Humanitarian Aid

Displaced people must not be forced back to their villages, UN tells DR Congo rebels

The United Nations refugee agency has called on mainly Tutsi rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to ensure the rights of 10,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) amid reports that they are being pressured to go back to their villages.

UN launches year-long campaign to highlight, and solve, plight of displaced

The United Nations today launched a year-long advocacy campaign to help scores of millions of internally displaced persons (IDPs), focusing on mitigating the impact of conflict and natural disasters that drive so many people from their homes within their own country in what Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called “one of the greatest humanitarian challenges we face.”

Sierra Leonean refugees in Liberia move to new homes after UN-funded repairs

Sixteen refugee families living in Liberia now have a place to call home thanks to the efforts of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) which funded the rehabilitation of 32 houses for Sierra Leoneans who cannot go back to their homeland or are unwilling to repatriate.

Torrential rains leave 50,000 refugees in Algeria homeless – UN refugee agency

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said today it is mounting an emergency operation to assist around 50,000 refugees in Algeria, after their homes and shelters in three refugee camps were washed away by torrential rains.

UN official warns of 'enormous task' to prevent natural disasters

After a year of devastating natural disasters, from the earthquake in Bam, Iran, to the recent typhoons in the Philippines, the United Nations' most senior humanitarian official warned today that the world faces an "enormous task" in preventing and preparing for these emergencies while mitigating their after-effects on an increasingly vulnerable population.

UN Children’s Fund launches emergency appeal for Algerian quake victims

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has launched an emergency appeal to donors for relief supplies for victims of the massive earthquake that struck Algeria last week, killing more than 2,000 people and injuring 9,000 others.

Annan saddened by heavy loss of life from powerful earthquake in Algeria

United Nations Secretary-General said today he was "deeply saddened" by the heavy loss of life, injuries and destruction caused by a powerful earthquake Wednesday in Algeria, and pledged UN assistance to the victims.

UN refugee agency awaits full access to Afghans in rain-soaked camps

The United Nations refugee agency reported today that it was still awaiting full access to tens of thousands of Afghans encamped in a makeshift site in Pakistan, where conditions have deteriorated recently under the force of heavy rains.