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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 

Photo: OCHA / P. Kropf #Yemen  
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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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“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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Some good news to share. About 140,000 displaced people in northwest #Pakistan  have returned home in the past two months, some after spending several years in host communities and camps. That's 8% of the total number of displaced people.

The returns started in March of this year in South Waziristan, North Waziristan, and Khyber Agencies.

In January, along with the Humanitarian Country Team, we released a plan to support the needs of the displaced population and the returnees.
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It's alarming. Last year, every 3 seconds, a person was forced to flee conflict and violence. That's 30,000 people a day.
The world is failing to protect civilians. http://ow.ly/ME7nA #GO2015  
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Every day, Nigerians fleeing conflict in the north-east continue to arrive at the doorsteps of the capital, Abuja. 
They are hungry, in fear, exhausted and with tales of treacherous journeys through forests. These are some of their incredible stories of survival: http://ow.ly/MxLx3 #Nigeria  
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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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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 and every day, thinking about the millions of families displaced by conflict across the world who wish nothing more than to return home, but cannot. #DayofFamilies  

Photo: OCHA/I. Athanasiadis #Iraq  
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Tubalole, left, a mother of 5, redefines the word generosity.

She has been hosting two displaced families for a year and has just welcomed another three families who have fled the ongoing turmoil in #Burundi
“I don’t have much to respond to their needs, but we will be sharing what I’ll pick from my vegetable field,” she told us. More than 7,000 Burundians have sought refuge into DRC since mid-April. 
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Find out more: http://www.unocha.org/iraq
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United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs - Coordination Saves Lives
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.