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FROM THE FIELD: What do you want to be when you grow up? One day I will…

  One person in every 70 is caught up in a humanitarian crisis right now, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), with women and girls among the most impacted. The harsh reality of rape, early marriage, or sex trafficking or slavery, rarely makes headlines. Nor do girls who […]

Myanmar companies bankroll ‘brutal operations’ of military, independent UN experts claim in new report

IRIN/Steve Sandford Money earned by the Myanmar military from international and domestic business deals, “substantially enhances its ability to carry out gross violations of human rights with impunity” according to a report released on Monday by an independent United Nations group looking into military-business ties in the South East Asian country.   In a statement, […]

With Libyans now ‘fighting the wars of others’ inside their own country, UN envoy urges Security Council action to end violence

    Fighting in Libya “shows no signs of abating”, the head of the United Nations Support Mission (UNSMIL), told the Security Council on Monday, painting a grim picture of worsening humanitarian conditions, and warning that the instability and influx of foreign weapons is fueling a proxy war in the north African country. Briefing the […]

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

“On this World Day against Trafficking in Persons, let us reaffirm our commitment to stop criminals from ruthlessly exploiting people for profit and to help victims rebuild their lives.” — UN Secretary-General António Guterres Human trafficking is a crime that exploits women, children and men for numerous purposes including forced labour and sex. Since 2003 […]

Don’t panic, support DR Congo in fight against deadly Ebola virus, UN health agency urges

Ebola virus is just one challenge among many facing communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, reiterating an appeal for the international community to show support and solidarity for its people. Speaking in Geneva, spokesperson Dr. Margaret Harris noted that measles has already killed more people this year than the Ebola outbreak, […]