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May 16: International Day of Living Together in Peace

New York, N.Y. Following the devastation of the Second World War, the United Nations was established to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war. One of its purposes is to achieve international cooperation in solving international problems, including by promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as […]

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Ban Welcomes Start of Guinea-Bissau

New York, N.Y. Welcoming the start of an inclusive dialogue among political leaders, civil society and religious communities of Guinea-Bissau today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon encouraged all the parties to engage in constructive discussions and “seize this opportunity for a favourable outcome” in the interest of the country’s people.” In a statement issued by […]

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Desperation: Some 20,000 Children Feared Trapped in Fallujah

Baghdad, Iraq. Some 20,000 children are believed to be trapped in Fallujah, Iraq as fighting rages for control of the city that Islamic State militants seized more than two years ago. Children living next to Daurra Oil Refinery in Iraq. Photo: Christiaan Briggs/Wikipedia. Since the Iraqi military operation began for Fallujah, 60 kilometers west of […]

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Although the Term is Overused, Bullying is Very Real

New York, N.Y. Bullying is real.  Yes, the term is overused. Yes, sometimes it’s “just” conflict and not bullying at all. Bullying is real.  No, it is not new. No, it is not just “kids being kids.” Bullying is real.  Yes, it hurts, not just in the moment, but long term.  Yes, it happens to […]

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87 Million Children Under Seven Have Known Nothing but Conflict

New York, N.Y. More than 86.7 million children under the age of seven have spent their entire lives in conflict zones, putting their brain development at risk, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today. Two year old Yusef lives in the Domiz refugee camp in Northern Iraq with his two brothers, mother and grandmother. Photo: […]

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ISIS Forcing Children to Be Killers, Suicide Bombers

Irbil, Iraq. Islamic State (IS) extremists are training Iraqi and Syrian children as young as eight years old to carry out suicide attacks and fight to kill, Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga commanders tell VOA. “There are training centers, more than two or three, big training centers in Mosul,” said General Sirwan Barzani, the Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga […]

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‘When Cultural Heritage is Under Attack, Human Rights are Also’

New York, N.Y. The destruction of cultural heritage is a violation of human rights, a United Nations-appointed expert said today, as the international criminal tribunal began a pre-trial procedure for the first-ever case in which charges were brought against the destruction of cultural and religious sites. A manuscript from the 14th century, part of Mali’s […]

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Nigeria’s Boko Haram Insurgency Push 1 Million Children from School

New York, N.Y. Violence and attacks against civilian populations in northeastern Nigeria and its neighbouring countries have forced “a staggering” one million children out of school in a conflict that has dealt “a huge blow for education in the region,” the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported today. Girls use their new school supplies during a […]

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