Middle East

UNICEF helping to restore health services for children and families returning to war-torn Mosul

Warning about the “alarming” state of Iraq’s healthcare system, especially in war-ravaged areas in and around Mosul, the United Nations children’s agency has stepped up its support to help the Government provide critical medical services so that children and families affected by violence and displacement can resume their lives.

UN releases $9.1 million to fill ‘critical healthcare gaps’ in Yemen

With only 50 per cent of medical facilities fully functional in Yemen, the United Nations health agency is striving to fill a “critical” healthcare shortage and will use a $9.1 million emergency response grant to assist 630,000 vulnerable people in districts around Sana’a and al-Hudayda.

Syria: UN urges an end to hostilities, warns of grave and deepening humanitarian crisis

Senior United Nations officials in Syria warned on Tuesday of the dire humanitarian crisis in several parts of the country, calling on warring parties to immediately stop fighting so aid and basic services can reach those in need, and the sick and critically wounded can evacuate.

Proof of chemical weapons use in Syria should be met with ‘meaningful response,’ urges UN disarmament chief

Evidence of the use, or likely use, of banned chemical weapons in Syria should be met with a “meaningful response” within the Security Council, the United Nations disarmament affairs chief said on Monday.

World ‘failing to stop the war on children,’ says UNICEF Middle East, North Africa director

Describing January as “a dark month” in crisis-torn Middle East and North Africa, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) director for the region said Monday that the violence has had a devastating toll on children, who were being killed in ongoing conflicts or suicide attacks, or freezing to death as they fled active warzones.

Humanitarian diplomacy ‘getting nowhere’ in Syria warns UN special adviser

Civilians in Syria’s besieged areas have not seen a single convoy of humanitarian aid arrive for a full two months, a senior United Nations adviser said on Thursday, lamenting that diplomatic efforts appear “totally impotent,” and that hundreds of lives are being lost as a result.

Giving voice to Yemen’s voiceless: Jamie McGoldrick reflects on two years leading UN’s relief effort

Jamie McGoldrick, who has stepped down as the UN's top humanitarian official in Yemen, reflects on his tenure in the war-torn country and the challenges for relief workers in an increasingly complex crisis.