Category: Humanitarian Crisis

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 […]

Millions of migrants across Russia, Central Asia, ‘teetering on the brink’, as UN launches urgent appeal

OCHA/Eurasia Foundation of Central AsiaChildren play at the multi-ethnic Krupskaya School in the town of Nookat, Osh oblast, Kyrgyzstan. (November 2010)    The International Organization for Migration (IOM) launched an urgent $7 million appeal on Thursday, to ease the impact of COVID-19 on migrant communities in five Central Asian countries and the Russian Federation, where the pandemic is […]

UN rights office concerned over migrant boat pushbacks in the Mediterranean

Frontex/Francesco MalavoltaMigrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea are rescued by a Belgian ship (file photo).    Restrictions against humanitarians who rescue migrant boats in the central Mediterranean are putting lives at risk and must be lifted immediately, the UN human rights office said on Friday. The appeal follows reports of failure to assist, and even push back, vessels carrying […]

As famines of ‘biblical proportion’ loom, Security Council urged to ‘act fast’

FAO/IFAD/WFP/Michael TeweldeIn 2019, Ethiopia experienced the fifth-worst food crisis of all the countries on earth.     The world is not only facing “a global health pandemic but also a global humanitarian catastrophe”, the UN food relief agency chief told the Security Council on Tuesday via video link. WFP Chief warns of hunger pandemic as #COVID19 spreads. […]

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 […]