Kenya: Ethnic clashes in the run up to elections
21 January, 2013
Houses set ablaze, women and children killed, a student shot dead on his way to school, thousands fleeing with nothing more than the shirts on their backs - these were the scenes in Kenya’s Tana Delta region in recent weeks as ethnic clashes broke out again. Humanitarian agencies are...
Sudan: Common Humanitarian Fund Keeps kids in school
20 December, 2012
When thousands of Sudanese families returned to White Nile State in Sudan from South Sudan after the two countries separated in 2011, the sudden influx of children quickly overwhelmed schools in the border areas. The OCHA-managed Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) has helped keep children...
Humanitarian Appeal: UN calls for US$ 8.5 billion to help 51 million people in 16 countries
14 December, 2012
The United Nations today called for US$ 8.5 billion for aid agencies to help 51 million people cope with humanitarian emergencies in 2013.
The Consolidated Appeal Process (CAP) for next year, launched in Rome by UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos, World Food Programme (WFP) Executive...
Sudan: Yellow fever shots for millions
7 December, 2012
The Sudanese Government and aid agencies are making progress in their attempts to halt the spread of mosquito-borne yellow fever and immunize 6 million people in Darfur, despite funding and logistical challenges.
More than 700 people contracted the disease and 165 have died in what the...
Interview: OCHA Head of Office in Mogadishu
28 November, 2012
Justin Brady, the head of OCHA’s office in Somalia, moved from Nairobi in Kenya to the Somali capital, Mogadishu, nearly six months ago in May 2012. Since the move, Somalia has seen the establishment of its first formal parliament in twenty years and the economy is improving, but nearly...