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28 Dec 2012 description
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Gros plan sur l'humanitaire en 2012, une année qui a connu son lot de drames et de crises qui ont affectés des populations suite aux conflits armés, aux catastrophes naturelles ou encore au changement climatique.

Le Mali, la République démocratique du Congo, la Somalie, le Soudan et le Soudan du Sud, la Syrie, le Pakistan, l'Afghanistan, le Myanmar ou encore Haïti, sont autant de pays qui ont nécessité un appui humanitaire en 2012.

02 Jul 2012 description
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Since the beginning of the year, more than 240,000 people – over half of them children – have been registered as displaced from Khyber Agency, a tribal area in volatile north-west Pakistan.

Children in particular are at an increased risk for psychological distress, disrupted education, disease and malnutrition.

Gerry Adams reports.

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24 May 2012 description
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Despite intensive efforts to stamp out polio in the three endemic countries, experts report that the number of cases in Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan actually doubled over the past year.

For this reason, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) has announced a shift to "emergency mode" to fight this disease which can cause paralysis in its victims, most of whom are children.

04 Apr 2012 description
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Malgré une légère amélioration du nombre de victimes, ces douze derniers mois ne constituent pas une bonne année pour la lutte contre les mines antipersonnel, dont on célèbre ce mercredi la Journée mondiale. Quatre pays, Israël, la Syrie, la Libye et le Myanmar, y ont eu recours, alors que seul ce dernier pays, l'avait fait en 2010.

26 Jan 2012 description
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Four Asian countries are receiving $35 million from a United Nations emergency fund which supports underfunded or forgotten humanitarian crises.
In total 13 countries, mainly in Africa, will share $104 million from the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund or CERF.

23 Nov 2011 description
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Many of the five million people affected by flash floods that devastated Pakistan this year could remain without help.

The UN’s Relief Agency, OCHA, today said that just 35 per cent of its $357 million appeal has been met by donors.

OCHA says, as a result, the country will continue to face food and shelter shortages and dire water and sanitation conditions, putting thousands at risk.

Although rains have stopped, flood waters remain in parts of the country.

According to Pakistani Government figures, the death toll for the floods is 466 with 756 injured.

18 Nov 2011 description
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Heavy rains in Pakistan that reportedly killed 200 people and rendered nearly 7 million homeless may have stopped, but the woes continue for most.

The displacement of families and the destruction or closure of schools means education has abruptly ended for many students.

But as Beng Poblete-Enriquez reports, UNICEF and other agencies have come up with interim solutions, so that some normalcy returns to Pakistan’s children.

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13 Sep 2011 description
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Five million people in Pakistan have been affected by severe monsoon floods that have destroyed or damaged nearly one million homes, according to the UN Children’s agency (UNICEF).

UNICEF says the floods have been “a double disaster” for children and is calling for more help to reach them before the situation worsens.

Pakistan is still recovering from floods a year ago which left 20 million people homeless.

Kristen Elsby is from UNICEF in Pakistan.

03 Jun 2011 description
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A traditionally self-sufficient ethnic group in Pakistan is now facing difficulties brought on by the devastating floods of July 2010.

The floods submerged 17 million acres of the country’s most fertile land and destroyed thousands of villages in its path.

Some 20 million people were affected. Now the Jam people of Pakistan need support. Gerry Adams reports.

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20 Apr 2011 description
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World food prices are continuing to climb year on year driving more people into poverty that's according to figures released by the World Bank. In Pakistan, the high prices have come at a particularly difficult time, following catastrophic flooding last summer which caused enormous damage to major food producing areas. But now villagers in the hardest hit regions are getting the support to grow the crops they badly need. Daniel Dickinson reports.

02 Apr 2011 description
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Conflict in north-west Pakistan is forcing thousands of people to flee their homes. In the past few weeks, more than 4,000 families have been displaced as a result of fighting between Pakistani troops and militants. Many of those who are displaced end up in temporary camps along the countries border with Afghanistan.

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22 Feb 2011 description

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In rural Pakistan, many parents were reluctant to send their daughters to school because it was seen as going against local culture. But since last year's floods ravaged the country, there seems to be a shift in what those parents are now allowing their daughters to do.

24 Dec 2010 description
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You're listening to United Nations Radio, I'm Daniel Dickinson.

In this special programme, we're taking a look back at 2010, a year when a huge earthquake struck the Caribbean island of Haiti, when millions of people across the world tried to break out of poverty and when the UN mobilized relief and was called on to provide long-term solutions for the planet - for peace, nuclear disarmament, climate change.

The year began in a dramatic and shocking way.

05 Oct 2010 description
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Listen to the NewsThe shortage of space is affecting schooling for children in the flood affected areas of Sindh province in Pakistan, according to the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF.

UNICEF says that 2,800 schools are still serving as temporary shelters for over 660,000 people and 10,000 schools were damaged by the flooding.

However, as UNICEF spokesperson Marixie Mercado explains, this issue is not getting the attention it deserves.

"Right now as children return to school many thousands of children are being accommodated in other already crowded buildings or in temporary …

07 Sep 2010 description
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More than 20 million people have been directly affected by floods from the north to the south of Pakistan, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR).

UNHCR reports fresh flooding in areas of the southern part of the country, particularly in the Sindh province.

The agency points out that as recently as Monday, authorities have been issuing new warnings to villages across the cities and towns of Dadoo to evacuate the area.

A UNHCR's spokesman in Geneva, Babar Baloch, …

31 Aug 2010 description
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UN Humanitarian Coordinator John Holmes is stepping down after more than three years of overseeing the UN's response to crises ranging from the devastating earthquake in Haiti to the current flooding in Pakistan and Niger.

25 Aug 2010 description
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As the flood crisis continues in Pakistan, the United Nations humanitarian agency estimates that 800,000 people in need of assistance across the country are only accessible by air.

The World Food Programme (WFP) says it needs more helicopters in order to deliver humanitarian assistance to flood victims in Pakistan.

The UN food agency says it has commitment for about 30 helicopters which it expects to get in the next week.

WFP spokesperson Emilia Casella points out that forty more …

19 Aug 2010 description
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John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, is leaving after three years of service to the UN. Gerry Adams asked him about his plans for the future.