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UN Aid Coordinator Says Somalia Still in Crisis

Posted January 13th, 2012 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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The U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Somalia says international aid has helped improve conditions in the drought-stricken Horn of Africa, but says the region still faces a crisis situation. Mark Bowden spoke to VOA in Washington Friday. He said distribution of seed in the Horn has gone well, so farmers can take advantage of recent rains. […]

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ICRC Suspends Food Aid to 1.1 Million Somalis

Posted January 12th, 2012 at 8:10 am (UTC-5)
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The International Committee of the Red Cross says it has suspended aid to 1.1 million Somalis because local authorities linked to al-Shabab have blocked aid to parts of central and southern parts of the country. The agency charges that since mid-December, local officials have prevented food and seed aid from reaching about 240,000 people in […]

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North Korea Says US Offered Food Aid in Exchange for Nuclear Concessions

Posted January 11th, 2012 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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North Korean state media say the United States has offered to provide food aid and temporarily lift sanctions against Pyongyang if it suspends its uranium enrichment program. The North Korean Central News Service Wednesday quoted a foreign ministry spokesperson as saying Washington made the offer during high-level talks in July 2011. The spokesperson accused the […]

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Red Cross Sends Aid to Troubled Southern Somalia

Posted December 30th, 2011 at 5:30 am (UTC-5)
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The International Committee of the Red Cross says it has sent emergency medical supplies to three cities in southern Somalia, where the Kenyan military is battling the Islamic militant group al-Shabab. ICRC said Friday it provided the “urgently needed” supplies to “both sides of the front line” in response to the ongoing armed clashes there. […]

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UN: 2.5 Million in South Sudan to Need Food Aid

Posted December 15th, 2011 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations World Food Program says some 2.7 million people in South Sudan will need food aid next year because of crop failure and regional conflict. The agency said Thursday it is scaling up operations in the newly-independent country to feed the people in need. Erratic rains in the region have caused crop to […]

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Pakistan Criticizes Proposed US Aid Freeze as ‘Wrong’

Posted December 15th, 2011 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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The Pakistani government has criticized a proposed U.S. law that would freeze $700 million in aid in order to pressure Islamabad to stop bomb-making materials from reaching neighboring Afghanistan and being used against U.S. troops. Pakistani foreign ministry spokesman Abdul Basit said Thursday the bill approved by the U.S. House of Representatives a day earlier […]

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UN Appeals for $1.5 Billion in Aid for Somalia

Posted December 13th, 2011 at 12:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations is seeking $1.5 billion to assist Somalis affected by severe drought and chronic war. The U.N.’s annual appeal aims to fund 350 different projects in the troubled country. The U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Somalia, Mark Bowden, says the aid will support life-saving activities such as keeping food prices reasonable. Bowden described Somalia’s […]

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5 Million Pakistanis in Need of Aid

Posted November 26th, 2011 at 4:50 am (UTC-5)
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United Nations aid agencies said Friday more than 5 million Pakistanis are in need of humanitarian assistance following the floods earlier this year. The U.N. said half of those in need are children. A UNICEF spokesperson said a lack of safe water and malnutrition are the most urgent risks to children. The malnutrition rate in […]

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North Korea Allows South Korean Official to Monitor Aid

Posted November 25th, 2011 at 12:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The North Korean government has allowed a South Korean official to personally monitor aid distribution in its country for the first time since a conservative government took power in Seoul in 2008. The South’s Unification Ministry official and four aid workers will inspect three facilities, including a children’s day-care center, to ensure that 300 tons […]

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South Korean Official Monitors Aid to North Korea

Posted November 25th, 2011 at 4:15 am (UTC-5)
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A South Korean official traveled to North Korea Friday to help monitor the distribution of aid. It is the first time the North has allowed a South Korean official to travel to the isolated country to monitor aid since a conservative government took power in Seoul in 2008. The Unification Ministry official and four aid […]

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