News by topic: Humanitarian Aid


UN refugee agency focuses on sheltering displaced as Iraqi offensive moves to west Mosul

21 February – The United Nations refugee agency is focusing efforts on camp construction in and around the Iraqi city of Mosul, where renewed fighting could displace up to 250,000 people.


'Time running out' for 1.4 million children in 'man-made' crises in Africa, Yemen – UNICEF

21 February – Almost 1.4 million children are at imminent risk of death due to severe acute malnutrition this year, as famine threatens in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, warned the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), urging prompt action to save them.


Yemen's brutal two-year conflict forcing displaced to return home amid persisting risks – UN

21 February – The complex crisis in Yemen continues to deepen, with United Nations agencies reporting today that perhaps one million people who had fled for safety are returning to their homes mainly due to a lack of access to income and basic services in the areas of displacement, warning that returnees often find the situation just as bad.


'Time lost means lives lost,' warns UN aid chief, releasing funds to tackle drought in Ethiopia

21 February – The top United Nations humanitarian official today released $18.5 million from the organization's Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to enable critical aid for more than 785,000 people suffering from hunger, malnutrition and severe water shortages in Ethiopia's Somali region – the worst drought-stricken part of the country.


Critical food aid shortages hit Africa's refugees hard, UN warns

20 February – Across Africa, some two million refugees are facing critical shortages in food assistance, the United Nations warned today.


Famine declared in region of South Sudan – UN

20 February – Famine has been formally declared in parts of South Sudan, the United Nations said today, warning that war and a collapsing economy have left some 100,000 people facing starvation there and a further 1 million people are classified as being on the brink of famine.


UN, international organizations condemn attacks on civilians in parts of Central African Republic

19 February – Voicing deep concern over the security situation in the Central African Republic, in particular in the Ouaka and Hautte-Kotto prefectures, the United Nations together with the Economic Community of Central African States, the African Union, the Organization of La Francophonie and the European Union have condemned the acts of violence by armed groups that have exasperated an already alarming humanitarian situation.


UN aid agencies preparing for 'all scenarios' as western Mosul military operations set to begin

18 February – With military operations to retake western Mosul starting, United Nations humanitarian agencies in Iraq are rushing to prepare for the humanitarian impact of the fighting amid grave concerns that tens of thousands of families are at extreme risks.


'No time to lose' as humanitarian catastrophe looms in Somalia – UN agencies

17 February – Amid worsening of an already devastating drought in Somalia, United Nations agencies have underlined that only a massive and immediate scale-up of humanitarian assistance can help the country avoid falling into another catastrophe.


Aid obstacles are ‘matter of life and death’ for besieged Syrians, says senior UN adviser

16 February – Assurances have been given to humanitarians by the Syrian Government that obstacles to aid deliveries will be removed across the war-torn country, a senior United Nations adviser said today.