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Syria’s Yarmuk Refugee Camp Gets U.N. Aid After Two-Week Halt

Agence France-Presse/The Daily Star: Syria’s besieged Yarmuk gets U.N. aid after two-week halt “The U.N. Palestinian refugee agency on Tuesday resumed food distribution in the besieged Yarmuk camp in Damascus after a two-week halt. UNRWA [United Nations Relief and Works Agency] spokesman Chris Gunness said aid workers distributed 465 food…

WFP Airdrops Food Assistance To Remote Areas Of South Sudan

World Food Programme: WFP Airdrops Food In South Sudan The U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) announced in a press release that it “has started a series of urgently needed airdrops of food assistance to remote areas of South Sudan that are unreachable because of insecurity and other obstacles. WFP launched…

U.N. Appeals For Scale Up Of Health Funding In CAR

U.N. News Centre: Central African Republic: U.N. agency appeals for funding to scale up health response “With about half of the health facilities in strife-torn Central African Republic (CAR) having been looted, the United Nations today appealed for immediate additional resources to scale up efforts to meet the country’s significant…

Insecurity Hinders Humanitarian Response In Northern Nigera

IRIN: Humanitarian response gap grows in northern Nigeria “Humanitarian needs are mounting in northern Nigeria, where Boko Haram attacks have displaced 350,000 people since 2013, 290,000 of them internally; the rest are sheltering in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. But the national response is inadequate and the international response minimal due…

UNHCR Increases Aid To CAR Refugees In Cameroon

U.N. News Centre: Cameroon: U.N. steps up measures to address alarming health situation of Central African refugees “The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) and its partners said [Friday] that they are stepping up efforts to help the growing numbers of Central African refugees arriving ill in Cameroon due to hunger…

Pakistan, Afghanistan Partner On Polio Eradication Strategy

The News International: Pakistan, Afghanistan agree on joint anti-polio strategy “Pakistan and Afghanistan on Friday agreed to formulate a joint strategy on polio eradication in the region. … The participants reviewed the current polio situation in the Pak-Afghan border areas and discussed ways to scale up coordination and collaboration on…

U.N., Aid Officials Call For Cross-Border Humanitarian Access In Syria

Reuters: Aid officials call for swift cross-border access in Syria “United Nations and independent aid officials called on Saturday for swift agreement to allow supplies from Turkey into northeastern Syria, a move that would mark a small step towards implementing a U.N. demand for cross-border humanitarian access…” (Evans, 3/15).

Cameroon Struggles To Keep Up With Influx Of CAR Refugees

IRIN: CAR refugees overwhelm Cameroon “Up to 130,000 refugees have fled from the Central African Republic (CAR) to Cameroon, many of them wounded from attacks, dehydrated or traumatized, say local officials and aid workers, who are struggling to cope with the speed of the influx…” (3/12).

Humanitarian Response To Disasters Should Not Exclude Disabled People

“People with impairments suffer disproportionately when a humanitarian disaster strikes. There is a long history of disabled people being excluded from humanitarian crisis responses,” Sue Coe, a development and disability inclusion consultant, writes in SciDev.Net. “Providing access to humanitarian response for disabled people shouldn’t be classified as ‘taking risks.’ It…

Rohingya Deprived Of Medical Care After MSF Is Forced To Halt Operations In Myanmar

New York Times: Ban on Doctors’ Group Imperils Muslim Minority in Myanmar “Nearly 750,000 people, most of them members of a Muslim minority in one of the poorest parts of Myanmar, have been deprived of most medical services since the government banned the operations of Doctors Without Borders [Médecins Sans…