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News in Brief 29 April 2020

  • Myanmar: possible war crimes and crimes against humanity

  • Cybercrime and online fraud, heighten privacy and data threats amid pandemic

  • Rights experts appeal for Lao victims of dam disaster who lost everything

The Earth's protective ozone layer is well on track to recovery in the next few decades.
Photo: UNEP

Monday’s Daily Brief: Ozone layer heals, 'regional conflagration' risk rises over oilfield attacks, South Sudan update, Myanmar genocide threat remains

A recap of Monday’s top stories: The ozone layer is on track to repair; Instability rises over oilfield attacks in Saudi Arabia; General Assembly chief Espinosa bows out; Disaster and conflict displace thousands in Asia Pacific; Sexual violence unpunished in South Sudan; Genocide threat remains for Rohingya.

Local school children water the vegetable garden at the Ban Bor Primary School in Xay District, Lao People's Democratic Republic. 14 May 2019.
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Thursday’s Daily Brief: Ebola in DR Congo, malnutrition in Laos, baby health, support for Sahel force, #ClimateAction

On Thursday, we cover: more support needed for Sahel force, fears in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as Ebola response funding dwindles; food and nutrition concerns in Laos; an update on low birthweight babies across the world; and the UN chief’s trip for climate action in the Pacific continues.

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Lao victims fled dam disaster floodwater with nothing: IOM

In Lao People’s Democratic Republic, commonly known as Laos, the UN is involved in an emergency relief operation after a huge dam breach on Monday released floodwater that destroyed entire villages.

According to IOM, the UN Migration Agency, people fled the disaster with nothing.

Speaking from Bangkok, the agency’s Chris Lom, told UN News’s Daniel Johnson how the agency aims to help in the worst-affected areas.


Soap opera puts stunting in the spotlight

A television soap opera is teaching parents in Laos how to protect their children from stunting.

Chronic under-nutrition is a major issue in the Asian country, resulting in half the children there being too short for their age.

The soap opera was developed through a project by the government and the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Christopher Larsen reports on how it is providing villagers with food for thought.

Duration: 4’04”

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Laos farmers helped to work through dry and wet seasons

Farmers in Laos can now work their fields during both wet and dry season thanks to a new integrated irrigation project.

The project which is supported by the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, and the India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) fund helps farmers to boost production and improve their livelihoods.

Cathrine Hasselberg spoke with Mme. Kaarina Immonen, the UNDP Resident Representative in Laos, and began by asking about the benefits of the project.

Duration: 3’09”