News in brief 26 February 2015 (PM)

26 Feb 2015

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Women and children on their way to a wedding ceremony in Afghanistan. Photo: UNAMA/Aurora V. Alambra (file)

Afghanistan avalanche survivors receive assistance
People displaced by recent disasters in Afghanistan are receiving the support of the UN and its humanitarian partners.
Avalanches, landslides and floods hit the four provinces in the north east of the country on Thursday, including Kabul.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was saddened by the loss of life.
Outrage over destruction of ancient artwork in northern Iraq
The destruction of ancient artwork in northern Iraq’s Mosul museum has provoked the outrage of a senior UN official.
Seven large statues from the World Heritage site of Hatra, as well as unique artefacts from the archaeological sites of Ninewah and the Palace of Sennahareb have been destroyed or defaced, among many other pieces.
Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN scientific and cultural agency UNESCO said the systematic destruction of the country’s rich and diverse heritage must stop.
UN follows up on kidnapping of South Sudan boys
A UN team recently visited the town of Wau Shilluk in South Sudan’s Upper Nile State to follow up on the abduction of young boys by gunmen in military uniforms.
The UN Mission in the country UNMISS and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) worked together to verify if pro-government militias operating in the area were behind the kidnapping.
Witnesses informed the team that boys as young as 14 were taken from the town.
The Head of the Mission, Ellen Margrethe Løj, expressed her concerns about the reports to President Salva Kiir on Wednesday and urged him to take action.
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