Rare Moments of Unity on Aid to Afghanistan, Syria Punctuate Security Council Agenda in 2021, as Demands for Vaccine Equity Dominate Year’s Discussions

In Single Use of Veto, First-Ever Resolution Linking Climate, Security Fails, while Fresh Calls for Peace in Middle East, Africa Echo through Chamber A year into the altered reality that was life during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Security Council found itself in a largely transitional period, focused on shifting geopolitical dynamics and struggling to keep […]

Drone Strike Kills 17 in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA — An air strike in northern Ethiopia’s Tigray region has killed 17 civilians, mainly women, and wounded scores more, according to aid workers. The strike late Monday near Mai Tsebri town in northwestern Tigray came the same day U.S. President Joe Biden raised concerns about air strikes on civilians with Ethiopian Prime Minister […]

Children feared dead and injured in recent attacks on refugee and internal displacement camps in northern Ethiopia

NEW YORK, 9 January 2022 – “UNICEF is outraged by the recent airstrikes on camps for internally displaced persons and refugees in Tigray, northern Ethiopia. “The January 5 and 7 attacks have reportedly left scores of civilians, including children, killed and many more injured. “Refugee camps and IDP settlements, including schools hosting displaced children and families […]

Open education resources offer many benefits: how to remove obstacles

Nearly 1.6 billion learners globally have been experiencing various forms of disruption in learning due to COVID-19. School closures, as a means to reduce the spread of the virus, set the stage for the adoption of online learning solutions. Several governments in sub-Saharan Africa, as in other parts of the world, adopted distance learning approaches to […]

Two children killed in airstrike on Tigray refugee camp

“Refugees are not and should never be a target”, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said on Thursday, following reports of a deadly airstrike on the Mai Aini refugee camp in Tigray, northern Ethiopia. While UN refugee agency, UNHCR, continues to gather and corroborate details on yesterday’s attack that left three Eritrean refugees dead – […]

COVID-19: New Year brings renewed WHO appeal for vaccine equity

The highest number of COVID-19 cases so far in the pandemic were reported last week across the globe, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) told journalists on Thursday. In his first briefing of 2022, WHO chief Tedros Ghebreyesus repeated his longstanding call for vaccine equity and solidarity to defeat the crisis, now reaching into its […]

Tigray Patients Dying Because of Drug, Supply Shortages

Doctors in Ethiopia’s Tigray say shortages of medical equipment and drugs due to the government’s monthslong blockade on the region are causing patients to die of preventable causes. Doctors at Ayder Referral Hospital in Mekelle, the region’s largest, also cite shortages of intravenous fluids and oxygen. They said in a statement Tuesday that the supply […]

World Braille Day: Pandemic shows importance of information access for all

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how critical it is to ensure essential information is accessible to everyone, including people living with disabilities.  On World Braille Day, observed on 4 January, UN agencies have been highlighting how they are promoting a disability-inclusive response to the crisis. Braille is a tactile language used by blind and partially […]