In Darfur, improving lives one phone call at a time
25 August, 2015
“One time, at midnight, I received a call from a woman. She sounded very worried. Torrential rains had destroyed her shelter and the latrines, her food and her belongings. She was desperate. I asked her if any other houses had been destroyed, and she told me there were approximately 150...
Seven things you need to know about the humanitarian response today in South Sudan
8 July, 2015
This 9 July marks the fourth anniversary of South Sudan’s independence. In a challenging context, the humanitarian community takes this opportunity to pay tribute to the people of South Sudan who are at the forefront of grassroots humanitarian action, providing life-saving assistance,...
South Sudan: helping the most vulnerable cope with their specific needs
23 June, 2015
The South Sudan conflict has affected women, men, girls and boys differently. They are exposed to different risks and their needs are specific and diverse. To ensure that the humanitarian operation in South Sudan addresses the needs of different groups, the Humanitarian Country Team committed...
In Sudan, saving the next generation’s education, one classroom at a time
17 June, 2015
In June 2011, children in Sudan’s Geissan locality, Blue Nile State, were eager to return to school after the long summer holidays. For Amel Sadig, 10 years old, this was supposed to be the start of her educational journey.
Becoming educated in poor rural areas of Sudan can be a...
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...