Humanitarian Aid

Syria: ‘Massive waves of civilian displacement and loss of life must stop now’: UN Special Envoy

Air and ground strikes in the region of Idlib, northwest Syria, are causing “massive waves of civilian displacement and major loss of civilian life”, causing unacceptable human suffering which must stop now, Geir Pedersen, the UN Special Envoy for Syria, told the Security Council on Thursday.

FROM THE FIELD: ‘Shock and horror’ of military onslaught against Syrians

A military escalation in northern Syria which has trapped civilians in Idlib has “shocked and horrified” a senior UN humanitarian official. 

Africa’s Sahel: Act now before the crisis ‘becomes unmanageable’, urges Grandi

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is stepping up response in Africa’s Sahel region where escalating violence has forced a rising number of people to flee their homes. 

FROM THE FIELD: Chad returnees’ reluctant homecoming

Citizens of Chad who have spent most of their lives as refugees in neighbouring Central African Republic (CAR) have been talking to the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, about the challenges they have faced returning to their home country.

Syria: UN health agency highlights ‘critical health threats’ facing Idlib civilians

The World Health Organization (WHO) raised the alarm on Monday over critical health threats facing hundreds-of thousands of Syrians forced to flee due to intensified hostilities in Syria’s northwest, where health facilities and workers have increasingly come under attack.

$1.4 billion needed this year to fund UN’s agency for Palestine refugees

A minimum of $1.4 billion is needed to fund the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, known as UNRWA, the acting chief said on Friday.

End Syria fighting to avoid ‘even greater humanitarian catastrophe’

The “dire and deteriorating humanitarian situation” affecting women and children in northwest Syria was the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator’s top concern on Wednesday morning as he briefed the Security Council in New York.  

West Darfur tensions could see 30,000 flee across Sudanese border to Chad: UN refugee agency

The number of people fleeing to Chad to escape ongoing tensions in Sudan’s West Darfur state, could reach 30,000 in the coming weeks, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Tuesday. 

Nearly 5 million children in need due to rising violence in central Sahel: UNICEF

A surge in violence in the central Sahel region in Africa means nearly five million children will need humanitarian assistance this year, up from 4.3 million, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Tuesday. 

Deadly earthquake kills dozens in Turkey; UN stands in solidarity and offers support

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres was deeply saddened by the “loss of life and destruction of property” caused by a 6.8-magnitude earthquake that rocked eastern Turkey on Friday night.