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Colombians who fled to Ecuador start returning home, UN refugee agency reports

Nearly 1,600 Colombians who fled to Ecuador over the past week after an outbreak of violence have started returning home although the situation remains tense throughout the area, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

Helping Peruvian children back to school after deadly quake is top priority – UN

United Nations agencies are working with the Peruvian Government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to help more than 220,000 children in southern Peru return to school after this month’s devastating earthquake.

UN refugee agency helps new wave of Colombians fleeing to Ecuador

The United Nations refugee agency is working with its partners to help more than 1,500 Colombians who have fled an outbreak of violence in their home areas and sought safety in Ecuador over the past week – the latest influx in a years-long exodus that has sent some 250,000 Colombians fleeing to their southern neighbour.

More than 10,000 people receive UN food rations in wake of Hurricane Dean

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is providing emergency daily rations to more than 10,000 people in Jamaica and Belize as they try to rebuild their lives in the wake of Hurricane Dean’s deadly and destructive sweep through the region earlier this month.

Children in Belize face life-threatening diseases after Hurricane Dean, UN warns

Potentially life-threatening cases of diarrhoea, stomach cramps, and fever have increased in Belize following Hurricane Dean's destructive sweep through the small Central American country, posing a particular danger to young children and other vulnerable people, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has warned.

Lack of birth certificates deny millions of Latin American children services - UN

With millions of Latin American children excluded from health and education services because they lack birth certificates and do not therefore legally exist, the United Nations is participating in the first ever region-wide meeting convened to address the problem under the slogan “Write me down, make me visible.”

UN seeks emergency funds for vital health services following Peru earthquake

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is appealing for $850,000 in emergency funding to ensure that up to 250,000 victims of the recent earthquake in Peru receive critical health services.

Peru: UN seeks $37 million to assist earthquake victims

The United Nations and its humanitarian partners today appealed for $37 million to provide more than 200,000 people with food, water, medical assistance, tents and blankets for a period of six months following the deadly earthquake that struck Peru nearly two weeks ago.

UN steps up assistance for Peruvian quake victims

The United Nations is bolstering its assistance – through the release of almost $10 million from an emergency fund and an appeal for nearly $40 million to be launched next week – to victims of the major earthquake which rocked Peru on 15 August, one of the world body’s top humanitarian officials announced today.

As Peruvian quake relief efforts continue, UN food agency seeks urgent funds

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today appealed to donors to urgently and generously fund its $6.1 million operation to provide food aid to 80,000 people worst affected by last week's deadly earthquake in Peru.