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Secretary-General, marking World Humanitarian Day, honours aid workers, pledges commitment to end impunity for attacks on staff and offices

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Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s remarks at the event marking World Humanitarian Day, in New York today:

Eleven years ago today, a massive truck bomb tore through United Nations headquarters in Baghdad. The blast killed 22 people, including Special Representative Sergio Vieira de Mello. The Canal Hotel attack violated every principle of humanity and solidarity on which this Organization is founded.

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The way to mark World Humanitarian Day in South Sudan is to work for peace

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The international community must show the same dedication as the local men and women who are the heroes of our operation

The past eight months have been a dark time for South Sudan, and for the aid organisations working here. Since December 2013, 13 of our colleagues – most of them South Sudanese - have lost their lives, caught up in the violent conflict that has swept the country. Six of them were killed only two weeks ago, in Maban county in the north of the country; singled out and attacked based on their ethnicity.

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Passionate to Save Lives: Conversations with CARE Humanitarians

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This World Humanitarian Day, CARE Canada is calling on governments and international actors to show a renewed commitment to the protection of humanitarian aid workers everywhere.

“With the recent Ebola outbreak, the ongoing crises in Gaza, South Sudan, Syria, Ukraine and so many other places, humanitarians continue to provide crucial life-saving assistance amidst extremely challenging, sometimes dangerous, circumstances,” said Gillian Barth, president and CEO of CARE Canada.

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Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan: Attacks Against Aid Workers 2013 -2014, 19 August 2014

Attacks against humanitarian workers are on the rise in the Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan, Pakistan and South Sudan. For the period 2013-2014, 298 incidents were recorded against humanitarian workers, in which 286 were killed, 441 wounded and 402 kidnapped. The overwhelming majority of victims are national staff, with Non-Governmental Organizations the most affected.

Over the last decade, there has been a steady increase in the number of attacks, with 2013 witnessing the highest number of incidents

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 13 - 19 August

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Hausse des niveaux de dangers pour les travailleurs humanitaires: de plus en plus de tués, enlevés ou blessés

La première moitié de l’année 2014 a enregistré des vagues d’attaques et d’assassinats de travailleurs humanitaires, notamment dans la bande de Gaza et au Soudan du Sud. 2013 détient le nouveau record de violence contre les groupes humanitaires avec 460 travailleurs humanitaires victimes d’attaques, dont 155 tués.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Aid Worker Security Report 2014

Five countries - Syria, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Sudan - accounted for three quarters of attacks in 2013.

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Message on world humanitarian day [EN/AR/SOM]

19 August 2014

On World Humanitarian Day, we renew our commitment to life-saving relief efforts --and we remember all those who died serving this noble cause.

Last year, more humanitarian workers were kidnapped, seriously injured or killed than ever before. This is an outrage.

In recent weeks, dozens of humanitarians -- including members of the UN family --have lost their lives in South Sudan and Gaza. Too many people have died or suffered from deliberate attacks.

Humanitarian workers and their families are hit hardest by these crimes.

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Les travailleurs humanitaires sont devenus des cibles

08/17/2014 04:46 GMT

Par Carole LANDRY

NATIONS UNIES, 17 août 2014 (AFP) - Les travailleurs humanitaires qui tentent de secourir les victimes de conflits sont eux-mêmes de plus en plus souvent la cible d'attaques, une tendance qui inquiète les organisations non gouvernementales.

Du Soudan du Sud, où des milices ont tué six humanitaires en août dont trois dans une embuscade, à Gaza, où 11 employés de l'ONU ont perdu la vie dans le bombardement de refuges qui abritaient des Palestiniens, ils vivent dangereusement.

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Aid workers saving lives while fearing for their own

08/17/2014 01:58 GMT

by Carole LANDRY

UNITED NATIONS, August 17, 2014 (AFP) - Aid workers rushing to save lives worldwide are increasingly becoming targets for attack, in a worrying development for NGOs trying to ease suffering in hostile war zones.

From South Sudan, where roaming militias killed six aid workers this month -- three of them in an ambush -- to Gaza, where 11 UN staff were killed in attacks on UN-run shelters, relief workers are living dangerously.

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IOM South Sudan Situation Report 32 (30 July – 13 August 2014)

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Over 1.1 million people remain internally displaced across the country and just over 434,000 people have fled the violence to neighbouring countries (Uganda 121,600, Kenya 42,700, Ethiopia 185,000 and Sudan 90,300). There are currently over 95,000 internally dis-placed persons (IDPs) sheltering in nine UN bases across South Sudan.

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South Sudan Heads towards Famine Amid ‘Descent into Lawlessness’

JUBA, South Sudan , Aug 14 2014 (IPS) - Another deadline has passed. But instead of bringing about peace, the leaders of South Sudan’s warring parties have allowed the country to continue its slide toward famine.

Sunday was the deadline for the delegations of President Salva Kiir and his former deputy turned rebel leader Riek Machar to present a final proposal for a unified transitional government that would end eight months of conflict.

Instead, the weekend brought more fighting.

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UNICEF South Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report #35, 6 – 12 August 2014

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 The living situation for families displaced to Bentiu Protection of Civilian (PoC) sites (pictured above) continues to deteriorate due to heavy rains and flooding. The conditions have slowed many humanitarian efforts in the sites. Progress in draining the site remains slow as the PoC is situated on low, flat land.

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Humanitarians at risk: South Sudanese youth leader rescues children from harm

This post is part of our 'Humanitarians at risk' series, dedicated to World Humanitarian Day which will take place on 19 of August. The series features testimonies of humanitarians around the world who risk their lives daily, while saving those of others. World Humanitarian Day is our opportunity to recognise the personal sacrifice made by humanitarian professionals and pay tribute to those who were injured or killed while doing their job.

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South Sudan: innocence suffers in conflict

(Maban, South Sudan) August 13, 2014 — Alvar and I, the two new Jesuit members of the Jesuit Refugee Service team here, arrived in Maban (Upper Nile state) almost a month ago. More than 127,000 refugees from Sudan came here in late 2011 — early 2012, and are living in four very large camps in a precarious situation.

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Food security alarm for east, central Africa

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NAIROBI, 13 August 2014 (IRIN) - Some 20 million people are facing acute food insecurity in eastern and central Africa, with most of them being at “crisis” and “emergency” levels, according to aid agencies. This figure compares unfavorably with 15.8 million people in July 2013.

The affected countries include Somalia, Uganda, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Central Africa Republic (CAR), Sudan, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Tanzania.

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Global emergency overview snapshot 6 - 12 August

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The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Failure of peace agreement means more people will go hungry in South Sudan

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JUBA, South Sudan—(August 11, 2014)--The South Sudan government and the opposition have failed to reach a peace agreement by the August 10 deadline, which means an already severe man-made food crisis could reach catastrophic levels, warns humanitarian organization CARE.

As part of the ceasefire agreement signed in early May between the government and opposition, both parties agreed to reach a comprehensive peace agreement and to form a transitional government by August 10, but failed to do so.

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Aid Agencies Condemn Attacks on Aid Workers

A group of nine major humanitarian aid organizations condemns the recent killings and attacks on South Sudanese aid workers in Maban County in the Upper Nile State of South Sudan. They call on all parties to the conflict to immediately stop the targeting of aid workers, to respect international humanitarian law and to allow humanitarian agencies access to reach those in need.

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South Sudan - Crisis Fact Sheet #51 Fiscal Year (FY) 2014

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  • Six South Sudanese relief workers killed in Upper Nile State’s Maban County

  • Flooding worsens living conditions in Bentiu town, Unity State

  • U.N. barges departed Mangalla town, Central Equatoria State, on August 6

KEY DEVELOPMENTS