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U.N. Official Says Humanitarian Situation In Syria Deteriorating But Efforts To Reach Those Affected Continue

“Humanitarian agencies are trying to keep up with the rising needs stemming from the ongoing conflict in Syria, the top United Nations relief official said [Tuesday], while noting that limited access is preventing everyone who requires assistance from receiving it,” the U.N. News Centre reports. Speaking to journalists following the Syria Humanitarian…

Coalition Of Aid Groups Warn Of Sequestration’s Effects On Humanitarian Aid In Open Letter

“A coalition of aid groups including CARE, Catholic Relief Services, InterAction, the International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, Refugees International, World Vision, and many others delivered a letter [.pdf] to the White House and Congress Wednesday pointing out that 2013 has already been a year where the resources devoted to humanitarian assistance have…

USAID Pledges $20M In Humanitarian Aid To Somalia

“Signaling the latest step forward in rapidly strengthening U.S.-Somalia relations, the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development spent five hours in Mogadishu on Thursday, the highest ranking U.S. administration official to visit Somalia’s capital in years,” theAssociated Press reports (Guled/Straziuso, 2/21). Rajiv Shah “spent five hours … in the…

USAID Distributing ‘Hygiene Kits’ In Syrian Refugee Camp As Part Of Humanitarian Effort

USAID “is distributing ‘hygiene kits’ at a Syrian refugee camp as part of a $385 million effort to help those affected by the country’s ongoing civil war, according to a statement published on the U.S. Embassy’s website Thursday,” The Hill’s “Blog Briefing Room” reports (Easley, 2/21). According to the IIP Digital article, USAID –…

Humanitarian Groups Warn Of Food Shortages, Lack Of Health Care And Education Services In CAR

“Humanitarian agencies are warning of a looming food crisis in parts of the Central African Republic (CAR), a result of the insecurity that has displaced thousands of people and disrupted cultivation and trade,” IRIN reports. “Food prices are increasing, according to the findings of a recent assessment by [the World Food Programme…

Developing Countries Making Gains In Life Expectancy, Education, Other Markers, Human Development Index Says

The U.N. Development Programme on Thursday in Mexico City launched the Human Development Index 2013, which “combines measures of life expectancy, literacy, school enrollment and gross domestic product (GDP) per capita,” the U.N. News Centre reports. The report (.pdf), titled “The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World,” “emphasizes the unprecedented…