News by topic: Humanitarian Aid


Syria: human toll and suffering are 'sickening,’ UN relief chief tells Security Council

28 April – With hundreds of thousands of civilians killed, millions of people displaced and countless families torn apart, the UN relief chief today described the human toll and suffering in Syria as “sickening,” and said the global community should be “ashamed” that this is happening on its watch.


Digital cards improve food assistance to displaced families and Syrian refugees in Iraq – UN agency

28 April – Thousands of displaced Iraqi families and Syrian refugees across Iraq now have better and flexible access to food, thanks to an innovative digital cash card launched by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).


Access and aid needed in Yemen, says UN humanitarian coordinator

27 April – Following a three-day mission to Yemen’s north-western Sa’ada Governorate, the top UN relief official in the country urged Yemeni parties to remain committed to the cessation of hostilities and allow unhindered humanitarian access, while he called on the international community to increase the level of support.


UN agency smartphone app now raising funds for Syrian refugee children in Lebanon

27 April – ShareTheMeal, the award-winning smartphone app developed by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), is switching its fundraising efforts to support Syrian refugee children in Lebanon.


‘Worst case scenarios’ could become reality without more funding for El Niño response – UN relief chief

26 April – With 60 million people across the world affected by droughts, floods and other extreme weather events triggered by El Niño, the top United Nations relief official today called on the international community to act now to address urgent humanitarian needs and support building communities’ resilience to future shocks.


Ecuador: UN agency to scale up emergency operation to reach 260,000 in earthquake zone

25 April – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today the start of an emergency operation to assist 260,000 vulnerable and food insecure people seriously affected by the earthquake in Ecuador and in desperate need of food and other basic necessities.


Burundi: one year into political crisis, UN agency warns thousands of people still fleeing country

22 April – One year after the crisis in Burundi began, the United Nations refugee agency today said that almost 260,000 people have fled the country, warning that the number could increase by thousands throughout the year – unless a political solution is found and a civil war averted.


Ecuador: Government and UN launch emergency appeal to kick-start post-quake assistance

22 April – The Government of Ecuador and the United Nations today launched an urgent $72.7 million appeal to respond to the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck coastal provinces of north-west of the country less than a week ago, aiming to kick-start life-saving assistance, protection services and early recovery support to assist approximately 350,000 people over the next three months.


Hundreds evacuated from four besieged areas in Syria – UN mediator

21 April – In what he called “modest but very real” progress on the humanitarian track of the crisis in Syria, the United Nations envoy for the country today reported that, among other steps, more than 500,000 civilians have been reached during the cessation of hostilities, and yesterday, some 500 people were medically evacuated from several besieged areas.


Ecuador earthquake: UN relief chief calls for more support to vulnerable communities

21 April – The top United Nations relief official wrapped up his two-day mission to Ecuador yesterday, announcing that he is releasing $7 million from the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund to assist people affected by the deadly earthquake that struck on Saturday, while calling for more support to vulnerable communities.