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By Vibhu Mishra 23 July 2024 Humanitarian Aid UN agencies alongside humanitarian partners in Malawi have launched a Flash Appeal to help millions in the country stricken by drought that has decimated harvests and sent hunger levels soaring. In March, the Government declared a state of emergency in 23 of the southeast African nation’s 28 districts amidst severe El Niño conditions. The current El Niño weather pattern is occurring against the backdrop of recurrent disaster and climate...
“To give you an example, that is equivalent to the entire population of Australia,” UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told journalists attending his daily briefing in New York. He said OCHA “continues to be extremely alarmed by the worsening food situation in the country” and the 26 million figure includes 750,000 people who are “just one step away from famine”. Situation set to worsen In Sudan, rising food prices, access challenges, and the impact of conflict are compounding people’s...
23 July 2024 Human Rights Independent UN human rights experts said in a statement on Tuesday that the recent prison sentencing of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich and Radio Liberty journalist Alsu Kurmasheva send a “threatening message” to all journalists. On Friday, Mr. Gershkovich was handed a 16-year prison sentence on spying charges in a Russian court. The reporter was arrested in Russia in 2023 and has been held there since, despite calls for his release. That...
In a lively interactive dialogue, OHCHR’s Ajith Sunghay had invited the young students to discuss what human rights means to them. In turn, they shared their pain and hopes, sending messages to the world demanding an end to the war so that they could return to their homes safely. “We want to show solidarity with them, support them, work with them and see how we can strengthen our relationship,” he told UN News. “We have known them for many years. We have created this bond and connection.”...
The number of people forced to flee their homes has jumped from 362,000 in early March when violence spiked in the capital Port-au-Prince to over 578,000 in June, a 60 per cent increase in just three months. So, what happens in Haiti when people are displaced and how is the UN responding? The first step of any crisis response is assessing the extent of the displacement and responding to the immediate humanitarian needs of the people forced to flee their homes, often at short notice and...
The Ukrainian city of Kharkiv is being subjected to heavy missile strikes from Russia, resulting in new victims and destruction every day.
Fresh fighting along the frontline in Ukraine has again driven thousands of civilians from their homes and villages near the country’s second largest city, Kharkiv, close to the Russian border.
Fresh air strikes continue in Ukraine, where around 16,000 have been forced to evacuate from villages in the Kharkiv region near the border with Russia, since 10 May, according to the UN aid coordination office (OCHA).
Growing hunger in war-torn Sudan and limited tools to address the world’s largest displacement crisis are urgent concerns as famine looms, the head of the UN emergency relief agency (OCHA) in the beleaguered Africa nation told UN News on Tuesday.
When Mr. Mandela addressed the Assembly in October 1994, he received a hero’s welcome. History was unfolding as he took his place on the dais in the white leather chair reserved for Heads of State and Government. Cheers erupted as he approached the podium. A collective standing ovation rose across the Assembly Hall. Indeed, the previous year, the lawyer and civil rights leader had received the Nobel Peace Prize for his costly battle in ending apartheid, a system of legalised segregation...