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Young people who are shaping the COVID-19 response with UN Peacekeeping

Young cyclists in Kosovo deliver 600+ reusable masks to 200 Albanian, Serbian, Roma and Ashkali families in Lipjan/Lipljan. By: Idil Uner Five years ago, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 2250 (UNSCR 2250) — the first multilateral policy framework that acknowledges “the important and positive contribution of youth in efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace…

Go Back or Stay Home? Impacts of COVID on an International...

The COVID-19 pandemic messed up many international student’s plan to go to college in the United States, including my own. Back in March, my university shifted classes to remote instruction. After taking the last flight available from LATAM, hastily packing up my dorm room and leaving my things in a friend’s apartment, I ended up…

Fighting COVID-19 and promoting peace come together in Darfur

In the Darfur region of Sudan, with the myriad of internally displaced persons and nomadic communities, the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has posed a significant threat to peace and security and further deteriorated the socio-economic situation. The African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) — the peacekeeping mission that has been deployed since 2007 to…

Supporting women during COVID-19 and beyond

By Molly Martin Over the past several months, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed dangerous vulnerabilities for women and girls around the world. The social, political and economic effects of the virus have deepened pre-existing inequalities as they generally suffer from lower wages and insecure employment, and often bear the burden of unpaid family care and household…

From combatant to civilian during COVID-19

Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) helps foreign combatants “reintegrate back into a normal life” in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Originally meant as short transitory stay, Ndahimana Jean Damascene has been waiting for four months with his wife Irankunda, their two sons Eliya and Zabayo, and three other former foreign…

COVID-19 and the Rule of Law

By Alexandre Zouev The unprecedented threat from COVID-19 has caused unimaginable suffering around the world. This year also triggered a much-needed discussion on the role of law enforcement in societies. While the pandemic is first and foremost a public health crisis, there are related challenges that are consequential for containing it and for promoting a…

Remembering John Bompengo, photographer and video journalist in D.R. Congo

We are saddened by the death of our colleague, Radio Okapi photographer and video journalist John Bompengo, who passed away on 20 June from complications due to COVID-19. John was a talented photojournalist who covered political developments in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for decades and worked with Radio Okapi, managed by the UN…

The impact of COVID-19 on survivors of conflict-related sexual violence

Credit: UN Photo/Isaac Billy Photo: UN Peacekeeping/C. Silvestre The UN Security Council has recognized that conflict-related sexual violence is a threat to security and an obstacle to the restoration of peace. Women, girls, men, boys and members of the LGBTQI community can all be victims of sexual violence in conflict-affected settings. However, this form of…

Continuing Community Outreach in the face of COVID-19

By Sophie Boudre and Charlotte Morgan How do you share critical information with people at risk while maintaining social distancing measures imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic? A question that we are all grappling with, as the virus spreads to some of the world’s most fragile environments. With 13 peace operations deployed across the world, United…

Five ways humanitarians use technological innovation to deliver during COVID-19

Humanitarian needs are already at their highest level in decades, but COVID-19 is causing them to soar further. The World Food Programme (WFP) estimates that 265 million people could be pushed to the brink of starvation by year’s end. In response, humanitarian agencies are stepping up and finding innovative ways to overcome unprecedented access barriers.…

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