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What you need to know now about cuts to the UN’s agency for Palestine refugees

What you need to know now about cuts to the UN’s agency for Palestine refugees

dan.rafter@hrc.org January 17, 2018 0

The UN agency that supports Palestinian refugees says it is facing “the gravest financial crisis” in its history after the United States announced it was holding back planned funding. But the agency is

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Five migration trends to watch in 2018

Five migration trends to watch in 2018

dan.rafter@hrc.org January 17, 2018 0

2017 saw a host of new and quickly deepening humanitarian crises from Southeast Asia to Africa . But behind this rising tide of forced displacement was an isolationist and xenophobic political backdrop that

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Syria 2018: 5 key factors to watch

Syria 2018: 5 key factors to watch

dan.rafter@hrc.org January 16, 2018 0

After a string of breakthroughs in 2016 and 2017 , President Bashar al-Assad’s government now has the clear upper hand in Syria’s long war.   Out east, the so-called Islamic State has been

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“If the war doesn’t kill us, the food prices will”

“If the war doesn’t kill us, the food prices will”

dan.rafter@hrc.org January 10, 2018 0

Three-year-old Walid sits on a hospital bed, his bones and veins visible through his skin, tugging at the intravenous drip that is keeping him alive.   He’s one of only five kids being

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The man-made disaster in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta

The man-made disaster in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta

dan.rafter@hrc.org December 19, 2017 0

In the words of UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura, it is the “ epicentre of suffering ”. Just a few kilometres from the affluent central neighbourhoods of Damascus lies the Eastern Ghouta

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World’s worst humanitarian crisis about to get worse… again

World’s worst humanitarian crisis about to get worse… again

December 14, 2017 0

A battle at the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah threatens to throw Yemen even further into the depths of humanitarian catastrophe, cutting off crucial imports and displacing as many as half a

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Libya’s downward spiral to shortages, militia power, and migrant abuse

Libya’s downward spiral to shortages, militia power, and migrant abuse

dan.rafter@hrc.org December 7, 2017 0

Social media has become a bush telegraph in the Libyan capital Tripoli, used by anxious citizens to warn each other of militia violence and how to get around the endless shortages as the

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Interview: Amid record needs, new UN relief chief promises reform

Interview: Amid record needs, new UN relief chief promises reform

dan.rafter@hrc.org December 5, 2017 0

His predecessors sat in an office of picture windows overlooking the Hudson River fitted with beige furniture on the upper floors of UN headquarters in Manhattan. But Mark Lowcock, the new UN under-secretary-general

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Security lapses at aid agency leave beneficiary data at risk

Security lapses at aid agency leave beneficiary data at risk

November 27, 2017 0

Aid agencies have put some projects on hold while reviewing the security of a popular online system for handling aid distributions, IRIN has learnt.

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Russia has finished off the UN’s Syria chemical attack probe. What now?

Russia has finished off the UN’s Syria chemical attack probe. What now?

November 20, 2017 0

  Russia recently used a series of Security Council vetoes – the final one last week – to kill an international body investigating a gruesome series of chemical attacks in Syria.   The

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