Risk of full-blown famine in South Sudan: UN

2016-06-29 21:20

Over a third of South Sudanese face starvation as the war-torn nation runs the risk of a full-blown famine, the UN and the government say.

Thousands flee South Sudan fighting

2016-06-29 08:33

More than 40 people have died in days of fighting in a South Sudan town, the government says, with aid agencies warning of dire conditions for over 10 000 people sheltering at a UN base.

Population of hard-to-reach Syrians hits 5 million

2016-06-23 22:32

About five million Syrians now live in besieged or difficult-to-reach areas, nearly a million more than previously estimated, says UN emergency relief co-ordinator Stephan O'Brien.

Syria approves aid to 12 besieged areas: UN

2016-06-03 20:26

Syria has agreed to allow access for ground convoys to deliver aid to 12 besieged areas during the month of June, the UN says.

Syrian government must OK aid deliveries - UN

2016-06-03 16:56

UN officials have all but rejected a call by a group of world powers for the United Nations to act unilaterally to air drop food to besieged Syrians.

UN: Syrian situation 'horrendously critical'

2016-05-26 19:58

Many Syrian civilians will face starvation if Damascus and armed rebel groups do not allow greater access to humanitarian convoys carrying life-saving supplies, the UN envoy to the war-ravaged country says.

Aid to Syria's Daraya refused entry

2016-05-13 06:30

An aid convoy was refused entry to Syria's Daraya dashing hopes for the first such delivery since regime forces began a siege of the rebel-held town in 2012.

MSF condemns attack on Aleppo hospital

2016-04-28 18:17

Doctors Without Borders has condemned an air strike on a hospital it was supporting in the war-torn northern Syrian city of Aleppo.

Aid reaches besieged Syrian towns

2016-04-21 20:57

The UN special envoy has lauded "real but modest" progress in Syria's humanitarian situation despite a stumbling ceasefire as one of the largest international aid convoys made it into a government-besieged opposition stronghold.

Haiti farmers peeved over US peanuts

2016-04-16 12:26

A US plan to donate tons of surplus peanuts to Haiti has set off a debate about whether such food aid helps or hurts the impoverished Caribbean nation deal with chronic hunger.


Besieged Syria towns get first aid since 2012

2016-06-29 17:30

A convoy of food and medicine have entered two besieged Syrian towns near Damascus, the first aid delivered to them since 2012.

Aid convoy enters Damascus suburb

2016-06-27 20:02

The UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross say they are delivering aid for 30 000 people in the besieged rebel-held Damascus suburb of Qudsaya.

Humanitarian air drops - a complex, risky task

2016-06-05 21:23

The UN is set to ask the Syrian government to allow airdrops of humanitarian aid - an operation that military experts say is complex, risky and not always that effective.

UN to ask Syria's OK for aid drops - diplomats

2016-06-03 19:00

The UN is set to present a formal request to the Syrian government to approve airdrops of humanitarian aid to besieged areas where civilians are at risk of starvation, diplomats say.

Change current policies to avert poverty, donors tell Malawi

2016-06-02 14:18

Donors in Malawi have expressed concern over the levels of poverty affecting the populatio,n despite billions of dollars being pumped into the country annually, reports say.

Sudan effectively expels top UN humanitarian official

2016-05-23 21:52

UN says the government of Sudan has effectively expelled a senior UN official in charge of co-ordinating relief efforts.

Donor nations suspend aid to Mozambique over debt scandal

2016-05-05 07:00

Donor nations and institutions that contribute to Mozambique's state budget have suspended their support over revelations of $1.4bn in hidden debt.

Funding crunch threatens S Sudan refugee aid

2016-04-25 20:06

UN agencies have warned that an acute funding shortfall is hampering their work in assisting thousands of South Sudanese refugees who have fled to neighbouring Sudan.

IMF suspends aid to Mozambique

2016-04-19 20:52

The International Monetary Fund has suspended aid to Mozambique after discovering the country had hidden debt of more than $1 billion.

Malawi declares state of emergency over drought

2016-04-13 22:05

Malawi has declared a state of disaster over worsening food shortages caused by a severe drought.

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