Archive for April 26th, 2019

26/04/2019

Future of Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh ‘Hangs in the Balance’ – UNHCR Chief

Human Wrongs Watch

The critical needs of 1.2 million mostly Rohingya refugees in south-eastern Bangladesh were top of the agenda for a fact-finding mission to the region by three senior United Nations officials, who called for continuing support on Friday [26 April 2019] for them from the international community.

© UNHCR/Will Swanson | Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock with a group of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar in Kutapalong Refugee Camp, Bangladesh on 26 April 2019.
At the end of a joint visit to the country, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock, head of UN migration agency (IOM) António Vitorino, and UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, reiterated their commitment to find safe and sustainable solutions for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, as well as helping them to make a safe and dignified return home.
26/04/2019

New Mozambique Storm Rips Off Roofs, Brings Lashing Rain as Aid Response Kicks In

Tropical Cyclone Kenneth swept into northern Mozambique on Thursday evening bringing heavy rain and winds in excess of 225 kilometres per hour (140 miles per hour) after lashing the Comoros islands, where it claimed at least three lives, UN agencies said on Friday [26 April 2019].

WFP/Nour Hemici | Children sheltering in a school after being displaced by Cyclone Kenneth, in Pemba city, Mozambique.

“Tropical Cyclone Kenneth made landfall in northern Mozambique near the border with Tanzania in an area where no storm since the satellite-era has ever been observed,” said Clare Nullis, spokesperson for the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

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26/04/2019

Change Attitudes for Future Generations of Women in Tech, UN Urges

Human Wrongs Watch

When women and girls are empowered with technology, the whole world benefits. That’s one key message from the International Day for girls in the field of information and communications technology, or ICT, marked on Thursday [25 April 2019]. 

ITU/M.Tewelde | Girls participating in the International Girls in ICT Day organised by ITU, at the African Union, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (25 April 2019).

Celebrated every year on the fourth Thursday of April, the Day is an initiative of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and aims to encourage and empower girls and young women to consider entering the growing field of ICT,​ enabling both girls and technology companies to reap the benefits of greater female participation in the sector.

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26/04/2019

World Day – ‘Every Two Minutes a Child Dies from Preventable and Treatable Disease: Malaria’ – WHO Urges Grassroots Responsibility

25 April 2019 — After more than a decade of steady advances in fighting malaria, progress has leveled off, which is why this World Malaria Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) is supporting a grassroots campaign to emphasize country ownership and community empowerment to improve malaria prevention and care.
WHO/Mark Nieuwenhof | A woman cares for her child who has malaria at a hospital in Malawi (April 2019)

 

“Every two minutes a child dies from this preventable and treatable disease”, said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

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