Comoros: Aid workers arrive as emergency declared
30 April, 2012
OCHA, UNICEF and the World Food Programme have sent emergency support to the Comoros Islands, where the Government has declared a State of Emergency following heavy rains and flash flooding.
The islands, which lie between Madagascar and Mozambique, have been battered by torrential rains...
The HC Interview: South Sudan
30 March, 2012
South Sudan is not only the world’s youngest country, but also one of its poorest and least developed. More than half of its population does not have enough to eat, and over 1 million South Sudanese are severely food insecure.
Since its independence from Sudan in July 2011,...
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...