20 Nov 2015
New Ebola cases in Liberia
There have been three confirmed cases of Ebola in Liberia, which was declared free of the disease in September, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported.
A 10-year-old boy from the capital, Monrovia, and two members of his family have tested positive with the virus.
Dr Bruce Aylard is the interim head of the Outbreaks and Health Emergencies. Cluster at WHO.
“The country has moved extremely quickly. Yesterday, they already had their incident management system fully activated; they’ve already mobilized the teams to undertake the contact identification and monitoring, and all of that was already in place yesterday hours after the notification of this case.”
An Ebola outbreak in West Africa which began last year has killed more than 11,300 people.
WHO is working to ensure survivors are being educated about the persistence of the virus and that they have access to medical and psychosocial care.
Murder of Brazilian radio journalist condemned
Authorities in Brazil are being urged by the head of the UN cultural agency, UNESCO, to investigate the recent killing of a community radio journalist in the north-east of the country.
Israel Gonçalves Silva was gunned down last week by an unidentified man on the streets of Lagoa de Itaenga, a town in the state of Pernambuco.
He was the host of a daily radio programme called “Open Microphone.”
In condemning his murder, UNESCO chief Irina Bokova pointed out that freedom of expression is a fundamental human right.
She called for those responsible for the crime to be brought to trial.
Iraqi music star new UNICEF Regional Ambassador
A renowned composer, poet and singer from Iraq has been named a Regional Ambassador for the UN children’s fund, UNICEF.
Kadim Al Sahir will support the agency’s work in the Middle East and North Africa, particularly for children living in conflict situations.
Juliette Touma is a communications officer with the UNICEF office in Jordan:
“We really hope that Mr Sahir will lend his voice to advocate on behalf of children who are in need of assistance, and we do hope that he will be able to put pressure on those who are fighting to put an end to the violence in this region.”
Karim Al Sahir was described by UNICEF as “the leading Arabic artist in the world,” having sold more than 100 million albums since the late 1980s.
He was also the UNICEF Iraq national ambassador from 2011-2012.
Dianne Penn, United Nations.