Category: Aid

UN warns of ‘looming humanitarian catastrophe’ in DR Congo’s strife-torn Kasai region

Hundreds of families have fled recently into Kananga, the capital of DRC’s Kasai Central Province. The greater Kasai region has been hit by a conflict that erupted in August 2016. Photo: OCHA/Otto Bakano

Some 3.2 million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) conflict-ravaged south-central Greater Kasai region are severely food insecure, struggling to feed themselves and in urgent need of assistance, the head of the United Nations food relief agency warned Monday. “As many as 250,000 children could starve in Kasai in the next few months unless enough […]

Secretary-General condemns Saturday’s attacks in Mogadishu; commends responders

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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today commended the first responders and residents of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, for mobilizing to aid in what is being called Somalia’s worst-ever bomb attack. In a statement from his spokesperson, the Secretary-General urged all Somalis “to unite in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism and work together in building a functional and […]

UN ramps up aid delivery amid surge of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

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The speed and scale of people fleeing Myanmar has triggered a humanitarian emergency in Bangladesh, where hundreds of thousands of refugees now depend on humanitarian assistance for shelter, food, water and other life-saving needs, says the United Nations migration agency. “The seriousness of the situation cannot be over-emphasized,” said International Organization for Migration (IOM) Bangladesh Chief of […]

Rohingya refugees living in ‘dire’ conditions, senior UN officials warn, appealing for assistance

Rohingya refugees reaching out for food donations been given by people from Dhaka at the at Kutupalong Makeshift Camp in Cox Bazar, Bangladesh. Photo: UNICEF/Brown

The human tragedy unfolding in southern Bangladesh is staggering in its scale, warned two senior United Nations officials today as they wrapped up a mission to the Cox’s Bazar with calls for a “significant increase in assistance” for the hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas have settled in the area after fleeing violence in neighbouring Myanmar. […]

Australia’s refugee policy is a failure. This is not the time to shirk responsibility – Thomas Albrecht

‘The consequences of open-ended mandatory detention, inadequate conditions and indefinite limbo, are devastating, yet predictable.’ Photo of detention facilities on Manus, August 2016. Photograph: Matthew Abbott/Get Up

Last week the first refugees from Nauru and Papua New Guinea have departed to start a new life in the United States. After more than four years spent in limbo, in harsh and punitive conditions, those who sought Australia’s protection will finally find the chance to rebuild their lives elsewhere in safety and with dignity. They leave […]