UN News - Humanitarian Aid

UN News - Humanitarian Aid

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UN News - Humanitarian Aid

Act now to prevent Desert Locust catastrophe in Horn of Africa: UN agencies

Mon, 10 Feb 2020 13:41:14 -0500

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With the rainy season fast approaching, countries in the Horn of Africa are in a race against time to tackle a Desert Locust invasion amidst ongoing humanitarian challenges, the United Nations warned on Monday. 

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Syria: ‘Massive waves of civilian displacement and loss of life must stop now’: UN Special Envoy

Thu, 06 Feb 2020 17:06:17 -0500

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Air and ground strikes in the region of Idlib, northwest Syria, are causing “massive waves of civilian displacement and major loss of civilian life”, causing unacceptable human suffering which must stop now, Geir Pedersen, the UN Special Envoy for Syria, told the Security Council on Thursday.

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FROM THE FIELD: ‘Shock and horror’ of military onslaught against Syrians

Thu, 06 Feb 2020 14:47:58 -0500

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A military escalation in northern Syria which has trapped civilians in Idlib has “shocked and horrified” a senior UN humanitarian official. 

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Africa’s Sahel: Act now before the crisis ‘becomes unmanageable’, urges Grandi

Wed, 05 Feb 2020 15:10:38 -0500

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The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is stepping up response in Africa’s Sahel region where escalating violence has forced a rising number of people to flee their homes. 

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FROM THE FIELD: Chad returnees’ reluctant homecoming

Wed, 05 Feb 2020 08:12:21 -0500

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Citizens of Chad who have spent most of their lives as refugees in neighbouring Central African Republic (CAR) have been talking to the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, about the challenges they have faced returning to their home country.

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Syria: UN health agency highlights ‘critical health threats’ facing Idlib civilians

Mon, 03 Feb 2020 11:41:25 -0500

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The World Health Organization (WHO) raised the alarm on Monday over critical health threats facing hundreds-of thousands of Syrians forced to flee due to intensified hostilities in Syria’s northwest, where health facilities and workers have increasingly come under attack.

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$1.4 billion needed this year to fund UN’s agency for Palestine refugees

Fri, 31 Jan 2020 17:13:33 -0500

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A minimum of $1.4 billion is needed to fund the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, known as UNRWA, the acting chief said on Friday.

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End Syria fighting to avoid ‘even greater humanitarian catastrophe’

Wed, 29 Jan 2020 15:26:03 -0500

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The “dire and deteriorating humanitarian situation” affecting women and children in northwest Syria was the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator’s top concern on Wednesday morning as he briefed the Security Council in New York.  

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West Darfur tensions could see 30,000 flee across Sudanese border to Chad: UN refugee agency

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 15:30:38 -0500

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The number of people fleeing to Chad to escape ongoing tensions in Sudan’s West Darfur state, could reach 30,000 in the coming weeks, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Tuesday. 

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Nearly 5 million children in need due to rising violence in central Sahel: UNICEF

Mon, 27 Jan 2020 19:35:05 -0500

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A surge in violence in the central Sahel region in Africa means nearly five million children will need humanitarian assistance this year, up from 4.3 million, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Tuesday. 

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Deadly earthquake kills dozens in Turkey; UN stands in solidarity and offers support

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 21:58:30 -0500

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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres was deeply saddened by the “loss of life and destruction of property” caused by a 6.8-magnitude earthquake that rocked eastern Turkey on Friday night. 

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FROM THE FIELD: Niger supporting the most vulnerable, as crises mount  

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 01:35:06 -0500

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The number of people requiring humanitarian assistance in Niger, a country which the UN humanitarian agency, OCHA, says is “being assaulted on all fronts”, is expected to increase in 2020. 

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Health services for Syrian women caught up in war, foster safety and hope: UNFPA

Thu, 23 Jan 2020 17:40:18 -0500

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Continued displacement from conflict-affected areas in northeast Syria leaves women and girls in urgent need of safe spaces, shelter and reproductive health services, according to a Flash Update this week from UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.

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‘Negative developments’ undermining two-State solution in Middle East

Tue, 21 Jan 2020 15:31:50 -0500

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Recent heightened tensions in the Middle East underscore the critical need for dialogue and diplomacy in the region, the UN’s Political Affairs chief told the Security Council on Tuesday. 

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Major humanitarian hub in northeast Nigeria burned in attack

Mon, 20 Jan 2020 15:01:39 -0500

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The top UN aid official in Nigeria has condemned a weekend attack against a major humanitarian facility in the north-east of the country. 

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Haiti earthquake victims honoured at UN, with pledge to safeguard the nation’s future

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 13:12:53 -0500

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More than 200,000 Haitians who perished in the devastating earthquake which struck the island nation ten years ago, were honoured in a solemn ceremony of remembrance at UN Headquarters in New York on Friday, along with 102 staffers who died – the single greatest loss of life in the Organization’s history. 

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Aid to vulnerable Iraqis may ‘come to a complete halt within weeks’

Thu, 16 Jan 2020 16:37:13 -0500

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Aid to vulnerable people in Iraq risks being completely blocked within weeks, warned the UN’s humanitarian chief in Iraq, Marta Ruedas, on Tuesday, as a result of the suspension of government documents allowing humanitarians to carry out critical missions.

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Yemen resilient and ‘unscathed’ in face of latest Gulf crisis

Thu, 16 Jan 2020 16:13:50 -0500

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Despite the threat posed by recent tensions in the Gulf, Yemen was able to weather the crisis thanks in part to restraint exercised by its political leaders, the UN Special Envoy for the country said on Thursday. 

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UN peacekeepers protecting hundreds displaced by Central African Republic fighting

Wed, 15 Jan 2020 16:45:22 -0500

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Fresh clashes in the Central African Republic’s southeast have driven some 400 people to seek shelter at a UN base there, the United Nations Spokesperson said on Wednesday.

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Philippines volcano: UN stands ready with support, as thousands told to flee

Wed, 15 Jan 2020 11:07:03 -0500

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The UN is concerned over warnings issued by Philippines’ authorities that volcanic eruptions on the country’s most populous island could last “days, months or even years”. 

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Security Council beats midnight deadline, renews Syria cross-border aid in contentious vote

Fri, 10 Jan 2020 19:45:38 -0500

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The Security Council on Friday evening renewed a UN operation delivering humanitarian aid across the Syrian border to millions of civilians, but some of the body’s members expressed disappointment that the “watered down” measure cut in half the number of crossing points and duration of the authorization.

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Killings and violence targeting ethnic group in DR Congo ‘may amount to crimes against humanity’

Fri, 10 Jan 2020 11:34:56 -0500

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The targeting of the Hema community in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with violence, including killings and rape, may amount to crimes against humanity, said the UN on Friday. 

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Security Council calls for dialogue in Haiti

Thu, 09 Jan 2020 11:49:41 -0500

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The UN Security Council has stressed the need to resolve the ongoing political impasse in Haiti between President Jovenel Moïse and a surging opposition movement. 

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Sudan: Intercommunal clashes displace tens of thousands in volatile Darfur region

Tue, 07 Jan 2020 14:28:27 -0500

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Around 40,000 have been displaced in Sudan’s West Darfur state in recent days, following intercommunal clashes, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Tuesday, citing Sudanese Government data.

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Syria: Civilians face ‘daily nightmare’ in Idlib, says top UN official

Tue, 07 Jan 2020 10:48:13 -0500

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Following a sharp escalation of hostilities in southern Idlib, “at least 300,000 civilians have fled their homes” since mid-December, the UN Deputy Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria crisis said on Tuesday, voicing concern for their well-being.

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UN envoy appeals for other nations to ‘keep out of Libya’

Mon, 06 Jan 2020 16:42:00 -0500

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The top UN official in Libya has delivered a stern message urging other nations to stop intervening in the country’s ongoing crisis. 

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Australia bushfire crisis: UNICEF offers help and support

Mon, 06 Jan 2020 13:28:12 -0500

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Raging bushfires wreaking havoc across Australia have prompted the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, to offer its support to the Australian Government and its partners which are battling the “unprecedented disaster”.

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UN Libya Mission strongly condemns bombing of military academy, at least 30 dead

Sun, 05 Jan 2020 12:21:56 -0500

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The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), on Sunday strongly condemned the bombing of a military academy in the capital Tripoli, which according to news reports left at least 30 dead and more than 30 others wounded.

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Nearly 300,000 Syrians displaced from Idlib since mid-December, Security Council hears

Fri, 03 Jan 2020 16:13:50 -0500

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Amidst concern for the safety and protection of more than three million civilians in Syria’s last rebel-held enclave, the UN’s most senior humanitarian and political affairs officials briefed the Security Council on Syria behind closed doors on Friday.

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Sudan urged to step up protection, restore peace, following West Darfur violence

Fri, 03 Jan 2020 15:05:03 -0500

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Authorities in Sudan are being urged to restore peace and order in the wake of intercommunal clashes in West Darfur state which erupted on Sunday and left 65 people dead, 54 injured, and thousands displaced.  

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