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South Sudan: UN Humanitarian Chief urges parties to cease hostilities, protect civilians and aid workers

7 million people – more than one in two across the country – will need humanitarian assistance in 2018

UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, concluded his two-day mission to South Sudan today, calling for all parties to cease hostilities, amidst fresh fighting that has displaced tens of thousands of people in multiple locations across the country.   During his two-day visit, Mr. Lowcock…

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Central African Republic has one of the highest humanitarian caseload per capita in the world

The Humanitarian Response Plan requesting $515.6 million was launched in January 2018 is only 9.4% funded meanwhile it aims to provide life-saving assistance to 1.9 million people

The humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic has deteriorated since 2017. This trend persisted during the first quarter of 2018, with massive waves of new displacements and increasing humanitarian needs. Today, the humanitarian community is not only responding to the critical and urgent needs emerging from new hotspots, but…

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United Nations Humanitarian chief calls for more aid to 7.1 million vulnerable people in Sudan

Mr Lowcock also commended the generosity of the Sudanese government and people in hosting some 1.2 million refugees this year, including over 770,000 from South Sudan

At the end of a three-day mission to Sudan, United Nations humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock today urged the international community to step up support to the humanitarian response to 7.1 million vulnerable people and invest in the country’s social-economic development. He stressed that unimpeded and sustained humanitarian access to people…

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DRC, East Africa: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Briefing Notes

DRC, East Africa: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Briefing Notes: DRC Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock has announced an immediate US$2 million allocation from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to help humanitarian partners in the DRC fight and contain…

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UN Humanitarian Chief Mark Lowcock to brief the press on his visit to South Sudan

Mr. Lowcock is expected to meet with people affected by the humanitarian crisis, senior Government officials and humanitarian partners in Juba and Yei, Central Equatoria

WHO: Mark Lowcock, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator WHAT: Press Briefing on his visit to South Sudan WHEN: Wednesday, 16 May 2018 at 1 p.m. (Juba time) WHERE: Wau Conference Hall, UNMISS Base Tongping, Juba                      Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock…

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Kenya, Somalia: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Briefing Notes

East Africa floods Floods in Kenya have displaced more than 260,000 people and killed at least 100, according to the Red Cross in Kenya this morning. The highest numbers of displaced people are reported in Tana River, Turkana, Mandera and Kilifi counties. The major humanitarian concern, beyond the displacement, is…

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South Sudan: Aid Workers Freed, Humanitarian Deaths Reach 100 Since December 2013

Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Alain Noudehou, confirmed that the workers were returned safely and in good health

Ten aid workers who were detained while on an assessment mission near Yei, Central Equatoria, have been freed. The humanitarian workers were held by an armed opposition group in South Sudan for more than five days, since 25 April. The humanitarian staff, all nationals, included one from UNOCHA, two from…

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Ten aid workers missing in South Sudan

This is the second incident involving aid workers being held by armed groups in April alone, and the third in six months

Ten aid workers have gone missing outside South Sudan’s Yei town in Central Equatoria region.   Their convoy was en route to Tore from Yei town, early on 25 April to conduct a humanitarian needs assessment. Their whereabouts and well-being are unknown. The Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Alain Noudehou…

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The Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator (USG-ERC) Mark Lowcock Opening remarks at the Humanitarian Conference on the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock Opening remarks at the Humanitarian Conference on the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank you for coming. We are talking about problems and challenges today and for that reason, the first point I want to make…

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South Sudan: Humanitarian Coordinator condemns killing of aid worker, calls for the immediate release of seven others held by armed group

Over the weekend, armed men shot at an NGO vehicle clearly marked with the Catholic Organization for Relief and Development Aid (CORDAID) logos, transporting five aid workers

The Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, Alain Noudehou, has strongly condemned the killing of an aid worker in Bentiu, Unity, and called for the immediate and unconditional release of seven others abducted by an armed group in Morobo County, Central Equatoria.   Over the weekend, armed men shot at an…