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U.N. Issues Record $16.4B Aid Appeal To Address Global Crises In 2015

News outlets report on the release of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs’ (OCHA) 2015 Global Humanitarian Appeal to support people affected by disaster and conflict. Associated Press: U.N.: $16.4 billion needed to aid most vulnerable “…More than 40 percent of the appeal — $7.2 billion — would go…

U.S., Britain Must Alleviate Syrian, Other Refugee Crises

The Guardian: Britain and the U.S. must help mend the Syrian refugee crisis they helped create Simon Jenkins, journalist and author “…Some four million people are living in camps reliant on the U.N.’s World Food Programme, not to mention other camps caused by wars in Sudan, Somalia, and the Central…

Washington Post Highlights Stories Of 5 Ebola Survivors

Washington Post: Surviving Ebola “Recovering from one of the most fearsome infections known to humankind should provide a time of unsurpassed joy. But it doesn’t always work out that way. More than 3,100 Liberians have died of Ebola. But against long odds, some fortunate people have overcome the virus. They…

World Must Do More To Address Hunger

New York Times: Letter to the Editor: Fighting Hunger Abroad William Lambers, author “The world needs to pay attention to the cries of hunger coming from Syria … Today, the public is a powerful force in raising money and awareness about the hunger facing Syria’s war victims. … [W]e are…

WFP Launches Social Media Campaign To Raise Funds For Syrian Refugee Voucher Program

Associated Press: U.N. asks people to give $1 each for Syrian refugees “The World Food Programme launched an unusual campaign Wednesday to raise $1 contributions from 64 million people around the world so it can restore food vouchers to Syrian refugees who won’t be getting any U.N. help in December…”…

Editorials Urge Global Community To Fund Food Aid For Syrian Refugees

The Guardian: The Guardian view on the Syrian crisis: if we can’t tackle the cause, at least we should deal with symptoms Editorial Board “…In a decision intended to ring alarm bells, the United Nations’ World Food Programme has announced that it is suspending food aid in the region because…

U.N. Humanitarian Assistance Head Valerie Amos Steps Down, Ban Announces

Devex: Valerie Amos steps down as U.N. humanitarian aid chief “Valerie Amos, the top United Nations official for humanitarian assistance, is stepping down after four years in charge of overseeing U.N.-led international relief efforts in some of the world’s most troubled nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on Wednesday…” (Santamaria, 11/27).