News in Brief

New allegations of sexual abuse in CAR confirmed by UN

New allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN and non-UN forces have been confirmed in the Central African Republic.

The UN mission in the country, MINUSCA, said it received new information of allegations in Kemo prefecture which reportedly refer to incidents that occurred over the last two years.

Here’s the UN Spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric.

“The Mission said that its primary concern was to ensure that victims have been assisted and all reports immediately investigated to ensure that any perpetrator is appropriately sanctioned. The integrated team will gather all available information and preserve evidence to the extent possible. We expect more information from the Mission in the next days.”

In February following earlier allegations, the UN Secretary-General labelled sexual abuse by peacekeepers a “cancer” that needed to be stamped out.

“Critical” health situation in Yemen as conflict enters second year.

The health situation in Yemen has been described as “critical” as the conflict there enters its second year.

The World Health Organization said that more than 14 million Yemenis are in urgent need of health services, including more than 2 million acutely malnourished children.

The UN agency reported that a quarter of all facilities have shut down due to damage or shortages in staff and medicines.

Since March 2015, more than 6200 people have been killed and 30,000 injured in the civil conflict in the Gulf state.

Sudanese government signs action plan against child soldier recruitment

The Sudanese government has signed an action plan with the United Nations to prevent the recruitment and use of children by its security forces.

The Action Plan sets out a series of measures to enhance the overall protection of children affected by armed conflict.

It includes the ending and prevention of child recruitment, and the release of children from national forces.

“Remarkable young woman” from Mozambique mourned by UN

A young woman from Mozambique who was described as remarkable by the United Nations Secretary-General has been mourned at UN headquarters in New York.

Ban Ki-moon met Raquelina Langa in 2013 when he visited her school in the Mozambican capital, Maputo.

At the time, she asked the Secretary-General if she, as a girl, could become the UN chief and what she needed to do to achieve her goal.

In response Mr Ban invited her to come to New York to see what it would be like to be Secretary-General for a day.

Raquelina spent International Youth Day at UN headquarters in August 2014.

She died last Friday following complications related to anaemia.

In a letter to her family, Mr Ban expressed his deep personal condolences at her passing.

Here’s Stephane Dujarric again.

He writes that “while her life was short, her legacy will be long. Raquelina was more than a bright individual from Mozambique; she was [the] embodiment of why the world needs to invest in the health, well-being and future of young women everywhere.

Source: United Nation Radio