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Families deserve answers when loved ones go missing in conflict: Security Council adopts historic resolution

The 15 members of the United Nations Security Council adopted on Tuesday the very first ever resolution focused on the issue of missing persons in armed conflict. The aim is to encourage countries to fulfil their obligations, take action to step up prevention, and tackle the issue earlier, so that ultimately families separated by conflict can be reunited, or at least given answers as to the fate of their loved ones.

FROM THE FIELD: Survival in Yemen against all odds

Fawaz, just 18-months old, suffered from severe acute malnutrition and was on the brink of death. In war-torn Yemen, he was one of hundreds of thousands of children, more likely to die, than survive.

Attack on military base in Nigeria’s Borno State displaces thousands, cuts aid supply

An attack by an armed group on the isolated town of Rann in north-east Nigeria has cut aid to tens of thousands of people and uprooted many more, UN humanitarians said on Friday.  With the latest information, here’s Samantha Newport from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), speaking to Daniel Johnson from UN News.

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Close to 7,000 evacuated from Syrian towns after enduring near 3-year siege

After close to three years of siege, 6,900 women, children and men were finally able to leave the Syrian towns of Foah and Kafraya over the past few days, following a local agreement between parties to the conflict. 

London conference aims to keep focus on Somalia humanitarian needs

Helping communities to improve resilience is critical in Somalia, which suffered a drought in 2015 that has displaced some two million people.

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Lack of funding for aid operations means ‘people will die’ in Central African Republic – UN official

A senior United Nations relief official is urging the international community to boost support for humanitarian efforts in crisis-gripped Central African Republic (CAR), where nearly half the population requires assistance.

“Ready to go when crisis strikes”: 25 years of UN rapid disaster response

It’s exactly 25 years since the UN created a new international emergency response team to respond to disasters around the world.

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Giving voice to Yemen’s voiceless: Jamie McGoldrick reflects on two years in charge of the UN’s humanitarian effort

This year’s UN Response Plan for Yemen, describes the war-torn country as “the worst man-made humanitarian crisis” in the world, with more than 22 million people – around three-quarters of the total population – in need of help.

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News in Brief 26 January 2018 – Geneva

Gunfire reportedly used against migrants off Yemen

Outrage and sadness have been expressed by UN agencies, after 30 migrants and refugees drowned off the coast of Yemen.

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UN issues 48-hour ultimatum to Central African armed groups

Armed groups fighting in the north of the Central African Republic (CAR) have been given 48 hours to withdraw in order to allow villagers displaced by violence to return home.

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