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Escalation of violence in Birao

On 14 September over 13,000 people mainly women and children have been forced to flee their homes seeking protection from the violence

The Humanitarian Coordinator in the Central African Republic, Ms. Denise Brown, says the fighting in the northeastern town of Birao, Vakaga province has resulted in a crisis for the local population and is a clear violation of human rights. “Clashes in Birao over the past two weeks have resulted in…

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Somalia: UN warns of lowest cereal production since 2011

Over the past 30 years, droughts have become more intense and frequent in Somalia, which also faces recurring flooding during the rainy seasons

With the latest analysis showing that Somalia’s main harvest was the worst since the famine in 2011, Under-Secretary-General (USG) for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock today called for sustained funding to protect recent gains made in beating back hunger and reiterated the importance of the Government’s Resilience…

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United Nations and World Bank Group call for sustained funding to relieve suffering in Somalia

On mission to Somalia, the Emergency Relief Coordinator and senior officials from the World Bank and the UN Peacebuilding Support Office say that early action and joined up approaches are key to ending the country’s cyclical crises

With the latest analysis showing that Somalia’s main harvest was the worst since the famine in 2011, Under-Secretary-General (USG) for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock today called for sustained funding to protect recent gains made in beating back hunger and reiterated the importance of the Government’s Resilience…

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Emergency Relief Coordinator calls for additional funding to address Ethiopia’s humanitarian needs and promote durable solutions

Humanitarian organizations are working with the local authorities and development partners to ensure internally displaced people have access to emergency assistance

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock called today for additional funding to support the Government-led response to Ethiopia’s displacement crisis and wider humanitarian needs. More than 8 million people in Ethiopia need food, shelter, medicine or other emergency assistance. Mr. Lowcock was speaking at the end…

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Nigeria Pays Tribute to Women Aid Workers on World Humanitarian Day

They have paid special tribute to women humanitarians in Nigeria and brought their voices to the world

Marking the tenth anniversary of World Humanitarian Day, aid workers in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states, as well as in the capital Abuja, have gathered on 19 August to raise awareness on the risks many of them are exposed to everyday while providing life-saving assistance to millions affected by crisis…

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South Sudan: Women humanitarians are honoured on World Humanitarian Day

In South Sudan, there are just over 40 national women-led organizations

On World Humanitarian Day, the Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Alain Noudéhou, said more needs to be done to address the risks faced by women humanitarians and combat the pre-existing inequalities and discrimination that are reinforced by conflict and violence, leading to unique risks for women and girls. Mr. Noudéhou…

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10 years after start of crisis in North-East, UN and Humanitarian Partners gather to renew commitment to Nigeria’s most vulnerable

Over the last decade, the conflict has claimed the lives of some 27,000 civilians and devastated entire communities, villages and towns across the three most-affected states

The humanitarian community in Nigeria – comprised of the United Nations, international and local NGOs and the Government represented by His Excellency the State Governor of Yobe, the Chairman of the North East Development Commission, and the Director General of the National Emergency Agency (NEMA) amongst others – convened this…

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Somalia: Response plan for impact of poor Gu rains in place to avoid a major crisis

The delayed start and poor performance of the 2019 Gu’ (April-June) rains resulted in severe drought conditions across Somalia through early May

Two years after the prolonged 2016/2017 drought destroyed livelihoods and displaced almost one million Somalis - but also triggered a massive and successful scale up in humanitarian response to avert famine - severe climatic conditions, combined with other persistent drivers of humanitarian crisis, armed conflict, protracted and continued displacement and…

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Humanitarian emergency at unprecedented level in Sahel

In Burkina Faso, Mali and western Niger displacement has increased five-fold, and the Lake Chad Basin is witnessing a new spike in displacement and attacks

UN aid agencies and NGOs warned today that surging armed violence in the Sahel has propelled forced displacement and humanitarian emergency to unprecedented levels. They called for stepped-up support and greater efforts to address the causes of the region’s crises. In the past year, around 1 million people had to…

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Nigeria’s bankers unite in support of Nigeria’s most vulnerable in a visit to Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in Maiduguri

Nigeria’s private sector is stepping into the realm of humanitarian response and has pledged to contribute resources

Some of Nigeria’s leading bank executives came together to show solidary with their fellow Nigerians affected by the ongoing crisis in Borno State. In a collective visit to two camps for internally displaced people in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, companies and banks that are part of the Nigeria Humanitarian…