News in Brief 29 June 2017 (AM)

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Nigerian refugees returning from Cameroon wait to register at Banki camp in northern Nigeria. Photo UNHCR/Romain Desclous

UNHCR warns against involuntary return of Nigerian refugees

The forced return of Nigerian refugees from Cameroon must be avoided at all costs, the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, said on Thursday.

These people are being sent back to northeast Nigeria where conditions are “dangerously unprepared to receive them,” according to the agency.

UNHCR said ongoing insecurity there is making it difficult for refugees to return to their places of origin.

Many end up in the Nigerian border town of Banki which is already hosting more than 45,000 internally displaced people in severely overcrowded conditions that lack basic facilities such as drinking water and sanitation.

The warning comes after nearly 900 Nigerian refugees, most of them children, were repatriated on Tuesday.

UNHCR renewed its call on Cameroon and Nigeria to halt further returns.

UNICEF seeking US$22 million to support children in Sudan

Children continue to bear the brunt of multiple emergencies in Sudan, according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Over the past few months, the country has recorded more than 16,000 cases of acute watery diarrhoea, resulting in 317 deaths, in addition to high rates of malnutrition.

Furthermore, an influx of refugees from neighbouring South Sudan has also increased the burden on host communities in a country where more than 2.3 million are already displaced.

UNICEF is appealing for US $22 million to provide children with lifesaving water, health and other services.

Young scientists awarded by UN nuclear energy agency

Six young nuclear scientists have been awarded by the UN for their solutions to address climate change.

They were the winners of a competition which solicited original research proposals on how nuclear technology which can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The scientists, all under the age of 35, were presented with certificates during a three-day conference organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) which concluded in Russia on Thursday.

More than 600 experts attended the conference, representing 29 countries and six international organizations.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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