UN News - Humanitarian Aid

UN News - Humanitarian Aid

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UN News - Humanitarian Aid

UN humanitarian office puts Yemen war dead at 233,000, mostly from ‘indirect causes’

Tue, 01 Dec 2020 15:05:39 -0500

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Almost a quarter of a million people have died in Yemen’s war, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on its website on Tuesday, confirming the huge toll from a conflict that has ravaged Yemen’s economy and created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

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Global agreement on migration 'taking root' despite pandemic challenge: Guterres 

Tue, 01 Dec 2020 13:48:42 -0500

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The Global Compact for Migration, adopted by countries in 2018 as a comprehensive framework for cooperation on international migration, is “taking root in promising ways”, the UN Secretary General said on Tuesday. 

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UN appeals for $35 billion to help world’s ‘most vulnerable and fragile’ in 2021

Tue, 01 Dec 2020 00:23:34 -0500

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A record 235 million people will need humanitarian assistance and protection next year, a near- 40 per cent increase on 2020 which is “almost entirely from COVID-19”, the UN’s emergency relief chief said on Tuesday. 

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UN refugee agency appeals for $147 million to support thousands of Ethiopians fleeing to Sudan

Mon, 30 Nov 2020 12:46:24 -0500

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The UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi has launched an appeal for $147 million to support as many as 100,000 people fleeing Ethiopia’s Tigray region into neighbouring Sudan, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Monday.

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UN condemns ‘brutal and callous’ attack on civilians in north-east Nigeria

Sun, 29 Nov 2020 22:14:05 -0500

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The United Nations has strongly condemned an attack, on Saturday, against civilians in Nigeria’s restive Borno state, and underlined the need to bring the perpetrators to justice. 

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Rising hunger in drought-stricken southern Madagascar forcing families to eat insects: WFP

Fri, 27 Nov 2020 11:45:01 -0500

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Hunger is on the rise in southern Madagascar due to consecutive years of drought,  affecting half the region’s population, or 1.5 million people, and forcing most families to eat insects, the World Food Programme (WFP) reported on Friday. 

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‘Incredibly hard’ winter beckons for Syrians, more assistance urgently needed 

Wed, 25 Nov 2020 13:21:20 -0500

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More than three million people across Syria require assistance through what is likely to be an “incredibly hard” winter, the acting deputy UN Emergency Relief Coordinator told the Security Council on Wednesday, highlighting that those displaced remain “particularly vulnerable”.  

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UN officials denounce bombings in northern Syria

Wed, 25 Nov 2020 03:36:07 -0500

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Two separate bomb attacks in northern Syria on Tuesday, which reportedly left at least seven civilians dead and many more wounded, have been condemned by the UN.

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Afghanistan conference draws donor pledges and calls for lasting ceasefire 

Tue, 24 Nov 2020 13:26:17 -0500

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International donors pledged financial and political support for Afghanistan’s peace process at the 2020 Afghanistan Conference in Geneva on Tuesday, anticipating a sustainable ceasefire that will help the country rebuild and heal after decades of conflict. 

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Fears of Desert Locust resurgence in Horn of Africa

Tue, 24 Nov 2020 05:54:04 -0500

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The Desert Locust crisis which struck the greater Horn of Africa region earlier this year threatening food supplies for millions, could re-escalate as recent strong winds carried mature swarmlets from southern Somalia into eastern and northeastern Kenya, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Tuesday.

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UN ‘extremely concerned’ for safety of Tigray civilians in regional capital, as refugee numbers grow

Mon, 23 Nov 2020 19:34:12 -0500

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The UN on Monday said it was “extremely concerned” over the safety of civilians across Ethiopia’s Tigray region, as fighting between Government troops and those loyal to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) reportedly continued, with the Ethiopian Prime Minister having called on opposition forces to surrender the capital Mekelle, by Wednesday.

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No time to waste, as Yemen inches towards famine: UN Children's Fund

Mon, 23 Nov 2020 06:05:58 -0500

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Raising alarm over “an imminent catastrophe” in war-ravaged Yemen, the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has reiterated the urgent need for combatants to stop the fighting. 

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‘Act urgently’ to stave off catastrophic famine in Yemen: Guterres

Fri, 20 Nov 2020 11:47:45 -0500

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Yemen is in “imminent danger of the worst famine the world has seen for decades”, the UN chief warned in a statement released on Friday, calling for urgent action on the part of the international community to “stave off catastrophe”.

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FROM THE FIELD: From President to shepherd, the dreams of displaced children of the Sahel

Fri, 20 Nov 2020 00:30:03 -0500

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Engineer, nurse, breakdancer, shepherd, human rights lawyer, journalist, musician and president are just some of the future dreams harboured by young displaced people in the Sahel region of Africa.

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Refugee resettlement numbers fall to lowest in two decades: UNHCR 

Thu, 19 Nov 2020 10:14:23 -0500

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Refugee resettlement numbers will be at a “record low” this year, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Wednesday, with only  15,425 people resettled in the first nine months of 2020, compared to more than 50,000 in 2019. 

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UN officials assess needs at camps for refugees from Ethiopia’s Tigray region

Wed, 18 Nov 2020 16:22:20 -0500

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Senior UN officials have conducted a two-day mission to southeastern Sudan, where some 30,000 Ethiopians have found refuge after fleeing ongoing fighting between national and regional forces in Tigray province, the world body reported on Wednesday. 

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Latest Ebola outbreak in DR Congo is declared over, with lessons for COVID-19  

Wed, 18 Nov 2020 09:10:03 -0500

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An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus disease in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is over, the government announced on Wednesday, after a five-month response supported by the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO), and other partners.   

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UN releases $100 million to guard against famine

Tue, 17 Nov 2020 13:02:18 -0500

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The United Nations released $100 million of emergency funding on Tuesday to stave off the risk of famine in seven countries most at risk from a hunger epidemic fueled by conflict, economic decline, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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UN warns of catastrophe as second hurricane in two weeks hits Central America  

Tue, 17 Nov 2020 10:49:25 -0500

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The United Nations warned on Tuesday of catastrophic consequences from Hurricane Iota, the second major tropical cyclone to hit Central America this month.   

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‘Full scale’ humanitarian crisis unfolding in Ethiopia’s Tigray: UNHCR

Tue, 17 Nov 2020 10:05:52 -0500

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A “full-scale humanitarian crisis” is unfolding as thousands of refugees flee ongoing fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region each day to seek safety in eastern Sudan, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reported on Tuesday. 

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Rising hunger, ‘an outrage in a world of plenty’: Guterres

Mon, 16 Nov 2020 17:01:36 -0500

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“Hunger is an outrage in a world of plenty”, the UN chief told the governing body of the Organization’s food agency on Monday, highlighting the important role of food security in cementing peace.  

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Reported Ethiopia massacre: UN rights chief warns of spiralling situation, war crimes 

Fri, 13 Nov 2020 10:54:58 -0500

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Disturbing reports of an alleged massacre have surfaced in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, amid fighting between national and regional forces that may become impossible to control, the UN human rights chief warned on Friday. 

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‘No way’ to get vital humanitarian aid into Ethiopia’s Tigray region, UN warns

Thu, 12 Nov 2020 08:42:22 -0500

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With telephone lines still cut and transport links disrupted, it is impossible for humanitarians to get vital supplies into Ethiopia’s Tigray region or assess evolving humanitarian needs, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has said. 

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Beirut blast aftermath: Healing underway, city needs more support to cleanse ‘deep wounds’

Wed, 11 Nov 2020 17:44:59 -0500

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Those affected by the devastating explosions that tore through Beirut 100 days ago, killing more than 200 people, remain in need of crucial support, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Wednesday. 

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UN envoy urges Yemen’s warring parties to place ‘a firm bet on peace’, as famine threat continues

Wed, 11 Nov 2020 13:40:16 -0500

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The plight of Yemenis demands “nothing less than a firm bet on peace”, the UN Special Envoy told the Security Council on Wednesday.  

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UN agency for Palestine refugees runs out of money as COVID-19 spreads

Tue, 10 Nov 2020 12:28:44 -0500

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The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNWRA) has run out of cash on hand to keep vital services going amid the worsening health emergency, UNRWA spokesperson Tamara Alrifai told a regular UN press briefing in Geneva on Tuesday.

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‘Super typhoon’ Goni: UN, partners seek $45 million in immediate relief

Mon, 09 Nov 2020 05:54:37 -0500

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The United Nations and humanitarian partners in the Philippines launched, on Monday, a response plan for $45.5 million to bring life-saving assistance and protection to hundreds of thousands of people affected by Typhoon Goni. 

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FROM THE FIELD: millions at risk in Sahel, each one with a story to tell

Sun, 08 Nov 2020 17:05:06 -0500

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Some 13 million people in the central Sahel region of north Africa require urgent humanitarian assistance, due to violence, insecurity and extreme weather events. Behind these stark figures lie personal stories of tragedy, resilience and hope.

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Myanmar’s farmers battle climate and health uncertainty

Sun, 08 Nov 2020 00:10:05 -0500

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For farmers in Myanmar, the COVID-19 pandemic is adding to growing unpredictability, in a sector already struggling to cope with the effects of climate change. The UN is working closely with the country’s government to help them to adapt and thrive.

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Long-term displacement worries for families hit hard by ‘super typhoon’ Goni

Fri, 06 Nov 2020 11:28:42 -0500

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The trail of devastation left by Typhoon Goni in the Philippines, runs straight through some heavily populated areas – including places where COVID-19 cases are high, and where returning migrants are concentrated - UN agencies reported on Friday.  

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