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NAIROBI, 31 May 2011 (IRIN) – Hundreds of children younger than five have been wounded in the latest round of fighting in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, accounting for almost half of all trauma cases in May, according to the UN World Health Organization (WHO).

In a press statement issued on 31 May, WHO said recent data showed that the main causes of death among under-fives were burns, chest injuries and internal haemorrhaging caused by blast injuries, shrapnel and bullets.
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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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Reuters

By STEPHANIE NEBEHAY

* Fighting makes aid delivery increasingly difficult

* Over 43,000 cases of acute diarrhoea, including cholera

* WFP feeding 3.5 million in Horn of Africa country

GENEVA, July 21 (Reuters) – Intense fighting is making it increasingly difficult to deliver aid to Somalia, where it is crucial to combat cholera outbreaks and maintain food supplies, U.N. agencies said on Tuesday.

An estimated 223,000 people have fled Mogadishu since May 7, when fighting erupted between government troops and al Shabaab militants who control much of southern Somalia and parts of the capital, the U.N. refugee agency said. (more…)

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By USAID, U.S. Angecy for International Development

Before the Committee on Appropriations
Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
United States Senate

Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee, I appreciate the opportunity to testify before this Committee concerning assistance for civilian victims of war by the U.S. Agency for International Development. Twenty years after the creation of the Patrick Leahy War Victims Fund, we have an important story to tell of changed lives, hopeful livelihoods, and respect for the dignity of women and men who have endured severe physical and emotional trauma.

War and civil strife continue to cause death and destruction around the world. The consequences for civilians are devastating: families lose their breadwinner, and men, women, and children suffer physical injuries that dramatically changed their assumptions about how they will live and provide for themselves and their families. The statistics are alarming:

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By the Advitiser

Wars around the globe have killed three times more people in the second half of the 20th century than previously estimated, a study released yesterday shows.

About 5.4 million deaths were caused by armed conflicts between 1955 and 2003 in 13 nations surveyed, ranging from 7000 in the Democratic Republic of Congo to 3.8 million in Vietnam. (more…)

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