UN News - Humanitarian Aid

UN News - Humanitarian Aid

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UN News - Humanitarian Aid

Humanitarian catastrophe in northern Mozambique ‘beyond epic proportions’ 

Thu, 08 Apr 2021 16:28:09 -0400

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The UN and partners are “following with deep concern” new reports of violations against civilians in northern Mozambique, the UN Spokesperson said on Thursday. 

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Ethiopia: Amidst hostilities in Tigray, humanitarian situation remains ‘dire’ 

Wed, 07 Apr 2021 16:12:08 -0400

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The humanitarian situation in Tigray, Ethiopia, remains “dire”, the Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General said on Wednesday.  

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UN steps up response, as thousands impacted by Timor-Leste floods

Mon, 05 Apr 2021 06:31:55 -0400

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United Nations agencies in Timor-Leste are supporting response efforts, as floods and landslides left widespread damage across the country, including in the capital, Dili.  

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Thousands on the move after brutal attacks in northern Mozambique, UN office reports

Fri, 02 Apr 2021 09:27:09 -0400

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Thousands of people in Mozambique’s northern province of Cabo Delgado are on the move in search of safety, as the security situation remains volatile, after last week’s brutal attacks by armed groups in Palma district, according to the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). 

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UNHCR urges greater protection for Sahel communities after deadly attack

Thu, 01 Apr 2021 12:14:46 -0400

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Ten days after armed groups carried out a deadly attack on three villages near the western Niger town of Tillia, UN humanitarians have repeated their call for greater protection of civilians and all those displaced by violence in the Sahel.

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UN agencies ramp up response for Rohingya refugees in wake of ‘unprecedented’ fire

Wed, 31 Mar 2021 08:04:24 -0400

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United Nations agencies have stepped up their efforts to assist thousands of Rohingya refugee families left homeless after last week’s devastating fire at the Kutupalong refugee camp in southern Bangladesh. 

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Ending Syria’s war is our collective responsibility, UN chief tells donor conference

Tue, 30 Mar 2021 12:51:55 -0400

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Ending the war in Syria is the collective responsibility of the international community, UN Secretary-General António Guterres reaffirmed during a major pledging event on Tuesday which raised $6.4 billion to support people affected by the  conflict.

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Grave concern for women and children targeted in northern Mozambique

Tue, 30 Mar 2021 10:37:13 -0400

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Disturbing reports of targeted attacks against civilians have continued to emerge from the northern Mozambique town of Palma, marking a serious escalation of violence and volatility in the Cabo Delgado region.

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‘No respite’ for civilians in Syria, UN officials urge international support

Mon, 29 Mar 2021 03:01:28 -0400

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Senior United Nations officials have called on the international community to step up funding for relief programmes supporting millions of people in Syria and the region, who depend on the life-saving assistance and livelihood support after a decade of brutal conflict. 

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FROM THE FIELD: Preparing for disaster in Nepal

Sat, 27 Mar 2021 00:10:06 -0400

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The UN  is scaling up its efforts to help Nepal, which faces numerous natural threats, to become more resilient, minimize human casualties and preserve livelihoods.

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Deep concern for thousands of Eritrean refugees ‘scattered’ in Ethiopia’s Tigray

Fri, 26 Mar 2021 10:36:06 -0400

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In Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region there’s deep concern for thousands of Eritrean refugees whose camps have been found burned to the ground, confirming satellite imagery and testimony from those who have fled attacks.

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Probe announced into alleged Tigray rights violations: UN rights office

Thu, 25 Mar 2021 11:11:33 -0400

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Alleged serious abuses and rights violations in Ethiopia’s Tigray region are to be investigated by the UN, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said on Thursday.

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UN emergency fund allocates $14 million for Rohingya refugees left homeless by massive fire

Thu, 25 Mar 2021 04:53:44 -0400

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The United Nations’ top relief official on Wednesday released $14 million in emergency funding to provide life-saving assistance to thousands of Rohingya refugee families, after a massive fire ripped through the Kutupalong camp in southern Bangladesh, earlier this week. 

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UN agencies call for urgent action to avert famine risk in 20 ‘hunger hotspots’

Tue, 23 Mar 2021 11:29:09 -0400

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Famine is already on the doorstep of millions of families in 20 countries, two UN agencies warned on Tuesday in a report that calls for urgent action to avert rising hunger due to factors such as conflict, climate extremes and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Mozambique: Cabo Delgado displacement could reach 1 million, UN officials warn

Mon, 22 Mar 2021 17:29:59 -0400

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Senior leaders with the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, warned on Monday of the urgent need  to address the growing humanitarian crisis in the Cabo Delgado province in northern Mozambique, where an ongoing  insurgency has uprooted  hundreds of thousands of people.  

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Tigray crisis: Children must be protected from harm, urges UNICEF

Fri, 19 Mar 2021 16:00:13 -0400

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The situation for children in Tigray is becoming increasingly serious as the conflict in the northern Ethiopian region continues to escalate, according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

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‘Yemen can’t wait’, UN and partners warn in seeking $3.85 billion for humanitarian response

Wed, 17 Mar 2021 16:21:54 -0400

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The UN and its humanitarian partners are seeking $3.85 billion to reach 16 million people in Yemen this year, or nearly 80 per cent of the population, as the country descends deeper into crisis. 

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Myanmar: UN rights office ‘deeply disturbed’ over intensifying violence against protesters

Tue, 16 Mar 2021 03:47:26 -0400

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The UN human rights office (OHCHR) said on Tuesday it is “deeply disturbed” that the crackdown on peaceful protesters in Myanmar “continues to intensify”, with a soaring death toll on the streets, increasingly aggressive use of lethal force, arbitrary arrests, and reports of torture in custody. 

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South Sudanese ‘one step away from famine', as UN launches humanitarian response plan

Tue, 16 Mar 2021 12:33:31 -0400

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As hunger levels continue to deepen in South Sudan due to a combination of violence, climate change and COVID-19, the 2021 South Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan was launched on Tuesday aiming to reach 6.6 million people – including 350,000 refugees - with life-saving assistance and protection.

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FROM THE FIELD: Syrian photographers find hope despite 10 years of civil war

Mon, 15 Mar 2021 10:17:57 -0400

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The pain and deprivation of individual Syrians and the widespread destruction, a decade of conflict has wrought on Syria, has been documented in a series of images taken by 16 photographers working in the country.

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FROM THE FIELD: Solar power lights up Sudanese refugee camp

Mon, 15 Mar 2021 00:05:05 -0400

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In eastern Sudan, renewable energy is being trialled as a power source in UN-run refugee camps, where an influx of thousands of people fleeing conflict in Ethiopia is putting a strain on local resources, and host communities.

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Urgent funding needed for Mozambique, facing ‘triple threat’ of climate change, conflict and COVID-19

Sat, 13 Mar 2021 01:25:05 -0500

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Two years after Tropical Cyclone Idai and Cyclone Kenneth swept through Mozambique in March 2019, killing hundreds and leaving more than two million people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance, UN chief António Guterres has recalled the devastation he witnessed first-hand, in the aftermath of one of the worst weather-related disasters ever to hit the southern hemisphere.

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FROM THE FIELD: Syria statistics tell tragic tale of decade-long conflict

Fri, 12 Mar 2021 15:30:55 -0500

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Ten numbers for each year of Syria’s seemingly interminable conflict: the UN’s Humanitarian agency (OCHA) has marked this tragic milestone by highlighting in figures the country’s miserable decade of suffering and loss.

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Syria war: Average of one child injured or killed every eight hours over past 10 years - UNICEF 

Fri, 12 Mar 2021 10:51:20 -0500

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The grim ten-year anniversary of the war in Syria has left 90 percent of the country’s children in need of help, as a triple crisis of violence, economic misery and the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed families to the brink of despair, UNICEF reported on Friday.  

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Poor seasonal rains threatening ‘foundations’ of tens of thousands of Somali livelihoods

Fri, 12 Mar 2021 06:30:20 -0500

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Poor rain forecast for the next few months threatens to exacerbate the plight of tens of thousands of Somalis displaced from their homes and villages due to “extreme” water shortages since last November, the UN humanitarian office said on Friday. 

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‘If you don’t feed people, you feed conflict’, UN chief tells Security Council

Thu, 11 Mar 2021 13:08:48 -0500

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Conflict drives hunger, and when that turns to famine, that then drives conflict, the UN chief told the Security Council on Thursday, adding that “if you don’t feed people, you feed conflict”.

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‘Hell’ in Yemen, with millions ‘knocking on the door of famine’ WFP’s Beasley warns 

Wed, 10 Mar 2021 16:11:51 -0500

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Over half the Yemen population is facing acute food shortages “with millions knocking on the door of famine”, the UN food relief agency chief said on Wednesday, wrapping up a two-day visit to the country with an urgent plea for peace and funding to help feed vulnerable families.

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Yemen: UN migration agency calls for urgent humanitarian access after ‘horrific’ fire  

Mon, 08 Mar 2021 17:10:36 -0500

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The UN migration agency (IOM) on Monday called for “urgent humanitarian access” to an overcrowded migrant detention centre in Yemen's capital, Sanaa, where a deadly fire reportedly led to multiple deaths at the facility at the weekend. 

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Yemen pledging conference: Severity of suffering ‘impossible to overstate’ says Guterres 

Mon, 01 Mar 2021 13:36:42 -0500

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The international response to Monday’s High-Level Pledging Event on Yemen has been described as “disappointing” by the UN chief, announcing that pledges totalled less than last year’s humanitarian response, and a billion dollars less than the figure raised in 2019.   

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Yemen: UN ceasefire monitoring mission condemns attack on civilians in Hudaydah

Mon, 01 Mar 2021 03:24:54 -0500

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The United Nations Mission to Support the Hudaydah Agreement (UNMHA), on Sunday, strongly condemned an attack in Yemen that killed five civilians, including a woman and child. 

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