UN continues to help child victims of Syrian conflict

UN continues to help child victims of Syrian conflict

WNN Radio On Air (WNN/UNR) United Nations, NEW YORK, AMERICAS: A global petition which encourages people across the world to voice outrage at the devastating impact on children of an ongoing civil war in Syria, launched by the UN last February still needs your signature and action. The appeal has come from UNICEF, the UN […]

KENYA: 300+ Somali children separated from detained or deported parents

KENYA: 300+ Somali children separated from detained or deported parents

IRIN – Humanitarian news and analysis for – WNN Breaking (WNN/IRIN) Nairobi, KENYA, EASTERN AFRICA: As Kenya continues to round up and detain refugees, migrants and asylum-seekers in a controversial anti-terrorism operation, fears are mounting over the fate of around 300 children separated from parents arrested during the sweeps. Some of these children are reported […]

Global peace & stability is key to reaching all 8 UN Millennium Development Goals

Global peace & stability is key to reaching all 8 UN Millennium Development Goals

Helen Clark – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) United Nations, New York, N.Y., UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Every minute, someone dies from armed violence somewhere in the world (pdf), according to human rights groups and peace campaigners. Though the number of international conflicts has decreased in recent decades, achieving lasting global peace remains an elusive goal. Next week, […]

Red Cross relief efforts help Sumatra ethnics rebuild lives after earthquake

Red Cross relief efforts help Sumatra ethnics rebuild lives after earthquake

Ahmad Husein and Madeline Wilson for the IFRC – WNN Breaking (WNN/IFRC) Sumatra, INDONESIA, ASIA PACIFIC: One month after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck Aceh Province, Indonesia, the Red Cross continues to provide support to affected communities. Over 52,000 people were forced to flee their homes after the earthquake struck Aceh Tengah and Bener Meriah districts, […]

Ceasefire agreements in Burma/Myanmar may save limbs

Ceasefire agreements in Burma/Myanmar may save limbs

WNN Improve It (WNN/IRIN) Bangkok, BURMA/MYANMAR, ASIA PACIFIC: While the exact extent of landmine pollution throughout Myanmar is unknown, the army and at least 17 non-state armed groups (NSAGs) have used antipersonnel mines in conflicts over the past 14 years, according to the Geneva-based ICBL – International Campaign to Ban Landmines. Myanmar’s central government faces […]

Trafficked women and girls suffer under “critical risks” says IOM

Trafficked women and girls suffer under “critical risks” says IOM

WNN Breaking (WNN/IOM) Geneva, SWITZERLAND, EUROPE: In today’s increasingly mobile and interconnected world, migration has become an integral part of the lives of over 100 million women. At different stages of their lives, a growing proportion of these women leave their familiar surroundings to study, work, marry, reunite with their families or flee a dangerous […]

When Tibetan activists, artists & musicians use the word ‘freedom’

When Tibetan activists, artists & musicians use the word ‘freedom’

Ivan Broadhead – WNN Breaking (WNN/VOA) Dharamsala, INDIA, SOUTH ASIA: In Chinese-ruled Tibet, activists have used various means to protest policies that human rights groups say subjugate, and even destroy the Tibetan identity. Self-immolations are the latest method used by protesters to draw the world’s attention to their plight, but activists are also embracing other kinds […]

Those displaced in Syria suffer in camps under crowded crisis

Those displaced in Syria suffer in camps under crowded crisis

WNN Breaking (WNN/IRIN) Damascus, SYRIA: At a school-turned-shelter in an upscale neighbourhood of the Syrian capital, sheets hanging from makeshift clotheslines divide classrooms into separate sleeping quarters for the 238 families that live here. This shelter in Damascus is considered “5-star”, compared to those elsewhere in the country, where Syrians displaced by nearly two years […]

UN pushes for investigation on violence against children under Syrian conflict

UN pushes for investigation on violence against children under Syrian conflict

WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) Damascus, SYRIA: In the wake of a visit to Syria, a senior United Nations official has welcomed the commitment made by the Middle Eastern country’s authorities to allow the world body to begin the independent verification of alleged violations against children in the conflict taking place there. “This will allow for better […]

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