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March 4, 2010

KATHMANDU, 4 March 2010 (IRIN) – Efforts to help thousands of families displaced during Nepal’s decade-long armed conflict (1996-2006) to return to their homes or resettle have stalled over government inaction, leaving many unassisted, aid agencies say. (more…)

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By AFP

GENEVA, Sept 1, 2009 (AFP) – At least 50 people were killed and dozens more injured over the week in intense fighting between government troops and rebels in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, the United Nations said Tuesday.

If fighting were to continue at current intensity, Somalia’s humanitarian situation could further deteriorate, said Elisabeth Byrs, spokeswoman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, noting that half of the country’s population already needs aid.

“Some 75 percent of the people in need are concentrated in south and central Somalia, where most of the fighting is taking place, causing loss of life and livelihoods and impeding humanitarian access,” she said. (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 XINHUA

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) — Lack of access has prevented the United Nations from delivering food to 500,000 of its planned 3.3 million beneficiaries in Somalia over the past month, principally in Mogadishu and the south of the battle-scarred country, the UN humanitarian agency reported here on Friday.

    At the same time, the UN World Food Program (WFP) will face critical shortfalls as of October and urgently requires 209,000 metric tons of food worth 208 million U.S. dollars to cover the current aid pipeline until the end of March 2010, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said. (more…)

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By The United Nations Department of Public Information

Representatives of four non-governmental organizations today called on the United Nations to speak out on the situation in northern Sri Lanka and urged the Security Council to take up the matter under the concept of “responsibility to protect”.

Speaking at a Headquarters press conference where they discussed the situation in and around the “no-fire zone” in northern Sri Lanka -– where Government forces are poised to overrun positions held by rebel fighters of the Liberation of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) -– were Joseph Cornelius Donnelly of Caritas Internationalis; Anna Neistat of Human Rights Watch; Robert Templer of the International Crisis Group; and Nimmi Gowrinathan of Operation USA. James Traub of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect was available to answer questions. The press conference was sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Denmark to the United Nations.

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By the United Nations Department of Public Information

While warmly welcoming the announcement by the Government of Sri Lanka of a pause in military operations against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelan (LTTE) to allow civilians to leave the “no-fire zone”, the top United Nations humanitarian official today said that the two-day suspension was not enough.

Updating correspondents at Headquarters on the humanitarian situation in the small pocket of land in Sri Lanka which was the scene of ongoing fighting and where an estimated 100,000 civilians were trapped, John Holmes, Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said the pause had been a valuable first step that hopefully would allow more trapped civilians to leave the conflict area and make it possible to get aid and relief workers into the area. The Secretary-General had called for a humanitarian pause for longer than two days and agreed to by both sides, he added.

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By The United Nations News Service

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the declaration of a two-day ceasefire by the Government of Sri Lanka to allow emergency humanitarian aid to reach thousands of civilians caught up in its conflict with separatist rebel Tamil forces in the north of the country.

The United Nations estimates that approximately 150,000 to 190,000 innocent people are trapped in the conflict zone in the northern Vanni region of the South Asian island nation.

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