In an interview with UN News on Wednesday, Najat Rochdi, who is UN Deputy Special Representative and humanitarian coordinator in Central African Republic, explained that 64 per cent of people there need assistance this year, and the year's humanitarian budget is less than 40 per cent funded. Ms. Rochdi outlined the key challenges her teams face in CAR.
With the UN imploring those fighting in Syria’s civil war and the countries backing them to prevent a “bloodbath” in the last rebel-held enclave of Idlib, the World Food Programme (WFP) is doing all it can to help civilians cope in the event of an offensive. Marwa Awad, Spokesperson for WFP in Syria, told Nabil Al Midani, from UN News’s Arabic service, what they were doing to safeguard families in the line of fire.
Diplomatic solutions on the Korean Peninsula will hopefully give way to a surge in humanitarian support for the most needy and vulnerable in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Tapan Mishra, the UN Resident Coordinator in the country, told UN News, on the heels of the historic summit held in June between the Governments of the DPRK and the United States.
Aid access to embattled Syrians may soon improve following recent military gains by the Government, but the war “cannot be allowed to go to Idlib”, the head of the UN’s Humanitarian Task Force said on Thursday.