Yemen: Crisis reaches new low, top UN officials tell Security Council

UN humanitarian affairs chief Mark Lowcock, echoing calls for an immediate ceasefire, added that funding for aid operations in Yemen is “frankly on the verge of collapse” with only 18 per cent of the money required for 2020 having been received so far. “Without more funding, we should all expect large increases in hunger, malnutrition, cholera, COVID-19 and, above …

UN agencies warn of more food shortages in war-torn Yemen

U.N. agencies are warning that food shortages will rise sharply in parts of war-torn Yemen in the next six months, mainly because of the overall economic decline and the pandemic that has ripped through the Arab world’s poorest country. They say in a report that the number of people facing high levels of acute food …

Syrian, Russian airstrikes in Idlib amount to war crimes, as do jihadist attacks – UN

Syrian and Russian planes have carried out deadly aerial strikes amounting to war crimes on schools, hospitals and markets in Idlib province, U.N. investigators said on Tuesday in a report that also condemned attacks by jihadist fighters. They said that “indiscriminate bombardment” by pro-government forces, ahead of a March ceasefire brokered with Turkey, claimed hundreds …

Eight children die in less than one week at Syria’s al-Hol camp

Eight children died in al-Hol camp for Islamic State (IS) families in northeast Syria in less than one week. This is far above the normal rate in the camp where people lack basic services and may now be contending with an outbreak of the coronavirus. The children were under 5 years of age and died between …

Yemen coalition likely committed war crimes: Experts

A UN-mandated probe said Wednesday it had “reasonable grounds” to believe that groups involved in Yemen’s bloody six-year conflict have committed human rights atrocities including war crimes. All parties continue to show no regard for international law or the lives, dignity, and rights of people in Yemen, according to the third report of the Group …

WFP chief calls for urgent funds to avert famine

Transcript as delivered of remarks by UN World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley during today’s UN Security Council session on food security and maintaining international peace and stability Madam President, Secretary General, I hope that someday I can appear at the Security Council and give you some good news and this is not …

UN report: Pandemic year marked by spike in world hunger

There was a dramatic worsening of world hunger in 2020, the United Nations said today – much of it likely related to the fallout of COVID-19. While the pandemic’s impact has yet to be fully mapped, a multi-agency report estimates that around a tenth of the global population – up to 811 million people – …

Afghanistan ‘a child protection crisis in a country already one of the worst places on earth to be a child’

“Today in Afghanistan, there are nearly 10 million children in desperate need of humanitarian aid. “Those least responsible for this crisis, are paying the highest price — including the children killed and injured in a series of atrocities in Kabul since last Thursday. “Again, today, I heard of more unsettling reports — of unaccompanied children …

S.Sudan: 100,000+ could go hungry as UN suspends food aid

Over 100,000 people are staring hunger in the face following the suspension of food assistance by the World Food Program (WFP) in South Sudan, the UN agency warned Monday. The WFP said that due to funding shortfall from donors it will start suspending monthly food rations starting in October until next year for 106,000 internally …

Syria not fit for safe, dignified return of refugees: UN report

Syria is not fit for the safe and dignified returns of refugees and this year’s upsurge in fighting and the return to violence are causes for alarm, said the latest report of the UN Syria Commission of Inquiry released Tuesday. “One decade in, the parties to the conflict continue to perpetrate war crimes and crimes …

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