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News in Brief 1 March 2022

  • UN launches $1.7 billion humanitarian appeals for Ukraine

  • UN humanitarians appeal to military actors to spare people in Ukraine

  • Shocking abuses against indigenous Papuans – rights experts

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$5.5 billion appeal for millions of Syrians and host communities affected by civil war

A $5.5 billion appeal has been launched by the UN to help 5.6 million Syrian refugees and millions more people hosting them in neighbouring countries.

In an interview with UN News, Samuel Rizk from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), explained that although around 30,000 Syrians have gone home so far this year, the overwhelming majority still need help in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq.


More than money needed to help Syrians survive: UNICEF

The burden of caring for millions of Syrian refugees living in the region needs to be shared more equally.

That’s according to the spokesperson for the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, in the Middle East.

On Thursday, leaders and organizations from around the world gather in London for the latest Syria Donors Conference, aiming to raise US$9 billion.

An international appeal last year for US$8.4 billion managed to raise less than half that figure.


Global appeal launched to end war in Syria

More than 120 humanitarian organizations and United Nations agencies have issued a joint appeal urging the world to unite and end the war in Syria.

The civil conflict there is entering its sixth year.

Around 250,000 people have been killed and some 13.5 million inside the country need relief assistance.

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is one of the agencies behind the appeal.

24 million people targeted for aid in the Sahel

Around 24 million people are being targeted by the UN for aid in the Sahel region of Africa.

On Wednesday, the UN launched a US$2 billion appeal to support humanitarian relief there.

Up to 600,000 children alone, could die from malnutrition in the coming year unless they receive life-saving treatment.

Toby Lanzer is the UN humanitarian coordinator for the Sahel and is currently in Senegal.

Daniel Dickinson asked him what the needs are.

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UNHCR/B. Loyseau

More than US$105 million pledged for Somali refugees

More than US$105 million pledged for Somali refugees

More than US$105 million has been pledged at an international conference designed to help support Somali refugees.  The conference held jointly between the United Nations and European Union was held Wednesday in Belgium.

In opening the event, the head of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on-going conflict in Somalia had produced the “second largest protracted” refugee situation in the world.

OCHA/Charlotte Cans

Yemen: US$1.6bn appeal to tackle “looming humanitarian catastrophe”

Aid agencies are appealing for US$1.6 billion in the face of what the UN humanitarian chief  has described as a “looming humanitarian catastrophe” in Yemen.

The UN Humanitarian Office (OCHA) reports that more than 21 million Yemenis, or 80 per cent of the population, are in need of assistance as basic services collapse and hunger increases.

Airstrikes and ground fighting over the past three months have killed or injured thousands, and more than one million people have fled their homes for safer areas.

OCHA/Markus Werne

Relief effort in Nepal “running against the clock”

One month after a massive earthquake devastated Nepal, the international community is “running against the clock” to deliver aid to remote communities, the UN has said.

More than 8000 people were killed in the tremor on April 25.

There was also widespread damage to the country’s infrastructure.

Monsoon rains which are due to arrive in the coming weeks will complicate the delivery of relief supplies.

Ana Carmo has been speaking to Jamie McGoldrick, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nepal.

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