Category: Aid

As children freeze to death in Syria, aid officials call for major cross-border delivery boost

Humanitarian assistance needs to be scaled up significantly to more than a million people displaced by fighting in northwest Syria, a senior UN aid official said on Monday, amid reports that children are freezing to death on the Turkish border. “People are traumatized and frightened and urgently need better access to shelter, food, sanitation, basic […]

‘Deliberate starvation’ tactics used in South Sudan could be a war crime

 crime UNMISS The United Nations has been providing food aid to hungry South Sudanese over a period of many years. The people of South Sudan have been “deliberately starved” in different parts of the country for ethnic and political reasons, and sexual violence against women and men as a weapon of war is ongoing, UN investigators said on Thursday. The three-member commission,appointed by […]

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UN committed to helping Haiti build better future, says Guterres, marking 10-year anniversary of devastating earthquake

UN Photo/Sophia Paris Rescuers search through a United Nations building destroyed by the earthquake which struck Haiti on 12 January, 2010. On 12 January 2010, a 7.0 magnitude quake struck Haiti, devastating its capital, Port-au-Prince. About 220,000 people were reportedly killed, among them, 102 UN staff who lost their lives when the building housing the stabilization mission there, known as MINUSTAH, […]

Attack on Saudi facilities risks dragging Yemen into ‘regional conflagration’: UN Envoy

Attacks against oil facilities in Saudi Arabia over the weekend, claimed by rebel fighters in Yemen, are a sign that the war-torn country could be drawn into even greater conflict, the top United Nations official there told the Security Council on Monday. Special Envoy Martin Griffiths said there is “no time to waste” in ending […]

UN ‘prioritizing needs’, ramping up aid, as Hurricane Dorian continues to batter the Bahamas

Renewed warnings of deadly destruction in the Bahamas caused by Hurricane Dorian have been issued by UN agencies and partners, who said on Tuesday that they’re worried “for every single” person on two of the worst-hit Caribbean islands. Briefing journalists in Geneva, Jens Laerke from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) […]

Palestine refugees’ relief chief warns Security Council money to fund Gaza operations will run out in mid-June

    The head of the UN relief and works agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) warned on Wednesday that despite weathering a “truly existential crisis” over funding last year, money to continue operations this year in the Gaza Strip will only last until mid-June.  Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl told the Council it was “absolutely critical to avoid a […]