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UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva - Cyprus talks, shipwrecks, Central African Republic alert, UNFPA funding cuts

UN Catch-Up takes us from talks over the divided eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus, to the deadly stretch of water that separates North Africa from Europe, scene of a particularly disturbing migrant shipwreck this week.

We’ll also hear an alert from UNICEF in the Central African Republic over ongoing violence that’s leaving youngsters vulnerable to exploitation – and a warning from the UN agency for sexual and reproductive health, over the devastating consequences for women, girls and their families from the UK’s $180 million funding cut.

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UNHCR’s Melissa Fleming tells Syrian refugee’s powerful story of survival

A young Syrian refugee woman’s remarkable story of surviving “one of the worst shipwrecks in the Mediterranean” has been told in a book written by the chief spokesperson for the UN refugee agency.

Melissa Fleming recently presented ‘A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea’ at UN Headquarters in New York.

Although she has heard many stories of resilience over the course of her career, Doaa Al Zamel’s story haunted her, Ms Fleming said.

She was among 11 people who survived when a boat carrying 500 people sunk at sea back in 2014.