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18 stories found over the past 45 days
Senior UN relief official urges more support for people in protracted crises in central and eastern Africa

29 October 2015 – Warning of worsening violence and humanitarian crises across areas of East and Central Africa, the Head of Operations for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), John Ging, today called for additional support to “people and communities who have faced years of crisis in Sudan, South Sudan and Somalia.”

UN human rights office raises concerns about sexual assault allegations by asylum-seekers in Nauru

27 October 2015 – Underscoring the “fragile mental and physical condition” of ‘Abyan’ (the pseudonym for a Somalian refugee), who was allegedly raped in Nauru in July and was returned by Australia, the United Nations human rights office today called upon both countries to urgently provide decent mental and physical care for her, including provisions to terminate her pregnancy, if she desires.

Despite raging conflict, scores of refugees continue to arrive in Yemen by sea – UN

27 October 2015 – The ongoing conflict and the widening humanitarian crisis in Yemen has not deterred nearly 70,000 refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants to reach the country by sea causing the Yemini population to ‘bear the brunt,’ said the United Nations refugee agency today.

Adopting new resolution, Security Council extends arms embargoes imposed on Somalia and Eritrea

23 October 2015 – The United Nations Security Council today extended the arms embargo on Somalia until 15 November 2016 while reaffirming the country’s sovereignty over its natural resources, while also reaffirming its arms embargo on Eritrea.

UN agency and European Union kick-off pledging conference to support return of Somali refugees

21 October 2015 – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres today convened with the European Union a pledging conference to rally support for Somalia by creating conditions for the voluntary return of refugees to the east African nation faced with “one of the most complex crisis in recent history.”

Expanding role of UN Office in Somalia will require increased investment, Security Council told

14 October 2015 – The United Nations Support Office for the African Union Mission in Somalia (UNSOA) will need to be “significantly” strengthened, the Under-Secretary-General for Field Support told the UN Security Council today, with its efforts reprioritized around strategic objectives set by the 15 member body and within areas of African Union operations with the Somali National Army.

Kicking off ‘Africa Week’ at UN, Ban lauds steps taken for continent’s long-term development agenda

12 October 2015 – Africa Week 2015 kicked off at Headquarters today with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commending African Member States of the United Nations for taking an “important step” this year toward the establishment of a Continental Free Trade Area envisioned in the African Union’s Agenda 2063.

Somalia: UN boosts El Niño preparedness and relief, urges more funding

12 October 2015 – Efforts have been ramped up recently to mitigate the impact of floods and droughts in Somalia driven by the El Niño phenomenon between now and December, which may worsen the food security and humanitarian situations, the United Nations has said, while stressing the urgent need for more financial support to continue its relief work in the country.