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29 Dec 2016 description

After a year of record humanitarian needs, 2017 looks set to be even more challenging for aid agencies

By Umberto Bacchi

LONDON, Dec 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After a year of record humanitarian needs, 2017 looks set to be even more challenging for aid agencies as they brace for the fallout from protracted conflicts and other escalating crises.

The United Nations estimates almost 93 million people in 33 countries will need humanitarian aid and has appealed for a record $22.2 billion to help them.