News by topic: Humanitarian Aid


Rohingya crisis: UNICEF issues 'Child Alert,' outlines urgent action to save lives

20 October – Issuing a dire warning on the desperate situation of Rohingya refugee children, who now number more than 320,000 in Bangladesh, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has called for an end to the atrocities targeting civilians in Myanmar's Rakhine state, and immediate and unfettered access to all children affected by the violence there.


UN delivering coordinated humanitarian response in wake of Mogadishu bombings

19 October – The United Nations family of agencies and programmes is continuing to roll out its response in support of the recovery and clean-up effort in Mogadishu following Saturday’s massive car bomb blast, which killed some 300 people, injured hundreds more, and is being called Somalia’s worst-ever such attack.


UN migration chief urges more support for Rohingyas fleeing Myanmar or 'thousands will suffer'

19 October – The United Nations migration agency and its partners are supporting Bangladesh in coordinating assistance for the influx of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees, including with clean water and sanitation, shelter, food and psychosocial care for the most vulnerable.


Yemen: UNICEF warns conflict shutters one in 10 schools; teachers unpaid for a year

18 October – The conflict in Yemen – now into its third year – continues to take a toll on millions of children, with their education now under threat, adding to an already long list of bitter hardships including malnutrition, displacement and violence, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has warned.


Libya: Smugglers holding refugees and migrants in deplorable conditions, say UN agencies

17 October – After weeks of conflict in western Libya, United Nations agencies have been working around the clock to meet the urgent needs of the more than 14,000 refugees and migrants who had been held captive in numerous locations in the coastal city of Sabratha – approximately 80 kilometres west of Tripoli.


Thousands of Rohingya refugees stranded near Bangladesh-Myanmar border – UN

17 October – The United Nations refugee agency is concerned about the humanitarian condition of up to 15,000 Rohingya refugees who are stranded in paddy fields near the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.


UN calls for global solidarity ahead of pledging conference on Rohingya refugee crisis

16 October – Senior United Nations officials are urging the international community to come together in support of a 23 October pledging conference to “send a strong message to Rohingya refugees and their generous hosts in Bangladesh that the world is there for them in their greatest time of need.”


People’s lives continue to worsen, but they live with hope, says UN official in Ukraine

13 October – Concluding her visit to Ukraine, the United Nations Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator underlined on Friday the urgent need for humanitarian funding to address the dire situation faced by millions of civilians during the coming winter months.


Chile becomes latest nation to resettle Syrian refugees through UN-backed programme

13 October – Sixty-six Syrian adults and children arrived in Santiago, Chile from Lebanon on Thursday, making the South American country the newest to resettle Syrian refugees under a United Nations-backed programme.


Libya: UN agencies scale up response as fighting displaces thousands in Sabratha region

13 October – United Nations relief agencies have upped their response in western Libya’s Sabratha region following intensification of conflict that has already driven over 15,000 people from their homes.