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In Syria, UN agency discovers nine new suspected cases of typhoid near Yarmouk camp

02 September 2015 – Following humanitarian operations in the southern Syrian town of Yalda, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said it has identified nine new suspected cases of typhoid and one case of scabies.


Response to ever-shifting needs in volatile Syria requires sustained donor support – UN relief chief

01 September 2015 – Even as aid agencies continue to reach those impacted by the Syria conflict, the needs of the 7.6 million people displaced by the war and the 4 million others who have sought refuge in neighbouring countries are “greater than ever,” and the world’s worst humanitarian crisis looks set to deteriorate even further unless a political solution is found, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator said today.


More than 850,000 people face acute food insecurity in Somalia, UN food assessment shows

31 August 2015 – Somalia’s humanitarian situation remains “alarming” four years after a devastating famine with the number of people requiring emergency aid rising 17 per cent to more than 850,000 and those in “food-stressed” situations still at 2.3 million, according to the latest United Nations-managed food assessment study released today.


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After bodies found in truck near Austrian border, Ban urges expansion of safe, legal channels of migration

28 August 2015 – In the wake of the grim discovery of the bodies of more than 70 people inside a truck abandoned near Austria’s border with Hungary, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the world to come together to provide comprehensive responses to migration issues, including tackling smugglers and resolving ongoing conflicts, among other root causes.


UN humanitarian chief urges Security Council action to end ‘immense suffering’ of Syrians

27 August 2015 – The United Nations humanitarian chief today urged the Security Council to do everything in its power to push for a political solution to end the conflict in Syria, as he described the immense suffering and destruction he witnessed for himself during a recent visit.


Aid community must scale up support to troubled Lake Chad region, urges senior UN official

27 August 2015 – A senior United Nations relief official today called on the international community to ramp up its support in response to the multifaceted humanitarian challenges affecting Chad, the seventh largest refugee-hosting country in the world.


At Security Council, UN envoy says Libyan parties must come together, make ‘final push’ for peace

26 August 2015 – With the United Nations-supported political dialogue process in Libya nearing its last stages, “time is running out” for leaders on all sides and at all levels to make the “final push,” the head of the UN Mission in the country (UNSMIL) told the Security Council today.


Iraq: UN hotline set up to reach out to displaced Iraqis scattered in hard-to-reach areas

24 August 2015 – United Nations relief agencies today announced the launch of a national hotline in Iraq to respond to the urgent food, medical and shelter needs of people displaced by the fighting now numbering 3.2 million and scattered in over 3,000 hard-to-reach locations across the war-ravaged country.


In Syria, UN agency reports jump in typhoid cases among Palestinian refugees from Yarmouk camp

21 August 2015 – The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) today said it has now identified 23 cases of typhoid among the civilian population from the Yarmouk refugee camp, more than threefold increase in the number of six cases first identified on 18 August.


At Security Council, UN relief chief cites 'incomprehensible' scale of human suffering in Yemen

19 August 2015 – Just back from Yemen and “shocked” by what he saw there, the top United Nations humanitarian official told the Security Council today that the scale of human suffering is nearly incomprehensible, and that unless stakeholders get the parties to stop the fighting and return to the negotiating table, soon “there will be nothing left to fight for.”