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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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An end to the “misery” is in sight, Somalis tell UN

After 25 years of conflict and misery, the Somali people see an end in sight.

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Senior UN relief official urges more support for people in protracted crises in central and eastern Africa

Warning of worsening violence and humanitarian crises across areas of East and Central Africa, the Head of Operations for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), John Ging, today called for additional support to “people and communities who have faced years of crisis in Sudan, South Sudan and Somalia.”

“Positive trajectory” for humanitarian situation in Pakistan

The humanitarian situation in Pakistan has a “positive trajectory” despite an ongoing crisis, according to a senior UN official who has just visited the country.

Five million Pakistanis have been displaced by conflict in recent years, but many are now returning home.

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Fishing kits and seeds part of aid relief in South Sudan

Nearly three million people in South Sudan this year have received some form of livelihood assistance from aid agencies operating in the country, the UN Humanitarian Affairs office (OCHA) reports.

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Coordination among partners leads to “timely” Ebola response in Guinea

The response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been a concerted effort between the UN and civil society, ensuring that help is “reaching the right people, in the right areas, in a timely fashion.”

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“No substitute” for seeing humanitarian needs first-hand

There is no substitute for seeing the humanitarian needs of people first-hand according to the top UN relief official.

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“Neighbours taking care of neighbours” after Myanmar floods

Recent floods in Myanmar highlighted the resilience of local communities, with people taking the initiative to look after their neighbours.

That’s according to Rosalia Gitau from the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA.

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Women need greater role in humanitarian relief efforts

Women need a greater role in humanitarian relief efforts following war or natural disasters, according to the UN.

Recently experts gathered at the UN to discuss strategies to ensure that women are included in making decisions during times of crisis.

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“Harrowing” situation for people in Aden, Yemen

The situation for people living in the Yemeni port city of Aden has been described as “harrowing” by the top United Nations relief official in the country.

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