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01 Dec 2009 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 1 December 2009 (IRIN) - In all the talk about adapting to climate change, "scant attention" is being paid to "the dangers of ...

01 Dec 2009 description
report AlertNet

Written by: Frank Nyakairu

NAIROBI (AlertNet) - Half a million people have fled war in Somalia this year, with hundreds dying on a perilous crossing across the Gulf of Eden to Yemen, the UN refugee agency has said.

The numbers of refugees this year are the highest since the fighting in the country resumed two years ago, according to the UNHCR, while much of the country's population needs humanitarian assistance.

"This year we have seen more than half of Somalia's population in need of humanitarian aid, and more and more people have increasingly been willing to take …

01 Dec 2009 description

Three actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and none improved in November 2009, according to the new issue of the International Crisis Group's monthly bulletin CrisisWatch, released today.

In Yemen, ongoing fighting in the northern Saada region between the government and Houthi-led rebels spilled across the country's border when the rebels launched an incursion into the Jebel Dukhan area of neighbouring Saudi Arabia on 3 November.

30 Nov 2009 description


The 2010 Humanitarian Appeal addresses twelve major humanitarian crises around the world. It presents a strategic, concerted action plan for each crisis, bringing together hundreds of aid organizations working together to deliver vital aid effectively and efficiently. It requires donors also to act together to ensure that these joint efforts receive the urgent funding needed to save lives, prevent irrecoverable harm, maintain dignity and restore self-reliance.

30 Nov 2009 description

(Geneva: 30 November 2009): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for $7.1 billion to provide urgent humanitarian aid to 48 million people in 25 countries worldwide.

"Our aim is to help people survive the coming year, and start working their way out of vulnerability towards the dignity, safety and self-sufficiency to which every human being has a right" the Secretary-General said in the foreword to the Appeal.

The Humanitarian Appeal 2010 is the biggest Appeal ever launched since the creation of the Consolidated Appeal Process (CAP) in 1991.

30 Nov 2009 description
  • Soldiers line streets to stop separatist festival

    - Rebels report new Saudi air raids in north

    ADEN, Yemen, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Yemeni security forces spread out across the southern port city of Aden on Monday, clamping down on any display of secessionist sentiment on the anniversary of the south's independence from Britain.

    Residents said hundreds of soldiers lined the streets of Aden, where southern activists had been planning a festival to commemorate the day the last British soldier departed in 1967.

    In the run-up to the anniversary several clashes erupted between …

30 Nov 2009 description

Press release No.: IFAD/61/09

With one week left before Copenhagen, IFAD reminds you of the ways smallholder farmers are coping with climate change

Rome, 30 November 2009 - The 500 million smallholder farms that feed one-third of humanity are facing the impact of climate change. Severe weather is already ravaging their crops, washing away their harvests and killing their livestock.

30 Nov 2009 description

2010 Portfolio Highlights

27 countries, territories, missions

This 13th edition of the annual Portfolio of Mine Action Projects features overviews and project outlines for 27 countries, territories or missions affected by landmines and explosive remnants of war.

277 projects

There are 277 projects in the 2010 portfolio. Africa accounts for the largest number: 103.

95 appealing agencies; one in five projects from national NGOs

The 2010 portfolio continues to receive a high level of participation by an array of appealing agencies, including national authorities, …

30 Nov 2009 description
report IRIN

KHARAZ, 30 November 2009 (IRIN) - The rising number of minors fleeing the Horn of Africa is becoming a challenge for the UN and aid organizations, as the number of new arrivals in Yemen reached record highs this year.

Some of their parents died either while fleeing to Yemen or upon arrival; others were orphaned in their home countries and migrated in the hope of finding better opportunities in Yemen, but the vast majority hope to be smuggled to Saudi Arabia or other wealthy Gulf states to find work …

30 Nov 2009 description


Global CAP Launch

United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Mr. John Holmes, launched the annual Consolidated Appeal 2010 in Geneva on 30 November 2009. The 2010 Appeals' combined requirement of US$7.1 billion aim at delivering vital aid to 48 million persons across 25 countries around the world in twelve major humanitarian crises(1).

29 Nov 2009 description
  • Saudi forces control peak near Yemen border - minister

    - Forces 'destroying all infiltrators"

    MECCA, Saudi Arabia, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia said on Saturday it had taken control of a strategic mountain on the Saudi side of the border with Yemen, clearing the area of Yemeni Shi'ite rebels.

    "The (Saudi) forces have taken control of Jabal (Mount) al-Dood ...

26 Nov 2009 description

As the conflict in northern Yemen grows in intensity, civilians continue to pay the price. Many have had to flee their homes while many more are trapped in areas rocked by violence. Despite difficult security conditions, the ICRC is maintaining its aid effort.

People living in Sa'ada governorate along the border with Saudi Arabia, west of the Sa'ada city, have been hit particularly hard by fierce fighting.

26 Nov 2009 description
report UN Children's Fund

SANAA/AMMAN, 26 November 2009 - UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Sigrid Kaag has just concluded a three-day mission to Yemen where she visited al Mazraq camp for displaced persons and discussed with senior Yemeni officials ways to step up humanitarian assistance.

"On the eve of Eid Al Idha, one of the most important religious holidays in the Muslim world, children in northern Yemen have little to celebrate," Kaag said.

25 Nov 2009 description

Women in Yemen face systemic discrimination and endemic violence with devastating consequences for their lives, Amnesty International said in a campaign report on Wednesday.

Their rights are routinely violated because Yemeni laws as well as tribal and customary practices treat them as second class citizens.

Women are not free to marry who they want and some are forced to marry when they are children, sometimes as young as eight.

The practice was highlighted last Friday, 20 November, by the UN Committee against Torture, which expressed its concern at the "legality" of …

25 Nov 2009 description

According to an agreement with the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA), the United Nations would be able to conduct surprise visits to SPLA camps in Sudan to verify the presence of child soldiers, said Radhika Coomaraswamy, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, who added that such dialogue might begin for similar action plans with other participants in the Darfur peace process.

Addressing correspondents at a Headquarters press conference this afternoon, Ms.

25 Nov 2009 description

By Raissa Kasolowsky

DUBAI, Nov 25 (Reuters) - Multiplying security and economic pressures are deepening instability in Yemen, raising fears for a strategically vital neighbourhood that includes oil superpower Saudi Arabia and one of the world's busiest shipping lanes.

A Muslim Shi'ite revolt, southern secessionism and al Qaeda attacks have combined with water shortages, a humanitarian crisis, worsening poverty and falling oil income to stir powerful currents of turbulence in the poor Arabian country.

Concern has also focused on the proximity of failed Horn of Africa state …

25 Nov 2009 description

SANAA, Nov 25 (Reuters) - Five Yemenis died when security forces clashed with southern separatists on Wednesday, as southerners began more protests against a government already facing a revolt in the north that has drawn in Saudi Arabia.

Witnesses said security forces tried to break up a demonstration by around 1,000 southerners in the city of Ataq in Shabwa province after a rally in favour of the former south Yemeni state that united with Sanaa in 1990.

They said three protesters and two members of security forces died when shooting broke out, while 10 protesters were wounded.