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Road to stabilize CAR will be “bumpy”: UN Envoy

Listen / Babacar Gaye, Special Representative and head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

The end goal is to stabilize the Central African Republic and to hold free, fair and democratic elections, the UN Special Envoy to the country said on Tuesday. Lieutenant General Babacar Gaye, who is also the head of the UN Mission in the country, MINUSCA, told reporters in New York that the "road will be [...]

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UN system-wide support operation needed to fight Ebola

Listen / Dr. David Nabarro of the United Kingdom, the UN System Coordinator for Ebola (UN Photo)

A comprehensive support operation involving all the different assets, tools and capacities in the UN system is necessary to fight the Ebola epidemic. That's what the UN System Coordinator for Ebola, Dr David Nabarro, told the press in New York on Tuesday. The Ebola disease is affecting societies, economies and has humanitarian as well as [...]

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First Security Council visit to Somalia since 1994

Listen / Mark Lyall Grant 19aug

The Somali people have a chance to live in peace and prosper if their leaders continue to rule in their interests and set aside their differences. Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant of the United Kingdom made the remarks as President of the Security Council on Tuesday, following a 5 day trip to Europe and Africa last [...]

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UN health agency appeals for $14 million to scale up operations in Ukraine

Listen / A resident of the Artema suburb of Sloviansk, Ukraine, in the rubble of what used to be her summer kitchen, in July 2014. Photo: UNHCR/Iva Zimova

An appeal for $14 million to scale up health operations in eastern Ukraine has been launched by the World Health Organization (WHO). Thousands of people have been displaced by the ongoing fighting in Donetsk and Luhansk region. According to WHO, 15 hospitals have been damaged, 20 health facilities have closed and 70 per cent of [...]

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#GirlWithABook creators meet Malala

Listen / Lena Shareef and Olivia Curl (UN Radio@PHOTO)

A social media campaign in support of young girls' education is making a difference worldwide. #GirlWithABook was started by two young American girls, inspired by Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban in 2012 for wanting to go to school. Lena Shareef and Olivia Curl were chatting online discussing the incident and decided [...]

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More aid workers kidnapped, seriously injured and killed than ever before: UN

Listen / Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson.  UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

Last year, more humanitarian workers were kidnapped, seriously injured or killed than ever before, according to the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. Mr Jan Eliasson made the remarks to members of the Security Council during a briefing on the protection of humanitarian workers in armed conflict. August 19 is World Humanitarian Day, which honours [...]

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Town of Amirli in northern Iraq remains under siege: OCHA official

Listen / Credit: S. Baldwin/UNHCR

The town of Amirli has been under siege by armed groups affiliated with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) for some weeks, according to a senior humanitarian official in the country. Amirli, which is about 175 kilometres north of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, is home to between 15 and 20,000 people, mainly [...]

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Ethiopia now Africa's biggest refugee hosting country

Listen / South Sudanese refugees sit in the shade of a tree in Ethiopia. They are living in makeshift shelters as they wait for UNHCR tents. © UNHCR/P.Wiggers

Ethiopia has overtaken Kenya to become the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa, sheltering nearly 630,000 refugees as of the end of July, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR. Kenya currently has over 575,000 registered refugees and asylum-seekers. The number of refugees in Ethiopia has mainly been pushed up by the on-going conflict in South [...]

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UNHCR in a major aid push into northern Iraq

Listen / Workers unload trucks laden with hundreds of tents for families displaced by the recent fighting in Iraq.© UNHCR/E.Colt

A major humanitarian operation to reach close to half a million people displaced in northern Iraq is being launched by the UN refugee agency UNHCR. The air, road and sea operation will begin on Wednesday starting with a four day airlift of humanitarian supplies from Aqaba in Jordan to Erbil followed by road convoys from [...]

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World Humanitarian Day honours those who risk helping others

Listen / Althei Abbakar, 7, is attended by a medical assistant in a mobile clinic established by local non-governmental organization, Anhar, for displaced civilians on the outskirts of El Sereif, North Darfur. Credit: UN Photo/Albert González Farran

Attacks on humanitarian workers who are helping the people in need around the world are an outrage. That's what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in his message on World Humanitarian Day observed on 19 August each year. The day also marks the anniversary of the terrorist bombing of Canal Hotel in Baghdad, which served as [...]

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World Humanitarian Day honours those who risk to help others

Listen / Thousands of refugees —mainly from Bangladesh, Nigeria, Mali and Chad— receive food rations in the border town of Sallum, Egypt, after fleeing the ongoing crisis in neighbouring Libya. OCHA/David Ohana

The UN is observing World Humanitarian Day on Tuesday to recognize and honour humanitarian workers who are helping millions of people in need in crises around the world. August 19 coincides with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Iraq which claimed the lives of 22 people, including the top UN [...]

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