Aid worker diary: “My generation has never experienced a crisis of such scale”
29 January, 2015
Anna, a native of the war-torn city of Donetsk, recently joined OCHA’s team in Kharkov, eastern Ukraine. Anna reflects on her shift from someone affected by the crisis, to someone involved in the humanitarian response.
Update: since this story was written, violence... Read More >>
Ukraine: 10 things you need to know
22 December, 2014
Since hostilities began in April 2014, insecurity and displacement have steadily increased across eastern Ukraine. Ongoing ceasefire violations–punctuated by heavy shelling and armed conflict–have displaced more than 1 million people inside the country and abroad.
Those... Read More >>
Aid worker diary: Learning to respond to cross-border disasters
9 December, 2014
Valijon Ranoev joined OCHA’s Regional Office for Caucasus and Central Asia a few months ago. His job is simple to define, but simply massive to achieve: He is responsible for helping the humanitarian community in the region – local and international NGOs, governments and the... Read More >>
2015 Global appeal: $16.4 billion to help 57 million people in 22 countries
8 December, 2014
The UN and its humanitarian partners have launched an appeal for US$16.4 billion to help at least 57.5 million people affected by crises in 22 countries in 2015.
“Over 80 percent of those we intend to help are in countries mired in conflict where brutality and violence have had a... Read More >>
Kazakhstan: Preparing for a crisis under the Almaty sun
24 July, 2014
Experienced rescuers from a number of former Soviet Union countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan – came together in Almaty in June to take part in a four-day training on the On-Site Operations Coordination Centre (OSOCC).
Following... Read More >>