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32 stories found over the past 45 days
UN appeals for nearly $170 million to aid pastoralists in northern Kenya

16 March 2017 – The United Nations and its humanitarian partners today appealed for $166 million to aid Kenyan pastoralists and farmers whose livestock and crops are suffering amid what the Government declared a “national drought disaster.”


Yemen ‘one of worst hunger crises in the world,’ UN-supported study finds

15 March 2017 – An estimated 17 million people in Yemen are hungry, according to analysis released today by the United Nations and humanitarian partners, up more than 20 per cent in the past nine months.


UN aid chief urges global action as starvation, famine loom for 20 million across four countries

10 March 2017 – Just back from Kenya, Yemen, South Sudan and Somalia – countries that are facing or are at risk of famine – the top United Nations humanitarian official today urged the international community for comprehensive action to save people from simply “starving to death.”


As fresh violence in Yemen sends thousands fleeing their homes, UN agency urges support

10 March 2017 – With tens of thousands of civilians forced to flee their homes following a spike in fighting across western and central Yemen, the United Nations refugee agency today appealed for more international support, as well as unrestricted access within the country so that it can reach those now facing “abysmal conditions.”


Yemen: UNICEF vaccination campaign reaches five million children

09 March 2017 – Amid escalating violence, the United Nations humanitarian agency for children and its partners have completed the first round of a nationwide door-to-door vaccination campaign reaching five million children under the age of five with oral polio vaccine and vitamin A supplementation.


UN envoy urges protection of children as key to peace-making and conflict prevention

07 March 2017 – The rights of children must also be a cornerstone of conflict prevention, peace-making and peace building efforts, the United Nations focal point on children in armed conflict today told the UN Human Rights Council, expressing deep concern at the scale and severity of grave violations committed against children in the past year.


UN agency concerned new US refugee plan may 'compound the anguish' of people fleeing conflict

06 March 2017 – Refugees are ordinary people forced to flee war, violence and persecution in their home countries and who remain in urgent need of life-saving assistance and protection, the United Nations refugee agency underscored today in the wake of the latest Executive Order signed by the President of the United States on refugee resettlement.


UN aid chief calls for access, funds to prevent spread of South Sudan's famine

04 March 2017 – Hundreds of thousands of people in South Sudan will starve unless relief workers gain access to needy populations and more funding is raised, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator today warned after meeting malnourished children who fled the raging conflict in the country.


Yemen: UN migration agency reports displacement spike in Taiz Governorate

03 March 2017 – With nearly 274,000 people displaced, Yemen’s Taiz is now among the crisis-torn country’s top five hosting governorates for such populations, a United Nations report has found.


Hunger persists in chronic conflict zones despite strong global harvests – UN

02 March 2017 – Despite robust food supply conditions, droughts are worsening food security across swathes of East Africa, and access to food has been dramatically reduced in areas suffering civil conflicts, a new United Nations report has found.