News in Brief 16 June 2015 (AM)

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Syrian refugee in Turkey with food voucher. Copyright: WFP/Christina Hobbs

Electronic food vouchers provided to Syrian refugees

Syrian refugees at the Turkish border are receiving electronic food vouchers from the World Food Programme (WFP), which each contain a value of US$23.

WFP says this has been organized in partnership with the Turkish Red Crescent organization, called Kizilay.

Many new refugees who are fleeing the four-year conflict have been arriving in Akcakale camp, located in south-eastern Turkey.

Here’s WFP Spokesperson, Elisabeth Byrs.

“The proportion of Syrian refugees considered to be food insecure or vulnerable to food insecurity has risen from 48 per cent in 2014 to 86 per cent in 2015.”

UN Envoy for Syria condemns shelling by opposition forces in Aleppo

The shelling by armed opposition forces near the Rahman Mosque in Aleppo which reportedly killed five civilians and wounded at least 70, has been condemned by the UN Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura.

This attack on civilians took place at the very time when Mr de Mistura was in Damascus raising with the government the issue of the protection of civilians and the urgent need to stop the use of barrel bombs.

The Special Envoy said this should not justify in any case a retaliation on populated areas through barrel bombs by the Syrian government.

Young African activists share powerful stories on child marriage on Twitter

Five young activists from across Africa are sharing their personal experiences of child marriage on the social media platform Twitter, via the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

The UNICEF campaign is raising awareness about the Day of the African Child, marked annually on 16 June.

Sub-Saharan Africa has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world, with 40 per cent of girls married by the time they reach the age of 18.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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