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UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva: Yemen alert, COVID in kids, stopping GBV & landmines eradication update

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.

An explosives specialist conducts mine clearance operations after detecting a piece of metal in Afghanistan, where 2,300 casualties as a result of landmines were reported in 2017 alone.
UNMAS/Cengiz Yar

Afghanistan: UN condemns ‘horrendous attack’ on demining partner HALO Trust

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.

UN News/Laura Quiñones

News in Brief 12 February 2020

  • Countries and airlines should react to COVID-19 risk proportionally, urges UN aviation organization chief 

  • Libya’s cities ‘re-contaminated’ by months of fighting, warn UN mine experts 

  • International Support Group for Lebanon calls for comprehensive reforms