Category: Humanitarian Crisis

Yemen: UN Population Fund stresses women’s needs, amidst world’s worst humanitarian crisis

Intense clashes in Yemen’s Al Hazam City, this month have caused massive displacement with an estimated 1,800 families forced to flee their homes, according to a flash update from UN humanitarian coordination office, OCHA. The new fighting exacerbates displacement caused by renewed clashes involving pro-Government forces and Houthi rebels around Marib, Sana’a and Al Jawf Governorates, which forced 5,000 families to flee their homes, according to a situation […]

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 […]

Myanmar: ‘Multidimensional and long-standing’ root causes behind rights minority abuses, says Bachelet

UNICEF/UN0213967/Sokol Pictured here, Rohingya refugee children wade through flood waters surrounding their families’ shelters following an intense pre-monsoon storm in Shamlapur makeshift settlemen in Cox’s Bazar district, Bangladesh. The Human Rights Council on Thursday held an interactive dialogue with UN rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, on the root causes of violations and abuses suffered by the […]

UN rights chief, agencies appalled at civilian toll in war-torn Syria’s north-east

© UNICEF/Baker Kasem A child walks in the falling snow at a recently established informal settlement which continues to receive newly displaced families from southern Idlib and rural Aleppo governorates in northwest Syria. Facing freezing temperatures and bombing, more than 900,000 civilians in Syria’s north-west have been forced into ever smaller areas in search of safety, […]

FROM THE FIELD: ‘Shock and horror’ of military onslaught against Syrians

UNOCHA Many families have been trying to flee an escalation of fighting in northern Syria. A military escalation in northern Syria which has trapped civilians in Idlib has “shocked and horrified” a senior UN humanitarian official. The UN Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis, Mark Cutts, said that “bombing has just been continuing with […]