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Philippines still needs "a helping hand" two months after deadly storm

Listen / Young boys collecting pieces of lumber they can use to rebuild their house damaged by Typhoon Haiyan in Tanauan, Leyte. UNHCR/R.Rocamora

Two months after Typhoon Haiyan tore through the Philippines, relief operations are in "normal mode," according to the UN Humanitarian Affairs agency (OCHA). However, Jens Laerke, OCHA spokesperson in Geneva, says housing remains a serious concern as approximately 100,000 people are still living in evacuation centres, many in tents. He tells UN Radio's Patrick Maigua [...]

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UN Human rights office welcomes pardon granted to political prisoners in Myanmar

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The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has welcomed the pardon granted Monday by President Thein Sein to political prisoners convicted of, or prosecuted for various offences under seven specific laws, including unlawful association, peaceful assembly, treason and sedition in Myanmar. This is an important step in the reform process of the last [...]

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Thousands still living in evacuation centres two months after Philippines storm: OCHA

Listen / Internally displaced people have to settle with living in makeshift houses outside the main sports complex of Zamboanga city. Credit: OCHA

Aid agencies working in the Philippines are concerned about insufficient funding to provide housing for survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. Approximately 100,000 people still remain in evacuation centres nearly two months after the devastating storm, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports. OCHA spokesperson Jens Laerke told UN Radio on Tuesday that [...]

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WFP to ramp up food distribution in Central African Republic

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The World Food Programme (WFP) is scaling up food distribution to more than one million people in the Central African Republic. The UN agency says it urgently needs $107 million to support its work through August 2014. Despite the ongoing conflict in the country, WFP and its partners have reached more than 230,000 displaced people [...]

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UN expert meets with African women tricked into trafficking in Italy

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Sexual exploitation, especially involving women from Nigeria and Eastern Europe, is the most prevalent and documented form of trafficking in Italy. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, the UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children, conducted a 10-day official mission to the country in September. At a detention centre in the city of Turin [...]

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Children being brutalized in CAR: UNICEF

Listen / Children in the Central African Republic. OCHA/ Laura Fultang

A warning from UNICEF – the UN children's agency – that children are being brutalized in the Central African Republic. The agency says attacks against children have sunk to a vicious new low, with at least two children beheaded, and one of them mutilated, in the violence that has gripped the capital, Bangui since early [...]

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FAO warns of potential food security crisis as security situation worsens in CAR

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Despite security challenges in half of the prefectures, farmers in the Central African Republic are counting on the next agriculture season to restore their food production capacity to avoid risks of famine and malnutrition, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. FAO says Initial assessments conducted over the last week in the Central African [...]

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UN appeals for $152 million to scale up assistance in Central African Republic

Listen / Displaced civilians find shelter in a church in Bangui.© UNHCR/L.Wiseberg

The security situation in the Central African Republic remains tense and has trigged a new wave of displacement in the capital, Bangui, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The number of displaced people in Bangui now stands at over 370,000, up from 214,000 two weeks ago. OCHA says [...]

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UN Security Council urges all parties in South Sudan to immediately cease hostilities

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The UN Security Council has repeated the call for an immediate cessation of hostilities in South Sudan and for President Salva Kiir, former Vice President Riek Machar and other political leaders to engage urgently in direct talks without preconditions. In a press statement Monday evening, the members of the Security Council stressed that there should [...]

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