Posts Tagged ‘aid workers’

April 6, 2011

The top United Nations relief official today voiced serious concern about the dire humanitarian situation inside the north-western Libyan city of Misrata, where thousands of residents are short of food, water, medicines and other basic supplies after weeks of intense fighting.

Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, called on parties to the fighting in Libya to cease fire so that aid workers can rush supplies to those in need. (more…)

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Source: Reuters – AlertNet
01 Nov 2010 11:45:00 GMT

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, Nov 1 (Reuters) – Two female Afghan aid workers have been killed in volatile southern Helmand province, a spokesman for the provincial governor said on Monday.


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By Amir Shah, Associated Press

KABUL — A gunman attacked a group of German and Afghan aid workers inspecting a high school under renovation in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, killing one person and injuring several others, officials said. (more…)

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By Michael Georgy

OGHI, Pakistan, March 10 (Reuters) – Suspected Islamist militants stormed an office of a U.S.-based Christian aid agency in Pakistan on Wednesday, killing six members of staff in a hail of bullets and a bomb. (more…)

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Deutsche Presse Agentur (DPA)


Colombo (dpa) – Thirteen-year-old Sopika Surendranathan was injured in a December mortar attack during the conflict in northern Sri Lanka but remains in a camp meant for tens of thousands of displaced people.

A lawyer retained on behalf of her family argued successfully before the Supreme Court last week for a medical examination of the girl because she was not getting the required medical attention in the camp.

Sopika’s case is rare, however. Most of the 270,000 people displaced in the final months of the conflict, which ended in May with the government’s defeat of the Tamil separatist rebels, lack the access to lawyers and the money to go to court to fight for their rights. Instead, they go through the rough conditions in the government-run camps. (more…)

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The United Nations agency for children on Wednesday accused Somali militiamen of aggression and hostility against its aid workers in Somalia and said they were putting over 40,000 lives at risk.

In a recent upsurge in violence, Al Shabaab Islamist militia took over of a UNICEF compound in Jowhar—the organisation’s biggest operational hub—north of the capital Mogadishu, in a push to overthrow the federal transition government.

Since the beginning of May, over 200 people have been killed and more that 122,000 displaced by the fierce fighting in Mogadishu. (more…)

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By BBC News

At least 60 civilians have been killed by shells fired in a no-fire zone in Sri Lanka in the past 24 hours, a senior health official there says.

Two health facility compounds in the north-east region were also hit, Dr T Varatharaja told the BBC.

Tens of thousands of civilians are trapped by the fighting between the Sri Lanka military and Tamil Tigers rebels.

The military has denied responsibility for the casualties, and the rebels have not responded.


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