Humanitarian Aid

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.

Scores of thousands of Indonesian quake victims receive UN aid

United Nations agencies continue to aid scores of thousands of Indonesians after last month’s 7.9-magnitude earthquake ravaged parts of western Sumatra island, leaving nearly 200,000 households in need of emergency shelter and other assistance.

Laos: UN and partners launch $10 million appeal for flood victims

The United Nations and its humanitarian partners today launched a flash appeal for $10 million to provide six months of aid to nearly 180,000 typhoon victims in some of the poorest regions of Laos.

Shelter urgently needed for Indonesian quake victims, UN aid agencies say

Finding shelter tops the list of priorities for emergency relief agencies scrambling to help hundreds of thousands of people in Indonesia devastated by last month’s powerful earthquake off the coast of the island of Sumatra, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.