Aid worker diary: South Sudanese flock to Kakuma refugee camp
31 January, 2014
Gabriella Waaijman is the Head of OCHA’s Eastern Africa office in Nairobi, Kenya. She travelled last week to the Kakuma refugee camp in north-west Kenya. Hundreds of South Sudanese are arriving there every day, most of them children who have made the journey alone.
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South Sudan: People want peace and reconciliation, says UN Humanitarian Chief
29 January, 2014
UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos wrapped up her three-day mission to South Sudan today highlighting the dire humanitarian situation affecting hundreds of thousands of people in the world’s youngest country.
“People are short of food, living in conditions with poor sanitation...
Somalia: Better days ahead for the homeless of Hargeysa
27 January, 2014
The 2011 drought and famine affected approximately 4 million people across Somalia. As many as 260,000 people died and thousands of people were displaced within the country and across the borders. Istahil Ali Gamadid’s family was of those driven from their homes. Istahil, a mother of...
South Sudan: Delivering aid at the heart of the conflict
24 January, 2014
Takesure Mugari has been working for OCHA in South Sudan for the past three years. Since the outbreak of conflict in mid-December, he has stayed alongside 9,000 people huddled for safety inside a UN peacekeeping base in Bor, in the eastern state of Jonglei.
Fighting has ravaged South Sudan...
Sudan: Keeping communities safe from the legacy of war
15 January, 2014
Nearly ten million square miles of land in East Sudan are hazardous because of the presence or suspected presence of mines and other unexploded ordnance. Progress on mine clearance is slow, but NGOs are educating communities to live and work safely, even around mine fields.