Somalia: "The UN has a big role to play" says outgoing Deputy Special Representative
7 May, 2015
After two years in Somalia, Philippe Lazzarini, the UN Deputy Special Representative for Somalia, moves onto his next posting in Beirut, Lebanon. On the eve of his departure from Somalia, we sat down with him to get his insights about the future of a country that is trying to rebuild...
South Sudan: High profile mission to reclaim global attention (PHOTO GALLERY)
9 February, 2015
UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos and Academy Award winning actor and UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation, Forest Whitaker, have visited South Sudan in an effort to refocus global attention on the conflict-riven country.
“We wanted to see for ourselves the day-to-day...
Sudan: Blue Nile farmers ask for their livelihoods back
31 December, 2014
Mohamed Bana fondly remembers life before his home, Blue Nile State, erupted in violence.
“During the harvest season, our village would come to life,” he says. “We used to work hard in the fields and cultivate various crops and vegetables. I used to have a small flock of...
Behind the Lens: In South Kivu, DRC, hope and generosity embodied
19 December, 2014
Years of conflict between armed groups in the densely-wooded province of South Kivu, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, have exposed civilians to extreme levels of violence. Walungu Territory, a province rich in minerals, is no stranger to this violence and displacement. In October 2014...
South Sudan Crisis: One year on [Gallery]
15 December, 2014
Today marks 1 year since conflict broke out in South Sudan. An estimated 1.9 million people have been displaced from their homes, more than half of whom are children. 1.4 million people are displaced inside the country and almost 500,000 have fled to neighbouring countries.