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Sudan’s Darfur region, the Horn of Africa, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. What's one thing these countries and regions have in common?
Combined, they just received USD $70 million from our CERF fund, which is one of the fastest and most effective ways to support rapid humanitarian response. 
Since 2006, CERF has provided more than $4.1 billion to support humanitarian operations in 95 countries and territories. It's a lifeline for millions of people. More here: http://ow.ly/QwKGM
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Zubeir has just received one of life's most important necessities: Water.

Every day, 3 trucks, carrying 3,000 liters each, serve a few distribution points in Musaik, a neighbourhood of Sana'a in #Yemen .  
People like Zubeir rely on this water, because most water pumps are not able to function due to the restrictions on commercial imports and the lack of fuel. 

Find out more about the situation on the ground in Yemen, from UN humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien's latest statement to the Security Council: http://ow.ly/QfGPh 

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An international medical organization has voiced concern about the humanitarian situation in Yemen, saying the Saudi blockade of the impoverished state is killing as many civilians as the country’s Saudi-led war is doing.

Joanne Liu, the president of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) or Doctors Without Borders, made the remarks in a telephone interview with AFP from Yemen's capital city of Sana’a on Thursday.

Liu said the Saudi-imposed restrictions on the delivery of aid to Yemen is "killing as (many people as) the current conflict,” stressing the need for “ways to get supplies to come in, in a safe way, and people can get their medicine and not die" of easily treatable diseases.

Last week, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) also expressed concerns over the plight of civilians in Yemen as Saudi Arabia continues it deadly air raids against the war-wracked country.

On March 26, Saudi Arabia began its military aggression against Yemen – without a UN mandate – in a bid to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement and to restore power to the fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, who is a close ally of Riyadh. The Al Saud regime also imposed an aerial and naval blockade on neighboring Yemen.

The country is also the scene of clashes between the Yemeni army and popular committees on the one side and Saudi-backed militants on the other.

Tarik Jasarevic, a spokesman for the World Health Organization, said recently that 1,859 civilians were among the total of 3,984 people killed in Yemen until July 19. Local Yemeni sources, however, put the fatality figure at much higher.

 

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http://www.almasdarnews.com/article/saudi-blockade-of-yemen-killing-as-many-civilians-as-war-humanitarian-chief/
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Today, 9 July, the world's youngest nation, #SouthSudan , marks its 4th anniversary since independence. But it's a bittersweet birthday.
For the past year and a half, conflict has wracked the lives of hundreds of thousands of families: today, over 1.6 million South Sudanese are internally displaced, more than 600,000 people fled across borders to neighboring countries and 4.6 million people face severe food insecurity.
Aid groups continue to provide assistance to those who need it most, to those who want nothing more than peace and a chance at a stable future.
Here are 7 things you need to know about the ongoing conflict and the humanitarian response: http://ow.ly/PoxZN
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“I come here every few days with my family and my neighbours to fill jerry cans with water. The school closed shortly after the bombings started three months ago and I don't have much else to do,” says Haroon Huraibi (center with hose), a fifth grader from Sana’a. “Filling all the jerry cans usually takes three hours. The days we do not come here, I play volleyball with my friends, but there isn't much else to do.” http://ow.ly/PepYS 

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"Iraqis are the victims of some of the most horrible violence anywhere in the world. Women are enslaved and abused. Children are used as human shields and suicide bombers and are crucified. Populations are subjected to mass executions, torture and systematic rape. An estimated 2.3 million people are living in ISIL-controlled areas, subjected to conditions which have been condemned throughout the world."

We spoke to Lise Grande, the Humanitarian Coordinator in #Iraq, to discuss how donors and aid groups can rise to the humanitarian challenge facing the country: http://ow.ly/O5ozW
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This past weekend, our Chief Valerie Amos and +Beyoncé traveled to #Haiti
They visited patients at a pediatric hospital, and met with people who were made homeless by the 2010 earthquake. 

Today we are sharing some photos of their trip.  
Stay tuned for more details!  

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Today we mark one year since attacks on Sinjar District in #Iraq displaced more than 400,000 people from their homes. 
The vast majority of these people, like this grandfather and his orphaned grandsons, are still displaced. 
Over the past year, the UN, partners and the Government have been providing families with shelter, food, health care, and support to attend school. But a lack of funding is forcing some of these services to be scaled down or cut. We are counting on our donors to step up and support! 

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Since October of last year, 7 months of steady rain showered the Loreto region of #Peru ,  home to 1 million people. 
By April, more than 13,000 people had lost everything and about 163,000 were unable to work, as their sources of income were severely affected by the floods. Here's how aid groups are pulling together to help: 
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It's been more than two months since a major earthquake hit #Nepal ,  and 2.8 million people continue to require life-saving assistance. As part of the recovery effort, humanitarian agencies are providing cash to the affected families through local shop keepers. Here's why this is a win-win situation: http://ow.ly/Pm6pk
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Today in Geneva, #Kuwait  honored financial pledges made during the pledging conference for the Syria crisis earlier in the year in Kuwait.
UN and international organizations received checks for more than US$200 million combined. These funds will help aid workers on the ground address the urgent needs of 12.2 million people in Syria and 4 million refugees in neighboring countries as well as host communities.
We celebrate the generosity of Kuwait - thank you!
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“Everything was destroyed and looted. I really don't have the courage yet to go back,” Aishatou tells our colleague.

Before life got dangerous, she used to have a small tailor shop in Bangui, Central African Republic. Now over the border in Cameroon at Gado refugee camp, she passes on her skills to young girls, many of whom don't have access to an education.

People like Aishatou are empowering the next generation of girls to take their future into their own hands. #CARCrisis  
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Today we celebrate World Telecommunication and Information Society Day!

When a deadly earthquake hit Nepal a few weeks ago, many people's instinct was to grab their phone to call loved ones. 
In the middle of a crisis, access to a mobile phone can be a lifeline to get help. In Nepal, Ncell provided free text messages to all its subscribers. 
OCHA works together with the global mobile association, GSMA, to make sure that people affected by a crisis can have access to critical mobile services. Find out more about the Humanitarian Connectivity Charter we helped launch earlier this year: http://ow.ly/N38DD

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Introduction
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs mobilizes and coordinates effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors.

OCHA is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.

OCHA delivers its mandate through different mechanisms including the coordination of emergency relief and the organization and monitoring of humanitarian funding. Other areas of work include policy development, information management and advocacy.