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04 Mar 2015 description

The threatened expulsion of two UN humanitarian staff from Syria could have a major impact on the lives of thousands of people who depend on the support of humanitarian organizations to survive. By Hansjoerg Strohmeyer, OCHA’s Chief of Policy Development

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04 Mar 2015 description

Gordon McGranahan

Drawing on a recently published paper in 'World Development', Gordon McGranahan considers why, given we seem to have the know-how, there are still so many people in cities without decent sanitation.

04 Mar 2015 description
report Al Jazeera

Derelict oilfield caught in a war zone contaminating drinking water and threatening tens of thousands of civilian lives.

Leer, South Sudan - The Thar Jath oilfield - just like civilians here - is caught in a deadly civil war and unable to thrive amid fierce fighting.

The oil site, located in northern South Sudan's Unity State, is only accessible from the main dirt road connecting rebel opposition-controlled Leer, to the current government-held area around the state capital, Bentiu.

04 Mar 2015 description
report Pulitzer Center

Living under armed guard, Arkar Min received one meal a day—a bowl of rice with some oil and salt. He had no bed and slept on the concrete, using his lungi as a pillow. There were six other conscripts, most of them 15; the eldest was 17. None of them had joined voluntarily—they'd been offered work, hoodwinked, kidnapped, and sold into service.

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04 Mar 2015 description

4 March 2015 - Cases of rape as well as sexual exploitation and abuse are showing up on a daily basis at the police station in Yambio, Western Equatoria State, officers said today.

According to Marcelina Moses, head of Child Protection in Yambio County Police Station, rape, abuse and sexual assault on minors have taken the lead in crimes reported to her section.

She said three girls of only three years old had been raped in 2014. Last week, Radio Miraya reported about another three-year-old child who had been raped.

04 Mar 2015 description

3 March 2015 - Some 30 youth graduated today from a three-month intensive training course in carpentry, tailoring and building in Yambio, Western Equatoria State.

“I am happy to tell you that 30 young men and women … are ready now to create their businesses … instead of committing crimes and remaining idle,” Tii-ndoka Vocational Training Center Principal Justin Omere said at the ceremony,

“We cannot expect peace among the communities and in the country if youth are not engaged in developmental activities,” he added.

04 Mar 2015 description

United Nations agencies are meeting in London today (Wednesday, 4 March) to discuss concerted ways to address the high numbers of lives being lost at sea in unsafe craft, particularly in the Mediterranean Sea, where hundreds of people are reported to have died in recent weeks alone on dangerous and unregulated sea passages.

04 Mar 2015 description


  • Protection monitoring and needs assessments have been conducted across Iraq reaching 1.1 million individuals (188,204 families).

  • 30,945 cases of IDPs across Iraq have been identified and approved for cash assistance, of which around 60% are in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), and 40% in Central/South; 21,119 families have received cash assistance to date.

  • Dignity kits have been distributed to 44,049 women of reproductive age.

04 Mar 2015 description
report UN Security Council


7398th Meeting (AM)
Security Council
Meetings Coverage

Sanctions Committee Chair Also Briefs; Libya’s Ambassador Calls for Lifting of Arms Embargo to Reinforce Army’s Arsenal

Libya could not allow the political crisis and armed conflict that had gripped the country for much of the past year to fester, the United Nations’ senior official there told the Security Council today, stressing that unless leaders acted “quickly and decisively”, the risks to national unity and territorial integrity were imminent.

04 Mar 2015 description

During the 18th International Meeting of Mine Action National Programme Directors and UN Advisors, held in Geneva from 16-19 February, two new joint GICHD and GMAP publications were released.

04 Mar 2015 description

Regular results monitoring is critical for programmes in conflict-affected environments (CAEs) to answer important questions about their effectiveness: Does the programme achieve its objectives despite the fast-changing, complicated situation? Is it aggravating the conflict in any way? And how might the programme need to adjust interventions to be more effective or avoid harm?

04 Mar 2015 description

Fighting in Iraq has devastated the lives of millions; there are those who managed to flee in search of safety and others who still remain in areas under the control of armed groups. Fighting has even cut connections between families separating hundreds of university students living in Kirkuk City from their displaced families. They were left without money or food.

04 Mar 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Government Fails to Stop Criminal Groups’ Abuses

(Buenaventura, March 4, 2015) – Paramilitary successor groups are abducting, “disappearing,” and dismembering residents of the mostly Afro-Colombian port of Buenaventura, despite government measures announced a year ago to curb the violence, Human Rights Watch said today.

04 Mar 2015 description
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04 Mar 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

By Josh Butler

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 4 2015 (IPS) - Syrian citizens “have no faith” in the international community to solve the chaos and war raging across their country, according to a prominent human rights defender.

Yara Bader, Managing Director of the Syrian Center For Media and Freedom of Expression, made the claim at United Nations headquarters in New York on Tuesday, at a panel discussion on arbitrary detention and enforced disappearance in Syria, co-sponsored by Amnesty International and the German Mission to the United Nations.