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International Organization for Migration (IOM) Missions in South Sudan and Sudan ramp up Humanitarian Support to families following attacks in Abyei

A rapid interagency assessment conducted on 24 January revealed that nearly 4,000 people fled to Abyei town

At least 33 people, including women and children, were killed and an unknown number wounded during the attack in Kolom, nine kilometres from Abyei town last Wednesday. It is reported that an unknown number of children were abducted during the incident. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of life as a consequence of…

Source: Norwegian Refugee Council |

Burkina Faso shattered by world's fastest growing displacement crisis

A staggering one in ten people in Burkina Faso will need food assistance by June

The number of people displaced in Burkina Faso increased tenfold last year to over 560,000. The figure is predicted to skyrocket to 900,000 people by April as horrific violence continues to force families from their homes. "Burkina Faso needs more than bullets and bombs. Military engagement alone is failing to…

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Nearly 5 million children in need due to rising violence in central Sahel: UNICEF

The agency reported that children have been attacked, abducted or recruited into armed groups due to the spike in armed conflict and insecurity in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger

A surge in violence in the central Sahel region in Africa means nearly five million children will need humanitarian assistance this year, up from 4.3 million, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Tuesday. The agency reported that children have been attacked, abducted or recruited into armed groups due to the spike…

Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) |

Violence in Sudan’s Darfur forces thousands to flee

Clashes in El Geneina, in Sudan’s West Darfur State, have forced more than 11,000 people to flee as refugees into neighbouring Chad since last month

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Clashes in El Geneina, in Sudan’s West Darfur State, have forced more than 11,000 people to flee…

Source: United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) |

United Nations (UN) Report Urges Accountability for Libya Airstrike Deaths

The report concurs with previous UN findings that the airstrikes were likely conducted by aircraft belonging to a foreign state

In a new report on the July 2019 airstrikes in Libya that killed at least 53 migrants and refugees at the Tajoura detention centre – one of the deadliest incidents since a new round of hostilities broke out in April 2019 – the UN has renewed its call on all…

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Nigeria: European Union (EU), UN concerned by increasing attacks against aid workers

The humanitarian crisis in Nigeria remains one of the largest crises across the globe

EU, UN concerned by increasing attacks against aid workers Abuja, 24 January – The European Union and the United Nations expressed concerns, in a joint press conference on Friday 24 January, about the recent upsurge in attacks against aid workers and civilians recorded in recent weeks in the north-eastern states…

Source: United Nations - Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General |

Secretary-General appoints Mr. Raouf Mazou of the Republic of the Congo as Assistant High Commissioner for Operations, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Mr. Mazou brings to the position some 28 years of professional experience with UNHCR

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Raouf Mazou of the Republic of the Congo, as Assistant Secretary-General to serve as the Assistant High Commissioner for Operations, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).  Mr. Mazou will succeed George Okoth-Obbo of Uganda who has been appointed as…

Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

Over One Million Ethiopians Received Humanitarian Aid from International Organization for Migration (IOM) in 2019

IOM provided shelter construction and other emergency items to vulnerable populations, primarily in Somali and Oromia Regional States

Shitaye Assefa, a 65-year-old mother in Ethiopia’s Oromia Regional State, knows what it means to live without a reliable supply of water. “Our daughters faced many hardships and attacks on the way to the water pond, which was often dirty and not healthy enough to drink but we had no…

Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) |

UNHCR seeks support for refugees and hosts in Ethiopia

Resources are needed to expand existing social services infrastructure in health, education, water and sanitation, environmental protection, social protection and employment

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and partners are appealing for robust international support for refugee operations in…

Source: African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) |

UN strongly condemns the harassment of humanitarian staff and looting of humanitarian premises in North Darfur

On 22 January, a large crowd of men, women and children harassed staff from the International Organization of Migration (IOM)

“This emerging trend of harassment of UN and NGO staff and subsequent looting and vandalization of UN and NGO premises and assets is not only very disturbing but totally uncalled for. UN and NGO staff are in Darfur to provide critical humanitarian and peacekeeping support in the region and deserve…