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By: Harriet Sherwood

April 11, 2011

Tens of thousands of children trapped in intense fighting in Misrata are in serious danger amid concern over a humanitarian crisis in the only city in western Libya not under the control of Muammar Gaddafi.

At least 20 children, mostly under the age of 10, have been killed in the besieged city in the past month, according to Unicef, the UN children’s agency. Many more have been injured by gunfire or shrapnel from mortars and tank shells. (more…)

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31 May 2010 11:33:00 GMT

Written by: ECHO. By Malini Morzaria

I was last in Sri Lanka’s capital city, Colombo, almost a year after India’s Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had been assassinated by a suspected Tamil Tiger suicide bomber. 1992 was still a fraught year in Sri Lanka’s civil war.

On-going hostilities between the government and the rebels in the north, thousands killed and displaced by the conflict, a naval commander killed by suicide bombers and senior army officials killed in a land mine explosion. (more…)

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NEW DELHI (AlertNet) – As Sri Lanka marks the first anniversary of the end of the war, shortages of food and water and outbreaks of disease are plaguing tens of thousands of war-displaced who are still living in camps, aid workers say. (more…)

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Kathmandu, Nepal, 7 May 2010 – The humanitarian community calls on all parties to allow humanitarian work to continue unobstructed. For the past seven days the indefinite strike called by the UCPN-M has brought operations in all parts of the country virtually to a halt, including humanitarian operations. The UN and its humanitarian partners are deeply concerned about the prolonged general strike and its humanitarian impact on some of the most vulnerable communities in the country. The crisis has already directly affected food assistance and emergency seed distribution, and has hampered access to emergency medical services. (more…)

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INQUIRER.net First Posted 13:16:00 05/06/2010

MANILA, Philippines—The negotiating panels of the government of the Philippines (GRP) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have agreed on the rules that would govern the conduct of the civilians in the International Monitoring Team (IMT), as well as those on clearing land mines in Mindanao. (more…)

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By IRIN

BAIDOA, 12 August 2009 (IRIN) – Isack Abdinor Satar, 80, remembers a green and lush Baidoa, in south-western Somalia, with waterfalls in areas that are now the town’s suburbs.

Over the years, population pressure, drought and changing weather patterns have caused most of these waterfalls and springs to dry up, totally changing the town’s vegetation cover and ushering in perennial water shortages.

“In my youth, water was really available any time, anywhere in town,” Satar said. “Water flowed in different directions from various sources but all these have now dried up. I think drought has seriously affected all water sources in Bay region.” (more…)

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By REUTERS

NAIROBI, June 5 (Reuters) – The United Nations said on Friday that 96,000 Somalis had fled their homes during a month of battles between Islamist rebels and the government in Mogadishu.

They have swelled the more than 1 million internal refugees in Somalia, which aid agencies say has one of the world’s worst — and most neglected — humanitarian crises.

A two-year insurgency, the latest manifestation of 19 years of conflict in the Horn of Africa nation, has killed around 18,000 civilians, and unknown numbers of fighters. (more…)

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