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UN News Centre - Humanitarian Aid, Refugees

UN News Centre - Humanitarian Aid, Refugees

UN News Centre - Humanitarian Aid, Refugees

Yemen: UN, partners seek $2.1 billion to stave off famine in 2017

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST

The United Nations and humanitarian partners today launched an international appeal for $2.1 billion to provide life-saving assistance to 12 million people in Yemen in 2017 &#8211 the largest-ever humanitarian response plan for the war-torn country.

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Haitian Government, UN and partners launch two-year plan aimed at saving lives, building resilience

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 18:42:30 EST

The United Nations together with relief organizations in Haiti have launched a two-year, $291 million response plan with the Government to reach more than 2.4 million people across the island that was struck by a devastating hurricane last October.

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Land urgently needed to avert ‘drastic deterioration’ in Burundian refugee camps in neighbouring countries

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 11:31:43 EST

Stalled peace talks in Burundi are forcing hundreds to flee every day seeking refuge in neighbouring countries, the United Nations refugee agency warned today, appealing for more support, particularly land to shelter for new arrivals and to ensure protection of children and prevention of sexual and gender-based violence.

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Syria: UN provides emergency water around Aleppo, as 1.8 million cut off from water supply

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 14:42:57 EST

The United Nations today voiced grave concern about nearly two million Syrians in the area of Aleppo who have been without water for almost a month, as UN agencies are helping to provide emergency access to some of the people in need.

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Fresh violence in Central African Republic western town displaces thousands, UN office says

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 16:07:30 EST

Condemning attacks on civilians and non-governmental organizations in a town in Central African Republic (CAR)’s Ouham-Pendé province, a senior United Nations humanitarian official has called for protecting civilians as well as for unhindered relief access to the affected areas.

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Refugees fleeing danger are ‘not dangerous themselves’ – UN agency chief

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 15:25:52 EST

The head of the United Nations refugee agency today warned developed countries against politicizing the issue of refugees, stressing that the move risked undermining the principle of international solidarity with those fleeing war and persecution.

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Adhere to safeguards, avoid pushing back refugees, UNICEF, UN rights experts urge Europe

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 15:11:01 EST

As Europe Union leaders gather today in Malta to discuss new measures on migration, including increased cooperation with Libya, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and UN rights experts underlined the need to ensure that children are protected and that migrants should not be pushed back to places where their safety is at risk.

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Iraq: UN fears new wave of displacement as fighting escalates in Mosul and Hawiga

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 12:18:47 EST

The United Nations refugee agency and its partners are coordinating plans to respond to a potential mass displacement of Iraqis from western Mosul, the latest battleground the Iraqi forces are seeking to retake from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) terrorists.

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Heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine extracting heavy civilian toll, UN Security Council hears

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 18:25:00 EST

Briefing the Security Council on the situation in eastern Ukraine, the top United Nations political and humanitarian officials underlined today that continuing fighting in the region, with only short periods of respite, have exasperated human suffering.

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EU should seek common approach to address tragic loss of life on Mediterranean &#8211 UN agencies

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST

Ahead of a meeting of the European Council, the United Nations refugee and migration agencies have called on European leaders to take &#8220decisive action&#8221 to save lives of migrants and refugees attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea along its central route in hopes of a better future.

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