humanitarian aid

Lesotho’s rural populations in dire need of food aid

The priority now for Lesotho is to secure food aid for the most vulnerable populations, according to its Prime Minister, Motsoahae Thomas Thabane.

Recurring drought and late rains have resulted in a poor harvest and added to the already fragile situation in the country, he says.

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Food crisis is contained by good donor response in Sahel

A $1.6 billion humanitarian appeal to assist millions of hungry people in Africa’s Sahel region is nearly 60 per cent funded, according to UN humanitarian agencies and their partners.

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Rwanda closes orphanages to help reunite children with loving families

Following the 1994 genocide in Rwanda hundreds of thousands of children were left orphaned or abandoned.

To house the children, the country went from having four orphanages in 1979 to 34 in 2011.

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UN agencies fear Syria could be among greatest humanitarian crises

The ongoing challenges brought on by the Syrian crisis could make it one of the biggest humanitarian emergencies in years.

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Nigeria faces food and nutrition crisis:UNICEF

Approximately 18 million people are facing a food and nutrition crisis in West Africa’s Sahel region.

Nigeria is one of eight states that form the Sahel region.

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UN refugee agency focuses on health and hygiene needs in South Sudan

Thousands of Sudanese refugees living in camps and settlements across South Sudan face alarming health conditions, according to United Nations agencies.

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UN relief agency supports Haiti following deadly storm

Tropical storm Isaac hit Haiti over the weekend, killing at least six people including an eight-year-old girl.

The Caribbean nation is still on the mend following the deadly January 2010 earthquake.

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Security Council addresses growing insecurity in Mali

Grave developments in Mali are bringing enormous suffering to the people of that country, says UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki-moon.

Fighting between Government forces and rebels in the northern part of the country has caused insecurity, instability and a growing refugee crisis.

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Study finds almost three million Syrians require food assistance

Nearly three million Syrians are in need of food, crops and livestock assistance this year, according to an assessment carried out by the United Nations and the Syrian Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform.

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Fighting forces 200,000 to flee Aleppo: UNHCR

Intense fighting has caused an estimated 200,000 people to flee the Syrian city of Aleppo over the past two days, according to the UN refugee agency (

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