Some of the world’s most marginalized and defenseless communities have fallen victim to violence and other rights abuses during the COVID-19 pandemic, prompting the UN agency dedicated to tackling the AIDS virus to urge Governments to protect the most vulnerable, particularly key populations at higher risk of HIV.
Since November, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has evacuated more than 1,000 extremely vulnerable refugees from Libya, providing them “with a new chance at life”.
Bronwen Cowley spoke to Cécile Pouilly, UNHCR spokesperson, for the latest update in Geneva.
Poverty has fallen dramatically in Belarus, but some groups remain vulnerable, particularly single-parent households, families with more than three children and the elderly.
That’s according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
Around 14% of the Belarus population is 65 or over.
UNFPA says these older people are particularly susceptible to domestic violence.
The agency’s Elena Kaso explained to Ahniya Asanovich what steps are being taken to protect them.