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...
Somalia and Yemen: Urgent action needed to prevent worsening crises
2 July, 2014
OCHA’s Operations Director John Ging says that urgent action is needed to prevent worsening crises in Somalia and Yemen.
Ging was speaking at a press briefing in New York, alongside the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Emergency Director Ted Chaiban. The two emergency directors...
South Sudan: More than $1 billion still needed (GALLERY)
13 June, 2014
Theresa Nyerik and her husband have seven children. They live in a small shelter made of plastic sheets stretched over bamboo poles, in a muddy camp inside a UN base in Juba, the capital of South Sudan. The camp sprang up in mid-December, when fighting broke out in Juba and quickly spread...
South Sudan: An education system in crisis
10 June, 2014
More than half a million children have fled their homes in South Sudan since conflict first broke out in December 2013. Most have stopped going to school and aid groups have warned of the long-term consequences of a continued disruption to education.
In Mingkaman, Awerial County, in Lakes...
Somalia: Preventing the repeat of a hunger crisis
22 May, 2014
Somalia is on the brink of a new food crisis, with aid agencies warning that action is needed now. A combination of delayed rains, rising food prices and persistent conflict means that the country’s current, fragile food-security situation is expected to deteriorate in the next two...