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Ethiopia’s UN envoy says Eritrea troops to leave Tigray “soon”

New York City, USReuters Eritrean troops in Ethiopia’s Tigray region are expected to “definitely leave soon”, Ethiopia’s UN envoy said after a top UN official told the Security Council on Tuesday that Eritrea’s soldiers were using starvation as a weapon of war. Outgoing UN aid chief Mark Lowcock told the 15-member council in a private […]

Outgoing UN aid chief slams G7 for failing on vaccine plan

Switzerland Geneva Mark Lowcock

United NationsReuters Outgoing UN aid chief Mark Lowcock slammed the Group of Seven wealthy nations on Monday for failing to come up with a plan to vaccinate the world against COVID-19, describing the G7 pledge to provide one billion doses over the next year as a “small step”. “These sporadic, small-scale, charitable handouts from rich […]

UN readies for more displaced Afghans after troop withdrawal

Greece Afghanistan refugees

United NationsReuters The United Nations is preparing for a likely further displacement of civilians in Afghanistan after US and international troops leave the country in September, UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi told Reuters on Monday. Violence has been rising as foreign forces begin withdrawing and efforts to broker a peace settlement between the Afghan Government […]

UN Security Council, for first time, declares concern about Ethiopia’s Tigray

Ethiopia people fleeing Tigray conflict

New York, USReuters The UN Security Council expressed concern on Thursday about the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, particularly abuse of women and girls, a week after the UN aid chief said sexual violence was being used as a weapon of war. It was the first public statement by the 15-member council, which has […]

Sexual violence being used as weapon of war in Ethiopia’s Tigray, UN says

Ethiopia displaced fleeing Tigray violence

New York City, USReuters Sexual violence is being used as a weapon of war in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, where girls as young as eight are being targeted and some women have reported being gang-raped over several days, UN aid chief Mark Lowcock said on Thursday. He told the UN Security Council that the humanitarian crisis […]

Quick facts: Yemenis “dying every day” as UN makes record appeal

Thomson Reuters Foundation Donor pledges of $US2.6 billion for Yemen fell “a long way” short of $US4.2 billion requested by the United Nations on Tuesday for the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, aid agencies said. Aid agencies, including Save the Children and Oxfam, called for a ceasefire to help them reach more people in need in […]