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Aid agencies rush to bring aid to Mozambique cyclone survivors

Apr 30, 2019 - 11:20 PM

'The priority is getting aid to Ibo because it hasn’t been reached yet,' says Deborah Nguyen, spokeswoman for World Food Programme

HELP. Aid is unloaded off a truck and taken to a waiting World Food Programme helicopter to be deliver to Ibo Island and Quissanga in northern Mozambique on April 30 , 2019. Photo by Emidio Josine/AFP

Cholera outbreak in Nigeria claims nearly 100 lives

Sep 22, 2018 - 6:22 PM

More than 3,000 cholera cases have been recorded in the states of Yobe and Borno, says the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

UN Security Council to hold emergency Syria talks

Jul 04, 2018 - 2:35 PM

Sweden, which holds the rotating Security Council presidency, requests the closed-door meeting along with Kuwait

UN SECURITY COUNCIL. The Security Council will hold an emergency meeting July 5 to discuss the Syria army's Russia-backed offensive against rebel groups. UN file photo by JC McIlwaine

UN gives $5M in aid for crisis-hit region in DR Congo

Mar 05, 2017 - 12:46 AM

The grant will be for a maximum period of 6 months to save the lives of about 108 000 people in the violence wracked Kasai region

UN delivers food to starving displaced by Boko Haram

Jul 23, 2016 - 1:00 PM

It is the first aid delivery to the thousands of internally displaced in the northeast region in the last 4 months following deadly Boko Haram raids

'Thousands' of civilians may be affected by new Darfur clashes – UN

Jan 20, 2016 - 8:57 AM

Government troops and rebels have been battling around the mountainous Jebel Marra area straddling Central South and North Darfur states

Tens of thousands flee new Syria offensives

Oct 21, 2015 - 12:14 PM

Moscow and Washington announces they have agreed measures to ensure air safety over Syria

FIGHTING MODE. A rebel fighter prepares to remotely fire a rocket onto pro-regime forces in Syria's northern embattled city of Aleppo on October 19, 2015. Karam al-Masri/AFP

Cholera, climate change fuel Haiti's humanitarian crisis – UN

Aug 19, 2015 - 10:17 AM

Haiti – the poorest country in the Americas – is already suffering from chronic instability and struggling to recover from a devastating 2010 earthquake

HAITI'S POOR. In this file photo, a family prepares food in a shanty house in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, January  12, 2015. Jean Jacques Augustin/EPA

UN seeks billions for Syria at Kuwait donors' meet

Mar 31, 2015 - 12:51 PM

The United Nations has launched an appeal to raise 8 4 billion 7 7 billion euros this year and hopes to receive major pledges at the one day conference

In this file photo, Syrians walk amidst the rubble in search for survivors following a reported air strike by Syrian government forces in the Maysar neighborhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on February 7, 2015. Zein Al-Rifai/AMC/AFP

Vanuatu slams lack of aid coordination, says food running out

Mar 19, 2015 - 10:21 AM

Vanuatu s government hits out at aid groups swarming into the cyclone ravaged Pacific nation over a lack of coordination which it says cost precious time getting help to those in need

Aid on-board an Australian RAAF C-17 Globemaster in transit to Vanuatu, 16 March 2015. Dave Hunt/EPA

Aid starts flowing to cyclone-hit Vanuatu

Mar 18, 2015 - 8:33 AM

Many of the archipelago s 80 islands remains cut off; an aid official says flights over some islands saw people signaling for help with large white Hs and mirrors

GRIEF. People grieve as they transport the body of 20 year-old Eddy Willy on the loading bay of a pickup truck to his burial in the island of Tanna, Vanuatu, 17 March 2015. Dave Hunt/EPA

Fears of food shortages in Vanuatu as huge damage revealed

Mar 17, 2015 - 2:50 PM

With 24 people so far confirmed dead the scale of the disaster becomes clearer

A photo provided by UNICEF Pacific on 17 March 2015 shows two boys standing outside a destroyed house in Vanuatu, 17 March 2015. UNICEF Pacific/Handout/EPA

Aid effort stepped up after monster Vanuatu cyclone

Mar 15, 2015 - 3:14 PM

The official death toll in the capital Port Vila stood at 6 on Sunday although aid workers said this was likely just a fraction of the fatalities nationwide

DEVASTATION. This handout photo taken on March 14, 2015 and released to AFP on March 15 by Australian Red Cross shows people clearing up debris and dealing with the damage to their homes in Seaside, near the Vanuatu capital of Port Vila. Photo by  Chris McCowage/Australian Red Cross/AFP

Cyclone Pam: Villages 'blown away' in Vanuatu

Mar 15, 2015 - 12:51 AM

UPDATED Oxfam: This is likely to be one of the worst disasters ever seen in the Pacific the scale of humanitarian need will be enormous entire communities have been blown away

BLOWN FROM THE WATER. A handout photo provided by UNICEF Pacific on 14 March 2015 of people looking at a severely damaged boats and yachts in a harbor on Vanuatu island, South Pacific region, 14 March 2015. Graham Crumb/UNICEF Pacific/EPA

Hundreds of thousands need food aid in Somali capital – UN

Jul 26, 2014 - 4:34 PM

The notice comes three years after more than 250 000 people half of them children died in the devastating 2011 famine

Israel police challenge US 'terror' findings

May 02, 2014 - 12:29 AM

Israel police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says the incidents were far from the global terror threats outlined in the report

5M children in Africa's Sahel face acute malnutrition: UN

May 01, 2014 - 9:04 AM

We are facing a funding bottleneck at a very critical moment The planting season is only a couple of months away said UN Assistant Secretary General Robert Piper

MALNUTRITION. A photograph made available September 5, 2012 shows Adra Ousmane, a farmer from Niger, examining the grains that have gone bad on his land in the southern town of Guidan Roumdji, Niger, on September 1, 2012. Tanya Bindra/EPA

6 dead, 10,500 homeless as floods devastate Solomons

Apr 04, 2014 - 1:00 PM

Flash floods kill 6 and leave 10 500 homeless in the Solomon Islands

SOLOMON ISLANDS. At least 3 are dead and 10,000 are left homeless after flash flooding affects the Solomon Islands

More UN peacekeepers arrive in South Sudan

Dec 28, 2013 - 8:58 AM

The UN says 72 members of a police contingent moved from the Democratic Republic of Congo arrived in the country

REFUGEES. People gather at a makeshift IDP camp at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) compound in Juba on December 22, 2013 where South Sudanese continue to flock as fears of a resumption of fighting in the capital fester. AFP/Tony Karumba

UN says $166 million needed to aid South Sudan

Dec 26, 2013 - 9:25 AM

The money is needed for maintaining health and sanitation distributing food as well as managing camps for those displaced by the recent ethnic clashes

REFUGEES. People gather at a makeshift IDP camp at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) compound in Juba on December 22, 2013 where South Sudanese continue to flock as fears of a resumption of fighting in the capital fester. AFP/Tony Karumba

Aid arrives for Somalia's cyclone hit Puntland region

Nov 19, 2013 - 3:59 PM

The local government in the semi autonomous region has said as many as 300 people were feared to have been killed in the aftermath of the storm

UN, humanitarian groups help 344,000 homeless in Bohol

Oct 25, 2013 - 7:11 PM

Affected people in Bohol seek temporary shelter in tents outside their damaged houses in rice fields and in cramped evacuation centers

'Pablo' toll at 647; UN starts aid drive

Dec 10, 2012 - 9:59 AM

UN Humanitarian Coordinator Luiza Carvalho will outline plans for an immediate aid package as well as long term support for the areas hardest hit by Pablo

DESPERATE FOR AID. Victims of devastating Typhoon Pablo (Bopha) jostle for position as they beg for relief food being distributed by members of a private company in New Bataan in Compostela Valley province on December 9, 2012, five days after the storm hit the southern Philippines. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE