famine

UN releases $100 million to guard against famine

The United Nations released $100 million of emergency funding on Tuesday to stave off the risk of famine in seven countries most at risk from a hunger epidemic fueled by conflict, economic decline, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aid agencies call for urgent action to prevent famine in hunger hotspots

People in four food insecurity “hotspots” inside Burkina Faso, northeastern Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen, need help urgently to avoid sliding into famine, UN humanitarians said on Friday.

Famine threat returns to Yemen, amid upsurge in fighting

The spectre of famine has returned to Yemen as donor countries fail to make good on their 2020 pledges, amidst an upsurge in fighting, fresh hurdles for aid deliveries, and ongoing efforts to nail down a nationwide ceasefire, the Security Council heard on Tuesday.

As famines of ‘biblical proportion’ loom, Security Council urged to ‘act fast’

The world is not only facing “a global health pandemic but also a global humanitarian catastrophe”, the UN food relief agency chief told the Security Council on Tuesday via video link.

Yemen hospital airstrike under investigation amid resurgence of deadly cholera

UN human rights staff in Yemen are investigating an apparent airstrike on a hospital in opposition-held territory which reportedly killed at least seven civilians on Tuesday, amid fears that cholera is spreading “like wildfire”, one of the organization’s senior humanitarian officials has warned.

News in Brief 23 November 2018

  • Afghanistan “one step from famine”
  • Guatemala conviction welcomed of Dos Erres massacre perpetrator
  • 200,000 Cox’s Bazar households to make clean fuel switch
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News in Brief 01 November 2018

  • Yemen famine may be worst in recent history of world
  • ‘Stand-off’ between Somalia’s federal, state authorities threaten to ‘paralyze’ progress – UN envoy
  • Celebrating South Sudan’s ‘Dawn of peace’
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UNICEF official shares memories of “a horrible year” for children in Yemen

For children in Yemen, there could not have been a worse year than 2017.

That’s the assessment of the Representative of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in the war-torn country, Meritxell Relaño.

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News in Brief 20 November 2017 (PM)

UN chief “horrified” by reports of alleged slavery of migrants in Libya

The UN Secretary-General is calling for an investigation into reports of alleged slavery of migrant workers in Libya.

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Famine can be a war crime and should be prosecuted, says independent UN rights expert

Famine can constitute a war crime or crime against humanity, an independent United Nations human rights expert today said, noting that more civilians die from hunger and disease related to conflicts than in direct combat.