Daily security assessment needed in Ebola areas: WHO

Amid reports of massacres in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Ebola-hit Ituri province, World Health Organization workers continue to risk their lives to prevent the disease from spreading deeper into rural areas. In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Dr. Ibrahima Soce Fall, WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Emergency Response explains how the agency […]

South Sudan peace ‘hangs in the balance’

Peace between government and opposition forces in South Sudan “hangs in the balance,” but there is an overwhelming desire from people in the eastern African country for an end to the five-year long conflict there; that’s according to David Shearer, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for South Sudan. Some four million people have […]

Leaving Gaza enclave for surgery still an ‘issue’, says UNRWA Director

With hundreds killed and more than 30,000 injured so far during the Gaza-Israel border protests, known as “The Great March of Return”, many Palestinians are now facing a future of life-long disability, unable to get the treatment they need.   Referring to the “devastating impacts in human terms”, Matthias Schmale, director of the UN relief agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) has warned in an interview with UN News, that local hospitals […]

We need to honour Jamal Khashoggi’s memory with justice for his murder: rights expert

Accountability for the murder of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi will be difficult to prove, but it is nothing less than the international community owes him, the UN-appointed independent rights expert involved in investigating his death has said. In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Agnès Callamard, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary […]