News in Brief 28 December 2015 (AM)

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Internally displaced persons in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Photo: OCHA/Mohammad Sadiq Zaheer

Civilians hit hard by violence in Kunduz receive humanitarian assistance

More than 100 families affected by recent fighting in the city of Kunduz in Afghanistan have received humanitarian assistance packages.

The effort was carried out as part of the Afghan Civilian Assistance Programme, which provides support to those affected by conflict, mines and explosive remnants of war.

The UN and its partners helped with the distribution of the aid, which included a variety of food and non-food items such as water containers and bedding.

In late September through mid-October, Kunduz fell to the Taliban until pro-government forces regained control of the city. Nearly 290 civilians were killed due to the violence, with another 550 injured.

Since the Kunduz conflict, more than 500 affected families have received humanitarian aid, with more help planned for those impacted.

More than 100 tonnes of medicine, medical supplies reaches people in Yemen

The World Health Organization (WHO) has delivered more than 100 tonnes of medicines and medical supplies to more than a million people in Taiz, Yemen.

More than three million people are said to be in dire need of humanitarian assistance in Taiz, including nearly 400,000 internally displaced people.

The health supplies consist of urgently needed oxygen cylinders, surgical supplies and equipment.

WHO representatives in Taiz said the health situation there has "increasingly deteriorated" and that many health facilities had shut down due to shortages in staff, medicines and fuel.

UN Refugee Agency leading the way in protecting LGBTI refugees

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is leading the way in delivering protection to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) migrants and refugees.

The Agency has rolled out a new training programme for its staff and other protection and humanitarian workers. The training package is said to be "the most comprehensive" of its kind globally.

UNHCR says LGBTI people fleeing persecution face a complex array of challenges and threats, including discrimination, prejudice, violence and difficulty accessing humanitarian services.

The programme was developed jointly with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and funded by the United States government.

Veronica Reeves, United Nations.

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