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Attack in Burkina Faso, end of AIDS, victims of Syrian children and new UN ambassador for migration — Global Issues

Large numbers of fighters from the Islamist militant group JNIM attacked a military base, homes and a camp for displaced people in the town of Djibo on Sunday.

At least 40 people were killed and more than 42 injured. The attackers also burned 20 stores and three sites for displaced people.

Stop attacking civilians

“Attacks against civilians are inexcusable and must stop, and those responsible must be held to account following thorough, impartial and independent investigations by the authorities,” OHCHR spokesperson Seif Magango said in a statement. communicated.

He recalled that “deliberately targeting civilians or individuals not directly participating in hostilities constitutes a war crime.”

Supporting communities that “light the way to ending AIDS”

AIDS can disappear as a public health threat by 2030, but only if governments and donors fully support the grassroots communities who are on the front lines against the disease.

That’s the message from UNAIDS in a report released ahead of World AIDS Day on December 1, which shows how communities have been the driving force for progress.

From the streets to the courts to parliaments, community advocacy has brought about revolutionary policy change.

Through their campaigns, they opened access to generic HIV drugs, driving down the cost of treatment from $25,000 per year per person in 1995 to less than $70 in many countries.

Ready to lead

UNAIDS recalled that every minute, a life is lost to AIDS. while 4,000 girls and young women are infected with HIV every week. Of the approximately 40 million people living with HIV worldwide, more than nine million do not have access to life-saving treatment.

Although communities around the world have shown they are ready, willing and able to lead, they must have adequate resources, said Winnie Byanyima, director of UNAIDS.

“Too often, communities are treated by decision-makers as problems to be managed, instead of being recognized and supported as leaders,” she said. “Communities are not obstacles, they light the way to end AIDS. »

Increase in violations against children caught up in the war in Syria

Children continue to suffer the long-term consequences of the war in Syria, with a marked increase in violations against them, a new UN report on children and armed conflict reveals.

The report covers the period from July 2020 to September 2022. In total, 5,219 serious violations against 5,073 children were verified, including killings, mutilations, kidnappings, as well as recruitment and use in combat.

Recruited into combat

This represents a 10 percent increase from the previous reporting period, although the actual number is likely higher due to access restrictions and insecurity.

Most violations were committed in the northeast and northwest, with 65% attributable to armed groups, while 13% were attributed to government and pro-government forces.

Recruitment and use cases more than doubled from the previous report, with most children being used in combat roles. The already high number of child casualties increased by 30 percent, with explosive ordnance the leading cause of death and injury.

HE Sheikha Hind and Sir Mo Farah unveiled the England bench at the Global Health Innovation Summit


HE Sheikha Hind and Sir Mo Farah unveiled the England bench at the Global Health Innovation Summit

Olympian Sir Mo Farah, new goodwill ambassador for the UN migration agency

Four-time Olympic long-distance running champion Sir Mo Farah of the United Kingdom has been named the first-ever global goodwill ambassador for the United Nations migration agency, IOM.

Mr Farah, 40, retired from running in September after a long and celebrated career. Last year he revealed he was trafficked as a child from Somalia to the UK.

“No child should ever experience what I did; victims of child trafficking are just children. They deserve to be children. They deserve to play and be kids,” he said.

Mr Farah plans to use his position to raise awareness of issues affecting “people on the move”, including protection and trafficking. It will also advocate for the transformative power of sport, particularly for women and girls.

IOM Director General Amy Pope said the UN agency was honored to have Mr Farah as its first global goodwill ambassador.

“A champion on and off the track, and survivor of human trafficking, he brings true dedication, commitment and drive to IOM’s work, helping millions of people on the move and inspiring us all,” he said. -she declared.


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