Category: Humanitarian Crisis

Ukraine: Competing drafts on humanitarian assistance debated at General Assembly

© UN Photo/Mark GartenSergiy Kyslytsya (at podium), Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN, addresses the UN General Assembly Emergency Special Session on Ukraine.    23 March 2022Humanitarian Aid The UN General Assembly met on Wednesday for its second emergency session on the Ukraine crisis since Russia invaded the country on 24 February, with two similar but […]

UN and partners boost presence and aid supplies inside Ukraine

© UNICEF/Anton Skyba for The Globe and MailA man photographs an apartment building that was heavily damaged during escalating conflict, in Kyiv, Ukraine.    10 March 2022Humanitarian Aid Humanitarians are deploying extra staff across Ukraine to aid the growing number of civilians sheltering from Russian bombardment, or fleeing the violence, the UN Spokesperson said on Thursday. Stéphane Dujarric told […]

UN agencies call for urgent disembarkation of hundreds rescued in the Mediterranean

Frontex/Francesco Malavolta Migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea are rescued by a Belgian ship (file photo).    Hundreds of rescued migrants and refugees currently on board three vessels in the Central Mediterranean, some of whom have been stuck at sea for weeks, must be brought to shore immediately, two UN agencies said on Saturday. The International Organization for […]

‘Widespread’ COVID-19 transmission, limited testing, deepen Syria’s humanitarian woes

© OCHA In Syria, displaced people wear face masks and practice social distancing.     COVID-19 is having a dramatic impact on health services in Syria, where limited testing is obscuring the real extent of the pandemic, the UN’s Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator said on Thursday. “Reports of healthcare facilities filling up, of rising numbers of death […]

Rohingya crisis needs lasting solutions, renewed commitment amid COVID-19 pandemic, UN refugee agency

© UNHCR/Areez Tanbeen Rahman August 2020 marks three years on from the last exodus of Rohingya refugees who fled Myanmar and sought sanctuary in Bangladesh.     Three years after violence in Myanmar forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas to seek refuge in Bangladesh, the international community must adapt its assistance to the critical needs of those displaced […]