Philippines: Escaping conflict in Zamboanga
4 Oct 2013
When the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex was built in Zamboanga, a cityon the southern Philippines island of Mindanao, its architect could never have imagined it would be used for anything but sports. But in recent weeks, the stadium became a temporary home to more than 70,000 people...
Pacific: Disaster simulation boosts readiness across three countries
3 Oct 2013
OCHA and its humanitarian partners have completed a disaster simulation across Tonga, Samoa and Fiji – the first time that such an exercise has involved multiple countries in the Pacific. The exercise is part of continuing efforts to strengthen community-, country- and regional-level...
Philippines: Satellite imagery pinpoints vulnerability
30 Sep 2013
The UN has used satellite imagery to map the humanitarian fallout of recent violence on the southern Philippines island of Mindanao. Fighting between a faction of the Moro National Liberation Front and Government forces has left an estimated 131,000 people displaced and killed at least 130....
UN General Assembly: 4 things you need to know
23 Sep 2013
Dozens of heads of state along with the UN Secretary-General, Government Ministers, leaders of UN agencies and civil society and other dignitaries are gathering in New York for the 68th Session of the United Nation’s General Assembly. The annual event – a series of meetings...
Lao PDR: Lethal dengue fever outbreak kills 92
16 Sep 2013
Dao* writhes in pain as his worried family waits for doctors in an overcrowded hospital in Vientiane, the capital of Lao PDR. Dao is suffering from dengue, a tropical disease which is spread by the bite of the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
Dao is one of nearly 50,000 people in Lao PDR who have...