News by topic: Humanitarian Aid


Nearly $1.1 billion pledged for beleaguered Yemen at UN-led humanitarian conference

25 April – With nearly two-thirds of war-torn Yemen – about 19 million people – in need of emergency support, the international community today raised $1.1 billion at a pledging event in Geneva to aid what the United Nations chief calls “the world’s largest hunger crisis.”


UN-led conference to mobilize global action to avert 'humanitarian catastrophe' in Yemen

24 April – The United Nations together with the governments of Sweden and Switzerland will convene a one-day conference in Geneva, tomorrow, to draw global attention to the deepening humanitarian crisis in war-torn Yemen where millions are “close to a breaking point.”


UN and World Bank sign new partnership to build resilience for the most vulnerable

22 April – Building resilience for the world's most vulnerable people by reducing poverty, promoting shared prosperity, enhancing food security, and sustaining peace in crisis-affected situations will be the focus of a new partnership framework agreed by the United Nations and World Bank.


UN food relief agency air-lifts food, medical supplies to 31,000 Somalis facing famine

21 April – As the drought intensifies in south and north-eastern Somalia, the United Nations emergency food relief agency today airlifted to Mogadishu enough high-energy biscuits to assist 31,000 people for three days.


UN refugee agency sending urgent relief items for Congolese civilians fleeing to Angola

21 April – The United Nations refugee agency is shipping tents, mosquito nets and other essential relief items to Angola, where some 9,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have fled this month alone.


UNICEF calls for action to prevent more deaths in Central Mediterranean as attempted crossings spike

21 April – Noting increases in number of migrants, including children, attempting to reach European shores using the Central Mediterranean route, and consequent rise in number of deaths, the United Nations Children's Fund has called for safe and legal pathways for those who are fleeing conflict, poverty and depravation.


All sides in Syria crisis felt impact of ‘horrific’ weekend attack on evacuee convoy, says UN envoy

20 April – Speaking to journalists after a meeting of the Humanitarian Taskforce (HTF), Staffan de Mistura, the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, stated that the horrific attack on a convoy of evacuees this past weekend had impacted everyone at today’s talks.


Diseases and sexual violence threaten Somalis, South Sudanese escaping famine – UN

18 April – Millions of people are facing the peril of famine in Somalia and South Sudan, and the situation is expected to worsen as the drought and violence fuelling the crises widen, cautioned senior United Nations officials who have just returned from the area.


Scale of civilians fleeing Iraq's Mosul 'staggering' – senior UN relief official

17 April – Noting that nearly half a million people have fled Mosul since the start of military operations to retake the city from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) terrorists, a senior United Nations humanitarian official in Iraq warned that the scale of the displacement has stretched relief efforts to their “operational limits”.


Top UN officials express 'horror' at attack on evacuees in Syria; underline that civilians must be protected

16 April – Senior United Nations officials, including the Organization's top humanitarian official as well as the head of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) have expressed “horror” at yesterday's attack on people evacuating from the besieged Syrian towns of Foah and Kefraya and underlined that civilians must be protected from any harm.