News in Brief 25 September 2015 (AM)

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UNICEF launches new appeal to support refugee and migrant children in Europe. File Photo: UNICEF

More funds needed to help refugee and migrant children

The UN Children's Agency has launched a $14 million dollar appeal to help refugee and migrant children in Europe.  UNICEF says the funds are needed following an 80 per cent increase in the number of children arriving on the continent – many of them escaping conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The latest estimates from Eurostat indicate that 133,000 children sought asylum in Europe in the first seven months of 2015.  UNICEF says that with so many children on the move and winter approaching, more must be done to ensure their well-being.

Fears of severe food shortages a major concern in Malawi

The worst food crisis to hit Malawi in a decade has the World Food Programme (WFP) gearing up to respond.  More than 2.8 million people are facing food shortages and hunger in the country.  Devastating floods, followed by a severe drought ruined this year's harvest.

The President of Malawi has asked the international community to support his newly-launched national food insecurity response plan.  The WFP says food assistance and cash-based transfers must be given top priority to save lives.

Concern as humanitarian workers expelled from eastern Ukraine

Humanitarian workers have been expelled from parts of eastern Ukraine, causing concern for the UN's Refugee Agency, UNHCR.  Authorities of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic have ordered the immediate expulsion of aid workers.

UNHCR has expressed regret over the move and urged a thorough review of the decision.  More than two million Ukrainians have been displaced since the beginning of the conflict nearly two years ago.  UNHCR says that with winter fast approaching, many are in need of food, shelter, healthcare and other essential assistance.

Veronica Reeves, United Nations.

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