the global coronavirus pandemic.
From becoming a school teacher to training as a football player, 40 girls between the ages of 6 and 18 trapped in humanitarian crises shared their dreams with award-winning photographer Vincent Tremeau. A photographer for the UN office coordinating humanitarian affairs, known as OCHA, Mr. Tremeau explained that “it started as a game” in which the girls dressed up in clothes depicting what they would like to be as adults.
In an interview with UN News on Wednesday, Najat Rochdi, who is UN Deputy Special Representative and humanitarian coordinator in Central African Republic, explained that 64 per cent of people there need assistance this year, and the year's humanitarian budget is less than 40 per cent funded. Ms. Rochdi outlined the key challenges her teams face in CAR.
With the UN imploring those fighting in Syria’s civil war and the countries backing them to prevent a “bloodbath” in the last rebel-held enclave of Idlib, the World Food Programme (WFP) is doing all it can to help civilians cope in the event of an offensive. Marwa Awad, Spokesperson for WFP in Syria, told Nabil Al Midani, from UN News’s Arabic service, what they were doing to safeguard families in the line of fire.