Pakistani women, wash their laundry at a water reservoir, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. The United Nations has proclaimed that March 20 is the International Day of Happiness.
Fatima Abdala, from Barakutili, South Darfur, rests in her small shelter in the Kalma camp for Internally Displaced People. Violence has spread in the Darfur region in Sudan, international peacekeepers said yesterday, reporting a town looted and thousands more displaced on top of an estimated 40,000 who had fled their homes in South Darfur escaping unrest linked to what an analyst described as a type of mercenary force.
People queue to receive aid near a camp for internally displaced persons in Bangui on Friday. Aid workers warned of a looming humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic capital as the UN said more than 600 people have been killed in sectarian violence in the past week and tens of thousands of residents desperate for protection have fled their homes.
Syrian children at a refugee camp at Delhamiyeh, eastern Lebanon, wait outside their tent for the school bus. There are more than 800,000 refugees registered with the UN refugees agency in the country, although the Lebanese government estimates the number at more than 1m.
A Tibetan activist outside the UN offices in Geneva bears the names on his back of protesters who have died from self-immolation – setting fire to themselves. The protest took place as China was set to undergo a widely anticipated review of its rights record before the UN Human Rights Council, something required of each of the UN’s 193 member states every four years. Read more
An Afghan refugee child sits on the roadside on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. Pakistan hosts more than 1.6m registered Afghans, the largest and most protracted refugee population in the world, according to the UN refugee agency, Thousands of refugees still live without electricity, running water and other basic services.
Elderly Indians take part in celebrations to mark the International Day of Older Persons at a home in Ahmadabad, India, on Tuesday. Much of the world is unprepared for the ballooning population of elderly people, including many of the fastest-aging countries, according to a global study to be released by the UN and a rights group for the elderly.
Parachuters in southern Seoul practising for a show on Armed Forces Day. The government designated October 1 as the Armed Forces Day to commemorate the date in 1950 when United Nations troops pushed back North Koreans past the 38th parallel that bisects the Korean Peninsula since then, the Yonhap news agency reported. Read more
Afghan children at their camp on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s independent human rights commission might lose its “A” status in the upcoming review, which might affect its work and funding, UN and Afghan officials said on Tuesday Read more
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Free Syrian Army fighters rest inside a house during a rare light moment in Deir al-Zor, Syria. Read more