Humanitarian Aid

Latest fighting in Somalia displaces 33,000 people, UN agency says

Fighting in southern and central Somalia between Government forces and Al-Shabaab militants has displaced about 33,000 people in the past six weeks, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

Somalia: top UN aid official voices alarm at intensified fighting, worsening drought

With intensified fighting in Somalia driving thousands more people from their homes in recent days and a devastating drought continuing to worsen, the top United Nations humanitarian official today voiced growing alarm for a nation that has already endured 20 years of war.

Fighting in Somalia displaces residents of Kenyan border town – UN

Fighting between forces of Somalia’s transitional Government and insurgents has spread to areas near the Kenyan border, forcing some 5,500 residents of the Kenyan border town of Mandera to flee their homes, exacerbating the plight of people affected by drought, the United Nations humanitarian office reported today.

Somalia: UN voices alarm over plight of trapped civilians as fighting intensifies

The United Nations today voiced alarm over the plight of Somali civilians caught up in the fighting pitting forces of the country’s transitional government, who are backed by African Union peacekeepers, against insurgents of the Al-Shabaab armed group.

Over 50 Somali refugees dead or missing in Gulf of Aden boat tragedy, UN reports

Over 50 Somali refugees, including women and children, apparently drowned when their boat capsized in the Gulf of Aden on Sunday, the highest toll in more than three years in the perilous exodus of thousands fleeing fighting in their homeland, the United Nations reported today.

Senior UN official urges ‘burden sharing’ in caring for the internally displaced

The burden of caring for the world’s 43 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) should be shared by the entire international community and not just the developing countries where 80 per cent of those uprooted from their homes live, the United Nations refugee chief said today.

In Haiti, UN staff remember their fallen colleagues

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today paid tribute to United Nations personnel who perished in the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti earlier this month, hailing their courage and dedication in the face of catastrophe.

UN officials urge health focus in post-emergency Haiti

While United Nations agencies and their partners are providing immediate assistance to the survivors of Haiti’s earthquake, they are also stressing the need to ensure that those dealing with physical and emotional scars from the disaster receive the long-term support they need.

In Haiti, Secretary-General vows support for quake victims

Touching down in the capital of Haiti, which was devastated by this week's catastrophic earthquake, today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today pledged the United Nations' support for the victims of the disaster.

UN official calls for increased assistance to nations ravaged by conflict and disaster

On the heels of a four-nation trip to see first-hand the damage caused by conflict and natural disasters, the top United Nations humanitarian official today appealed for international support to help these countries recover and rebuild.