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UN campaign stresses that civilians caught in conflict are #NotATarget

An online campaign by the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, is calling on world leaders to do everything in their power to protect civilians caught in conflict.

The campaign, #NotATarget, has been launched ahead of World Humanitarian Day, observed this Saturday, 19 August

The day honours aid workers who risk their lives serving people in need, while also rallying support for millions affected by crises globally.

The UN General Assembly established World Humanitarian Day in remembrance of the 19 August 2003 bombing of the UN compound in Baghdad.

Twenty-two people died in the attack, including the UN's top representative in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello.

A native of Brazil, Mr Vieira de Mello had a long and distinguished career with the global organization, including being appointed the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

His nephew and godson, Andre SimAes, has paid tribute to the late UN official.

Mr SimAes told UN News's Portuguese Unit that his uncle was born in 1948, the same year as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and that "he dedicated his career to giving meaning to every single one of its 30 articles."

Yemen cholera outbreak putting pregnant women at risk: UNFPA

A cholera outbreak in Yemen is putting some 1.1 million pregnant women in the country at risk, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) said on Thursday.

The number of people affected by the disease recently hit 500,000.

UN agencies have described it as the worst cholera outbreak in the world.

Cholera is caused by ingesting contaminated water or food and is characterized by watery diarrhoea. It can be fatal if untreated.

UNFPA explained that pregnant and breastfeeding women are especially vulnerable to malnutrition, making them more prone to contracting cholera.

This in turn places them at higher risk of developing dangerous or even fatal complications.

Humanitarians seeking US$497 million for CAR

Humanitarians and the government in the Central African Republic (CAR) are seeking US$497 million to address needs across the country, the UN has announced.

This follows the launch of a revised humanitarian plan on Thursday.

The CAR has been plagued by inter-communal clashes since 2012.

An upsurge in violence since January means that 2.4 million in the country now require humanitarian assistance.

Meanwhile, the number of internally displaced people, or IDPs, has increased to 600,000; a figure last seen during the height of the crisis in January 2013.

Source: United Nations Radio

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