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Spain’s decision to take in stranded boat welcomed by UN Refugee Agency

Spain’s reported announcement that it will allow a boat to dock carrying hundreds of migrants and refugees that was originally turned away from Italy is a “generous display of solidarity”, the UN Refugee Agency said on Monday.

So far this year, more than 600 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to reach mainland Europe, UNHCR spokesperson Charlie Yaxley told Daniel Johnson.


Thousands of stranded South Sudanese receiving assistance

Tens of thousands of people in South Sudan who had been stranded for months due to insecurity have finally been reached by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP).

Access problems and concerns for staff safety prevented humanitarian agencies from reaching people living in Wau Shilluk and other areas of rural Upper Nile State.

More than two million people have been uprooted from their homes since fighting broke out in December 2013.