News in Brief 19 January 2016 (PM)

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People waiting to board a boat to take them across the Gulf of Aden. File Photo: UNHCR/Alixandra Fazzina

Record numbers risking their lives crossing into Yemen: UNHCR

Some 92,000 people, most of them Ethiopians and Somalis, arrived in Yemen by boat in 2015 despite the ongoing conflict in the Gulf state.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says this figure is one of the highest annual totals for crossings in the past decade.

The UN agency continues to warn people against making the deadly journey across the Horn of Africa.

So far, 36 people have died making the crossing this year.

UNHCR says 95 deaths were reported in 2015, making it the second deadliest year to date.

Together with partners, UNHCR is working with the Somali authorities to improve political, security and socio-economic conditions in the country.

Boko Haram attacks displace 100,000 in Niger

Attacks by the terrorist group Boko Haram in the Diffa region of south-east Niger have driven an estimated 100,000 people from their homes in recent weeks.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and its partners say they are struggling to assist them.

Teams on the ground report that the situation is "very serious," with shortages of shelter and basic items.

The displaced include local villagers and people who have been uprooted several times, as well as Nigerian refugees.

 Humanitarian appeal for South Sudan

A US$1.3 billion appeal has been launched to support more than five million people in need in South Sudan.

Conflict in the world's youngest nation has forced more than 2.3 million people—or one in every five citizens—to flee their homes.

Nearly four million people have problems accessing food, and more than a half a million children under age five are acutely malnourished.

UN Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan Eugene Owusu urged countries to support the appeal.

The plan contains projects from 114 aid organizations, including UN agencies and international and local NGOs.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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