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WFP to Air Drop Tons of Food to Refugees in South Sudan

Posted August 2nd, 2012 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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The World Food Program says it will soon begin air-dropping food to tens of thousands of refugees who have fled into South Sudan in recent weeks. The U.N. food agency said Thursday the situation has grown dire for more 100,000 people in Upper Nile State, including 35,000 recent arrivals. Most have crossed from Sudan to […]

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US Cuts Military Aid to Rwanda

Posted July 21st, 2012 at 3:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has cut its military aid to Rwanda, citing concerns that the government in Kigali is supporting rebels in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo. The U.S. State Department said Saturday it had evidence that Rwanda is helping Congolese rebel groups, including M23. It said it will withhold $200,000 of aid pledged to help […]

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US: Syria’s Neighbors ‘Generous’ to Refugees

Posted July 19th, 2012 at 5:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. State Department says the growing violence in Syria is driving more civilians to the country’s borders in search of food, water and medical help. Undersecretary of State for Civilian Security Maria Otero said Thursday that Syria’s neighbors — Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey — have been “generous” to the estimated 140,000 people who […]

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AU Troops Recover Relief Food Stolen by Al-Shabab

Posted July 13th, 2012 at 7:25 am (UTC-5)
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African Union troops in central Somalia have recovered more than 500 bags of food aid that were stolen by the insurgent group al-Shabab. The AU says the food, which was meant for drought-stricken Somali families, was instead being used to feed al-Shabab militants at a training camp outside Mogadishu. The African Union Mission in Somalia […]

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AU Troops Recover Relief Food Stolen by Al-Shabab

Posted July 13th, 2012 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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African Union troops in central Somalia have recovered over 500 bags of relief food that had been stolen by the Somali insurgent group al-Shabab. The AU says the food, which was meant to help feed drought-stricken Somali families, was instead being used to feed al-Shabab militants at a training camp outside Mogadishu. The African Union […]

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Funding Crisis Threatens World’s Largest Refugee Camp

Posted July 12th, 2012 at 4:25 am (UTC-5)
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Several international aid groups working in Kenya are warning that a critical funding shortage is threatening tens of thousands of lives at the world’s largest refugee camp. The group of eight aid agencies, including Oxfam and Save the Children, said in a statement that $25 million is needed to continue providing assistance to the 465,000 […]

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One Killed, Four Kidnapped at Kenyan Refugee Camp

Posted June 29th, 2012 at 10:15 am (UTC-5)
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Kenyan police say one person was killed and four foreign aid workers were kidnapped Friday in the sprawling Dadaab refugee complex, near the border with Somalia. Dadaab District Commissioner Albert Kimathi tells VOA the incident happened in the Ifo 2 camp, in the compound of an aid group, the Norwegian Refugee Council. “In total there […]

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US Restores $350 Million in Aid to Malawi

Posted June 22nd, 2012 at 5:15 am (UTC-5)
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The United States has restored a $350-million aid package to Malawi that was suspended last year following deadly clashes between police and protesters in the southern African country. The Millennium Challenge Corporation, a U.S. government agency that assists developing countries, said it will release the aid because of democratic steps taken by Malawi’s new leader, […]

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UN: Humanitarian Efforts in North Korea ‘Seriously Underfunded’

Posted June 12th, 2012 at 2:30 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations is calling for the international community to put aside political differences and boost funding to help address what it says are the dire humanitarian needs of North Koreans. The U.N. said Tuesday that aid efforts in North Korea remain “seriously underfunded,” even as it unveiled a funding request for an additional $198 […]

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UN: Humanitarian Efforts in North Korea ‘Seriously Underfunded’

Posted June 12th, 2012 at 12:40 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations is calling for the international community to put aside political differences and boost funding to help address what it says are the dire humanitarian needs of North Koreans. The U.N. said Tuesday that aid efforts in North Korea remain “seriously underfunded,” even as it unveiled a funding request for an additional $198 […]

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