FEATURE: Aid workers face puzzle of keeping funds flowing when donor support ebbs

It is one of the most difficult problems the United Nations faces in tackling humanitarian crises – how to maintain momentum when the media klieg lights have gone elsewhere, or generate it when they were never there in the first place.

FEATURE: Survivors recall terror attack on UN’s Baghdad headquarters

“I could only really see the haze,” recalls Nada Al-Nashif. “I remember just a white shirt and blue shirt and blood, blood, blood,” she says, explaining that her glasses flew off and her eyes filled with blood.

FEATURE: When disaster strikes – the first hours of UN mobilization

It was 2 a.m. at the United Nations Geneva headquarters when the news broke on 26 December, 2004 – a massive earthquake had rocked the floor bed of the Indian Ocean. Veteran official Arjun Katoch, duty officer that night, had seen it all before – at almost the same time exactly a year earlier a quake had devastated the Iranian city of Bam.

New report shows over 2.5 million Iraqis received UN assistance in 2008

The United Nations and its partners provided some $207 million worth of humanitarian assistance to over 2.5 million Iraqis in 2008, according to a report by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), highlighting the successes and challenges for aid organizations in the strife-torn country.

UN lacks more than 70 per cent of funds sought to aid Central and East Africa

Only 27 per cent of the funds needed to support relief efforts in Central and East Africa have been donated, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today.

Top UN relief official begins visit to strife-torn Darfur, southern Sudan

The United Nations humanitarian chief kicked off a five-day trip to Sudan today to assess relief programmes in the south of the vast African country and its war-torn Darfur region.