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August 18, 2017
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UNICEF, WFP deliver aid in Sierra Leone as death toll climbs
The number of deaths caused by mudslides in Sierra Leone has surpassed 400, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Representatives from UNICEF and the World Food Programme are in the country to deliver aid to survivors and "the scale of the damage is unprecedented," says UNICEF representative Hamid El-Bashir Ibrahim.
India Blooms News Service/Just Earth News (8/18),  USA Today/The Associated Press (8/18) 
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UN humanitarian chiefs: Aid workers must be protected
As aid workers around the globe prepare to mark World Humanitarian Day on Saturday, governments must begin more strictly enforcing rules to protect those delivering lifesaving assistance during times of conflict, write Stephen O'Brien, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, and Jan Egeland, secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council. "Wars have rules. It is time to enforce these rules," they write.
Thomson Reuters Foundation (8/18) 
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Health & Development
UNHCR: Spain lacks resources for rising migrant tide
Spain lacks the resources to support the high numbers of refugees and migrants who make their way across the Mediterranean each day, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The International Organization for Migration has warned that more refugees may try to reach Spain as an alternative to Italy.
The Guardian (London) (8/17) 
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Women & Girls
UNICEF applauds El Salvador for scrapping minor marriage law
Lawmakers in El Salvador have struck down a law allowing men to marry underage girls if they had impregnated them -- a move UNICEF says is an important step toward change. "This is a cultural question that has roots in the discriminatory, patrimonial practices facing girls in ... El Salvador," says UNICEF's Maria de Mejia.
Thomson Reuters Foundation/Reuters (8/18) 
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Climate and Energy
FAO warns livestock deaths are driving up aid needs in Ethiopia
Ethiopia's deepening drought is killing off livestock that many families rely on for milk, driving the number of people in urgent need of food aid from 5.6 million in January to 8.5 million currently. "If we don't act now, hunger and malnutrition will only get worse among [herding] communities," says Food and Agriculture Organization representative Abdoul Karim Bah.
Voice of America/Reuters (8/17) 
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Peacekeeping and Security
UN report: Saudi attacks responsible for more than half of children killed in Yemen
Saudi-led coalition forces were responsible for more than half of civilian casualties in Yemen last year, and nearly three-quarters of attacks on schools and hospitals, according to a United Nations report. A total of 502 Yemeni children were killed and 838 wounded in attacks last year, the report says.
Al Jazeera (8/18),  South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) (8/18) 
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UN Radio
UN-backed court orders extremist to pay reparations for Timbuktu destruction
UN Radio (8/17) 
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UN Dispatch
"Map of the Day: Where People Have Been Forced to Flee From Their Homes in 2017"
UN Dispatch (8/18) 
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Quote of the Day
@UNFoundation: Staggering stat: 22% of children between the ages of 6-15 are missing out on school in conflict zones across 22 countries. #NotATarget
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