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User: newstrust Topic: Darfur Crisis
Category: Aid
Last updated: Dec 24 2018 04:51 IST RSS 2.0
 
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The collapse of the U.S.-led world order has done more harm than we realize 16.4.2018 Washington Post: Op-Eds
In multiple miserable corners of the world, where U.S. envoys and aid would normally be, there is a void.
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Caught in Congo’s tides of war: 40,000 have crossed a lake seeking refuge 7.4.2018 Washington Post
Nearly 400,000 people have been displaced by renewed violence, according to the United Nations. More than 40,000 have crossed Lake Albert in rickety boats to Uganda, where they have been resettled in an ever-expanding refu­gee camp.
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Pope, after Gaza violence, says ‘defenceless’ being killed in Holy Land 1.4.2018 Hindu: International
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Federica Mogherini, the European Union's foreign policy chief, and other leaders have called for an independent investigation into the bloodshed.
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They aim to help people in distress, but each year scores of aid workers are killed on the job worldwide 12.3.2018 LA Times: Commentary

The recent killings of three humanitarian aid workers in Nigeria by suspected Boko Haram militants have sent shock waves throughout the humanitarian aid community and illuminated the increasingly precarious landscape such personnel must navigate to help people in areas of conflict and instability.

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Tillerson cancels day's events in Africa due to illness 10.3.2018 AP Politics
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has canceled a day of events in Kenya due to illness....
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Famine again a threat in South Sudan, new report says 26.2.2018 Hindu: International
A new report by the United Nations and South Sudan’s government says more than six million people are at threat without aid, up about 40 % from a year ago.
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US after supporting South Sudan’s leader calls him ‘unfit’ 25.1.2018 Washington Post: World
U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley says Washington is giving up on South Sudan President Salva Kiir after investing over $11 billion since the country’s independence in 2011, calling him “an unfit partner” in the pursuit of peace and urging an arms embargo on the conflict-wracked nation.
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A widening budget gap is forcing the U.N. to slash food aid to refugees 2.1.2018 Washington Post: World
Donations to the World Food Program are up, but the need across the globe is growing.
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Somali refugees who fled drought, extremism face ration cuts 23.12.2017 AP Top News
MELKADIDA CAMP, Ethiopia (AP) -- Some walked for days to escape the threat of Africa's deadliest Islamic extremist group and the desperation of drought. But the problems for more than 200,000 Somali refugees are far from over....
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Somali refugees who fled drought, extremism face ration cuts 23.12.2017 Washington Post: World
Some walked for days to escape the threat of Africa’s deadliest Islamic extremist group and the desperation of drought. But the problems for more than 200,000 Somali refugees are far from over.
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Civil war is pushing South Sudan closer to starvation 21.12.2017 AP Top News
JIECH, South Sudan (AP) -- Writhing in agony on the dirt floor of his hut, Bob Wol traced the recent gunshot wounds on his thigh and back with his fingers....
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UN Security Council warns on South Sudan peace efforts 15.12.2017 Washington Post: World
The U.N. Security Council warned Thursday of “costs or consequences” for South Sudan’s government and opposition if they undermine upcoming efforts to achieve a cease-fire and implement a 2015 peace agreement.
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UN says 1.25 million South Sudanese are 1 step from famine 8.12.2017 Hindu: International
There were high hopes that South Sudan would have peace and stability after its independence from neighboring Sudan in 2011.
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UN says 1.25 million South Sudanese are 1 step from famine 8.12.2017 Washington Post: World
Over 1.2 million people in war-torn South Sudan are one step away from famine — twice as many as at the same time last year — and in early 2018 half the country’s population will be reliant on emergency food aid, the U.N. humanitarian chief said Thursday.
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UN voices alarm about spread of HIV in Egypt 4.12.2017 AP Top News
CAIRO (AP) -- The U.N. is voicing alarm over the spread of HIV in Egypt, where the number of new cases is growing by up to 40 percent a year, and where efforts to combat the epidemic are hampered by social stigma and a lack of funding to address the crisis....
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UN seeks record $22.5 billion to help 91 million in need 2.12.2017 Washington Post: World
The United Nations launched a record appeal Friday for $22.5 billion to help 91 million of the 136 million people across the world in need of humanitarian aid as a result of conflicts, natural disasters, epidemics and displacement.
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The U.N. just appealed for more humanitarian funds than ever before. Here’s why. 1.12.2017 Washington Post
The U.N. just appealed for more humanitarian funds than ever before. Here’s why.
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U.S. declares attacks on Burmese Rohingya Muslims ‘ethnic cleansing’ 23.11.2017 Washington Post
U.S. declares attacks on Burmese Rohingya Muslims ‘ethnic cleansing’
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Harvest season provides meagre respite to South Sudan's ongoing hunger crisis 15.11.2017 New Kerala: World News
Harvest season provides meagre respite to South Sudan's ongoing hunger crisis
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U.S. welcomes pledge by South Sudan to allow free access for humanitarian groups 15.11.2017 Washington Post: Politics
U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley had made the demand in a meeting with the South Sudanese president last month.
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