Help Ukraine, refugees, Mali… Tuesday’s news


A UN convoy with humanitarian aid arrives in Kramatorsk Y Slovyansk in Ukraine

The UN and its partners have managed to get a convoy of twelve trucks with humanitarian aid for 64,000 people to Kramatorsk and Sloviansk, close to the front lines in the Donetsk region of Ukraine.

Sloviansk is only ten kilometers from the front lines. “Before, about 100,000 people lived there. A quarter is still there, especially older people who spend their days hiding from the constant bombardment”, spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said.

In the cities there is no running water, little electricity and basic supplies are lacking.

Trucks from UN agencies and their humanitarian partners contain water purification tablets, hygiene items for 40,000 people and food to feed 15,000 people.

More than two million refugees will need to be resettled in third countries in 2023

More than two million refugees will need to be resettled in third countries in 2023, an increase of 36% over this year, according to a report published Tuesday by UNHCR.

Most of the people in need of resettlement are currently in sub-Saharan Africa (662,012), the Middle East and North Africa (463,930), and Türkiye (417,200).

By country of origin, Syrian refugees (around 777,800) represent the population most in need of resettlement, followed by Afghans.

“We are seeing a substantial increase (of refugees) and in the absence of peace and prospects for voluntary returns there is more and more need,” said Shabia Mantoo, spokesman for the agency.

This year 1.47 million people are waiting to be resettled. Just over 39,000 got a place last year.

UNHCR calls on States to help close the gap between the number of people in need of resettlement and the places available.

MINUSMA will investigate the attacks that have left more than a hundred civilians dead

The UN Mission in Mali, MINUSMA, will investigate the attacks against civilians in the center of the country that left more than a hundred dead and houses and businesses burned.

The Mission will support the Malian authorities to identify and bring to justice the perpetrators of the attacks. This Monday, MINUSMA facilitated a preliminary mission of the region’s authorities to the areas affected by the violence and assisted in the evacuation of the wounded.

Extremist groups attacked several villages in the Bandiagara region of central Mali on June 18 and 19, 2022. The attacks also led to the forced displacement of several hundred civilians.

In addition, there have also been attacks in several towns in the Gao region, which have caused the death of dozens of civilians.

MINUSMA strongly condemns these “heinous acts, which constitute serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law.”

A new app helps to know the ultraviolet radiation to which we are exposed

A new mobile phone app provides localized information on ultraviolet (UV) radiation levels to help users protect themselves from the sun and use proper protection.

“The SunSmart Global UV App provides five-day UV and weather forecasts for multiple locations. Highlights the time slots in which it is necessary to protect yourself from the sun and aims to help people around the world know when to use sun protection in an effort to reduce the global burden of skin cancer and UV-related eye damage,” he explained. Carla Drysdale, WHO spokesperson.

In 2020, more than 1.5 million cases of skin cancer (melanoma and non-melanoma combined) and more than 120,000 people worldwide lost their lives to this highly preventable disease.

The app can be downloaded free of charge from the Apple App and Google Play stores and is available in English, Chinese, French, Dutch, German, Russian and Spanish.

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