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18 Jan 2019 description

Abuja, 18 January 2019 - The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr. Edward Kallon, has expressed grave concern over the interruption of aid delivery to tens of thousands of internally displaced people in Rann, a town in eastern Borno State about 10 kilometers from the border with Cameroon, following a deadly attack by a non-state armed group.

15 Jan 2019 description


Asia-Pacific remains the world's most disaster-prone region and, in 2018, natural disasters once again affected millions of people. During the year the region experienced a number of sudden-onset disasters that prompted international responses, including Tropical Cyclone Gita in Tonga (February), a 7.5 magnitude earthquake in Papua New Guinea (February), Tropical Storm Son Tinh in Lao PDR (August), Cyclone Mangkhut in the Philippines (September) and a 7.4 magnitude earthquake in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province (October).

11 Jan 2019 description

(New York, 11 January 2019) Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock and the Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) David Beasley today announced a US$32 million contribution from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support critical services to enable the scale-up of the life-saving humanitarian response in Yemen.

11 Jan 2019 description

Tripoli, 11 January 2019

I am deeply concerned by the escalation of hostilities in the eastern city of Derna and the consequent further deterioration of the humanitarian situation in parts of the city.

Recent intense fighting has reportedly resulted in substantial civilian casualties in Derna and the deterioration of infrastructure and services and the lack of access of the civilian population to basic needs such as food, water and urgent lifesaving medical care for the wounded remain a very serious concern.

09 Jan 2019 description

Maiduguri, 9 January 2019 – The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr. Edward Kallon, has expressed grave concern following an upsurge in violence in the country’s north-east that has caused tens of thousands of innocent civilians to flee their homes.

07 Jan 2019 description

Bangui, le 7 janvier 2019 – La République centrafricaine continue de traverser une crise humanitaire complexe et profonde. Un Centrafricain sur quatre est soit déplacé interne soit réfugié. Le nombre de personnes ayant besoin d’aide et de protection est passé de 2,5 millions à 2,9 millions, dont 1,9 million ont besoin d’une assistance aiguë et immédiate, soit une augmentation de 16% par rapport à l’année 2018.

07 Jan 2019 description

Bangui, 7 January 2019 – The Central African Republic continues to experience a complex and dire humanitarian crisis. One out of four Central Africans is either internally displaced or a refugee.
The number of people in need of assistance and protection has increased from 2.5 million to 2.9 million, a 16 per cent increase compared to 2018. Of those, 1.9 million require acute and immediate assistance.

07 Jan 2019 description
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I am appalled and outraged by the news of the abduction and killing of an aid worker representing a non-governmental organisation last week in Idleb, in the northwest part of Syria. Aid workers in Syria risk their lives daily to assist millions of people made vulnerable by the conflict. Parties to the conflict have an obligation not only to protect their lives, but also to ensure that they can work unhindered. Such acts of violence put into jeopardy the continuation of a humanitarian operation that is providing a vital lifeline for millions of people in Syria.

06 Jan 2019 description

Bangui, 6 January 2019 – The Humanitarian Coordinator for the Central African Republic, Najat Rochdi, is shocked and saddened by the killing of a humanitarian worker in Batangafo town, Ouham prefecture. On 5 January, the guard of a Non-Governmental Organization was shot-wounded while he was trying to protect the premises of the organisation during a violent break-in. Despite the emergency aid, the guard died of his wounds.

06 Jan 2019 description

Bangui, le 6 janvier 2019 – La Coordonnatrice Humanitaire pour la République centrafricaine, Najat Rochdi, est choquée et attristée par le meurtre d’un travailleur humanitaire dans la ville de Batangafo, préfecture de l’Ouham. Le gardien d’une organisation non-gouvernementale a été blessé par balle le 5 janvier lors qu’il a essayé de protéger la base de l’organisation pendant un cambriolage violent. Malgré le secours d’urgence, le gardien a rendu l’âme suite aux blessures.

03 Jan 2019 description

Mogadishu, 3 January 2019 – The humanitarian situation in Somalia has continued to improve due to good Gu rains (April - July) and sustained humanitarian response. The end of four consecutive seasons of drought in many parts of the country resulted in the best harvests in nearly a decade, positively affecting the food security.

31 Dec 2018 description

January: Pushing for access in Syria

Despite enormous challenges, OCHA and other humanitarian organizations continued to press for access in war-torn Syria, reaching an average of more than 5 million people in need each month in 2018. Syria continued to face protection and access challenges in areas such as Idlib, eastern Ghouta and southern Syria. More than 1.5 million people were newly displaced in 2018 as the crisis entered its eighth year.

27 Dec 2018 description

Trends affecting humanitarian affairs in the occupied Palestinian territory

Today, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) released a summary of data collected during 2018. Further breakdowns and statistics from previous years are available through the links below.

Record numbers of Palestinian deaths and injuries

26 Dec 2018 description


Depuis le début octobre, les provinces frontalières à l’Angola, notamment le Kasaï, Kasaï Central, Kwango, Kongo Central et Lualaba, ont reçu plus de 670 000 congolais refoulés par les autorités angolaises (sources : OCHA, Caritas, évaluation conjointe UNICEF FAO, AIRD/ UNHCR, ALDI, RHA, ECVM et TPO à Kwango).

20 Dec 2018 description

In December, OCHA held it seventh annual Global Humanitarian Policy Forum, which brought together experts from across the humanitarian and development sectors to explore solutions to help us reach those furthest behind in crises.

Here are four takeaways from the forum.

Inclusive development is a must — the tricky part is how

20 Dec 2018 description

An oPt Humanitarian Fund success story

Miassar Zo’orb is a 48-year-old widowed mother who lives with four of her children in Khan Younis. She is the only breadwinner for her family, and her main income comes from humanitarian aid. Her home consists of two bedrooms, one bathroom, a kitchen and a living room, and it is footsteps away from the local waste dump.

17 Dec 2018 description

2019 Humanitarian Response Plan for the occupied Palestinian territory targets rising needs amidst new challenges

Joint Press Release, Ramallah, 17 December 2018

Today, the Minister of Social Development of the State of Palestine, H.E. Dr. Ibrahim Al-Shaer, and the Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Jamie McGoldrick, launched the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for 2019 in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).

16 Dec 2018 description

Today, the Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, Mr. Jamie McGoldrick, expressed concern over the deteriorating security situation in the West Bank. Since 9 December, three Israelis and five Palestinians have been killed across the West Bank in attacks, clashes and arrest operations. Over 400 Palestinians and at least 13 Israelis were injured, and more than 200 Palestinians have reportedly been arrested.

15 Dec 2018 description

MEDIA ADVISORY – For immediate release

WHO: Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General (USG) for Humanitarian Affairs & Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC)

WHAT: Participation in Doha Forum and National Rescuer’s Day in Moscow

WHEN: 15-18 December 2018

WHERE: Doha and Moscow

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock will travel from 15-18 December to the State of Qatar and the Russian Federation.