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UN team in Jordan uses cranes to hoist relief aid to Syrian refugees at sealed border

05 August 2016 – Syrians stranded at a sealed border with Jordan have received life-saving food and other supplies from the United Nations in a unique operation that saw aid hoisted by crane and monitored by drones across the closed frontier.


In Brazil, UN chief encourages Olympic Refugee Team to 'show strength,' inspire the world

04 August 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today paid a visit to the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he encouraged refugee athletes to show the world their strengths.


Aid agencies ready to help ease suffering in 'iconic' Aleppo, once truce is secured – UN envoy

04 August 2016 – As fighting in and around battle-scarred Aleppo intensifies – along with diplomatic efforts to secure a truce – United Nations agencies and their partners are “ready, willing and able” to rush aid to the desperate people trapped there, a senior UN envoy said today, stressing that a humanitarian pause is critical, both to allow relief workers to enter the area, and for civilians to leave voluntarily.


Ban reiterates strong condemnation of ‘heinous’ crimes committed by ISIL in Sinjar

03 August 2016 – Marking the second anniversary of the seizure of Sinjar by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed his profound sympathy to the families of the victims and the survivors as well as deep concern for safety of the people – particularly thousands of Yazidi women and children – still being held captive.


Syria: UN ‘deeply disturbed’ by reports of airstrikes on hospitals, other civilian infrastructure

02 August 2016 – Deeply disturbed by reports that five hospitals and a blood bank have been hit by airstrikes in Syria, the United Nations today reiterated its call on all parties to the conflict to end the destruction of medical facilities and other civilian infrastructure.


‘If you want to protect your image, protect children,’ Ban tells debate on war-affected children

02 August 2016 – With children continuing to be tortured, maimed, imprisoned, starved, sexually abused and killed in armed conflict, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all countries to back their words with concrete actions to end such violations.


In Iraq, UNICEF Ambassador Ewan McGregor urges help for children 'ripped from their homes'

02 August 2016 – Just back from crisis-riven northern Iraq, where he visited refugee camps for Iraqi and Syrian families and children, actor Ewan McGregor, an Ambassador for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has called for more action to save children suffering the devastating effects of brutal conflicts and crises.


Some 25,000 people displaced by military attacks in western Aleppo – UNICEF

01 August 2016 – About 25,000 people, including more than 12,000 children, have been displaced last night from a neighbourhood in western Aleppo City by intense military attacks initiated by armed opposition groups, a United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) official in Syria said today, calling on the warring parties to do their utmost to protect all civilians.


UN envoy cites urgent need to establish 48 hour pause for humanitarian access to Aleppo

29 July 2016 – As the humanitarian crisis reaches distressing levels in Syria, particularly in and around battle-torn Aleppo, the United Nations envoy for the country welcomed today initiatives aimed at assisting the civilian population trapped amid the fighting and, “under the right circumstances,” the implementation of humanitarian corridors.


Ready for Olympic Games, UN-supported refugee athletes set out for Rio

29 July 2016 – Five middle-distance runners from South Sudan, until recently living in Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp, have flown out of the capital city of Nairobi to take part in the first-ever Olympic refugee team for the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the United Nations refugee agency has said.