UN directs $250m crisis funding for Yemen and Africa

2016-08-17 13:57

The UN has released $50m from an emergency response fund to help six "severely underfunded and neglected aid operations," including in Yemen, and African nations.

Save the Children probes claim employee recruited by Hamas

2016-08-08 22:21

Save the Children says it is looking into Israeli claims that a Palestinian staff member in Gaza was recruited by Hamas, days after allegations against another international NGO.

MSF: UN must declare Nigeria 'top emergency'

2016-07-28 05:35

Northeastern Nigeria is close to famine with hundreds of thousands trapped without help, and must be declared a "top emergency" by the UN, says medical charity Doctors Without Borders.

Indian PM Modi plays along in Tanzania

2016-07-10 20:30

Visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli have signed five agreements, including one to provide $92m credit to improve water on the island of Zanzibar.

Nepal selling rice donated for quake victims

2016-07-06 20:48

Nepal is selling thousands of tons of rice donated by China and Bangladesh to help earthquake victims, an official has said, despite aid agencies warning that survivors remain at risk of food shortages.

Turkish ship arrives with Gaza aid after Israeli reconcilation deal

2016-07-03 17:24

A Turkish ship carrying aid for Gaza has arrived in Israel, a week after the two countries agreed to restore ties that soured over a deadly raid on an aid flotilla.

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.


Urgent SA appeal for Syrian aid

2016-08-09 17:09

An urgent appeal for South Africans to assist Syrian civilians in Aleppo has been issued by the Gift of the Givers.

Aid dropped by crane reaches 75 000 Syrians on Jordan border

2016-08-04 17:07

Aid agencies say they have delivered a month's worth of food and supplies to more than 75 000 Syrians stuck on Jordan's sealed border, using cranes to lift bags from the Jordanian side over an earthen barrier along the frontier.

Aleppo fears lengthy government siege

2016-07-19 05:00

Civilians in rebel-held parts of Syria's Aleppo have expressed fears of a lengthy government siege, as food supplies dwindled after regime troops seized the only road into the city's east.

UN airlifts food to cut off families in northeast Syria

2016-07-10 15:43

The UN has begun airlifting humanitarian aid to families cut off from supplies in northeastern Syria, the World Food Programme says.

Turkish aid enters Gaza through Israel after pact

2016-07-04 19:02

Trucks of Turkish aid have begun arriving in the Gaza Strip via Israel as part of a reconciliation accord reached between Israel and Turkey last month.

UN warns over malnutrition deaths in Nigeria

2016-07-01 18:55

Nigeria has pledged to do more to tackle food shortages among people made homeless by Boko Haram, as the United Nations warned about 50 000 children could starve to death this year in one state alone.

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.

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