Category: Humanitarian Crisis

‘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 […]

One million flee escalating violence in Burkina Faso

© UNHCR/Sylvain Cherkaoui Internally displaced Zeinabou Sawadoga, 42, is surrounded by family in the grounds of her relative’s courtyard in Kaya, Burkina Faso where she is now seeking shelter.     Mounting violence in Burkina Faso has forced more than one million people to flee their homes: 453,000 so far this year alone, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, […]

Interception, no solution to address migrants crossing English Channel

UNICEF/Geai A boy walks through a migrant camp in Calais, northern France. According to estimates, about 900 migrants and asylum seekers are sheltering in the area, many without toilets or washing facilities.    Intercepting boats full of migrants attempting to cross the English Channel, is not the solution to deter them from attempting to reach the […]

‘Immediate humanitarian assistance’ mobilized in force, to support Beirut after deadly blast

UN/Pasqual Gorriz – A UNIFIL Force Commander Reserve team assesses the magnitude of an explosion on Tuesday, 4 August 2020 at Beirut Port. Lebanon.   The response to Tuesday’s explosion in Beirut requires global support in order to “surmount the devastating impact” of the crisis facing the Lebanese people, the UN Deputy Special Coordinator for the […]