CERF: Providing a lifeline for people in forgotten crises
17 Jan 2014
United Nations Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos has allocated US$95.5 million to sustain emergency aid operations in some of the world’s worst, yet most neglected, humanitarian crises.
This funding from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) is the first of its two-part annual...
Philippines: Zamboanga, a forgotten crisis in the shadow of Haiyan
3 Jan 2014
Today, four months on from an attack by rebels, more than 59,000 people are still displaced in Zamboanga City on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. They are living in the 10 remaining evacuation centres scattered across the port city. They are living in overcrowded conditions and...
Global: “We enter 2014 with multiple, severe humanitarian crises threatening or affecting the lives of millions”
2 Jan 2014
UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos has warned that tens of millions of people have started the new year in need of urgent humanitarian support and that the capacity and resources of the international humanitarian system are stretched “to the limit”.
“We enter 2014 with...
Philippines: Christmas lights brighten city hit hard by Typhoon Haiyan
25 Dec 2013
Christmas carols and lanterns are lighting up Tacloban city in the Philippines. Six weeks after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the city and claimed thousands of lives, residents are starting to feel the spirit of Christmas. The need for a sense of normality...
Philippines: How managing information can save lives
24 Dec 2013
It has been more than six weeks since super Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) roared through the Philippines, killing almost 6,000 people and affecting more than 14 million others. Coordinating a humanitarian response on this scale is no easy task. OCHA has been at the forefront since...