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From our families to yours: may your holidays be filled with peace and serenity. As you share this special time with your loved ones, please spare a thought for the millions who are suffering around the world.
Thank you for your amazing support throughout the year: http://bit.ly/1CBKajQ
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Today, in Geneva, the humanitarian community launched its BIGGEST ever annual appeal for humanitarian funding: $20.1 billion to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance for 87.6 million people in 37 countries next year. Here is a breakdown of the consolidated appeal: http://www.unocha.org/stateofaid/
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Humanitarians are under tremendous pressure to deliver more aid, more effectively than ever before. 
Today, we released a report that proposes 5 ways to ensure that we are fit for the task at hand: http://bit.ly/HEfSDGs
Thoughts? Do you agree?
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"Lebanon is always seen to defy gravity. It is extraordinarily resilient, but it is in no one’s interests to test this resilience further. If we reach a tipping point, Lebanon could also implode."
This week, #Lebanon‬  experienced its deadliest bombing since the civil war ended 25 years ago. At least 43 people were killed and 239 were wounded.
We spoke to the UN's Humanitarian head in Lebanon, Philippe Lazzarini, to get his take on what Lebanon needs to continue defying gravity and resisting the regional cycle of violence: http://ow.ly/UCRHo

Photo: OCHA / D. Palanivelu
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Did you know that 4.73 million people have benefited from our humanitarian pooled funds for the Syria crisis? 
So far 130 life-saving projects, ranging from health to food aid, have been carried out, mostly by local NGOs. Follow the money trail here: http://ow.ly/Ug4rv

Photo: OCHA / J. Guerrero/ ‪Aleppo,  #Syria  
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A powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck the Badakshan Province in #Afghanistan‬  today.
Here's our latest update, including a map showing the effects in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India: http://ow.ly/TQQj3 #Afghanquake  
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Today, nearly 60 million people (1 in every 122 people) have been forced to flee their homes. 
This is not just a stat. These are moms, dads, children - people. 
Every one of them deserves to live in peace and safety. ‪#StatsDay15
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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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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! 

Photo: OCHA/C. Cans 
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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 

Credit: OCHA/ Charlotte Cans
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