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"melissa fleming" Discussed on UN News
"Headlines there and now to our interview which follows the youth activist summit here at UN Geneva and a web TV this week, a chance to honor young changemakers who've been promoting sustainability while advancing human rights and an opportunity also to help them achieve concrete results, speaking at the youth activist summit on Thursday, the 6th invitees included 22 year old coral reef restorer tetrameric and 15 year old anti cyberbullying app inventor, git and jolly Rao, miss Rao, who is also Time Magazine's first ever kid of the year, explained how her smartphone app, which is called kindly, is designed to make bullies reconsider sending or revising potentially hurtful messages online. Using machine learning algorithms, it basically identifies words or phrases that could be considered bullying. If when someone's texting when someone's sending an email, anything, really even on social media. And it's able to almost act like the spell check of bullying. It says, this might not be the right thing to say, but it gives you the chance if you want to send it or not. I read an article that says it only takes 7 seconds for a teenager to reevaluate what they're sending. And I'm hoping to give them that 7 seconds they're kindly. Now, also taking part in the event our guest Melissa Fleming is no stranger to hearing inspirational stories after working for many years at the UN refugee agency since September 2019, Melissa has been busy as the United Nations under secretary general for the department of global communications. So in addition to her being my boss at UN news, she also oversees operations in 60 countries and platforms that reach millions of people in multiple languages. She's also the host of her own powerful podcast awake at night, which has its fair share of memorable interviews with top personalities. He said jealously. Melissa hi, thank you for being with us. But on you and catch up dateline Geneva. Great to be with you, Daniel. Now we've just heard why you're here in Geneva for the young activist summit during the climate cop 26 summit in Glasgow, we also saw passionate speeches from young activists calling for positive change. Can you perhaps highlight a few of the speakers at the young at the summit and perhaps explain how the UN can help to amplify their message and encourage real change? Well, we often talk about young people as the leaders of tomorrow, but actually they represent half of the global population. They're the leaders of today, and they've really been showing this in the climate action space. They don't want to wait. They already see their planet being destroyed before their eyes. And they see, of course, a future that looks really scary and really bleak. And they're not waiting for. The older generation to take action because they feel it's too little too late. And so it's just absolutely impressive to see them mobilized on the streets, but mobilized also in their communities doing projects, not just protests. And I think the young activist coming to the summit really represent that..
"melissa fleming" Discussed on UN News
"Hello in this week's show a worrying state of emergency continues in Ethiopia where UN staff are being held. The secretary general wants them released immediately. A farmer deal that gives a lot more people a chance to get COVID-19 antivirals than ever before, and tough words for the tobacco industry from the World Health Organization. And in this week's interview with UN communications, chief Melissa Fleming, why it's crucially important that the organization should do more to listen to what young activists are saying for everyone's sake. Stay with us too for closing comments from the show's regular guest, so long as we take a Cortes. That's all coming up in this week's you can catch up dateline Geneva with me, Daniel Johnson. Thanks for listening. First, the news. This is a news and brief from the United Nations. Master rests linked to Ethiopia state of emergency have continued in recent days reportedly of people of degree in origin. UNH office, which CHR has said, at least 1000 individuals are believed to have been detained in the last 7 days under far reaching state of emergency powers linked to the yearlong conflict in northern Ethiopia, which CHR spokesperson list rossel said on Tuesday. They're worrying reports that many of those detained have not been informed of the reasons for their detention. Nor have they been brought before a court of law or other tribunal to review the reasons for their detention and have not been formally charged. In a related development, the secretary general has repeated his call for the immediate release of UN staff members attained in the country. Mister Guterres explained in a statement issued by his spokesperson on Wednesday that the organization's workers were being held without charge and no specific information has been provided regarding the reasons for their arrest. UN staff carry our critical and impartial work in Ethiopia, the UN chief insisted before warning that reported arbitrary arrests and attentions only serve to widen divisions and resentment between groups. All parties to the conflict should prioritize the welfare of civilians and put down their weapons now mister Guterres said. COVID-19 news now, and a massive boost for access to lifesaving coronavirus medicines for low and middle income countries. The welcome development comes after UN global health agency unit said on Tuesday that it had helped to reach a voluntary licensing agreement for a Pfizer antiviral treatment, meaning that the drug can now be produced genetically worldwide. The medicine which has taken orderly is designed to be administered with another antiviral retainer. Under the terms of the unit led deal, manufacturers will be able to supply both drugs to 95 countries, covering more than 50% of the world's population. This includes all low and lower middle income countries and upper middle income countries in sub Saharan Africa. Unit had said that Pfizer will not receive royalties on sales in low income countries. Turning to the UN's battle against tobacco use, the World Health Organization signals science of a pivotal downward shift in the numbers of users globally. Citing new data, the WHO welcomed the news that there are 200 million fewer tobacco users today compared to 2015. That means that 1.3 billion.
"melissa fleming" Discussed on The Takeaway
"Takeaway. Melissa perry in pretend vega this week were visiting some of my favorite conversations. I've had while filling in as a guest on this show and today we start with a very important conversation. I had about the mental health of teenagers and how it suffered due to the pandemic. Listen up the fear. Loss stress in isolation of the pandemic has been extraordinarily challenging for our collective mental health and this is particularly true for teens and adolescents. Although you would expect it to be less stressful because you have more time to do homework somehow i feel like teachers have been compensated by giving us more work for me home. Schooling has been really difficult. I've had a really hard time focusing. I've been hingham simon fleet. I've been texting friends during class. It's really quite awful now. There have been complaints by too much screen time my school. So they're cutting class time down and their dishing out more homework which isn't great. These are the voices of teens talking with the women's interest website. She knows dot com back. In april of twenty twenty one schools had only been closed for about a month so nearly eighteen months later the isolation and uncertainty of the pandemic combined with the pressure is to achieve and perform well during the past year has heightened anxiety depression and thoughts of self harm among teens a recent op. Ed in the new york times. We've you startling results from multiple studies showing that the mental wellness of adolescence has significantly and as students returned in person classes in the fall reporting from the hedging. Our report shows that many schools are ill equipped to handle the decline in mental health. Joining me now. Is kate rix. Oakland based freelance writer with the hedging our report cape. Welcome to the takeaway. Thank you nice to talk to you. Melissa and also joining me is emily. Esfahani smith who was a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology and the other of the power of meaning. Emily welcome to the takeaway. Thanks for having me melissa fleming. Can you walk us through a bit with. The pandemic has meant for the mental health of teens so the sad facts are that there was already a mental health crisis among teenagers adolescents even before the pandemic over the last decade we've rates of anxiety depression self harm suicidal thinking rising fairly dramatically among this group of teenagers. And what happened during the pandemic. is that all of those trends accelerated and the question is is why And you know. Many teens are suffering. As we heard their voices earlier they feel very anxious in particular about academic goals and the pressure to achieve which strangely has accelerated over the past sixteen months to thought that the pressure would have been alleviated. But that's not what's happened and not spinach. Cause of of air Mental health concerns. It seems to be the part of what's happening in our public discourse right now. Is this idea that don't worry. Everything will be fine when we go back to normal. But kate in your recent reporting found that schools aren't necessarily ready to manage this mental health crisis this increase stress that emily was just talking about. That's right melissa What emily was just saying about teens. Feeling this pressure to continue to sort of achieve under the these very difficult..
"melissa fleming" Discussed on The Takeaway
"It's really quite awful now. There have been complaints there too much school. So they're cutting class down which isn't great. These are the voices of teens talking with the women's interest website. She knows dot com back. In april of two thousand twenty one schools had only been closed for about a month so nearly eighteen months later. Isolation and uncertainty of the pandemic combined with the pressure is to achieve and perform well during the past year has heightened anxiety depression and thoughts of self harm among teens a recent op. Ed in the new york times review startling results from multiple studies showing that the mental wellness of adolescence has deteriorated. Significantly and as students return to in person classes in the fall reporting from the hedging. Our report shows that many schools are ill equipped to handle the decline in mental health. Joining me now. Is kate rix. Oakland based freelance writer with the hedging report kate. Welcome to the takeaway. Thank you nice to talk to you. Melissa and also joining me is emily. Esfahani smith is a doctoral student in clinical psychology and the author of the power of meaning. Emily welcome to the takeaway. Thanks for having me melissa fleming. Can you walk us through. What the pandemic has meant for the mental health of teens. So the sad facts are that there was already a mental health among teenagers adolescents even before the pandemic over the last decade we've seen rates of anxiety depression self harm suicidal think gang arising fairly dramatically among this group of teenagers. And what happened during the pandemic is that all of those trends accelerated and the question is is why Many teens are suffering as we heard their voices earlier there. They feel very anxious in particular about on academic goals and the pressure to achieve which strangely has accelerated over the past sixteen months. I thought that the pressure would have been alleviated. But that's not what's happened if not spinach causa of their Mental health concerns. It seems to be the part of what's happening in our public discourse right now as idea. Don't worry everything will be fine when we go back to normal. But kate in recent reporting. You found that schools aren't necessarily ready to manage this mental health crisis. This increased stressed that. Emily was just talking about. That's right melissa What emily was just saying about teens. Feeling the pressure to continue to achieve under the these very difficult. Circumstances only highlights the fact that the the need for on site mental health counseling services in public schools. Because a lot of times teenagers are in in some school districts. Like the one where. I live in oakland california There are actually school. Based health centers where social workers are present and teens can just walk in and make an appointment to talk to someone and it's confidential so if for example their parents are cause of stress in their life perhaps putting pressure on them that they can't quite map. You know meet that. This counseling is there for them and they don't have to ask their parents for help. Finding counseling so That to me. The the pandemic what i found was that the pandemic has as emily said only highlighted. How ill equipped. Our schools are to meet the need. Because you know i heard from a psychologist in chicago public schools. Who said that. He's responsible for forty six hundred students in his school. He's the only psychologist who works in that school and they said he said i feel like i'm doing triage most states Kate talk me a little bit more About that sense of students feeling like They don't have the support systems that they need. The teens that i spoke with were many of them. Were actually teens who you would think would be aware of whatever supports. Their schools had the teams that i spoke with included. A student vice president in las vegas who was unfortunately lost friends during the pandemic to Actually drug overdoses and this teenager was Informed that their friend had passed away and then there was really nothing that the school could do to support. They they weren't there. Wasn't the staff available to provide grief counseling for students who had lost friends and this teenager in particular cayden mcknight who quote Wasn't even aware that there were. There are some apps for example. The district had put in place some apps to help students monitor their mental health. That would trigger staff at the district level if that team reported feeling that they needed help. the team. You know cayden wasn't aware that these services existed so. I think that there was a sense that the services are very are stover burdened and stretched but also the communication to teens themselves about what's available to them during the pandemic what we're not adequate and so While district's were aware the people that i spoke with definitely aware of the need and doing in some cases trent scrambling to put things together. The communications were really in place and so I heard from multiple students reports of that. They didn't know who would even reach out to if they wanted to talk to. Someone and yet emily. They were getting some kind of communication. The communication they seem to be getting was no matter. How bad it is. You still got to achieve. You still got to accomplish. Got to get into these colleges. You've got to get these hot grades. How is it that we were failing as communities as schools to communicate the resources available. But we're still communicating so much pressure. It's it's a great question and it's it's kind of a tragic reality. I think you know at the bottom of it is the good intentions of teachers and parents. A lot of people were thinking about students over the past. Sixteen seventeen months were worried about a year of loss learning lost milestones. And i can see with that fear in the background. Wanting to encourage students pressure students to push themselves to to continue getting good grades being involved in extracurricular activities perhaps in an online format. Things like odd. I'm really striking is that You know students reported in an international survey conducted by the organization challenge success that their parents their expectations during the pandemic didn't on for many of them they their expectations remain the same as before the pandemic and for many of those parents their expectations actually increased and so even though the parents addison's that their children were struggling. There was still this demand to perform that was placed on them and that was very difficult for students. Other research showed that one of the chief predictors of student. Depression and anxiety during the pandemic was parents. Unrealistic expectations placed on their on their children and parental criticism. As well and i think part of why we saw that accelerating with simply because parents and kids were spending more time in the home together and some parents were more likely to kind of be there on top of their Children making sure that they weren't looking over their shoulders on their laptops making sure that they weren't you know on social media instead of paying attention in class things like that. There was this kind of toxic brew of parental criticism. Unrealistic expectations and students Lacking sort of autonomy that they would have had under ordinary circumstances being at school away from the household. Yeah i certainly Girlfriends more than a few times that nature did not intend for us to be twenty four hours a day in the house with our teens. Like there's just no way that that is good for the parents or the kids right that need for autonomy development but only just quick second on. This isn't that also impart that we tend to discount teens. Feelings were like well. Yes they're emotional but that's just kind of how teens feel to really acknowledging how troubling this time was. I think that's right. I think that there is this idea that you know teenage years are promotional years. They're difficult years and the parents job is to keep their anchors and keel steady and move through this period ensuring they're achieving the important milestones goals like academic goals But but of course. I think we need to remember. Is that the pandemic was a national and collective stressor a trauma you know. As in her reporting many of these students lost their friends to suicide drug overdoses and she dismissed that the grief and all the loss that's arisen over the past seventeen years as just the normal emotional upheaval of teenage teenage period. I think is to do teams a real disservice and and speaking to them. I've seen a real craving yearning to have some sort of space and four on whether it's at home or at school to process their grief and and these losses kate rick's is an oakland based freelance writer with the hetch ingore report and s fani. Smith is a doctoral student in.
"melissa fleming" Discussed on Gugacast
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"melissa fleming" Discussed on KNST AM 790
"Including making sure that there is a private right of action the goal would be to to file lawsuits against polluters this is the way that it used to be until a Supreme Court case a few years ago. album is that when you get administrations like the trump administration. you can't rely on the government to make a claim. I want a vest that power back in the people. we can assume we can assume god you see the sun because to mother nature. no no no you gonna sue these rich people to drive cars that guzzle gas to take vacations are flying airplanes you gonna sue corporations because obviously in companies they're the ones that do this. yeah this is awesome porn I have no money to vote for this guy because he's gonna help me sue. everybody so I can make a living. people crazy but I got confirmation seven ten tomorrow morning I'm going to have the oral valley mayor in studio to answer questions about the golf course what the hell's going can't write you can't I I can't rely on the rest of the media. they don't know the hell they're talking about what they're doing on the lance anyway so that's tomorrow morning right here on campus today are they you can come if you are but Julian Castro I'm gonna try to squeeze the end there something else and he is just information coming up more more of everything popping up. fast and furiously. I got this Sarah Carter the reporter. she has a story the head of the U. N. communications. wrote on Facebook that illegal entry into the U. S. is never a crime. Melissa Fleming. Melissa Fleming. right he's on Instagram actually she wrote on Instagram. I'm looking at this. again she is the head of the U. N. United Nations communications there's a picture of a looks like a my grid woman with a with a baby. and she writes it's never a crime to seek asylum in another country even if one enters a country irregularly not illegally irregularly. wait wait what. it's going on. should the right to seek asylum is enshrined in article fourteen of the universal declaration of human rights made binding by nineteen fifty one refugee convention wow she's American by the way. appointed by the United Nations secretary general as the undersecretary general for global communications. it's the same rate so so here we go. she is the spokes person. in the office of the United Nations high commission for refugees in Geneva the same organization Ilan Omar the anti semitic Congress on the home wrecker invited law last week we talked about its take over our southern border manager because we don't treat these people too well. so there you go. never illegal. what's going to run a good brine walking the canister hello Brian. how you doing today what's happening man has one let's not making a lot of phone calls to disposable important people in this country about Jonathan sparks beyond nice hate crime and all you know that being ignored you know got anyway so I actually got a call back mark this people she can't do anything about it. she just she just can't do a thing about it they're done she can do and eleven she's gonna DO but I think I think I think I know that's run this big news she's done something about it. she's taking a hike. yeah right. she went on a high. yeah they're great he says to me all there's nothing she can or will do about it she she tried or would you try to do I don't know but anyways here is my response. a bright slowdown today did she actually say she tried to do something yeah she looked into it that then they they do so what what should I do say stay said she looked into it but you can't do anything yeah. can't can't she can't bring attention to it at all but she can we pick out our frigging dog about the hike she took twelve hours ago. I said you know you could become the lady actually got mad at me for saying has been taken to pictures of doggies posted up on Facebook or Twitter want to comment and rate once you take a picture Jonathan Bankole pose that up but to come in under that way like that at all good so you Lou good for you know yeah I'm called a hundred and twenty some people in the last four days Garrett and they're all rotten piece the garbage I'll tell you that. god bless you for that may lead you since I want to tell you some I got I I'm glitter on me I got a text yesterday from Jonathan sparks you tell me the plea hearing has been set for October seventh nine AM at the Pima county Superior Court house. room eight fourteen before judge Oregon he said I'm gonna make a statement to the court nasty deny the sham of a plea anyone to all the listeners to be able to go I invite them to go he's like I feel that asked them to go can you ask them so I'm I'm you know if you want to go support him October seventh nine AM Pima county courthouse courtroom eight fourteen you could pack the court put a lot of pressure on the judge. servers all I am going to be in their minds. I'm a real bad I was lied to by the FBI misdirected by mark Burnett **** office all in the process of trying to be some justice for this man from rotten people in this world there god bless you Brian thank you for checking in manner thank you for doing that do it I appreciate all of it. that man that he does we probably the most violently attacked matters the Porter in the history of magazine orders I don't know why it has made national news it's a crime. for a day but this this this the fact that it's getting basically tossed into a plea deal that's what needs to go national again you're right maybe I'll get her to do some stuff I'm gonna be on it. and it stinks on ice yeah it does Brian thank you man I really appreciate it take care bye but I. man that's crazy. Martha's office again if you missed the mark that she will come on the show which again I'm totally fine with I like making fun of her it's fun to me she tweeted thirteen hours ago a picture of her and for people when it going on a hike. they completed a section of the San Francisco peaks passage. what's your time to talk to the people of southern Arizona was Makena state or all of Arizona is listening on the radio up there listening all over by the way including I got a message from people there listening on a Southwest Airlines flight earlier this morning thirty thousand thirty five thousand feet up apparently flight southwest you get I her radio. read CS so they're everywhere Martha to communicate but you'd rather go on a hike go take a hike Martha it's canister. morning ritual with Gary Lewis many homes.
Female humanitarians sacrifice a lot to help others, insists top UN official
"This is matt wells u._n. News well the work of female humanitarian is hugely important and often comes at significant personal cost. That's according into melissa fleming currently the communications chief for refugee agency u._n._h._c._r. but soon to take up her new post as head of global communications at the u._n. Who's been speaking talking to you and uses daniel johnson at a special world humanitarian day event in geneva. I i will hear from adiba cassim who was also at the event. She survived an eyesore missile massacre in iraq in two thousand fourteen that claimed the lives of seventy family members despite the trauma she refuses to see herself as a victim and is now a human human rights advocates. I always refusing to be a victim. I always wanted to act. I always wanted to be there for the others because as i mentioned we have so many victims and i think we need leaders. I now know more victims. This is what i'm saying always so but then he being in europe. I think people don't understand i think people are you know. They don't understand what the woman any other countries are going through. So what i'm doing here is to make them understand is to push him always to shake them to understand what is happening with the other woman and to stand with him. That's that's very important me when i was in iraq in this situation i wanted. I want to someone hilton from somebody else to come on to to just to support me to stand with me to do something even if small you're smiling but are you really seeing action on the level. Obviously everyone's very impatient. I always smile. I've been always positive and you know why because i lost everything and in a moment i just that i have no more to lose. Maybe i could just turn over to melissa melissa fleming. You'll with the refugee. Agency also the newly appointed head of <hes> depa- i'm to global communications. You've got twenty five years of experience. I don't need to remind you today's world humanitarian day. What is it that women particularly bring to the humanitarian sphere well. All of the victims of war are women and sometimes it's most depending on the war and it's a particular victimization that women go through awesome rape as a weapon of war rampant and we need women humanitarian who will provide that kind of trusted space for those women who managed to escape in order to recover you know i can't say that the women humanitarian i know are more dedicated than the men humanitarian i know. I think they're all remarkable. Human beings who sacrifice a lot for the cause of humanity but the women <hes> some how often i believe sacrificed actress more because first of all when they go to war zones. They are unable to take their children with them. Society icty judges them for that. They don't judge the men for doing that. They're very often juggling. Both the families back home. The children are being taken care of by someone else. They're worrying in constantly and yet they're continuing to serve so in a way you know until we have the real true equality where women and men are adjudged the same way. I think it will be more difficult for women in this profession but i think one advantage that women do have is in the field of mental health <hes>. This is just my assumption anecdotally. I think they're more in touch when they're traumatized and are more willing to seek help.
"melissa fleming" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"In a hotel room in Thailand. That's our top story. Also, a dramatic morning in Gabon in west Africa. It's not a country. We hear about very often. But there's been an attempted coup that we'll have the latest to stay with us. Lots coming up this hour. We begin today though, with the plight of young woman from Saudi Arabia, who's personal circumstances are throwing a spotlight once more on society inside the kingdom. Her name is Ralph Mohammed, Al Conan cheese. Eighteen years old she'd been with her family in Kuwait, but then boarded a flight to Thailand with the intention of seeking asylum in Australia in Thailand, she says her passport was confiscated, and she then barricaded herself into a hotel room at the airport on Sunday. She told news is James camera. Sammy why she fled from her? Family. I don't have rights and Saudi Arabia and my family. So you are scared to go back with your family. Yeah. Do will kill me. Why do you think that because I shared my story on my lectures, and social media, and my father so armee because I did this, and why did you decide to renounce Islam because I don't have rights and Islam? I'm what are you hoping to do in Australia? I can study and you walk in my conscious. So this we and study and work as I want. That was RAV speaking to us yesterday in the last couple of hours some good news for her. The authorities in Thailand have said she won't be deported against her will and our correspondent in Bangkok says she has just left her hotel under the care of the United Nations, we hope to speak to the UN shortly just before that announcement was made we got through to another woman from Saudi Arabia. Her name is Nora. She only wants us to use her first name. She met Rahaf online and has been in touch with her for year within an online group supporting each other and discussing life inside Saudi Arabia. Nora has herself fled the kingdom and been in Australia for two months. She was given access to Ross Twitter account and was in touch with her every twenty minutes also during her ordeal. She's from conservative and Turk family. There are as many Saudi families. They don't allow women to have their essentials. Right. Of course, with the consent of the Saudi government. Is it your understanding that she comes from a prominent family is her family connected to the government in any way. Yes. I think her father he working with the government. And when did you know that she was trying to leave her family? Okay. I didn't know about that. After she escaped and arrived, Charleston. A member of Saudi embassy took hair bastard, therefore, she contract and ask for help and assistance. So the phone, and I'm assuming you've never met her in person. I don't need to match her first she's a woman and she need help. And all of us. We knew who is the Saudi government, and we so what's happened to other people. Does your analysts in Turkey. As example. You're talking about g. Yes. What's your understanding of have frame of mind from your the contact that you have had with her? She's terrified she didn't get sleep or fruit and cheer views to to open the door, and she warned open the door until the you arrive, and it's your understanding that everything that she is saying is absolutely true that have family will she spoke to our program yesterday. And she says that her family will kill her that life is in danger. My family threatens to kill me for the most trivial things. Yes, they will. You seem very sure because there are Saudi family, and I I am from Saudi family. And I I know when you say that you are from Saudi family. I mean, you are now no longer living in Saudi Arabia. What was your experience of trying to leave Cape from? Saudi Arabia, and I did this because I am ex Muslim. And a faith a lot of things in Saudi Arabia, again Saudi government, they know about everything happened to those women raff has done something similar Rajavi has said that she renounces Islam. This is a very serious thing. Isn't it? Yes. According to Saudi below few alleged their religion. They will kill you. Do you feel safe now given what you have done? Yes. You don't you don't pay for any recrimination? No, retribution. No, I'm safe country now, and they protecting me, I guess, how's Nora a friend of Rahaf. Speaking to me from Australia before Rahaf had left that hotel room at the airport now for their part, the Saudi foreign ministry published this statement about rafts arrival in Thailand, which we have voiced up. She does not have a return reservation or a tourist program which requires deportation by the tile thirties. The embassy does not have the authority to stop her at the airport or anywhere else. She was stopped by the airport. Authorities for violating the laws. She will be deported to the state of Kuwait where her family live the embassy is in constant contact with her family and her passport was not impounded by the Saudi embassy. Statement there from the Saudi foreign ministry. So what part did the United Nations refugee agency play in this fast moving and still developing story. I'm joined by the head of communications, Melissa Fleming. Melissa fleming. We just heard what the Saudi authorities are saying that she will be deported back to Kuwait. What can you tell us about? What is going to happen to half? Well, I can confirm that Rajavi has now left the airport, and is in a safe place in the city UNHCR is with her has been with her in the last couple of hours has been speaking with her, and we'll continue that conversation. This is our role we are determining her refugee status, and we will be looking to find some solution for Rafa. What is your understanding of what the problem is in her case? This is exactly what we're trying to assess and the details, of course, are confidential. So this UNHCR colleagues, which we call. We're calling for international protection officers well-trained and international refugee law based in Thailand, we'll be going through, you know, the details of her life with her asking her. You know, what happened? We why she made this decision to flee what she fears if she were to be returned and where she was headed establishing all the facts and also just to provide her some emotional reassurance. Now in this very distressing. I understand why you would want to respect the confidentiality, but quite loss of this is already in the public domain. She has been Tweety and she also spoke to this program yesterday. Absolutely. It's she spoke to the program. We we all heard the program. This has become a case that has won the hearts and minds of the world via social media. Also, a lot of outrage. Edge. But that one has to respect that it is extremely important that she has the right to seek asylum. And also to a confidential discussion with the UN agency that is has the authority to make this determination. Are you confident that the Thai authorities will abide by international law. We have been given assurances that she will not be. Sent back. They have said this publicly right now, she's been as I said move to a place that is safe and UNHCR colleagues will be with her, and we'll be speaking to her, and, you know, taking the time needed to assess her situation properly and to come up with some kind of solution for future explained forests water reform. More means a non rifle in the context of the international law as regards refugees. Well, this term non reform on is fundamental to international refugee protection, it is the centerpiece of the nineteen fifty one refugee convention, and is is embedded in international law. Basically what it means is if a person fears for their life, if they were to be returned to their home country that they cannot be returned under international. Law. So just in terms of a prime facie case, if this young woman has already publicly said that she fears for her life does that necessarily immediately mean that she has refugee status. In in this case, a process still has to be undergone. And that's what's happening right now, we urgently asked for us access the moment, we learned of her case colleagues went immediately to the airport and it took a while. But we're able to finally reach her. And this is what she asked for as well was to be connected with UNHCR the agency that does refugee protection on behalf of refugees seeking asylum in Thailand when you say it took a while what was guessing in the way of you reaching her. Well, you know, this is this is something that happens everywhere. People come to the airport ask for asylum. It takes some time to go through the different communication channels, the Thai authorities considered it for some time and eventually. We were given the green light to go and meet with her you heard while we were waiting to speak to you. What the Saudi authorities have said that her possible it was not confiscated, and they are their view is that the Thai authorities will send her back to Kuwait to her family is part of your job gathering evidence. And speaking to the Saudi authorities part of our job is to determine exactly what her situation is what her status is what her fears are. And you know, this is something that we will also be in communication with the title tie thirties about what's how much how much sway do you have over the Tirtha authorities? I mean, can you as a United Nations body stop the Thai authorities from sending Rahaf back to either Saudi Arabia or Kuwait, which is where she was with her family? All we can do as we do with every country in the. The world is remind them over and over again that non riffle Mont not returning people who are seeking asylum who fear for their lives back to the place where they face that danger is embedded in international law. We spoke to a friend of hers who has been in touch with her when she was barricaded in the hotel room who talked about how she had had to leave Saudi Arabia. I just wonder what you think this case tells us about the kingdom in particular. Look, this is an individual case this on the surface. You know, there could be there are many reasons that, but obviously she has said this has to do with her family and fears of repercussions of her actions that would be taken by her family. This is also in a legitimate reason for a person to to seek asylum. Melissa Fleming head of communications of the United Nations refugee agency joining us live. Thanks very much..