Category: Humanitarian Crisis

Time is running out for Libya, UN chief warns Security Council

OCHA/Giles ClarkeBoys walk through Benghazi Old Town in Libya.     With battle lines shifting, foreign interference growing, thousands fleeing their homes and COVID-19 cases on the rise, time is running out for bringing a peaceful end to the conflict in Libya, Secretary-General António Guterres says. Briefing the Security Council on Wednesday, the UN chief described the context in […]

Security Council: Time is on no-one’s side in Syria, warns top UN envoy

WFP/Khudr AlissaThe World Food Program is distributing food to vulnerable families in Aleppo, Syria, and are ensuring they are aware of COVID-19 and how they can stay safe.    With war-weary Syria in economic freefall and protesters back on the streets, all sides – domestic and international – must find a way forward that helps its […]

UNICEF condemns in ‘strongest possible terms’ killing of children in DR Congo

UNICEF/MadjiangarInterethnic violence has ravaged the Ituri Province in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and forced significant numbers of people to flee for safety.    UNICEF denounced on Saturday, an attack that killed 16 people, including five girls under age 15, in north eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). “We condemn in […]

Life and death for Yemen’s women and girls, as funding evaporates

© UNFPA YemenA midwife performs house calls in a conflict-affected village in Yemen. Maternal health services are being rolled back amid funding shortages.     In mid-May, just as the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Yemen, funding for UNFPA’s life-saving reproductive health services dried up. The agency has been forced to suspend the provision of reproductive healthcare in […]

Yemen aid lifeline near ‘breaking point’: UN food agency

© UNICEFA family from Amran Governorate in Yemen shares lunch (file)    Humanitarian aid projects to war-torn Yemen are reaching breaking point, and some $870 million is needed to continue giving life-saving assistance to millions of vulnerable people for the next six months, the World Food Programme (WFP), warned on Tuesday. The appeal for a fresh […]