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Thousands of Syrians in ‘life and death’ struggle amid harsh conditions in remote desert camp, UN warns

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 12:23:22 -0500

Conditions in a makeshift Syrian camp near the border with Jordan are “increasingly desperate” and “have become a matter of life and death”, United Nations officials warned on Tuesday, after at least eight children died there from extreme cold and a lack of medical care.

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First aid in six months reaches families in western Yemen, 'timelines' slip over Hudaydah ceasefire talks

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 09:50:22 -0500

Thousands of families in conflict-affected communities south of the Red Sea port city of Hudaydah in Yemen have received aid for the first time since last July, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday.

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Is Haiti better prepared for disasters, nine years on from the 2010 earthquake?

Sat, 12 Jan 2019 11:25:18 -0500

Half a capital city destroyed, 220,000 reported dead and 1 million residents displaced. This was the toll of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, which struck on 12 January, nine years ago.

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Libya: ‘Substantial civilian casualties’ in Derna, UN humanitarian chief ‘deeply concerned’

Fri, 11 Jan 2019 17:05:24 -0500

Increasing hostilities in the oil-rich city of Derna are becoming an increasing source of concern said the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya on Friday, following an intensification in fighting which has resulted in “substantial civilian casualties”.

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‘Critical test’ for North Korea’s Government as civilian suffering remains rife, warns UN rights expert

Fri, 11 Jan 2019 10:37:06 -0500

The human rights situation in Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – DPRK - remains “extremely serious”, and along with international demands for denuclearization, this constitutes a “a critical test” for the year ahead, a senior UN-appointed expert said on Friday.

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Thousands risk lives fleeing fighting in Syria’s last ISIL stronghold

Fri, 11 Jan 2019 09:29:50 -0500

North-east Syria is seeing increasing numbers of civilian casualties and large-scale displacement amid intensifying efforts to defeat extremists from ISIL, otherwise known as Da’esh, in Deir-ez-Zor governorate, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Friday.

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Armed insurgency in north-east Nigeria ‘has created a humanitarian tragedy’

Wed, 09 Jan 2019 16:29:46 -0500

Following an upsurge in violence in north-east Nigeria, which was brought to global attention five years ago with the abduction by Boko Haram extremists of the Chibok schoolgirls, tens of thousands of innocent civilians continue to flee, prompting “grave concern” from the United Nations envoy there.

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Amid troop build-up in Rohingya's home state, UN appeals to Myanmar for peaceful solution

Wed, 09 Jan 2019 11:44:43 -0500

Major fighting in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state has so far been avoided following clashes between armed separatists and national security forces who are increasing troop numbers there, a top UN humanitarian official there said on Wednesday.

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Killing of aid worker in Syria part of ‘disturbing trend’

Mon, 07 Jan 2019 15:13:07 -0500

The abduction and killing of an aid worker last week in Syria’s Idleb region, brings into focus the daily risks faced by humanitarians working in conflict zones, said the Deputy Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis, in a statement deploring the killing on Monday.

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Palestinian students ‘compelled to drop dreams because of financial cuts’

Sat, 05 Jan 2019 10:20:06 -0500

For students attending schools funded by the UN relief agency for Palestine refugees, (UNRWA), uncertainty over the future has become a constant worry, said the agency’s Director of Operations in Gaza, Matthias Schmale.

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The ‘abuse of food relief in Yemen’ must end now

Fri, 04 Jan 2019 16:12:21 -0500

On Friday, the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) demanded that the stealing of food by warring factions in Yemen must stop immediately; and welcomed a statement from Houthi rebel leaders saying that the situation was now under investigation.

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‘Stealing’ food from hungry Yemenis ‘must stop immediately’, says UN agency

Mon, 31 Dec 2018 11:22:08 -0500

After uncovering evidence that humanitarian food supplies are being diverted in Yemen’s Houthi-controlled capital, Sana’a, and other parts of the country, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has demanded an immediate end to the practice.

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Newly displaced fleeing attacks in northeast Nigeria, top 2,000

Thu, 27 Dec 2018 16:25:17 -0500

After fleeing terrorist attacks, as well as clashes between Government forces and militia, more than 2,000 newly displaced Nigerians have arrived in an already over-stretched camp known as Teacher’s Village, in Maiduguri, the capital of the country’s Borno State.

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THE COMMITTEES: General Assembly Third Committee ‘anchored’ in human rights protection

Wed, 26 Dec 2018 22:00:11 -0500

From drugs control, to indigenous people’s rights and counter-terrorism, the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee is officially known as the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs Committee, with the full array of complex issues and challenges to mull over that its title would imply. Here’s the latest in our series of explainers on how the ideas and pledges of world leaders each September, are turned into action by Member States in the weeks after they go home.

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Indonesian tsunami death toll climbs over 400 as Government-led relief efforts are stepped up

Wed, 26 Dec 2018 15:05:28 -0500

Government-led relief efforts are being stepped up at the tip of the Indonesia’s two main islands of Sumatra and Java after a tsunami slammed into densely-populated coastal areas along the Sunda Strait on Saturday night.

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Indonesia tsunami: Many still missing as death toll rises

Mon, 24 Dec 2018 13:20:50 -0500

Indonesians are being warned to stay away from beaches along the Sunda Strait, between the islands of Sumatra and Java, following this weekend’s devastating tsunami in the area, which government and humanitarian agency reports indicate has claimed hundreds of lives, with the total likely to rise.

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UN ready to support tsunami-hit parts of Indonesia

Sun, 23 Dec 2018 13:15:33 -0500

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has expressed “deep sadness” at the loss of life, injuries and damages caused by the tsunami that struck the Indonesian coast late Saturday, local time.

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Bamboo-boring beetles wreak havoc in Rohingya refugee camps, UN agency races to respond

Fri, 21 Dec 2018 15:41:21 -0500

Beset by millions of bamboo-chomping beetles, almost every shelter in the vast Rohingya refugee camps of Cox’s Bazar, in Bangladesh, needs replacing. With just over four months to go until the beginning of the monsoon season, the race is on for IOM, the United Nations migration agency which is managing the camp, to provide families living in the worst-affected temporary dwellings, with new and more durable bamboo.

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South Sudanese refugees need $2.7 billion, as safe return remains elusive

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 10:59:28 -0500

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) launched a $2.7 billion appeal on behalf of South Sudanese refugees on Tuesday, to address Africa’s largest displacement crisis, where millions have been uprooted by years of brutal civil war.

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UN agencies welcome green light for Rohingya projects in northern Myanmar; urge ‘more effective access’

Mon, 17 Dec 2018 12:34:44 -0500

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, on Monday announced that they had received the Government go-ahead to develop community projects in Myanmar’s Rakhine province, and called on authorities to provide “more effective access” to the area.

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UN calls for funds to ease ‘deteriorating’ humanitarian situation in Gaza and West Bank

Mon, 17 Dec 2018 11:04:29 -0500

The need for aid in the occupied Palestinian territory has increased, following a year that has seen a “serious deterioration in the humanitarian situation,” said Jamie McGoldrick, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the region, in a statement on Monday.

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Yemen ceasefire deal: ‘Potential’ now to restore humanitarian lifeline to millions

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 10:49:18 -0500

The freshly agreed Yemen ceasefire deal covering the key Red Sea governorates of Hudaydah and Taiz has been welcomed by the World Food Programme (WFP), which on Friday expressed hope that it would improve access for humanitarians and, just as crucially, commercial shipping.

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UN agencies launch emergency plan for millions of Venezuelan refugees and migrants

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 10:15:25 -0500

A new plan to cover the urgent needs of millions of Venezuelan refugees and migrants, coordinated by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), was launched in Geneva on Friday.

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Civilian death toll continues to mount in Syria, UN relief chief tells Security Council

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 17:19:56 -0500

Although the overall intensity of violence in Syria has decreased, civilians continue to be killed by air and ground-based strikes, Mark Lowcock, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs told the Security Council on Thursday, during a briefing on the current situation in Syria.

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‘Fire-fighting approach’ to humanitarian aid ‘not sustainable’: Deputy UN chief

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 17:46:05 -0500

With around one in every 60 people across the world caught up in a crisis that requires urgent humanitarian assistance, the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a top panel on the issue on Wednesday that maintaining a “fire-fighting approach is not sustainable” in the long term.

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Bid to raise $5.5 billion for millions of Syrians and their host communities

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 10:57:24 -0500

Some 5.6 million Syrians need help outside the war-torn country and one million of them are children born in exile, UN agencies and partners said on Tuesday, in an appeal for $5.5 billion to cover humanitarian needs for 2019.

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Major UN aid operation for 650,000 gets underway across Syria-Jordan border

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 14:55:08 -0500

The United Nations began a four-week operation on Sunday, delivering lifesaving assistance to hundreds of thousands of Syrians in desperate need, from across the border in neighbouring Jordan.

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Iraq: Over 150,000 children endangered by ‘freezing’ temperatures, warns UNICEF

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:34:14 -0500

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has ramped up efforts to provide warm clothes and life-saving supplies to more than 150,000 displaced children across northern Iraq whose lives are threatened by freezing temperatures.

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UN emergency relief fund has ‘never been more critical’: Guterres

Fri, 07 Dec 2018 12:40:29 -0500

The mission of the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which enables humanitarian responders to deliver life-saving assistance whenever and wherever crises strike, is more critical than ever, said Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday, as a key pledging conference got underway at UN Headquarters in New York.  

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Global aid appeal targets more than 93 million most in need next year

Tue, 04 Dec 2018 11:02:50 -0500

Conflict has pushed tens of millions of people into a situation where they are in urgent need of help, the UN’s relief chief said on Tuesday, in an appeal for funds that could top $25 billion to support life-saving aid projects in over 40 countries next year.

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