News by topic: Humanitarian Aid


Amid unprecedented needs, UN, aid partners launch largest consolidated humanitarian appeal for Yemen

21 January – With the crisis in war-ravaged Yemen continuing to deteriorate, United Nations agencies and humanitarian partners have launched a $2.96 billion response plan to reach over 13 million people with lifesaving assistance.


One in four Iraqi children impacted by conflict, poverty; education key for lasting peace – UNICEF

19 January – More than four million children have been impacted by extreme violence in Iraq, many robbed of their childhood and forced to fight on the frontlines, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said Friday.


More flee Cameroon’s English-speaking areas; UN concerned over safety of women and children

19 January – As swelling numbers of people flee English-speaking areas of Cameroon for Nigeria, the United Nations on Friday expressed concern over the precarious situation of women and children, which make now up about 80 per cent of the approximately 10,000 registered refugees in eastern Nigeria’s Cross River state.


Amid 'dramatic deterioration' in DR Congo, UN and partners launch $1.68 billion aid appeal

18 January – Warning of a “dramatic deterioration” in the humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) over the last 12 months, United Nations agencies and relief partners on Thursday launched the largest-ever funding appeal for the vast central African country.


US funding cuts for UN Palestine refugee agency put vital education, health programmes at risk

17 January – The decision by the United States to withhold more than half its annual funding commitment to the United Nations relief agency providing aid for Palestine refugees threatens “one of the most successful and innovative human development endeavours in the Middle-East,” the head of the body said Wednesday, warning that the rights and dignity of an entire community are at stake.


World cannot stand idle as millions in DR Congo ‘suffer in silence,’ says UN agency

17 January – The serious deterioration in the humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic over the past year has been further complicated by recent floods and health crises, the United Nations migration agency said Wednesday, appealing for urgent funding to ensure continued assistance and protection for millions in need.


Somalia: UN, partners seek $1.6 billion to protect millions of lives from drought

17 January – While Somalia, with the international community’s help, averted famine last year, long-term solutions for drought, conflict and displacement must still be found, the United Nations office in the country said Wednesday, launching the 2018 humanitarian response plan, which calls for $1.6 billion to protect the lives of 5.4 million people.


Intensified fighting across Syria having 'devastating' impact on civilians, warn UN agencies

17 January – Intensification in hostilities across Syria is having a “devastating” impact on civilians, United Nations agencies in the war-ravaged country said Wednesday, warning that the fighting is also severely limiting life-saving humanitarian operations.


Syria: Uptick in violence exacerbates already dire situation, says UN food relief agency

16 January – On top of the already-desperate conditions in Syria’s war-ravaged East Ghouta and north-west Idlib governorate, a violence upsurge is intensifying insecurity, the United Nations food relief agency said Tuesday.


PODCAST: Tea and empathy – Refugee ZamZam Yusuf’s extraordinary journey

15 January – Somali refugee ZamZam Yusuf has a message for any neighbours who think she doesn’t have the right to call Leicester, in the English Midlands, home.