South Sudan flooding affects more than 400,000 people

Some 426,000 people, including 185,000 children, have been affected and displaced in South Sudan by heavy flooding that submerged homes and farms, the United Nations' humanitarian agency said Tuesday. Emergency workers have used canoes and boats to reach people cut off by the deluge, the U.N. Off

Girls excluded from returning to secondary school in Afghanistan

Girls were excluded from returning to secondary school in Afghanistan on Saturday, after the country’s new Taliban rulers ordered only boys and male teachers back to the classroom.The hard-line Islamist group ousted the US-backed government last month, promising a softer brand of rule than t

Hunger strike of British-Afghan mothers is on 4th day

Three British-Afghan mothers started a hunger strike Thursday to protest the Taliban's retake and help to "raise the voices" of women suffering in Afghanistan. The women, who do not wish to be named, say they "feel the pain" of those still living in Afghanistan who have had "everything taken away

Guterres Calls for Action on Covid-19, Climate

The United Nations chief warned Friday that the world is "moving in the wrong direction" and exhorted nations to take urgent action to fight the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change. "Covid-19 is a wake-up call, and we are oversleeping," UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said at a press confe

UN seeks $606M in aid for Afghan refugees affected by conflict

The United Nations is making an emergency appeal for $606 million to help nearly 11 million people in Afghanistan for the four remaining months of 2021. It says they face a humanitarian crisis exacerbated by drought, displacement, chronic poverty and the sharp increase in hostilities as the Taliba

Those left behind knock US over broken Afghanistan promises

In the last days of the United States' shambolic departure from Afghanistan, American officials were calling Javed Habibi assuring that the green cardholder from Richmond, Virginia, his wife and their four daughters would not be left behind. He was told to stay home and not worry, that they would

Kabul airport silent, calm after US withdrawal

Once the epicenter of the Afghanistan crisis after the Taliban's blitz takeover of the country, Kabul and its Hamid Karzai International Airport appeared silent and calm on Wednesday. Orhan Sali's reporting for A News from Kabul showed the aftermath of the United States' withdrawal

1 child killed, harmed every 5 hours in Afghanistan: NGO

Over the past 20 years over 30,000 children have been maimed or killed in Afghanistan, amounting to an average of one child every five hours, Save the Children said on Tuesday as the last of international military forces left the war-torn country. New data released by the international advocacy g

Gaza needs Israeli siege lifted fully, says UN envoy

The UN envoy for the Middle East peace process told the Security Council on Monday that the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip needs to be lifted fully. "Although movement and access in and out of Gaza should be further improved, no amount of humanitarian or economic support on its own

US donates 110m COVID-19 jabs, but most Arab states miss out

The US has provided over 110 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to lower-income countries worldwide, but just three Arab states are recipients: Jordan, Tunisia and Morocco. Combined, the US has provided them with 1.805 million doses — less than 2 percent of the total donated. “These are

UN: 100,000 children in Ethiopia’s Tigray face deadly hunger

The UN children’s agency said on Friday that more than 100,000 children in Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray could suffer life-threatening malnutrition in the next 12 months, a 10-fold increase to normal numbers.UNICEF spokesperson Marixie Mercado said that one-in-two pregnant and b

After war with Israel, a grieving Gaza marks Eid Al-Adha holiday

For Palestinians who lost loved ones in the fighting between Gaza militants and Israel two months ago, there is little cause for celebration during the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid Al-Adha.Known as the Feast of Sacrifice, it commemorates for the faithful the prophet Ibrahim’s readiness to

UN chief: World faces a ‘hurricane of humanitarian crises’

 The United Nations chief warned Friday that a “hurricane of humanitarian crises” around the world has left civilians in conflict areas paying the highest price.And is compounded by a relentless wave of attacks on humanitarian and medical workers.Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

WHO: Rich countries should donate vaccines, not use boosters

Top officials at the World Health Organization say there’s not enough evidence to show that third doses of coronavirus vaccines are needed and appealed Monday for the scarce shots to be shared with poor countries who have yet to immunize their people instead of being used by rich countries a

Risk to children from COVID-19 very small: UK studies

COVID-19 poses significantly less risk to children than it does to adults, studies in the UK have found. Scientists at the universities of York, Liverpool and Bristol, as well as teams from University College London (UCL) and Imperial College London, said data compiled from the first 12 months of

'Children killing children': US ambassador to UN condemns child soldier recruitment

Children caught up in conflicts are being taught to commit war crimes before they can count, said the US ambassador to the UN. Linda Thomas-Greenfield referred to an attack in Burkina Faso earlier this month during which more than 130 civilians were killed by an armed group comprising “most

Child labor rises in Jordan as pandemic adds to economic woes

Twelve-year-old Mamdouh said he has been on a seven-day street shift selling gum and candy to cover the needs of his family living in a refugee camp on the outskirts of Jordan’s capital, Amman.  “A small van drops us off here every day at 5 p.m. to sell gum and candies, and the d

Iraq opens mass grave to identify Daesh victims

Iraqi authorities said on Sunday the remains of 123 people killed by Daesh group militants had been removed from a mass grave in a bid to identify them in the northern province of Nineveh. The Badush prison massacre was one of the worst crimes Daesh carried out after it seized control of a third