Sudan: The lingering menace of war
17 September, 2014
Before severe fighting broke out between Government forces and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) in April 2013, some 150,000 people lived in the Abu Kershola locality of Sudan’s South Kordofan state.
The fighting saw most people seek refuge in neighbouring...
DRC: Through thick and thin to help people in need
15 September, 2014
In April, 27,000 people were forced to flee their homes due to fighting between Government forces and non-state armed groups in the Shabunda region of South Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). To get the right assistance to people in need, an OCHA-led humanitarian team...
DRC: The untold success story of polio
10 September, 2014
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)—Central Africa’s largest country—has been polio-free since the end of 2011. The last case was recorded in December of that year, when Congolese and World Health Organization (WHO) specialists responded to a small outbreak in Lusangi...
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 the UN base in Bentiu 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...
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...