20 Episode results for "Coordination Of Humanitarian"
United Nations Warns Food Aid, Medical Supplies Blocked From Ethiopia's Tigray.
"You're listening to the news office. Our on africa business radio. The united nations and thursday one that aid agencies are unable to be stock food health and other emergency supplies in the philippines north and tigra region where federal troops with local forces the un office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs in his latest reports on the crisis hurt in the operations said telephone lines to the region. Were still down. It's other that transport is not allowed to and from tiger of which shortages of basic commodities are reportedly appearing impact in the most vulnerable first and the most and that was the news at this time when africa business radio. You can continue to listen my line at. Www dot africa business radio dot com or fire arguable app. I am rachel she gender. Thank you for listening.
Hundreds Of Thousands Displaced By Floods In South Sudan
"You're listening to the news. Hour on Africa Business Radio the United Nations for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said nearly one million people are now known to have been affected by flooding in South Sudan OCHA says an estimated eight hundred thousand people live in affected are in areas along the white. Now South Sudan has been experiencing flooding since July. OC Hitch in a press release said lots of communities have fled to higher ground to escape the rising waters and approximately three hundred, sixty, eight thousand people are currently displaced women and children moved affected. The agency said, the majority of the effective population had been reached with food assistance and over one hundred, thousand people have received health support, and that was the knees at this time when Africa Business Radio, you can't continue this in my online at www dot Africa business radio scum or our mobile APP. I'm Rachel chih-jen. Thank you for listening.
News in Brief 14 October 2020
"This is the news in brief from the United Nations. U. N. teams have deployed in southern Afghanistan, where fighting has displaced tens of thousands of people. It follows days of intensifying clashes between Afghan national security forces, and the Taliban near Chicago city in Helmand province peace talks between the two sides began last month in Canada in an alert the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs orcher said that to assessment teams have assisted of. People so far accessing affected areas is dangerous as the highway between Kandahar and Lashkar is off limits because of the risk of improvised explosive devices citing local authorities reported that thirty five thousand people are now sheltering in Chicago city and that hundreds of casualties are receiving medical care. But disruption to electricity and telecommunications networks has affected the work of humanitarian partners and raised concerns that tens of thousands may lose access to critical health services. To. The ongoing health threat posed by. Becky. Laces now and concerns that there could be a dramatic rise in the number of infections globally of TB linked in part to the caveat crisis, the World Health, Organization who ward on Wednesday that in many countries, human financial and other resources have been reallocated from TB to battling covid nineteen. This has affected essential data collection and reporting systems which are needed to assess risks and indicate. Where to focus efforts to tackle Tybee, which is preventable who said data from more than two hundred countries showed significant reductions in the number of TB. Case notifications. This year even more worrying is the fact that three high burden countries, India Indonesia and the Philippines sought twenty five to thirty percent drop in registering the number of actual cases between January and June twenty twenty compared with the same period in two, thousand, nine hundred. Tuburculosis, or TV is the world's deadliest infectious killer who says it is caused by bacteria that most often affect the lungs and can be spread in the air by those who suffer from it around. Of those who full sick with TB each year live in thirty countries, most people who develop the disease are adults, and there are more cases among men the women. Finally talks have been held between Lebanon and Israel over their disputed maritime border facilitated by the United States, and the UN a statement released on Wednesday by the US administration and the Office of the UN. Special Coordinator for Lebanon noted that the Israeli delegation was headed by the. Director General of the Ministry of Energy the Lebanese delegation was headed by Brigadier General. Amir seen deputy chief of staff for operations from the Lebanese armed forces according to Lebanese media. The meeting broke up after an hour described as an initial meeting. The joint US and UN statement said that the representatives held productive talks and reaffirmed their commitment to continue negotiations later this month Daniel Johnson, you're news.
ManyTigray refugees enteringSudan withnothing buttheir clothes: UNHCR
"This is connor lennon from. Un news nearly sixty thousand people. From ethiopia's volatile tigray region have now crossed the border to remote southeastern sudan optimal than two months of fighting many with just the clothes on their backs. The emergency has created a massive protection challenge for the un refugee agency in sudan. Unhcr which is doing everything. It can't provide what they need as spokesperson. Xl bishop tells us news is daniel johnson. I've just been on a mission to the east. Where i have looked at the response in relation to the refugee influx from ideo. Peel right. so we're going to talk about the refugee influx which comes after two and a half months of fighting water. The numbers now that you're seeing seeking shelter over the border of sudan from ethiopia's northern region of tigray so we have about fifty eight thousand at europeans. Which are actually entered into saddam at the moment the influx is between two to five hundred people daily coming across the border. They're coming in through to border areas Diet and lewke that number coming over two to five hundred a day. That's a lot less than it was but you suggesting that perhaps people are just too far away from the border to get to safety across the border now yes the first influx which resources came from the villages on the western side of tigray at the moment the people which we are seeing of people who have walked for some time what we see is that maybe we have an indication that the western side of being emptied and the people seeking shelter not come from further away. What are they telling you what are their needs. So i mean. Most of the people have Actually entered sudan without anything so they come with their clothes but many many few coming with no possessions at what we hear is that many come without documentation which is also something which we are trying to address the first influx came in relation to direct fighting the influx which we have now. The people are telling us that it's more in relation to the fact that they don't feel safe in tigray not so much because of the fighting because they are from the gray area. So do you have an idea. About what the level of fighting is in tigray today. What is your access you know we are working on the sudan side and our office in addis. Ababa is actually trying to gain access now. What we are doing is trying to relocate them. From the border areas further inland. We have two camps at the moment which are some distance from the border where border conflict should not be a problem. Okay but i'm just concerned that there's no access to hundreds of thousands potentially of people on the other side of the border of sudan with. He need essential food. Water and other services reported rising malnutrition from the office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs and they cited bureaucratic obstacles in in getting access to people who need it so. What's the latest you have on tensely getting help to these people in need as we are sitting here on the sudan side we are focusing on the influx which has come across the border from at the opium and we also have offices in the opium which are dealing with the people who have moved inside the tigray area but also inside at your more at large. So let's talk about two and a half months into this conflict. In the northern region of tigrayan ethiopia. You're trying to relocate tens of thousands potentially of refugees because you've got camps further inland in sudan. Could you may be explain what the difficulties are first of all. It's always a challenge to actually find. Land land something which is owned here by individuals but also by government and we have been working together with the government of sudan. We go a piece of land which is old campsite which is called ambre kuba what we have placed about twenty thousand refugees at the moment here. We have within. I would say short span in able to at least all stem in attempts but also ensure water health and food the second site which we have because kuba has been saturated is tenable. it's further way than kouba and it takes about twelve to fourteen sometimes. Sixteen hours to actually have the buses leaving the border area arriving at the campsite. Which therefore makes it arrivals in the middle of the night now. The campsite is located in a very remote area where we don't have any electricity and we are concerned that actually offloading these amounts of people in the middle of the night with no lights is something of a concern to us. We are trying to do this now. In such a way that we have larger area rub whole set up where we host people until we have the song light out again and then we give them the tents which have been set up for them. Sure and final. Question to you mr bishop. We are two and a half months into this conflict refugees telling you that. They are hopeful. Being able to return amid this fighting between two grants and the marines in the northern region of ethiopia. Refugees are still hopeful. But i think that what we see Is that people are here for longer term and why we have had some people expressing hopes to return they would like to return to the tigray. Which was there some three months ago not to the new situation which stay. I've heard the bald. So what we think that this will take some time.
News in Brief 11 October 2019
"Enforced at tens of thousands to flee agencies said on Friday speaking in Geneva Jens Locker from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs or Archer said that this is the news in brief from the United Nations as strikes underground offensive by Turkey in northern Syria against Kurdish forces have left civilians dead. The places of worship around the World Daniel Johnson U._N. News Exit UNHCR Annual Executive Committee meeting in Geneva representatives from Burkina Faso Mali Niger Chad and Mauritania reaffirmed their commitment to work together it added to Burkina Faso now where hundreds of thousands of civilians have fled insecurity and violence linked to armed groups in just the last three months on Friday last March highlighting disturbing rise in violence directed at Jews it warned that no society was immune from vile hatred before echoing calls for greater protection the UN's emergency relief chief Mark Lowcock noted that the Turkish government had given assurances that they attach maximum importance to the protection of civilians and the avoidance of to help people fleeing violence in their own country and across borders and finally as German authorities indicate that this week's synagogue attack in how was almost certain the making the development comes as armed groups have intensified attacks in Burkina Faso's neighboring countries Mali and Nigeria the violence has also spilled over into -Benin me I'm to them his comments came as the human rights office. Oh CHR reported that seven civilians including two women and boy had been killed in the first two days of the being that overall some five point four million people need urgent assistance in the region including three point two million in Mali and seven hundred thousand in western Asia at this one thousand since July a further sixteen thousand are now refugees in neighboring countries of the Suhel the agency said while warning of an unprecedented humanitarian emergency the work of a white nationalist the UN human rights office has called for much quick action to stop the spread of
News in Brief 18 December 2020
"This is the news in brief from the united nations in northern. Mozambique attacks by violent extremists have created a master's placement emergency which has left at one point one million people in need of assistance and protection in an appeal for two hundred and fifty four million dollars. The you an office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs officer detailed rising violence conflict and insecurity in cabo delgado and neighboring provinces this year spokesperson jens locker said that attacks and fighting has forced tens of thousands of people from their homes every month nearly five hundred and thirty thousand are now internally displaced in kabul delgado nampula and nasa almost five times the number registered in march twenty twenty hears that jens locker now people fleeing violence in kabul gather have been exposed to severe violations and abuses and we are especially concerned for the plight of children and women women and girls are at risk of abduction gender-based violence and exploitation while boys are at risk of being killed recruited by armed groups. There is deep concern for civilians. Who remained cut off in areas isolated by violence and humanitarian are worried that many places hosting displaced people will flood in the upcoming rainy season together with the local authorities. The un and partners are working to set up new settlement areas where conditions are suitable for the displaced to shelter. Tens of thousands of desperate migrants continue to embark on dangerous journeys across the world's deserts jungles and sees thousands of dying along the way. That's the stock message. From you and migration agency iom which set on friday international migrants day that it had recorded three thousand one hundred seventy four deaths worldwide. On the routes that bond. Bro people take although this number represents a significant drop in deaths compared with previous years likely linked to more than ninety thousand covid nineteen restrictions around the world. Some routes so an increase in fatalities iram said this includes the five hundred and ninety three people who died on route to spain's canary islands. So fine two thousand twenty compared with two hundred ten in two thousand nine hundred and forty five in two thousand eighteen in thailand the arrest of demonstrators under treason. Laws is deeply troubling the office of the high commissioner for human rights. Oh chr said on. Friday the announcement comes after the authorities charged dozens of activists in past weeks h hr said including eighteen h protester spokesperson ravina johnny. So that they could face prison sentences of between three and fifteen years. We are deeply troubled by the move by thai authorities to charge at least thirty five activists over the past few weeks including sixteen year old student activist and article. One one two. Which is the less majesty. provision of. thailand's criminal code. The offense carry sentences of between three and fifteen years imprisonment for defaming insulting or threatening the country's royal family. We are particularly alarmed that the sixteen year olds was presented by police to the juvenile court with a request for a detention order. Shoved sahni noted that numerous un human rights mechanisms had repeatedly called on thailand to bring its treason law in line with the country's international obligations concerning freedom of expression as stipulated in the international covenant on civil and political rights. It is extremely disappointing. That after a of two years without any cases we are suddenly witnessing a large number of cases and shockingly now also against a minor the un human rights office spokesperson said daniel. Johnson un news.
News in Brief 26 January 2021
"This is the news in brief from the united nations. Un agencies have stepped up to help communities in mozambique affected by tropical cyclone. Louise just three weeks after. Devastating tropical storm at chalene made landfall. Louise hit bearer a major city in sofala province in central mozambique at the weekend bringing high winds heavy rains and severe flooding. preliminary figures. Indicate that at least six people died in the latest tragedy. The storm also damaged more than eight thousand eight hundred houses and at least twenty. Six health centres and disrupted power and communication links. Within thirty shelters have been set up in the province providing temporary accommodation for around fifteen thousand families. According to the un office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs or archer churches mosques and some government offices are also housing the displaced many of whom fled with little more than the clothes on their backs said pull dylan a spokesperson from the un international organization migration. Im a lack of flights and delays caused by covid nineteen responsible for the large drop in the number of refugees finding shelter in another country last year. The un has said lower national quotas also drove down admissions to resettlement countries from around sixty four thousand people in two thousand nine hundred to just under twenty three thousand. These are the lowest refugee resettlement numbers. The agency has witnessed in almost two decades. Said u n refugee agency assistant high commissioner for protection gillian triggs. We can only hope that twenty twenty will be an extreme anomaly for refugee resettlement mistakes said on monday before urging governments everywhere to offer more places process plays more quickly and help save lives of those most in need antiquated risk. Globally an estimated one point four four million refugees are in urgent need of resettlement. According to the u n high commissioner for refugees a world health organization expert panel its first guidance on the madonna. Covid nineteen vaccine on tuesday saying that it should ideally be given to people in two separate doses twenty eight days. Apart in exceptional circumstances this period could be extended to forty two days said. Who's group of experts on immunisation. Sage amid supply shortages affecting many countries the development follows sages recommendations on the fifth of january. On how these similar pfizer covid. Nineteen vaccines should be used as deaths from the new corona virus of topped two point one million globally. Dr keta brian. Who heads the department of immunization vaccines and biologicals have the urine. Health agency also underlined the agency's belief that there was no reason to think that the vaccine caused complications in pregnant women. She dismissed misplaced fears over the new pharmaceutical technique. That relies on 'em a molecule to produce the madonna and five vaccines insisting that it could not alter human dna has many believed ruinously not live vaccines and especially for madeira advisor. The amarna vaccine's the myrna has degraded quickly. There's no chance of it impossible for it to change anything in your dna. There's no reason why we think that there would be a problem in pregnancy. Dr hebron also reiterated the. Who's appeal for equitable access to cave nineteen immunization with health workers and other key workers i as the only way to overcome the pandemic more vaccine is coming she said before urging all those who were not in the highest risk group to wait their turn in order to help. The greatest number of people with the limited number of days is available. Daniel johnson u. n. news.
News in Brief 16 March 2021
"This is the news in brief from the united nations. The death toll among protesters in myanmar sword in the last week amid ongoing violence following the their urine rights chief. Michelle bachelet said on tuesday. Latest data from the office of the high commissioner for human rights confirms that at least at one hundred and forty nine people have been victims of the unlawful use of lethal force since the military takeover on the first of february at least eleven were killed on monday and fifty seven died over the weekend and there are many more reports of further killings that the un rights office said. It has not been able to corroborate yet. Spokesperson ravina shoved asahi told journalists in geneva that the high commissioner had appealed for all states which have influence to take measures to ensure that the violence comes to an end. There is really a clear need for a unified message from the security council to one stress that this violence needs to be brought to an end and to call for accountability of the perpetrators of this violence and of previous severe human rights violations. That were committed by the military with the situation dire and getting worse by the day. Ms shoved sunny added that the high commissioner was also concerned that any sanctions imposed against neon mar should be targeted against specific military officials rather than broad sanctions which may impact on the wider population to nigeria and south sudan. Way un humanitarian have issued appeals for two point seven billion dollars in funding to support millions of people affected by violence. Food insecurity needs in. Nigeria are greatest in the northeastern states of borno and yobe where spokesperson for the office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs. Jens locker said that there was a security incident almost every week to help six point. Four million the most vulnerable people including two million who are internally displaced. The un office has requested one billion dollars from the international community more than five. Million people in nigeria's northeast risk of acute hunger during the upcoming lean season. Which is the worst out looking for years. According to archer which said that conflict displacement on the disruption of livelihoods from covid nineteen restrictions have made the situation worse in south sudan. Humanitarian have warned that the country is facing its highest levels of food insecurity and malnutrition since independence. Ten years ago to respond to these threats. Author says that it needs at one point. Seven billion dollars to reach six point. Six million people with lifesaving assistance and protection. The office cited the expected return of devastating flooding which affected more than one million people last year as well as localized conflicts in many parts of the country which have driven up humanitarian needs in addition to covid nineteen impact on markets services and people's opportunity to and work daniel. Johnson you news.
News in Brief 2 October 2020
"This is the news in brief from the United Nations. Catastrophic flooding and rising food and health costs in Sudan have driven up the number of people in need the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs or Archer said on Friday authorities declared a three-month state of emergency in early September after the worst flooding in thirty years to date more than eight. Hundred and sixty thousand people have had houses destroyed or damaged and more than one hundred, twenty died hundreds of schools and thousands of health facilities have also been affected especially in North Darfur, Khartoum for and Sana. The response by agencies and partners has reached more than four hundred thousand people so far which shelter and essential items for more than one hundred and. Eighty, thousand flood-affected refugees and around one point nine million internally displaced people and communities amid growing needs searching inflation reaching nearly one hundred and seventy percent in has caused a shortage of basic commodities and increase prices of some locally sourced supplies by up to four hundred percent. Here's ultra spokesperson Jens Locker in some cases by the time the procurement process finalized the. Supplies have increased prices so that the original body it's no longer valid agencies have to restart the process from scratch while there's no guarantee that by the time that that process is done, the prices will not have risen once again and they can start all over you and appointed independent rights. Experts have urged the Iraqi authorities to investigate the murder of a female. Human Rights defender and the attempted killing of another targeted simply because they are women in a joint appeal on Friday. The seven s also called on Baghdad to ensure that it was safe for everyone who stood up for people's rights in the country. The development follows the deadly shooting in August of Doctor Yakub and the attempted assassination of Laudi Mona L. Party. In. Basra. Eighth Rights Defenders had lead women's marches within the protest movement against corruption and unemployment that began in two thousand eighteen in these sudden city women are a leading force in the Human Rights Community Batas. In many countries, they face additional threats simply because they are women the experts said in a statement they added that amid war and insecurity women human. Rights Defenders faced prejudice exclusion by society and by political leaders, as well as physical attacks sexual violence, arbitrary tension enforced, disappearance torture, and even death. They said that it was an outrage that women in Iraq have to risk or lose the lives to defend human rights while also calling for an end to the state of impunity that allows these crimes to continue. The UN Human Rights Office OH CHR has called for urgent action to address the unimaginable horrors faced by migrants attempting to cross the central Mediterranean Sea in such a safety in Europe. The appeal fee you states to adopt a principled approach to migration also calls on them to tackle these shocking conditions that migrants face in Libya at and when they finally breach Europe. H. Chr highlighted what it called a cycle of violence whereby people faced deprivation and abuse in. Libya only to be left to drift for days at sea often the boats were intercepted dangerously by the authorities returned to Libya the UN rights office said in a statement noting that migrants then faced arbitrary detention torture and other serious human rights violations. The situation has become even more acute amid the covid nineteen pandemic which chuck continued as humanitarian search and rescue vessels have been prevented from heading out to sea while there's also a lack of access by civil society groups that helped migrants. The cool follows a week-long UN rights mission to Malta which engaged with government officials, U. N. partners migrant community leaders, civil society organizations, and seventy-six migrants from twenty five different countries Daniel Johnson U. N. News.
News in Brief 15 January 2021
"This is the news in brief from the united nations. Un humanitarian said that. They're in close contact with the indonesian authorities after six point. Two magnitude earthquake struck west sulawesi province in the early hours of friday. Eight people lost their lives and more than six hundred and thirty were injured. According to local officials heavy damage was reported in the city of majini including a five storey hospital. Where eight people were set to be. Trapped more than eighteen thousand have been moved to ten evacuation sites. These numbers are likely to increase as assessments. Continue according to the un office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs archer in geneva spokesperson and slacker said that the earthquake holiday smaller. Five point seven magnitude shock which struck the same area on thursday afternoon. The epicenter of the latest quake was shallow at ten kilometers and did not trigger as soon army warning he added. The earthquake interrupted the access road between medina and the provincial capital. Mahmoodul in three different locations electricity. Communications network and fuel supply have also been disrupted the united nations very close contact with the indonesian governments. And we stand ready to support the response to assist the affected people child. Labor has decreased significantly in the last decade but one hundred and fifty two million children. One in ten globally are still caught up in harmful work. The warning from the international labor organization. Ilo comes as it kicks off a year-long bid to radical the practice. I said that the covid nineteen pandemic has worsened. The situation for children but that legislative and practical measures can help reverse the trend. The un organizations appeal is in line with target eight point seven of the sustainability goals. Seventeen objectives that all countries have agreed to achieve by twenty thirty target. Eight point seven asks member states to take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labor and modern slavery and human trafficking countries are also urged to secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour including the recruitment and use of child soldiers and by twenty twenty five to end child labour in all its forms to the central african republic. Where one hundred and twenty thousand people have now fled election violence with victims reporting sexual attacks harassment and pillaging in appeal for. Calm the un refugee agency. Unhcr said that mass displacement is continuing reversing a trend of people returning to the country in recent years. Most of those fleeing outside the country have gone to neighboring democratic republic of the congo on wednesday alone. Ten thousand people cross the river separating the two countries in addition to the fifty thousand refugees and dlc another nine thousand have reached cameroon chad and the republic of congo in the past month. Here's unhcr spokesperson. Boris chesnokov what is the situation has evolved. It has worse than we've seen that. The number of refugees displaced looking across borders into neighboring countries. Because doubled in just one week. We were reporting of thirty thousand refugees last friday. Today it's already sixty thousand and much of that is the increase we've seen in the drc this coming with reports of intensified by lynch. The people are being forced to move from their home in. The situation is not calmed down for the moment in an appeal for funds. The spokesperson said that the inaccessible terrain along the eubanks where people have sheltered has complicated aid access. Inside the central african republic and other fifty eight thousand people remain displaced. Daniel johnson un news.
News in Brief 21 February 2020
"This is the news. In brief from the United Nations families. Fleeing violence in northwest Syria up burning their clothes to protect themselves against freezing winter temperatures. You and humanitarian said on Friday while warning of a bloodbath unless a ceasefire is agreed since the first of December the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs or Archer has reported that more than nine hundred thousand civilians have been displaced amid an offensive by government forces against armed groups in the last opposition held areas of Aleppo Governorate. All that nine hundred thousand sixty percent our children. Our spokesperson Jens Locker told journalists. Geneva IN THE FREEZING WINTER. Many people have resorted to burning their spare clothes pieces of furniture or other materials that they've out toxic fumes the front lines and relentless violence continues to move closer to these areas which are packed with this place people with bombardments increasingly affecting displacement sites and ever since we call for an immediate ceasefire to prevent further suffering and what we fear may end in a bloodbath amid growing needs archer now plans to help one point one million people in serious northwest for which it is appealing for. Half a billion dollars deadly attacks on villages in Burkina Faso her forced one hundred fifty thousand people to flee in just the last three weeks the refugee agency. Unhcr said on Friday according to UNHCR more than four thousand people a day have fled attacks in Burkina Faso since the first of January spokesperson Andrea. Maharidge said that more than seven hundred thousand have been displaced in the past twelve months. People fleeing violence report attacks on their villages by militant groups. Killing raping and pillaging terrified of these attacks residents have left everything behind to find safety. The agency has warned of a displacement emergency in the wider Suhel region amid a fivefold surge in terrorist attacks against civilians and military targets in Burkina Faso Mali and Tunisia. Since two thousand sixteen help is particularly needed in northern Burkina Faso were displaced families are staying with host communities who have little in the way of resources themselves. A similar pattern of violence has driven people from their homes in Mali and Anisia adding to the longstanding insecurity crisis further afield in the Lake Chad region. Whether you and Humanitarian Coordination Office Archer estimates that two point three million people are displaced finally. Un Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said that. He was appalled to learn of two. Apparently racially motivated shootings Germany on Wednesday according to reports. The gunman killed ten people in the town of Hanno before killing himself in what is likely one of the worst attacks on migrants in recent. German history in a statement the UN. Chief extended his deepest condolences to the families of the victims as well as the government and the people of the Federal Republic of Germany and wished a speedy recovery to those injured Daniel Johnson UN news.
News in Brief 12 March 2021
"This is the newseum brief from the united nations. The world health organization. Who set on friday that it was aware of blood clot concerns linked to a specific batch of astrazeneca oxford covid nineteen vaccine but it maintained. That experts believed that the benefits outweighed the risks according to who data hundreds of millions of doses of coronavirus vaccine have been administered globally. No one has died from any of the jobs. Spokesperson dr margaret harris told journalists during a regular briefing in geneva. Her comments coming after several countries suspended inoculation campaigns as a precaution as nine th march they have been over to sixty eight million doses of covid. Nineteen vaccines adminster since the start of the pandemic that's based on data reported. Who by national governments know causes of death have been found her being caused by covid. Nineteen vaccines to date. Dr harris noted that the. Who's independent expert. Global advisory board sage was currently assessing reports on the astra zeneca vaccine and that their findings would be made public as soon as possible. Blood clotting episodes are also common in people. So it's not clear if this was something that was going to happen or whether the vaccine was responsible the. Who spokesperson added as a friday. The twelfth of march there have been more than one hundred and eighteen million confirmed cases of covid nineteen globally including two point six million debts after a decade of war in syria. Nine and ten children still inside the country are in need of the un humanitarian have warned citing triple crisis of violence economic misery and the covid nineteen pandemic you until fund unicef said on friday. That families have been pushed to the brink of despair. Two out of three families cannot meet their basic needs. According to the agency's representative in syria by victor nyland. He said the nearly twelve thousand children have been confirmed killed or injured in syria since two thousand eleven one every eight hours but the actual number is likely to be much higher than nuke. Arenavirus had led to more negative coping mechanisms including an increase in child marriage and children as young as seven going to work. According to unicef the price of the average food basket in syria has increased by more than two hundred thirty percent in the last year. This has left more than half a million children under five suffering from stunting. The agency needs one point. Four billion dollars to respond to the people of syria neighboring countries this year to somalia finally where tens of thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes because of extreme water shortages since november twenty twenty eighty three thousand people have been displaced to search for water according to the office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs officer. That number is likely to increase. As latest weather forecasts indicate below average rainfall during the current rainy season from march to june pre. Drought conditions are already in place in somaliland puntland and thirty four districts in somalia also suffering falling poor seasonal rains in two thousand and twenty. His spokesperson jens lock. We have recorded eighty three thousand people who have been internally displaced because of these extreme water shortages but this is a moving number because people are basically picking up sticks and moving away from where. There's no water trying to find water. An estimated two point seven million somalis. I expected to face crisis levels of food insecurity between april and june more than sixty five percent increase from current levels or two reported that it's one billion dollar appeal for somalia is only two point five percent funded daniel johnson news.
The UN on Humanitarian Data
"Welcome to good code a weekly podcast on ethics in our digital world. My name is Sheila and I'm your host into this episode we speak speaking about humanitarian data. And we bring you on a little trip to the Netherlands in the quiet. CD OF THE HAGUE a five even walk from the central train station is the United Nations Centre for Humanitarian Data. You might picture a huge warehouse data racks buzzing all all around will. Don't it's actually a very simple office on the second floor of a nice co working space. The furniture is light green and a sign on the door says Acho. That's the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. We opens in December twenty seventeen when we launched the center and to have the great pleasure of working amongst a number of organizations working on humanitarian issues. Here in The Hague Stewart capable. He's the data polic- team lead at the center enter. Our offices are sort of occupying part of this floor but there are multiple different co working spaces. Collaborative areas for workshops OPS and so over here is where our main offices are most of the team based here in The Hague sits here and you can usually find us all either in the conference. Ramana caller squirreling away behind their computers. It's not a traditional data center. There is no data storage here. Think of it As a hub trying to accelerate the movement towards a data driven field. The center's goal is to increase the use an impact of data in humanitarian crisis crisis its vision as described on its website is to create a future where all people involved in a humanitarian emergency have access to the data. They need when and how they needed. Data has always been important in humanitarian work. But it's often being poorly used and it's become more and more important with more data collected than ever. The center wants to make sure that data is used to its fullest and actually helped saving lives most of my experiences with UNICEF Jeff. The United Nations Children's Fund and data was always in one form or another critical to our work or a critical barrier to getting our work done as someone who's studied Eddie political theory and not have data expertise or any particular technical training but I was involved in designing systems to move data in a lot of my work in the field field. I think one major barrier is kind of putting the cart before the horse so we want more data we see that. Of course there must be value in the data. Yeah but we don't think clearly enough about what we're trying to do with it and that leads to what we now talk about here at the center as missed use because we're collecting a lot of data that we're not clear on how to use so miss uses a major concern. The other is misuse in certainly in my field experience with the thinking of data about children. This is a major major concern right. We needed to make sure that that data was protected that it was managing irresponsible way that it never got into the wrong hands and I think that often you have as humanitarian actors. In an increasingly data fide landscape not always having the expertise available to sort of manage in a responsible way. That's where there's a role for the center to play and we're working really closely with the big agencies in the angios space as well to really understand what are the past st needs in gaps or the policier protocol needs in gaps. And where is there space for us to help build trust. I think if I think back about time particularly in places like South Sudan a a lot of the work that we do well has been based on ad hoc kind of relationship driven dynamics and that's effective until it's not but but what it comes down to his trust clarity on process and things that frankly can be quite boring but are critical like defining clear clear protocol for how information should be shared or understanding before you can start collecting. Did what you intend to do with it. I think if we could be clearer as a sector on that will will make a lot of headway in terms of how you use data to increase impact and have more effective humanitarian response. This summer I've visited the center and I sat down with at Saratoga Ford. It's director began by asking her. What exactly she means by humanitarian data? Data that helps you understand the humanitarian during crisis in that for as we see it in three buckets really was the situation before the crisis happens economics as the country education tation levels the locations of rivers and roads and boundaries of the country. Then there's the data about the event or the crisis and the severity and and the third is the response who's responding whether they providing are they meeting the needs and so those are really the three areas we think for humanitarian do is some data. Data's still collected manually. Like we mentioned Lakers humanitarian work on the ground with his lawyers that yes a myth. I mean we have a a sophomore year from from Iowa the they work on immigration and so they have people that go out and collect data. Let's say in Yemen. There's three hundred thirty districts they would go throughout and do a lot of manual data collection so interviews with people or community leaders to understand the needs a lot of that is manual and actually adds time into the whole process because then they have to go back and then enter that digitally and processes it so it does slow down but in some cases. It's the only way that you can work doc. When the center was created Telford had been with OSHAF over ten years? And it's there that the idea for the center slowly emerged starting with an open platform for for sharing humanitarian data into thousand fourteen as it was starting to get junction. We noticed a lot of bigger issues. That weren't going to be solved by a platform so that included I have a lack of capacity in the sector lack of data skills and policies. So really not. Having these frameworks are we can manage a responsibly. So those are kind of the big things that I saw like. How are we going to solve these things? At a time or just budget was shrinking. There was also a big world. Humanitarian in two thousand sixteen and donors and others were really looking for ambitious ideas so it came out all of those pressures and opportunities the platform. She's he's talking about is called the humanitarian data exchange hd ex. It's now one of the flagship services of the center. The goal of the platform is to make Humanitarian Dida easy to you find and to use for incites for analysis for prediction it has its own language the humanitarian exchange language. Which is the center describes? It is a simple simple standard for MRI data. Really the thing that has to do is aggregate data from many different partners so that it's easy to find us the data. What we've seen in the past asked all he's kind of one off websites or platforms? That are focused on one one crisis. And then they become because data graveyards it. No one would maintain that after it'd be a lot of wasted time and money so what we wanted to have something that was built last But also that we could eat a mixture the data it was usable. So that meant and we didn't have good Meta data from our partner as we need to make sure they maintain that so. That's really what we do. Now as the platform is essentially really built. But how do we make sure that partner sharing their data are maintaining it so we have this brashness icon. It's a green leaf as an incentive to keep your I'm but also we do a lot of data visualizations to show people. What is the speed to insight? So how do we go from data to insight through the platform and so it finally humanitarian worker more for the UN at work for a small local organization on the platform. Where do we see? How can I use it? Yeah let's open so anyone anyone can go. You just could go. I don't know what you might be looking for. A displacement in south Sudan. You can search that intervention data sets and then you can of them have been the data data and probably take it into your own tool. That's what we see. And then Zimmer would make a map or product from there we do some of our own on data visualization so. It could be that if you're not a technical person you're going there to find inside. So you're looking at the chart. Nearly a data visualization. So so. That's essentially it's going in finding today to gain weight you need basically leaving. That's on the data consumer sign on the data provider side. It's really early for this. Two hundred organizations. How can we make it a friction less for them to come in and share data we have some organizations that are more sophisticated or sharing? Arabia is through application programming phases of computer to computer which makes everything a lot easier and maintainable but must have I the survey high value data data sets the user really looking for are the one off spreadsheets from the middle of nowhere. You know in the end this like it's gold it's really I will Davis and those that depends on partnerships. So that's why we have. The person seem there in Geneva also Takhar Nairobi. Jakarta into really build those relationships so that the data is year over. Two hundred organizations are now sharing data on that platform you agencies but also international NGOs local local actors the platform has over ten thousand data sets Intel for it says between fifty thousand and sixty thousand unique users are coming to the platform every month. RECEN- and data sets highlighted on the website included displacement data from feel PIA able cases and deaths in North Kivu and the number of aid workers keeled kidnapped arrested around the world. Date is critical to understanding. If you don't have data you can't understand the scenario and you're basically you could be funding the absolute wrong thing thing at the wrong place for the wrong people and we have to be better. There's actually less and less money being made available every year. Yeah I mean the demands are going up so it's not over all the funding's going down but the demands are higher and higher so we have to get better at understanding and the only way to do that really that I found. Maybe somebody else's better idea but is through Dale. We just want to understand things you know. In a current way. Recently people learn about forecasting and predictive Eh lyrics and I said let's get out casting misunderstand. What's happening now instead of essentially the data that you're looking at when you look at our work is a few months old or a couple of months? Will the next step will be for Telford and her team to study what's being done with that. The data and really measure the benefits of having data sets in an ideal world old data compiled by humanitarian workers on the ground would be applauded to that platform perform in the right format with the proper tags at old times over time but that's not yet the reality the initial getting organizations to trust us to host eight on a platform now we do have momentum with platform as the challenge becomes efficiency for us as a team. How do we stop doing a lot of manual Daniel checking and use machine learning and other ways to do this in a more efficient way and then the other is really the maintenance of the data? It's not okay. Just dessert wines. It's really how do you maintain that over time. So that when someone goes to a shack they see the same day that would be available on the organization's site. That's always what I saying to my team if we get out of sync or have older data than Dana that you could find on the organization's own flower Sir. And I you know so we have to really integrated into their systems and have that trusted relationship so that people see the benefit and another crucial issue is that of sensitive data when dealing with vulnerable people in times of crisis. How'd you manage that risk responsibly? The and most valuable data is often the survey data when you go out and understand the needs of a community or community perceptions as they tell you how they're perceiving response that is critical data if fires the whole process to understand that that data can be sensitive. So we've been getting some of that on the platform and a and what we find. Is We take through not to get too technical. Through a statistical disclosure control process which essentially helps us to understand the risk every advocation advocation of the data so H. I'll share any personal data but this type of personally identifiable information. It's not obvious when you file you can't actually. She's so you have to take it through this Process we've seen more of that data kind on and that kind of risk is something that we need to managers support for him. So we're looking to automate some of that so that we can right away detect. The data might be sensitive and also the work that my call is doing just sir back from Yemen and looking at information sharing protocol so that we understand. This is the data that you have to share. This is how often that what granularity for for the most part those don't exist so it's a little bit wild west. We have data and it shared over emails and skype groups but we think if we can start to laze that saves it can be sure at this sensitive has to go through a review they even though create a bit of friction to begin with actually make things more efficient later on so I apologize that we'd get more of that shared as we go. Let's see that's something. The center is also looking at in the context of disability. Listen to get new Rula Hula. He's a postdoctoral researcher Zurich Switzerland. He spent the summer at the centre in The Hague as a statistics. Fellow studying data from Syrian refugees leaving in camps in Jordan and Lebanon and focusing on disability. It's often case that a survey will take certain personal data. So your age your sex name name of course and where you live and these are obvious things that you want to remove from the data sits but they can also be answers to certain questions that can be combined. Go figure out who you are so for example if a question is do you use a wheelchair and your answer is yes. It is another questions asking. Do you live in this particular camp that makes the possibility of identifying you easier from the data so these are the things that you want to watch out for before publicly sharing data sent for every different domain of data data. There's a number of different things that you want to watch out for and this hasn't been done very well for disability data and I hope that working with people at age Jake's we can come up with the framework for identifying those questions nevertheless was one of four fellas at the center this summer and he also used part of his time to suggest ways to make on the ground surveys is more efficient in this specific context. So it's important for the people working with disabled persons as well as all other agencies in these scenarios to know what the needs and barriers faced. The refugees are so they designed these surveys and usually there's a methodology to be followed in survey design. But there's never a case where the survey questionnaire is completely perfect and by perfect. I mean it's very compact. Every question is unique. Every question is very easily understood. Stood by the respondent. So what I'm doing with. The analysis is trying to figure out whether there are certain questions in the survey that Berry correlated with other questions kids and if they are then can be reduced to questions and come up with less questions. Serving a lot of people in a conflict area is difficult dangerous time consuming so if a survey can be shorter. It's always better. The center will soon celebrate. Its second birthday and the challenges ahead or many but for Telford. The big question now is the following following. How do we make people care? There's more data than ever before more. Data's being used than ever before and I think there's bigger ambitions to to do things like predictive analytics to respond earlier in more lives it The heart of that is yeah. Incomplete data That's slow this weeks or months old and all that is not understood in a way that you know I think we have this recently recently with Somalia and looking at the the failure of the rains in the season and sort of this idea as run the models and tell us what's happening. There's now running coming of models that it's all manual data that's collected processed updated. And it's very slow so I think that is the challenge but trying to help people understand that in a way the storytelling around. It is where I've been thinking a lot about like how do we you make the case for this so that we can get more investment. We have seen more data our seeing better quality we're seeing and understanding of sensitivity Sudan risk of data but this is gonNA take years. Yeah it's really long term investment that we need to be making. And what's next very concretely. Ah For us. The the new big thing is is that works around predicts Malik and we think that this will help turn the wheel in another way by having his use data that we're getting saying to create insight and because we know there's going to challenge with the data of incompleteness in for quality that could drive further improvement in and seed quality. So we kind of see these things as as loops or fly while Sir speak and that that is an exciting year ever as we actually have never our producer own content so seek we do aggregation platform management but. I was listening and not to compare as netflix anyway. But the journey that Netflix where they used to mill out CDs and then they created a platform where you could stream the movies and then they got into original all content and I think that's a lot of a journey that we're making that maybe you know over time. API's sophistication will mean you. Don't need a undid aggregation platform just as easy to get data from anywhere but our value could be around the inside or or that sort of original content. Oughta let see a few years from now we get into the habit of tuning in to HD X. to get the latest humanitarian intel. Just like we tune eighteen into net flicks to get the latest entertainment. One thing is certain though as people start questioning the future of the streaming giant and it's growing competition Russian the UN Center for humanitarian data. He's writing its own future. That was was good. Kohn a collaboration with Cornell text digital life initiative this podcast is produced hosted and edited by yours. Truly Corey. Struggle is our mix engineer so he started acting is on music composer. Thanks for listening and as usual if you liked it. Please take a minute to tell a few friends about us and give us some laval I I tunes and most importantly come back next week ooh.
News in Brief 18 September 2020
"This is the news in brief from the United. Nations. The Human Rights Council has passed a resolution on the deteriorating situation in Belarus after the UN's deputy human rights chief called on the government to end violent crackdowns under increasing repression against protestors still contesting the result of last month's presidential election at the end of a memorable day of back and forth between the council president and delegations featuring more than a dozen points of order by delegations who questioned the right of some of. Those addressing the council to speak the geneva-based forum finally adopted the resolution on the deteriorating right situation. It passed by twenty-three votes for two against and twenty two EPS tensions delivering a statement for you and high. Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet her deputy Nodar al-Nashiri said that despite violence by state security officers and thousands of arrests peaceful mass demonstrations have continued. We witness thousands of arrests, hundreds of reports of torture and other ill-treatment including sexual violence and the reported torture of children. The violent abduction of people in broad daylight by masked individuals presumably on the basis of their peacefully expressed opinions, harassment intimidation pressure, and reported expulsion from Belarus of members of the opposition. Including the members of the Coordination Council should stop successive you and special rapporteurs on the situation of human rights in Belarus had consistently described a deeply oppressive environment for human rights in the country Ms. Al-Nashif noted human rights. Violations are rife in areas of Syria controlled by armed groups affiliated with Turkey the U N High, Commissioner for human. Rights said citing possible war crimes in a statement Michelle Bachelet condemned the alleged abuse and called for an investigation by the. Government in Ankara. The perpetrators actions that went against human rights law and International Humanitarian Law. She added with crimes committed in areas under the control of Turkey's forces and affiliated fighters citing grave violations in our friend rallying and tell yet Miss Bachelorette described increasing numbers of killings, kidnappings, and unlawful transfers of people as well as looting of houses and property seizure fictims include people perceive to be allied with opposing parties or those critical of Turkish affiliated armed groups or those rich enough to pay ransoms the high. Commissioner said her office. Oh, CHR had documented the abduction and disappearance of civilians including women and children, and their fate remains unknown she added. The protracted conflict in eastern. Ukraine. That is believed to have killed more than fourteen thousand people since two thousand fourteen has given way to a relative calm you and humanitarian said on Friday the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Culture said, this was the result of a ceasefire in late July. It comes after years of fighting between Ukrainian government forces and mostly pro Russian separatists spokesperson against lock in Geneva said that this had given a sense of normality to civilians living either side of the contact line in Eastern. Ukraine the ceasefire that came into force on the twenty seventh of July has now contributed to. The longest period of relative calm into the beginning of the conflict in two thousand fourteen. Our colleagues in Ukraine tells us that this improvement has given people on both side of the contact line that divides eastern Ukraine. A sense of normality and people hope that it will become sustainable reported security incidents have dropped by more than half since the ceasefire from five, hundred, thirty, three in July two, hundred, and fifty one in August. But this has not yet led to improved access for those in need of humanitarian aid or said as covid nineteen precautions have prevented you partners from scaling up their work today only two of five. Points allow people to cross the front line, which is five hundred kilometers. Long crossings have been limited mainly to those who've been granted permission negotiated by the Humanitarian Community Daniel Johnson. UN News.
News in Brief 14 April 2020
"This is the news in brief from the United Nations. The first of the UN's at new solidarity flights carrying urgently needed medical equipment has arrived in Addis. Ababa agencies said on Tuesday on board the World Food Program with World Health Organization Charter. Jet Are one million facemasks along with gloves goggles. Ventilators and other essentials. There's enough equipment to protect health workers while they treat more than thirty thousand patients across the continent. It's to be distributed in five other countries. Initially Djibouti Sudan Eritrea. Somalia and Tanzania said Well Food Program spokesperson Elizabeth this. This is by far the largest single shipment of supplies single stopped of the pandemic and it will ensure that people living in countries with some of the weakest F systems are able to get dressed and treated while ensuring that health workers on the front lines are crop elite protect. Wbz's flights part of a larger effort to reach ninety five countries most at risk from the new corona virus with medical equipment and humanitarian workers to do this. Wfp has appealed for three hundred fifty million dollars. It has so far only received a quarter of that amount to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Now where cases of deadly Ebola virus disease have resurfaced ending. Hopes that the latest outbreak there is over for the moment according to the World Health Organization. Who three new cases have been identified? Since last Friday two people have died and the third person is still battling. The disease reportedly in the eastern city of Benny. All those who have come into contact with the infected individuals have been found unvaccinated. Who spokesperson Dr Margaret? Harris said. She added that? An emergency committee was due to meet later on Tuesday to decide whether the Ebola outbreak still constituted a public health. Emergency of international concern. Dr Congo where? The Ebola outbreak began in August. Two thousand eighteen is also battling the new corona virus along with malaria cholera measles finally to the islands of the South Pacific where the UN is gearing up to send aid to communities hit by Tropical Cyclone Herald after making landfall as a category five cyclone with winds of more than two hundred kilometers per hour. The huge storm caused widespread destruction in the Solomon Islands Fiji and Tonga but especially in Vanuatu. The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs or Archer reported on Tuesday that nearly seventy seven thousand people including more than twenty thousand children live in the worst affected areas in San Mateo province. Nine ten people have lost their homes and more than half of all schools and almost a quarter of health centers have been damaged. Crops have been destroyed and many communities remained cut off because of flooding and the destruction of roads to help the UN's Central Emergency Response Fund has released two and a half million dollars to get safe drinking water to people in need along with food shelter and healthcare his spokesperson locker. The government and first responders in Vanuatu very active in making people safe ahead of the storm and meeting the immediate needs after it hit as the extent of the destruction becomes clear the UN funding will ensure aid supplies. I maintained and reach the people who desperately need it. Mr Locker said that covert nineteen restrictions had created challenges in delivering aid and humanitarian workers. Although the government of Vanuatu had eased travel restrictions inside the country Daniel Johnson UN news.
News in Brief 20 March 2020
"This is the news. Embrace from the United Nations. Humanitarian actors are gearing up to find solutions for vulnerable communities hardest hit by the ongoing Kobe. Nineteen pandemic including millions of children missing out on meals now that their schools have closed the world. Food Program will WFP set on Friday because of the pandemic up to three hundred million primary. School children are vulnerable WFP. Spokesperson Elizabeth Beers said in Geneva nearly thirty countries where W with implements food feeding program. I've so far reported partial or countrywide closure of school. This means that nearly nine million children are no longer receiving W. P. school meals and that number is set to rise in coming days and weeks. Miss Bid said that for many children. School was the only place where they received the square meal to ensure that they continue to receive assistance W. P. plans to deliver rations for the whole family. Meanwhile the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs or Archer has said that. It's working round the clock to ensure that aid supplies continue to reach those in need. Some one hundred million people require support globally invoice zones or other emergency settings many live in cramped conditions and with limited or no access to proper sanitation basic health services or just Jens Alaka said the world needs to continue support for the most vulnerable including through coordinated humanitarian and refugee response plans to stop Kobe. Nineteen anywhere it must be stopped everywhere if we do. Not BREAK TRANSMISSIONS WORLDWIDE. The virus could cycle back to countries. Who thought they were safe ahead of the launch of a cave nineteen global humanitarian response? Plan next week. Mr Locker said that the way aid is distributed may have to change to prevent the spread of infection this will likely include banning relief distribution points. Where many people gather for food or other assistance and finding alternatives finally the UN Refugee Agency? Unhcr has elected ninety three and a half tons of emergency aid for Sudanese refugees in Chad it announced clashes in L. Janina incidents West Darfur state since last December her force more than sixteen thousand people to flee violence and cross into neighboring Chad. Spokesperson Andrew. Mahachi said that the refugees who are mostly women and children are staying in the open or in makeshift shelters with this little protection from the elements. He added that refugees are being relocated further from the borders for their safety and that shelter food water and basic healthcare urgently-needed the UNHCR charter jet landed. In the Chadian capital Germana on Thursday evening with thousands of central's including banquets Jerry Cans. Mosquito Nets solar lamps as well as ambulance. Daniel Johnson UN news.
Podcast - UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva DPRK, COVID&war photographer Giles Clarke
"Welcome to you and catch up datelined. Geneva your weekly fifteen minute brand of news and interviews from the united nations. I'm daniel johnson and in this week's show we're covering the disastrous impact of covid nineteen in north korea as told the human rights council violence in south sudan. That's the worst. Since the onset of civil war and twenty thirteen and will hear about war photographer. Giles clocks moving portrait campaign. Showing some of yemen's displaced millions in partnership with archer the un office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs. I the news bulletin. Disturbing reports have emerged from north korea. Also known as the democratic people's republic of korea. Dprk that people have starved or being executed because of covid nineteen restrictions special rapporteur on the situation of human rights and dprk. Thomas pointed to a drastic decline in trade and commerce as well as an increase in the number of children and elderly people forced to beg survey containment measures had also led to a number of concerning consequences that further isolate the country's people from the outside. World mr tanner said in a report to the human rights council on wednesday cities have been locked down to prevent corona virus transmission while several individuals who were caught breaking anti epidemic. Prevention measures were reportedly executed in public. He said although the country has no recorded cases of infection the pandemic has worsened done already bad economic situation in dprk the rights expert insisted almost all humanitarian work has stopped as the country's authorities have been effectively isolating their people from social political economic and even diplomatic engagements including with the united nations. Mr kintana explained to south sudan nicaragua and an appeal for action from your member states to end widespread bloodshed in the country almost ten years after independence addressing the human rights council in geneva writes expert yasmine super said that levels of violence. Today were the worst since the onset of civil war in december two thousand thirteen this is especially true for people in the states of central equatoria jonglei state and greater people administrative area who is chair of the un commission on human rights in south sudan. She highlighted how hundreds of women and girls had been abducted raped and forcibly married off last year adding that all warring groups where to blame during one attack on a village in jonglei at least one hundred and forty women and children including infants were abducted along with one hundred and seventy five thousand head of cattle then now a staggering number of fighters tens of thousands of well-coordinated men in this one area on with sophisticated military grade weapons abducted. Boys have been forced to fight. In addition to the militia groups that have murdered forcibly displaced thousands of civilians after burning entire villages to the ground masuku underscored the underlying humanitarian crisis. That's been aggravated by covid. Nineteen and recurring floods. Finally the united nations security council has strongly condemned the violence against peaceful protesters in myanmar and voiced deep concern movement restrictions amid ongoing protests at military takeover last month in a statement issued on wednesday night. The fifteen member body also reiterated at school for the immediate release of all those detained arbitrarily the council also expressed the need to uphold democratic institutions and processes and also refrain from violence while also urging humanitarian access to all those in need as the situation had the potential to make matters worse in raccoon state and other regions according to the un figures separate from the political strife that has resulted from the first february military takeover. About one million are in need of support and protection across myanmar now to highlight the world's worst humanitarian crisis. Un aid office archer got together with war photographer. Charles clarke to tell the stories of some of the millions of people displaced by years of conflict between the government of president abdurrahman. So how'd he and mainly hootie. Opposition forces campaign is called inside yemen and portrait of resilience his job clark now so these portraits of resilience ahmed to show the side of humanity. That we don't often see in the caps these idee settlements that are often very difficult to get to. of course he himself has right difficult to get to but to get into some of these were remote camps. It was my goal new though this woman that she on the edge of aden which is slightly more accessible than or lot more accessible than many. That's probably why. I picked this particular place. Because i was able to build up a trust with some of the subjects and address their concerns with a little bit more time. Unusually has in conflict zones. Maybe the scene for me. What is it that you see when you arrive at this camp outside. Aden i what has to remember that this over four million people now displaced within yemen itself. Who have been moved pushed out various regions and many of fled to the south and a number six seven hundred thousand of those make that way to from the northern regions but particularly around data which was the court that made the news in two thousand eighteen. Another came down the coast. You'll see in the inside yemen campaign that we created that we wanted to tell the story about this particular movement mass movement of people. So when you arrive in these places in yemen unloaded these places very informal. There's no real structure that's usually a local camp to leader if you like and the u. n. Doing that best to try and provide aid at the agencies local agencies doing their best to try and provide supplies wfp and all the different groups that are trying to help these people who are now living very much in limbo in very rough crude makeshift shelters. So how long did it take you to build up a rapport with these displaced families in this abandoned school before you can press the shutter. How long does that take. I realized that you're dealing with people who have extraordinary retaliates. These people really do have to deal with stuff that we would never have to think about over here in the comfortable. I will country and often that takes time. I mean i. I went to aden in two thousand eighteen and i've spent you know really weeks in that school over time And so you'll face becomes known and people begin to ignore you a bit. You know you're already on the way too big. Accept it when you start getting ignored. So how does it work. I mean you're in this setting presumably. You have a fix or someone who can speak for you especially in this situation first of all. You don't have much time because you are outside the city security situation. That's really what you have to take into the people who are looking up in the in the case of working with We are very wary of where we will see. What's going on ram doesn't mean. I have to be in a bubble concentrating on my subjects on my work. But i also have to be very aware of the situation outside my sphere of vision and you stand out so you don't want to put anybody you'll working with at risk or anybody who you photographing at risk so very delicate processes always has been and i suppose trying to get to. The heart of the story is the key thing but bearing in mind all the outside influences but of course nothing to what these people have been through. Do any stories really stand out of the many who photographed with the reason. Why i actually went to the school in the first place was because i had found a two year old boy. Two years ago. I found a two year old boy who i was following. Ibm out sadaqa hospital secure acute malnutrition. Would which is just a couple of miles away from the abandoned school which is now the ibp settlement with seven hundred plus families. But i've been going to the school to visit this. Little boy and his parents were living in the school and his name was fouls So when was strong enough to be discharged from hospital. Having spent almost three months that i got to know the family. And i was invited to their home. Which was the school which is now home to seven hundred families that was very jarring to save and oversee. The amount of people who were living under this in this tent. Camp within the confines of the school was very shocking. So i that's how. I got to know the school and through that i met a number of people who want to talk and so certainly last time before i went to describe the trip that i would just walk through the cab off to not photographing just meeting. People and i came to realize that everybody has a story. Everybody wants to share this story. And i found that really interesting. I found the resilience of what they'd been through. Was the thing that i was left with so when i came back this time. I had an idea that i would try him somehow. Tell the story. But of course i have to. Everything's different one day. You go and photographing. Everything's fine the next day. Maybe a male member of the camp doesn't want their so. There's a lot of very wary of just the mood. Some things very tense there as well. I mean he don't really want to walk in and sort of show yourself is just taking and in such a lot of its delicate situation. Do you feel in some ways that you are a spokesperson for the wider world. I mean you're not a un staff but you must have to come up against claims. They say the un's not actually doing anything. What do you say to them. Yeah i'm not a un scott. I've worked with the un. For many years on various frontlines or of the world and of you're dealing with people and our fisheries and people have displaced people traumatized by war and suffering some abject poverty and yes. There is anger towards the un. There's anger towards government says anger towards me. But i think all of that is understandable. I think most of will be here about these countries. We don't really understand until they're quite what they're going through. so yes. i have been talked to stood ways by a number of people. Who are there on the ground. But you know what has to listen to. One has to understand wolf photographer. Giles clarke there. And you can hit the longer version of that interview on your news. Ford slash audio hub now and you can find his photo campaign on the web by doing a simple search for the title inside yemen faces of resilience. You're listening to you and catch up datelined. Geneva with me daniel johnson. Let's turn quickly to regular guests salah's beltaguy qatar's and offered yellow from you and geneva's information service. Hello both of you high. Then he alpha bozu. Hello solarge super tayo voices and let's start with you may solarge. I thought giles clarke was pretty frank and honest there in the interview. It's a tough job and it stays with you. Yeah i think. Bain photograph in yemen country with the worst humanitarian crises according to the united nations office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs. Must be something that marks you forever after all were is kill but for giles clarke. They had this thing was coming back. Clump and start working with pictures that were taken days weeks months before. Photographs are experienced capture. They are bits of life and when giles clarke sees his yemen pictures at home at nine his on his own alone but the photographs are telling him stories. What matters more is not what we stink but the way we sinked in some cultures indigenous people believe that if you take a picture of them you're going to steal days so and in one of her most famous essays. Susan synthetic said that too aggressive people is to violate them based same them as they never see themselves by having knowledge of them that they can never have without a doubt afflicted. Rest is one of the most mysterious objects in the modern world. I so giles clark's work on the auto website on my computer in cease. While i was having lunch we'll have to buy the idea malnourished. Children injured rinse everywhere. I could see the scars left by the war and at the same time i couldn't avoid to notice the beauty of the photos. They are human side. I understood why. He named them the portrait of resilience and image talks. And if i would have wanted. I could have had a conversation with these photographs. Thank you so launch until you alpha. What did you make of giles. Clark's encounters with displaced people. Living precariously in yemen. It's basically the story of the war. Isn't it sure. Done a listen pulls interview of mr clark. I told myself that despite yemen war then of thousands of migrants tried to reach a country is yield hoping to find work in saudi arabia and according to the un migration agency african migrant are mostly from the artifacts sokaia. They make the dangerous journey from countries like somalia in a joke yet. Djibouti before boating vessels yemen but done covid nineteen has led to increase mobility restrictions resulting in an election of the number of rival from over one hundred suit eight thousand in two thousand and nineteen just over thirty seven thousand in twenty twenty january two thousand five hundred miles to reach yemen from djibouti. That is a significant drop. Already amazing really. That people are still traveling through a war zone to find work but even before they get to yemen. It's well that many of the young men who set off from djibouti have put their lives at risk. Just getting there. And that's before they pay traffickers to get them across the gulf of aden google Evans straits dramas migrants yemen. The fire broke out sunday. Detention center for migrant gems capital soner killing at least eight people driven migration agency say last week done. At least twenty people have thrown after smugglers push thousands of migrants of a boat. Last week didn't a journey from djibouti yemen. Dan this was the third such incident on the gulf of aden in six months. Yes and we reported on that drama. That awful story last week you and us and you can follow that story on the news platform if you like. Thank you very much then alpha and solange for your thoughts as ever but times up so we have to go. We will be back with another. Un up datelined geneva next week. Many thanks to embrace for help on the production side and to all of you listening wherever you are bye. 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News in Brief 3 April 2020
"This is the news in brief from the United Nations. The decision by many countries to release prisoners to slow the transmission of new corona virus has been welcomed by the UN's top rights official Michelle Bachelet. The development comes after the High Commissioner's appeal last week to reduce overcrowding in detention centers but on Friday. Her spokesperson Rupert Colville States to release every person detained without sufficient legal including political prisoners and those detained for critical dissenting views. A number of countries that are doing very large prisoner releases have not necessarily been releasing those types of prisoners electing Iran. They have released some but not others and Egypt as you said tonight's a mystical said that Iran had increased. Its prisoner released to around one hundred thousand inmates representing forty percent of the entire prison population. He also noted that Indonesia announced that it would free thirty thousand prisoners convicted of minor crimes including drug use while Turkey is also understood to be considering a similar measure concerns. Remain ABOUT SYRIAN DETAINEES? However where the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has described the situation in all official prisons and makeshift detention facilities as alarming before the caveat one thousand nine outbreak it warned of overcrowding in central prisons and in facilities run by four government security branches as civil rages reports from the UN office highlighted deaths in these facilities including as a result of torture and denial of medical care in Sudan. Eight is to be stepped up in response to Kobe. Nineteen restrictions to protect the more than nine million people in need of humanitarian assistance including victims of gender-based violence. Seven cases of infection including two deaths of new corona virus have been confirmed in the country all of which came from abroad according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Archer although workshops and awareness-raising sessions on gender-based violence have been suspended confidential services have been maintained ultra spokesperson. Jens Locker said the UN is aware that the rise in domestic abuse linked to go with nineteen curfews was happening in Sudan like anywhere else. Al Franken has been raised about increase of the based violence because of confinement at home. That is an issue individual counseling and referrals. For example to a health facilities AMT GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE CONFIDENTIAL CORNER. Services are where women can speak incompetence two counselors that continues among the emergency measures in response to curb nineteen. Us partners planning to distribute two to three months of food rations at one time. This will limit the number of times people gather for food and reduce the potential for the virus to spread to reduce exposure of malnourished children to the krona virus. More ready to use therapeutic. Food will also be available to reduce the need to visit nutrition. Centres Archer is also developing guidelines and procedures to make sure that health workers can't continue to deliver immunization nutritional supplements and maintain infant and young child feeding programs. Finally the resolution passed by the UN General Assembly since the Corona virus outbreak began has stressed the need for international cooperation to overcome Kobe. Nineteen the resolution approved by consensus in New York on Thursday also highlighted the need to respect human rights and the central role of United Nations agencies in combating the disease. It said that there was no place for discrimination racism and xenophobia in response to the pandemic which has so far seen around a million confirmed cases and claimed more than fifty thousand lives. Although General Assembly decisions are not binding in the same way a Security Council resolutions. The forum is an opportunity for all one hundred ninety three. Un member states to raise issues of concern. The text was submitted by Switzerland. Indonesia Singapore Norway elections sign and Ghana. Reportedly it had the backing of one hundred eighty eight nations. A parallel resolution sponsored by Russia was not successful. It addressed the issue of lifting international sanctions to halt the spread of the disease. Daniel Johnson UN news.
News in Brief 22 January 2020
"This is the news in brief from the United Nations Independent. UN human rights experts on Wednesday called for an immediate investigation into allegations that digital spyware was used in two two thousand eighteen on a phone belonging to the chief executive of Amazon far a WHATSAPP account belonging to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia rights experts Agnes Calamar and David. Kay said in a statement that information we have received suggest the possible involvement of the crown prince in surveillance of Amazon chief. Jeff visas in an effort to influence if not silenced Washington Post reporting on Saudi Arabia. Mr Owns The Washington Post. which at the time of the alleged hacking employed the prominent Saudi columnist? Jamal Kashogi. who was murdered in the Saudi concert? An Istanbul in October two thousand eighteen. The Independent special reporters said that according to forensic analysis following the alleged edged hacking the crown prince sent whatsapp messages. to Mr Bezos in Michi- allegedly revealed private and confidential information about Mr Beezus his personal life. That was not available from public sources. The Saudi embassy in Washington has described the media reports of alleged Saudi involvement in the hacking as absurd the UN secretary general role has welcomed the announcement late on Tuesday that following months of deadlock. Lebanon has formed a new government after the resignation of the former prime minister last October his successor. Hassan Diab was selected last month but amidst rising anti-government protests politicians. Were unable to agree the make-up of new cabinet following the announcement of the Council Council of Ministers is now in place and turn your cherish said that he was looking forward to working with the new leadership in support of a new reform agenda and to address the pressing needs of Lebanon's people more than four hundred sixty were injured in Beirut over the weekend protest turned violent. The Secretary General reiterates the United Nations commitment to support ought Lebanon's strengthening of its sovereignty. Stability and political independence said the statement issued by his spokesperson and finally Somalia's federal authorities and international national partners on Wednesday launched a humanitarian response plan recurring more than one billion dollars to provide much needed aid to some three million Somalis this year. UN Humanitarian Coordinator of Somalia Adam Abdel Mula said at the launch in the capital Mogadishu that the country was suffering through multiple crises including the recent floods floods that inundated large areas of the country while most of those lives who are affected have returned home. Many continued to struggle to rebuild their lives. He noted also attending ending the launch of the twenty twenty plan Somalia's Minister for Humanitarian Affairs disaster-management hamsters site Hamza said the plan demonstrates the commitment of the government and and coordination partner the U._N.. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs as well as the international community to the people of Somalia. Matt Wells U._N. News.
News in Brief 17 February 2020
"This is the news. In brief from the United Nations Pakistan's solidarity and compassion for hosting Afghan refugees is a remarkable blueprint that the rest of the world should follow. That's the message from UN Secretary General Antonio Guiterrez who's been speaking at an international conference in Islamabad where he also called for a renewed push for peace in Afghanistan working toward solutions for the Afghan. People is not just a sign of solidarity. It seemed the world's best interests Africans now constitute the largest group of arrivals in Europe exceeding for the first time the arrivals from Syria and returns to Afghanistan as it was said if it's starting to low Afghanistan and these people cannot be abandoned. Now it's time for the international community to act and to deliver underlining the fact that Pakistan has hosted Afghan refugees for forty years the UN chief noted that since nineteen seventy nine. It has regular being the world's top refugee-hosting country he highlighted Pakistan's use of innovative technology and refugee protection insisting that many initiatives are now recognized as a global model of good practice. These include biometric registration access to the national education system healthcare and inclusion in the economy the UN has worked with the Pakistan authorities to support Afghan refugees. Mister Guitarist said by implementing aid and development projects across the country and also by helping Afghans return home for them to be able to stay in Afghanistan. He appealed for peace but also effective reconstruction that creates conditions for their successful return and reintegration together. Now where the first official large-scale exchange of prisoners since the beginning of the conflict has been agreed. It's been announced in a joint statement. Un Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths and the Red Cross said that the deal was a step towards the phased release of all conflict related detainees if follows at seven days of talks in Jordan ending on Sunday between the government of Yemen President Abdul Nabi Mansour Hadi and Hootie opposition representatives who have clashed since March Twenty fifteen in an appeal to the warring sides to stick to their deal. Mr Griffiths asked him to move forward urgently. The pain of the thousands awaiting reunion with their loved ones must end. He said adding that even with the growing challenges on the ground there can still be positive results. The committee agreed to reconvene to discuss further exchanges in late March. Finally they reported killing of twenty. Two people in Cameroon's northwest English speaking region has been condemned by you and humanitarian. Who SAY THAT? Fourteen children were among those. Who died the killings? Last Friday follow local and parliamentary elections in the mainly french-speaking west African nation. Where there's been three years of separatist conflict according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs or Archer? The victims died in the village of Newton. Mbo they included a pregnant woman and several children. It has been reported that the army said they were the unintended and unfortunate casualties of a gunfight with separatists amid clashes between non state armed groups and government forces around seven hundred thousand civilians have been displaced inside the volatile northwestern southwest more than fifty thousand have also sought refuge in neighboring Nigeria according to Archer Daniel Johnson UN news.