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20 stories found over the past 45 days
UN agency ‘deeply concerned’ about safety of refugees in embattled Libya

05 August 2014 – As violence escalates in Libya, the United Nations today said it was deeply concerned for the safety of thousands of refugees and asylum-seekers who are currently stranded in areas heavily damaged by the continuous fighting.


UN envoy welcomes agreement of intent to form new central Somalia administration

30 July 2014 – The United Nations envoy in Somalia welcomed today the agreement stating intent and principles for forming a new regional administration in the central part of the country.


UN warns of ‘hunger catastrophe’ for South Sudanese children

25 July 2014 – Two United Nations humanitarian agencies today called for action to stop a potential famine in South Sudan which they said is being allowed to happen, just as it occurred in Somalia and the Horn of Africa three years ago.


Ethiopia faces wave of refugees from South Sudan, warns UN relief official

23 July 2014 – South Sudan is the most rapidly deteriorating humanitarian crisis in the world today, according to a senior United Nations relief operations official who made an urgent appeal for desperately-needed funding for Ethiopia, which hosts 180,000 mostly women and children South Sudanese refugees.


UN allocates $75 million to boost aid operations in the Sahel, Horn of Africa

23 July 2014 – The United Nations humanitarian chief today allocated $75 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to bolster desperately needed relief operations in two of the world’s most neglected regions: the West African Sahel and the Horn of Africa.


Urgent action needed to protect children against polio in Syria, Iraq and region – UN

22 July 2014 – Having just completed the first phase of the biggest polio vaccination campaign ever undertaken in the Middle East, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) today warned that unless children in hard-to-reach areas are also vaccinated, the number of those infected will continue to rise.


UN emergency fund provides $1.4 million to vaccinate Somali children

14 July 2014 – The United Nations today announced the allocation of $1.4 million from an emergency account to vaccinate more than half a million children in danger of contracting measles in Somalia.


Somalia: Security Council strongly condemns most recent terrorist attacks in Mogadishu

12 July 2014 – The members of the United Nations Security Council have condemned “in the strongest terms” the recent attacks by the insurgent group Al-Shabaab in Mogadishu against the presidential palace and seat of Government, as well as on the Somali Parliament and its members.


UN envoy condemns Al-Shabaab attack on Somali presidential palace

09 July 2014 – The top United Nations envoy in Somalia has condemned last night’s attack on the seat of the Federal Government in Mogadishu, the latest in a series of attacks by Al-Shabaab militants against the country’s political institutions.


Latest boat tragedy off Libya coast spotlights rising Mediterranean death toll – UN agency

08 July 2014 – Search and rescue operations are ongoing for survivors following a recent boat accident in the Mediterranean, the latest tragic incident off the Libyan coast of Tripoli, according to the United Nations Refugee agency (UNHCR).