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UN humanitarian agencies reach thousands of South Sudanese cut off for months

28th August 2015 Press Releases

South Sudan, 27 August 2015 – Emergency relief teams from the United Nations have managed to reach more than 27,000 people in a town in South Sudan cut off by insecurity since March where “there were only some fish and a few tomatoes for sale in the market, and almost nobody had the means to buy them.” (more…)

Ban welcomes South Sudanese leader Kiir’s signature of agreement to resolve conflict

28th August 2015 Press Releases

South Sudan, 27 August 2015 – Welcoming President Salva Kiir’s signing of the agreement on the resolution of the conflict in South Sudan, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the move is “a critical and necessary step towards ending the 20 month-long conflict that has devastated [the country] and subjected its people to unspeakable suffering.” (more…)

UNICEF demands that water not be used to achieve ‘military and political gains’ in Syria

27th August 2015 Press Releases

Syria, 26 August 2015 – Amid the unremitting brutality of the war in Syria and a scorching summer heat wave, there is increasing evidence that parties to the conflict are using water to achieve military and political gains, warned the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). (more…)

UN food relief now reaching more than 400,000 flood victims in Myanmar

27th August 2015 Press Releases

Myanmar, 26 August 2015 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is now delivering rice, beans, cooking oil and salt to more than 400,000 people affected by flooding in Myanmar and “reachable only on foot, after floods and landslides destroyed roads across the country,” the agency said today. (more…)

Sierra Leone begins 42-day countdown to be declared free of Ebola virus transmission – UN health agency

27th August 2015 Press Releases

Sierra Leone, 26 August 2015 – Sierra Leone today began its countdown to be declared by the World Health Organization as free of Ebola virus transmission as the West African nation’s President described the release of the last patient treated for the disease at a treatment centre as “the beginning of the end of Ebola.” (more…)