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Aid agencies call for urgent action to prevent famine in hunger hotspots

New York: People in four food insecurity “hotspots” inside Burkina Faso, northeastern Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen, need help urgently to avoid sliding into famine, UN humanitarians said on Friday.

Libya: UN human right chief appoints independent investigators to probe abuses

New York: UN-led efforts to address serious rights violations in Libya, received a boost on Wednesday with the appointment of three independent investigators to document abuses in the war-torn country.

UN relief chief condemns attacks against humanitarian premises in Yemen

New York/IBNS: The top UN humanitarian official has called for a thorough investigation into weekend attacks against the premises of three international aid organizations in Yemen that wounded one person, in addition to damaging property.

Unprecedented humanitarian crisis in Mali revealed in new report

New York/IBNS: Escalating violence and insecurity in Mali have sparked an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, rendering 3.9 million people in need of assistance and protection – an increase of 700,000 since the beginning of the year, the UN said on Thursday.  

‘All actors’ must lend support as humanitarian crisis continues in Haiti, UN rights chief urges

New York/IBNS: Expressing deep concern for the impact on human rights of ongoing political unrest in Haiti, the UN rights chief on Friday called on all actors to acknowledge the grievances of Haitians, many of whom have been demanding the president step down amidst violent demonstrations which ignited a sprawling emergency in recent weeks.

Humanitarian assistance to be scaled-up for millions of Venezuelans in need

New York, Aug 15 (IBNS): The United Nations humanitarian wing launched a new Response Plan (HRP) on Wednesday, that aims to help around 2.6 million people in Venezuela through to the end of the year, almost half of whom are youth.

Yemen: Tackling the world’s largest humanitarian crisis

New York, Sept 25 (IBNS): With three-quarters of the population requiring some form of basic assistance to survive, the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, now in its fourth year, has reached unprecedented levels of need. On Monday, ahead of the United Nation’s 73rd General Assembly high-level debate, a special event will focus on the humanitarian response across the country, its major achievements and its daily challenges, in an attempt to galvanize more international support.

Visiting North Korea, UN relief chief spotlights funding shortfall to meet humanitarian needs

New York, July 12 (IBNS): The United Nations is seeking to raise $111 million to meet humanitarian needs in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), where millions of people face malnutrition, a shortage medicines, and lack of access to safe drinking water, the Organization’s top relief official said on Wednesday.

Lebanon: UN humanitarian fund to step up support for the most vulnerable

New York, Mar 20 (JEN): At a time when resources for refugees from Syria is declining, the top United Nations humanitarian official in Lebanon, the country host to some 1.5 million Syrian and several thousand Palestinian refugees, has launched a funding allocation to ensure that critical relief programmes can be sustained.

Boat carrying Rohingya refugees capsizes near Bangladesh, at least 11 dead

Cox's Bazar, Oct 9 (IBNS): At least 11 Rohingya refugees have died after a boat carrying them capsized near the Bangladeshi coast on Monday morning, local Dhaka Tribune reported.

UN refugee agency ramps up response as Libya’s humanitarian crisis deepens

New York, May 23(Just Earth News): Conflict, insecurity, political instability and a collapsing economy have contributed to the deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Libya, prompting the United Nations refugee agency to announce plans to step-up its presence and programmes there.