From the Field

An end to the “misery” is in sight, Somalis tell UN

After 25 years of conflict and misery, the Somali people see an end in sight.

That’s according to John Ging, head of operations at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

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“Positive trajectory” for humanitarian situation in Pakistan

The humanitarian situation in Pakistan has a “positive trajectory” despite an ongoing crisis, according to a senior UN official who has just visited the country.

Five million Pakistanis have been displaced by conflict in recent years, but many are now returning home.

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“No substitute” for seeing humanitarian needs first-hand

There is no substitute for seeing the humanitarian needs of people first-hand according to the top UN relief official.

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Political process in CAR "moving forward"

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The political process in the Central African Republic (CAR) is moving forward despite ongoing tensions between rival communities, according to the UN’s top envoy in the country.

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Elections “complicate” political crisis in Burundi

Presidential elections in Burundi have complicated the political crisis in the Great Lakes country, according to a senior United Nations official in the region.
Burundi has been in political turmoil ever since the incumbent President decided to run for a third term.
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Progress made in combating armed groups in DRC

Progress has been made in combating armed groups in the volatile eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to the head of the UN mission in the country (

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Papua New Guinea entrepreneurs challenged to develop new business ideas

Entrepreneurs in Papua New Guinea are being challenged to develop innovative business ideas that contribute to the South-East Asian country’s development.

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Release sought for UN helicopter crew in Sudan

Efforts are under way to secure the release of six crew members of a UN food agency’s helicopter who disappeared in Sudan.

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UN cultural agency rolls out literacy programs in South Sudan

Literacy programs are being rolled out in South Sudan to help teach as many people to read and write as possible, according to an education specialist with the UN cultural agency.

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Papua New Guinea faces up to “resource curse”

Papua New Guinea is facing up to the challenge of a so-called “resource curse” as it focuses on boosting the well-being of its citizens according to the United Nations’ senior representative in the country.

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