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UN News Centre - Humanitarian Aid, Refugees

UN News Centre - Humanitarian Aid, Refugees

UN News Centre - Humanitarian Aid, Refugees

Toll on refugee and migrant children continues to mount one year after EU-Turkey deal – UNICEF

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:38:21 EST

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today that one year after the Balkan border closures and the European Union-Turkey Statement, which were aimed at stopping mass migration flows, refugee and migrant children face greater risks of deportation, detention, exploitation and deprivation.

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More than 14,000 asylum-seekers relocated from Greece and Italy, says UN migration agency

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:12:22 EST

European Union countries have welcomed more than 14,000 asylum-seekers from Greece and Italy since October 2015, the United Nations migration agency today announced, encouraging EU member states to follow through on their commitments.

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South Sudan now world&#39s fastest growing refugee crisis &#8211 UN refugee agency

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST

The number of South Sudanese fleeing their homes is &#8220alarming,&#8221 the United Nations refugee agency today said, announcing that 1.6 million people have either been displaced or fled to neighbouring countries in the past eight months ago.

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UN appeals for nearly $170 million to aid pastoralists in northern Kenya

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST

The United Nations and its humanitarian partners today appealed for $166 million to aid Kenyan pastoralists and farmers whose livestock and crops are suffering amid what the Government declared a &#8220national drought disaster.&#8221

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Yemen on brink of famine, warns UN food relief agency chief, appealing for resources and access

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 15:10:53 EST

Unless the international community provides additional resources and authorities in Yemen allow aid workers access to hungry people, families in some of the war-torn country’s most food insecure areas will die, warned the head of the United Nations emergency food programme.

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UN aid chief urges global action as starvation, famine loom for 20 million across four countries

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 18:50:03 EST

Just back from Kenya, Yemen, South Sudan and Somalia – countries that are facing or are at risk of famine – the top United Nations humanitarian official today urged the international community for comprehensive action to save people from simply “starving to death.”

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As fresh violence in Yemen sends thousands fleeing their homes, UN agency urges support

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 12:26:10 EST

With tens of thousands of civilians forced to flee their homes following a spike in fighting across western and central Yemen, the United Nations refugee agency today appealed for more international support, as well as unrestricted access within the country so that it can reach those now facing “abysmal conditions.”

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UN agriculture agency warns of water scarcity in North Africa and Near East

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST

Accessible fresh water in North Africa and the Middle East has fallen by two-thirds over the past 40 years, posing a huge challenge requiring &#8220an urgent and massive response,&#8221 the head of the United Nations agriculture agency said today.

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Hungarian law that could detain all asylum-seekers violates country&#39s legal obligations &#8211 UN agency

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 14:17:23 EST

The United Nations refugee agency voiced deep concerned at a new law voted today by the Hungarian Parliament that could lead to mandatory detention of all asylum-seekers, including many children &#8211 for the entire length of the asylum procedure &#8211 and warned that it would have a terrible impact on people who have already suffered greatly.

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UN agency expanding camps around Mosul to cope with surge in displacement

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 11:37:46 EST

Amid a spike in new displacement triggered by the Iraqi military offensive to recapture western Mosul, the United Nations refugee agency is setting up new camps and expanding existing ones to shelter new arrivals, many of whom are visibly traumatized, hungry and dehydrated.

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