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Haiti Strikes Back: By Taking the UN to Court, the Country Might Save Itself

Published May 13, 2014 by Foreign Affairs
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One October night in 2010, Jacqueline Olonville woke up with sharp pains in her stomach. She rushed to the toilet behind her home in the village of Bocozelle, Haiti, but she could not relieve the pain or stop the relentless diarrhea that soon followed. When she tried to stand up, she began vomiting. Her legs gave out underneath her. Some of her older children heard her cries.

U.N. seeks surveillance drones for Mali, shelves plans for Ivory Coast

Published May 12, 2014 by Reuters
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(Reuters) - The United Nations has shelved plans to deploy surveillance drones as part of its peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast due to improved security, but is now seeking a company to provide the unarmed aircraft for its peacekeeping mission in Mali.

The United Nations wants to expand its use of unmanned aerial vehicles after it successfully deployed the aircraft for the first time in December - to aid U.N. peacekeepers in Democratic Republic of Congo.

UN appoints first female commander of peacekeeping force

Published May 13, 2014 by The Guardian
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The first woman has been appointed to command a United Nations peacekeeping force – a Norwegian general who has served in Lebanon, the first Gulf war, Bosnia and Afghanistan.

Major General Kristin Lund will replace Chinese Major General Chao Liu on 13 August as commander of about 1,000 peacekeepers in Cyprus, the UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric announced on Monday.

'If we go outside they'll kill us': inside a South Sudan camp

Published May 11, 2014 by Global Post
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Mayen Koang, 47, has spent the past five months holed up at a United Nations peacekeeping base in Juba, one of tens of thousands of displaced South Sudanese who are too scared to return home.

Sitting on a plastic chair in a makeshift tent, the father-of-eight says he is still too afraid to go back because, as an ethnic Nuer -- the same tribe of rebel leader Riek Machar -- he fears he will be killed by members of the Dinka community, the tribe of President Salva Kiir.

Darfur peacekeepers fire back at attackers

Published May 8, 2014 by Global Post
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Gunmen who attacked peacekeepers in Sudan's Darfur were forced to retreat after a firefight, said Thursday the UNAMID mission which has come under calls to be more aggressive.

The incident happened on Sunday when a patrol of the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur came under fire from unidentified gunmen near Sindy, about halfway between the North Darfur towns of Malha and Mellit.

Op-Ed: South Sudan: UN providing shelter under fire

Published May 8, 2014 by New Vision
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The grisly images and shocking accounts of the abhorrent attacks on unarmed civilians in the South Sudanese cities of Bor and Bentiu this month have put South Sudan back in the headlines once again - for all the wrong reasons.

The forces of the main parties to the country’s four-month-old crisis are failing to comply with the cessation of hostilities agreement signed in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa on 23 January. And there is no letup in sight to the suffering of the people of South Sudan.

Peacekeeping Missions Lack Trust In Central African Republic

Renee Montagne talks to Graeme Wood, of The New Republic, about his trip to Central African. He traveled with support from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's Center for the Prevention of Genocide.

UN human rights office ‘disappointed’ by ruling in DR Congo mass rape trial

Published May 6, 2014 by UN News Centre
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6 May 2014 – Disappointed by the ruling of a Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) military court which acquitted close to half of the 39 Congolese soldiers accused of mass rape in 2012, the United Nations Human Rights Office (OHCHR) said today the decision fell short of the expectations of the numerous victims and confirmed the shortcoming of the country’s justice system.

UN’s financial situation ‘generally positive’ reports top management official

Published May 6, 2014 by UN News Centre
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6 May 2014 – The top United Nations management official reported today that at the end of 2013, the Organization's financial situation was “generally sound”, but cautioned that the cash flow would get tighter in the final months of 2014, as several major contributors would pay their assessments between October and December.

South Sudan: UN confirms weekend fighting, injuries in restive Unity state

Published May 5, 2014 by UN News Centre
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5 May 2014 – Fighting with heavy and small arms fire resumed today in South Sudan’s Unity state where United Nations peacekeepers are protecting some 23,000 displaced civilians, a UN spokesperson confirmed.

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