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Internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Bambari, Central African Republic. UN Photo/Catianne Tijerina

Appeal for calm in CAR town

A senior UN humanitarian official in the Central African Republic (CAR) has appealed for calm in the wake of renewed tensions in the town of Bambari, located in the middle of the country.

Acting Humanitarian Coordinator in the CAR Dr Michel Yao said the situation has raised fears of "an explosion of violence" between rival armed groups in and around the town, which has a population of 42,000 inhabitants and more than 26,000 displaced people.

"The population in this area has already suffered the consequences of several waves of violence by armed groups," he stated.

Dr Yao called on parties not to jeopardize recent achievements in the areas of reconciliation and greater social cohesion.

He also appealed for unimpeded access to civilians.

WFP feeding thousands in Aleppo

Tens of thousands of Syrians who have returned to the ruins of eastern Aleppo city are receiving hot meals, canned food and other staple items from the World Food Programme (WFP).

For example, the UN agency has supplied nine public kitchens with 20 metric tonnes of food which they use to feed 40,000 people twice a day.

Meanwhile, another 10,000 people in the western part of the city have received food rations.

WFP is also providing 45 metric tonnes of wheat flour each day to partners operating eight bakeries in Aleppo.

The bakeries are using flour to produce and distribute bread to families, including to people in formerly besieged areas in the east.

Last year, WFP assisted four million people a month across 13 of the 14 governorates in Syria.

However, the agency reports that access to besieged and hard-to-reach locations have worsened as a result of security restrictions.

UNICEF and EU team up to support young refugees and migrants in Greece

A joint project by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the European Union (EU) will support more than 6,000 refugee and migrant children across Greece.

The children, who include unaccompanied minors, will receive access to child protection and educational services, which the partners say will give them a new start in life and a sense of normality.

It's estimated that there are 21,000 refugee and migrant children in Greece, many of whom have suffered deep psychological distress as a result of their experiences, as well as lingering uncertainty over their futures.

The 8.5 million euro initiative will be financed through an EU mechanism which enables funding of emergency operations within the union.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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