Category: Aid

Yemen’s cholera epidemic surpasses half-million suspected cases, UN agency says

15.08.2017 News

More than 500,000 people in Yemen are suspected of having cholera, the United Nations health agency today said, warning that the disease is spreading quickly due to a lack of clean water or health access. “Yemen’s cholera epidemic, currently the largest in the world, has spread rapidly due to deteriorating hygiene and sanitation conditions and disruptions […]

In Iraq, UN Youth Envoy says young people are ‘most valuable force we have to shape a better future’

The UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake, at a special International Youth Day event in Baghdad, hosted by the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Iraq. Photo: UNAMI/Ivan Djordjevic

As International Youth Day events kicked off worldwide today, at a special event in Iraq, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake, pledged to do everything in her power to ensure the voices of youths, including those working to build peace, are heard. “Today, thousands of young women and men work tirelessly, often under very […]

Iraq launches UN-supported action plan to save lives of mothers and newborns

Health workers supported by UNICEF and the Directorate of Health visit a newborn and her mother in their shelter in Debaga displacement camp in Erbil Governorate, Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Decades of conflict and under-investment have placed a huge strain on Iraq’s healthcare system – with pregnant women and their babies paying for it with their lives, according to three United Nations agencies. “Although progress has been made to lower maternal mortality rates, there has been slow headway in reducing the mortality rates for children […]

ISIL’s ‘genocide’ against Yazidis is ongoing, UN rights panel says, calling for international action

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Marking three years since the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) attacked the Yazidis in Syria, a United Nations-mandated inquiry has called for justice and rescue plans. “The Commission of Inquiry calls on the international community to recognize the crime of genocide being committed by ISIL against the Yazidis and to undertake steps to refer […]

Tanzania: Attacks on persons with albinism decline; local attitudes must change, UN expert finds

Children with albinism are often abused in Africa. Photo: UNICEF Mozambique/Sergio Fernandez

Welcoming a drop in the number of reported attacks against people with albinism, a United Nations human rights expert has concluded that this group of people in rural Tanzania continue to live in fear amid widespread attitudes that lead to violence against them. “People with albinism continue to live in a very fragile situation, as […]

‘Act now’ to help and protect trafficking victims, UN urges on World Day against the scourge

Young women in Colombia forced into sexual exploitation. Photo: UNICEF/Donna DeCesare

Criminal groups feed off the instability created by conflicts, and as links between wars, trafficking and migrant smuggling become more widely known, the United Nations is calling on the international community to act now to help and protect trafficking victims and to end this crime forever. “Conflict is a breeding ground for criminal activity,” said […]