News by topic: Humanitarian Aid


UN refugee agency boosts winter assistance for displaced Iraqis in conflict-affected villages

2 December – As the security situation has stabilized in villages near war-torn Mosul, where Iraqi military operations are under way to wrest the city from terrorists, the United Nations refugee agency and its partners are racing against time to distributing winter kits to those who remained or returned home and those newly-displaced as plunging temperatures hit the area.


UN agency urges Governments to recognize people fleeing war-plagued countries as refugees

2 December – Faced with record displacement due to conflict, the United Nations has moved to reinforce the global refugee protection regime by issuing new guidelines on dealing with people fleeing their country because of war, who are not recognized as refugees by some States.


Nigeria’s humanitarian crisis ‘can no longer be ignored,’ UN says, launching $1 billion appeal

2 December – With the scale of human suffering in north-eastern Nigeria becoming clearer as the Government has pushed Boko Haram insurgents from more and more areas, the United Nations today launched a $1 billion funding appeal to address the needs of those in crisis, and announced that nearly 75 partner agencies are on standby to respond where areas are accessible.


Already overstretched, aid agencies in Somalia need more resources to tackle severe drought – UN

2 December – The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Peter de Clercq, appealed today for an urgent scale-up in humanitarian assistance, with relief agencies already overstretched as the country faces severe drought conditions, including food and water shortages.


Syria: UN refugee agency spotlights growing shelter needs as thousands flee Aleppo violence

2 December – While reiterating its extreme concern about the civilian population in Syria’s war-battered Aleppo, the United Nations refugee agency today said it is also focusing on the rapidly growing shelter needs for thousands of people fleeing the city’s eastern neighbourhoods.


Syria: With winter closing in, UN envoys highlight humanitarian urgency of situation in Aleppo

1 December – With the humanitarian crisis in Syria’s devastated city of Aleppo deteriorating by the day, the United Nations Special Envoy for the country appealed for a pause in fighting so that much needed relief can reach the city’s population and those with urgent medical emergencies can be evacuated.


Without urgent steps to end violence, Aleppo may become ‘giant graveyard,’ Security Council told

30 November – With thousands of civilians fleeing neighbourhoods in eastern Aleppo, senior United Nations officials today appealed to the Security Council and the wider international community to come together and “do everything in their power to protect civilians and enable aid access to the besieged parts of the [war-battered city] before it becomes one giant graveyard.”


South Sudan: Bureaucratic obstacles hindering relief work must stop, says senior UN official

30 November – Expressing deep concern over the impact of a series of bureaucratic impediments and access constraints on relief operations, a senior United Nations humanitarian official in South Sudan has called on all parties to allow free, safe and unhindered humanitarian access to the people in need.


Bulgaria: UN concerned at calls for expulsions following tensions at overcrowded reception centre

29 November – The United Nations refugee agency today voiced concerns over calls for expulsion, on national security grounds, of asylum-seekers after a protest at Bulgaria’s largest and most overcrowded reception centre.


Fleeing violence in Horn of Africa, asylum-seekers find little safety in Yemen – UN refugee agency

29 November – Highlighting a dramatic increase in sea crossings by migrants and refugees from the Horn of Africa to Yemen – which itself is reeling under a deteriorating humanitarian crisis, the United Nations refugee agency today called for urgent steps to deter and save people from the deadly risks they are taking.