humanitarian aid

Dramatic change of situation facing Palestine refugees

Five million Palestine refugees have faced a “dramatic change” in their situation over the past year according to the UN agency that supports them, UNWRA.

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Minor injuries for air crew in South Sudan crash

Four Kenyan crew onboard a UN aid flight which crashed in South Sudan have escaped with minor injuries.

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UN Gender Focus: maternal mortality, hospital in Sri Lanka and role of women in peacebuilding

Impressive drop in maternal mortality rates

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Women leading recovery in Mali

Women are playing a key role in Mali’s recovery from violent conflict, according to the UN’s head of humanitarian operations.

The government and rebels had been fighting for control of the West African country but a peace deal was signed in June this year.

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Sri Lankan maternity hospital reborn after 2004 tsunami

More than 160,000 Sri Lankan children born since the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami can thank a German lawyer for their safe start in life.

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System needed to remove children from Colombian armed groups

A system to release children from armed groups in Colombia needs to be set up as soon as possible, according to the UN’s most senior envoy in the country.

It follows a commitment made by FARC, Colombia’s largest rebel group, to stop the recruitment of children under the age of 18.

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Humanitarian aid to Ukraine “has to trump everything”

Humanitarian aid to civilians in eastern Ukraine “has to trump everything” said the UN humanitarian chief after visiting the area.

Stephen O’Brien, UN Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said he had had helpful discussions with Russian officials to prioritize aid.

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Iraq battles cholera outbreak

UN agencies and their partners are working to combat a cholera outbreak in Iraq that so far has resulted in more than 2,200 cases of the diarrhoeal disease.

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East Africa braces for worsening El Niño conditions

The number of people who do not have enough to eat in East Africa could rise by more than 80 per cent in the coming months due to weather variations brought on by the climatic event known as El Niño.

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Yemen cyclone downgraded but damage still extensive

A cyclone which was headed for Yemen has been downgraded, but thousands of Yeminis have still lost their homes and land to flooding, according to the UN.

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