humanitarian aid

News in Brief 24 September 2020

  • UN chief’s concern for mariners’ ‘humanitarian and safety’ crisis  
  • Flooding adds new danger to communities fleeing Sahel violence 
  • Colombia’s indigenous peoples ‘on threshold of genocide’ 
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News in Brief 22 September 2020

  • Mozambique insurgency fuels fears of humanitarian crisis 
  • UN health agency insists that any vaccine it backs will be ‘absolutely safe’ 
  • WMO warns over lowest sea ice extent since record low in 2012 
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South Sudan’s humanitarian challenges intensified by COVID-19 

August 19th marks World Humanitarian Day, a day to commemorate humanitarian workers worldwide, who dedicate themselves to protecting and saving the lives of millions around the globe.  

2020 has been a particularly challenging year, as a result of the restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In this interview, we hear from Meshak Malo, a humanitarian worker with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) who’s in South Sudan.  

He spoke to FAO’s Charlotta Lomas about the challenges faced by the country, and what inspires him to go the work each day.  

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DR Congo’s ‘huge humanitarian crisis’ must not be forgotten

With around 15 million people in need of assistance, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is one of the biggest humanitarian crises in the world; it is also one of the most underfunded.

In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson for World Humanitarian Day on Wednesday, veteran UN aid coordinator Diego Zorrilla explains what’s most important for Congolese communities today.

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News in Brief 12 August 2020

  • COVID creates ‘opportunities for peace’, despite challenges 
  • UN chief urges ‘preservation of peace’ in protest-hit Bolivia
  • WFP chief pledges emergency food support to Lebanon
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Violence in Sudan’s Western Darfur forces 2,500 into Chad: UN refugee agency

Recent clashes in Sudan’s Western Darfur region has driven more than 2,500 people across the border into neighbouring Chad, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has reported.

News in Brief 10 August 2020

  • UN will support Lebanon ‘in every possible way’ pledges UN chief
  • UN rights chief warns new Somalia draft law ‘risks legitimizing child marriage’
  • Boosting migrant worker protections during COVID pandemic
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News in Brief 17 July 2020

  • $10.3 billion UN appeal to stave off starvation
  • Rights expert welcomes UK court decision on 'ISIL teenager'
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News in Brief 15 July 2020

  • Myanmar’s people deserve free and fair elections: UN independent expert
  • Venezuela: amputation and extortion in booming gold mining racket
  • Monsoon-affected river communities in Bangladesh get vital aid
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Waiting to declare famine ‘will be too late for Yemenis on brink of starvation’

In Yemen, fears of famine have resurfaced as UN humanitarians also warned on Friday that 360,000 severely malnourished children could die unless they continue to get treatment and aid is stepped up. In an urgent appeal for funding, the World Food Programme (WFP) said that it needs $200 million per month to maintain assistance in the war-torn country.