Hello, in this week’s show: an alert over fighting in Yemen’s north and the inevitable toll on the country’s war-weary people, grassroots solutions to gender-based violence among refugees and the latest from the UN health agency about rare multi-organ inflammation in children with COVID.
Stay with us too to hear about progress on the global eradication of landmines, and not forgetting closing comments from regular guest, Solange Behoteguy-Cortes.
The United Nations on Wednesday called for an investigation into the deadly attack in northern Afghanistan against the HALO Trust, a humanitarian group working to rid the country of landmines. In a statement issued on Friday, the UN Security Council described the attack as "atrocious and cowardly", underlining the need to hold the terrorist perpetrators to account.
Thousands of people continue to be killed and injured every year by landmines and explosive weapons in conflicts around the world, while the COVID-19 pandemic has forced mine-clearance efforts to be scaled back, a UN-backed civil society report on the issue said on Thursday.
Ongoing hostilities in Libya have left numerous cities severely “re-contaminated” with unexploded ordnance, threatening schools, universities and hospitals, the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) said on Wednesday.