Humanitarian crises show "no sign of abating"

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Humanitarian crises across 37 countries worldwide show no sign of abating, according to the UN humanitarian office (OCHA).

In its mid-year overview of the global humanitarian response, OCHA says the UN is doing more for people than ever before.

But it says system is under unprecedented strain.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

At the beginning of 2015, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) was aiming to assist more than 57 million people in 22 countries.

Six months later, it is calling for help to support close to 79 million across 37 countries.

The new workload includes the crises in Burundi, Djibouti, Guatemala, Honduras, Libya, Nepal, the Sahel, Vanuatu and Yemen.

The result is an increase in global financial requirements for the remainder of the year to a record US$18.8 billion.

OCHA is underlining that each year, millions of people do not get the help they need because access is compromised, or because funding does not come through.

The global humanitarian appeal currently remains just 26 per cent funded half-way through the year.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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