South Sudan: Floods, disease and death in Bentiu
29 August, 2014
The sight of people wading in knee-deep water between dilapidated and flooded shelters in has become increasingly common as the rainy season peaks.
With the flooding, already squalid living conditions for the over 46,000 people seeking shelter at the UN base in Bentiu in South Sudan’s...
Somalia: Aid groups investigate polio outbreak
12 August, 2014
UN agencies in Somalia have combined forces to visit a remote district of Puntland in north-east Somalia where four people have contracted polio this year. The victims – a young father who died and three children who were paralysed – all live in Jariban district, a long drive...
Somalia: OCHA founded radio station turns words into action
17 July, 2014
Hearing her voice on the radio, Farhia Hersi was overjoyed. She remembered speaking to a reporter about water shortages in Ceel Waq in southern Somalia’s Gedo region, but never imagined anything would come of it.
Here she was on the radio, appealing to listeners on behalf of her...
Humanitarian Data: OCHA launches ground-breaking data exchange platform
15 July, 2014
It is a universal consensus that data saves lives. Data provides the humanitarian community with short and long term solutions to provide vulnerable communities with the help they need, when they need it.
Collecting and managing data, particularly in the onset of a humanitarian crisis,...
South Sudan: Food and healthcare urgently needed to save thousands of lives in Leer County
7 July, 2014
On a hot afternoon in Leer town, Unity State, thousands of people are waiting in a vast field. Suddenly, a plane appears on the horizon. As food rations drop from the sky, excitement spreads among the crowd. Local volunteers and aid workers do their best to keep order making sure the...