Archive for July 12th, 2015


For a World Where Every Pregnancy Is Wanted, Every Childbirth Is Safe and Every Young Person’s Potential Is Fulfilled

New York, UN, 11 July 2015 – Sarita Tamang was nine months pregnant when she was buried alive by the devastating earthquake in Nepal. Her house in Gorkha, near the epicentre of the quake, collapsed on top of her.
World Population Day spotlights needs of women and girls in emergencies

Sarita Tamang, 25, was nine months pregnant when her house collapsed around here. Women like Ms. Tamang have specific health needs that can be overlooked in emergencies. © UNFPA Nepal

“I could not even get up from my bed, and I did not have hope that I could be alive,” she said. “I felt that my organs were not functioning and my body was trembling.”

Ms. Tamang’s brother-in-law dug her from the rubble, but the disaster destroyed the local health facility. She ended up giving birth in a tent she shared with four other families.

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World Population Day – the Plight of Vulnerable Populations in Emergencies

Human Wrongs Watch

10 July 2015 – The United Nations has planed to raise awareness of the needs of women and girls in emergencies on World Population Day 2015 with campaigns including an outdoor event in the Kazakh capital of Almaty and a panel discussion in the Thai capital of Bangkok on this year’s theme ‘vulnerable populations in emergencies.*

Syrian refugees fleeing the fighting near the Syrian city of Kobani wait in a holding area before boarding buses in Turkey (September 2014). Photo: UNHCR /I. Prickett

“Not since the end of the Second World War have so many people been forced from their homes across the planet,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message on the Day, which is observed on July 11 as a day to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues.

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