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MSF Calls On Global Community To Step Up Cease-Fire Efforts In CAR

“The inability to protect civilians affected by targeted violence is evidence that the international community is failing the Central African Republic [CAR], said humanitarian aid organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today,” development blogger Tom Murphy reports in Humanosphere. “…The organization called on members of the international community, including…

Food Insecurity Widespread In Somalia, U.N. Says

Huffington Post: Somalia Hunger Crisis ‘Very Ominous’ As More Than 850,000 People Face Starvation: U.N. “More than 850,000 people in Somalia are in desperate need of food and are grappling with ‘crisis and emergency conditions,’ the United Nations announced on Tuesday. Though Somalia doesn’t face the famine conditions that claimed…

Women Should Play Leading Role In South Sudan Peace Talks, U.N. Official Says

VOA News: Women Bear Brunt of South Sudan Conflict, U.N. Official Says “The head of the U.N. agency that fights for gender equality and the empowerment of women said Wednesday that women and children have borne the brunt of the conflict in South Sudan, and called for women to play…

Syrian Refugee Women Need More Reproductive, Mental Health Services, Study Says

The Guardian: Female refugees from Syria ‘blighted by gynecological illness and stress’ “Syrian women who have fled to Lebanon are suffering severe stress and health problems including a high rate of preterm births and complications among those who are pregnant, according to a study. … Some of their health problems…

UNAIDS Executive Director Expresses Concern Over Crisis In CAR

Business Day: UNAIDS boss alarmed at looming CAR humanitarian tragedy “Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS executive director, on Wednesday night expressed concern at the looming humanitarian tragedy in the Central African Republic (CAR), characterized by the unprecedented political, social, and security crisis. Sidibé, who was visiting CAR to participate in a joint…

U.N. Orders Syrian Government To Allow Delivery Of Humanitarian Aid

New York Times: U.N. Orders Both Sides in Syria to Allow Humanitarian Aid “In a rare show of unity among world powers, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on Saturday ordering the warring parties in Syria to stop blocking the delivery of humanitarian aid, though without the…

WHO Launches Cholera Vaccination Campaign In South Sudan

Media sources report on the WHO’s launch of a cholera vaccination program in South Sudan. Agence France-Presse: WHO launches anti-cholera drive in conflict-torn S. Sudan “The World Health Organization began a campaign on Saturday to prevent outbreaks of cholera in temporary camps in South Sudan housing thousands of people who…

UNICEF Launches $2.2B Appeal To Aid Children In Crisis Situations

U.N. News Centre: UNICEF launches record $2.2 billion aid appeal to help children in emergencies “The United Nations today launched a $2.2 billion appeal to help nearly 60 million children in crisis situations, the majority of whom are in and around war-torn Syria. The U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) ‘Humanitarian Action…

The Guardian Examines Challenges Of Providing Humanitarian Aid In Syria

The Guardian: Permits, politics and patience: the reality of getting aid into Syria “Humanitarian workers are being frustrated by violence, bureaucracy, and an obstinate government as they try to diminish the impact of the war on civilians…” (Black, 8/12).