Humanitarian Issues: Tackling environmental emergencies in slums
14 February, 2012
In September 2011, a fuel explosion and fire in the Mukuru-Sinai slums of Nairobi, Kenya, killed more than 100 people and left another 100 with serious burns.
The UN rushed a Rapid Environmental Emergency Assessment team to the scene, comprising experts from a Joint Environmental Unit run...
South Sudan: Don’t let down the world’s newest country, says Amos
3 February, 2012
The UN’s Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC), Valerie Amos, urged the world not to let down its newest independent country, after she visited the centre of a major humanitarian crisis in South Sudan.
Her comments came towards the end of a four-day visit, in which she witnessed the...
Aid Worker Diaries: Aid on the front lines in South Sudan
26 January, 2012
It’s an unbearably hot day in Pibor. Takesure Mugari, at the epicentre of South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis in Jonglei, pauses to catch his breath.
It is his tenth day in Jonglei State and the hours are taking their toll. He doesn’t sleep more than five hours a night, but...
Somalia: Crisis demands the world’s continued attention
20 January, 2012
The UN today urged the world not to lose focus on its largest humanitarian crisis, as millions of people still struggle to survive drought and conflict in Somalia.
Four million Somalis still need assistance six months after famine was declared in parts of the country. More than 1.3 million...
South Sudan: Number of people needing aid doubles
20 January, 2012
The UN confirmed today that more than 120,000 people urgently need aid in South Sudan’s violence-affected Jonglei State - double the amount from just two weeks ago.
“The violence in Jonglei hasn’t stopped,” said Lise Grande, Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan....