News by topic: Humanitarian Aid


Syria: UN relief officials condemn targeting of civilians, infrastructure as airstrikes hit Raqqa

22 August – Senior United Nations humanitarian officials for Syria today expressed deep concern over many civilians reportedly killed in airstrikes and other attacks in the last few days in Raqqa city, where coalition forces are fighting Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists.


UN aid workers urge safe passage for civilians fleeing northern Iraq ahead of battle

22 August – Warning of harassment, revenge attacks and abuse of civilians displaced from the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar, United Nations refugee and migration agencies today called for people trying to flee the city ahead of military operations to have safe passage.


Thousands flee as Iraqi forces advance on ISIL-held Tal Afar – UN

21 August – The top United Nations humanitarian official in Iraq has warned against the consequences of displacement as thousands of civilians are expected to flee from Tal Afar and surrounding communities during the Iraqi military operation to retake these areas from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) terrorist group.


'Civilians are Not a Target,' says UN chief on World Humanitarian Day

19 August – On World Humanitarian Day, the United Nations and its partners are calling on all global leaders to do everything in their power to protect people caught up in conflict, and to stand with the health and aid workers who risk their lives to help them.


Marking World Humanitarian Day, UN urges protection for civilians in armed conflict

18 August – Civilians in conflict are not a target, top United Nations officials today stressed at a special event marking World Humanitarian Day, which honours aid workers and pays homage to those killed in service, while also drawing attention to the millions of people today living in war zones.


Protecting aid workers ‘paramount,’ UN relief chief says ahead of World Humanitarian Day

17 August – As conflicts around the world continue to take a massive toll on people’s lives, the top United Nations relief official stressed the importance of ensuring that the brave men and women who risk their lives to help those in need are not themselves a target.


UN agencies rushing aid to more than 3,000 displaced in flood-hit Sierra Leone

17 August – United Nations agencies are stepping up efforts to aid displaced families affected by the deadly flooding and landslides in Sierra Leon's capital, Freetown, and surrounding areas.


South Sudan refugees in Uganda exceed one million; UN renews appeal for help

17 August – As the number of refugees from South Sudan in Uganda passes one million – the vast majority of whom are women and children – the United Nations refugee agency today reiterated its call for urgent additional support.


In East Darfur, UN refugee chief urges international support for Sudan

17 August – The United Nations refugee chief has called for international solidarity and resources to aid Sudan, which is one of the major hosting countries for refugees fleeing the conflict in South Sudan.


Emergency food distributions launched to assist thousands displaced in DR Congo – UN agency

16 August – Food assistance will be provided to food insecure people displaced by conflict in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), says the United Nations food agency.