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2006-04-07 07:25:00

NAIROBI (Reuters) - East Africa's long-running drought is killing thousands of people due to related illnesses and malnutrition, the United Nations said on Friday in the first such estimate of the scale of the tragedy. "People are not dying yet in large numbers because of hunger itself, they're dying however because of associated disease and malnutrition," U.N. Under Secretary for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland told a news conference in Nairobi. "Malnourished children die now in very high...

2006-04-04 17:40:32

By Irwin Arieff UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States criticized Sudan on Tuesday for barring a senior U.N. official from visiting its troubled Darfur region but some Security Council members declined to join Washington in a strong statement condemning Khartoum's action. "It's just more government of Sudan stonewalling," U.S. envoy Jackie Sanders told reporters. "Sudan needs to cooperate more, particularly on humanitarian aid." Sanders said she had pushed for a tough council...

2006-04-04 05:50:12

RUMBEK, Sudan (Reuters) - The Sudanese government denied a senior UN official permission to fly over the western region of Darfur on Tuesday on his way to visit Sudanese refugees in neighboring Chad, UN officials said. The UN official, Under Secretary-General Jan Egeland, has already been prevented from visiting Darfur and the capital Khartoum, as he had originally planned. Egeland, who spent Monday night in the southern town of Rumbek, told reporters the bans reflected deteriorating...

2006-04-03 19:41:41

By Opheera McDoom RUMBEK, Sudan (Reuters) - The U.N.'s top humanitarian official in Sudan Jan Egeland said the government barred him on Monday from visiting Darfur to prevent him seeing poor conditions there. The move came amid international pressure on the Sudanese government over unrelenting violence in Darfur that has made aid deliveries impossible in large parts of its vast western region. "I've been barred from going to south Darfur, west Darfur and also I have been told that...

2006-03-29 19:38:01

By Daniel Wallis KAMPALA (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council must act to end suffering brought by two decades of war in northern Uganda, a coalition of local and foreign aid agencies said on Thursday as U.N. aid chief Jan Egeland flew into the country. Egeland will hold talks with government officials before visiting camps in the north that are home to more than 1.6 million people sheltering from fighting between troops and rebels from the cult-like Lord's Resistance Army (LRA)....

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2006-03-27 06:55:00

By Emma Batha BONN -- Former U.S. President Bill Clinton urged the world on Monday to invest in early warning systems to prevent the massive death and destruction seen in recent earthquakes, tsunamis and other natural disasters. "Hazards are not disasters by definition. Hazards only become disasters when lives and livelihoods are swept away," Clinton said in a statement before the start of the International Early Warning Conference in Bonn on Monday. "Making communities safer -- by better...

2006-03-09 16:39:28

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations' new global emergency fund began work on Thursday with slightly more than half the $500 million dollars its director had hoped for. The first grants from the Central Emergency Fund went to drought-stricken northeastern Africa and western Ivory Coast, where angry mobs recently burned down U.N. aid offices. The dollar amounts of the grants were not given. The fund opened for business with pledges totaling just $256 million from 36 donor...

2006-03-02 19:38:30

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations next week launches a new global emergency fund to provide swifter relief to victims of natural disasters, but with far less money on hand than the $500 million it had hoped to raise. The Central Emergency Response Fund will have just $188 million when it opens for business, which is nonetheless a significant improvement over an existing U.N. standby loan facility of $50 million. Donations to the new fund, which will be able to make...

2006-03-02 11:40:00

By Mica Rosenberg GUATEMALA CITY -- This year's hurricane season could match the record breaking destruction caused by storms in 2005, the United Nations warned. In 2005, an unprecedented 27 tropical storms, 15 of which became full-blown hurricanes, battered Central America and the U.S. Gulf coast, killing more than 3,000 people and causing tens of billions of dollars in damage. "We have reason to fear that 2006 could be as bad as 2005," Jan Egeland, the undersecretary general for...

2006-03-02 12:01:10

By Mica Rosenberg GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - This year's hurricane season could match the record breaking destruction caused by storms in 2005, the United Nations warned. In 2005, an unprecedented 27 tropical storms, 15 of which became full-blown hurricanes, battered Central America and the U.S. Gulf coast, killing more than 3,000 people and causing tens of billions of dollars in damage. "We have reason to fear that 2006 could be as bad as 2005," Jan Egeland, the undersecretary...