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25 Jun 2015
Burundi: OCHA/UNHCR Joint Donor and Partner Briefing: Burundi Crisis and the Regional Humanitarian Scenario for Great Lakes and Horn of Africa, 17 June 2015

OCHA and UNHCR jointly convened a donor and partner briefing on 17 June 2015 to discuss the Burundi crisis, its effects on neighbouring countries, and the Regional Humanitarian Scenario for the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa. OCHA’s Regional Office for Eastern Africa (OCHA-EA) provided a recap of key political and humanitarian developments in Burundi for the past two months, including key findings from a joint rapid humanitarian assessment mission. UNHCR provided an...

16 Jun 2015
South Sudan: EU and UN mobilise fresh humanitarian aid for South Sudan and the region amid worsening crisis

(Geneva, 16 June 2015): Over US$275 million (245 million euro) were pledged today in support of the victims of the deepening humanitarian crisis in South Sudan and the region.

The pledges were made during a high-level conference in Geneva organised by the European Union and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on the humanitarian situation in the world’s youngest country.

"The pledges show that the world has not...

16 Jun 2015
South Sudan: Under-Secretary-General For Humanitarian Affairs And Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien - Opening Remarks to The High-Level Event on The South Sudan Humanitarian crisis and Its Effect on The Region, Geneva, 16 June 2015

As delivered

This is my first opportunity to talk to you about the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan. But it’s the third or fourth time that many of you have attended such an event.

And that is at the heart of this emergency: the failure to end the violence that is fuelling humanitarian needs.

In the past month, the fighting has intensified and there have been completely unacceptable attacks on UN bases where more than 140,000 people are...

01 Jun 2015
United Republic of Tanzania: UN Emergency Fund releases $15 million to support thousands fleeing Burundi

(New York, 1 June 2015) – United Nations humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien is releasing some US$15 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support life-saving relief work for thousands of Burundian refugees in Rwanda and Tanzania.

More than 70,000 people, many of them children, have fled to Burundi’s neighbouring countries since political violence and civil unrest broke out in the capital Bujumbura in April. Some 46,000...

25 May 2015
Burundi: Communiqué: Roundtable on the humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes Region


Roundtable on the humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes Region

Nairobi, 22 May 2015

United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinators or their representatives from 9 countries in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes region (Burundi, Djibouti, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Somalia, Sudan and Tanzania), Regional Directors from humanitarian organizations including from Oxfam,...