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2006-02-13 10:44:45

By Sebastian Alison BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The United Nations launched a $680 million aid plan for the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday, complaining the world remained ignorant of what it called the worst humanitarian crisis since World War Two. The U.N., backed by the European Commission, unveiled a program to spend $680 million this year alone to help Congo through a transition from a 1997-2003 war which has killed nearly four million people directly or indirectly. "We are...

2006-02-12 16:42:05

By Ingrid Melander BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The international community must provide $680 million in aid for Congo this year to stop a humanitarian disaster that kills as many people as the 2004 Asian tsunami every six months, a top UN official said. The United Nations and the European Commission will jointly launch this appeal on Monday at a conference in Brussels, two months before the Democratic Republic of Congo is due to hold landmark elections, U.N Under-Secretary-General for...

2005-12-19 19:29:00

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Uganda's brutal rebels are interfering with UN humanitarian supplies in southern Sudan and are still getting weapons from somewhere, the UN emergency relief coordinator said on Monday. Undersecretary-General Jan Egeland told the UN Security Council that the lives of millions of Africans were at stake in conflicts in Sudan and Uganda as well as food shortages in Zimbabwe and other southern African nations. The Lord's Resistance Army in...

2005-12-18 23:25:49

By Emma Batha LONDON (Reuters) - As the world marks the first anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami, millions of people who dug into their pockets in an unprecedented outpouring of generosity will be wondering how their money has been spent. Some may be surprised to discover that 12 months on the vast majority of the 1.8 million people who lost their homes in the December 26 disaster are still in temporary accommodation. But if the pace of reconstruction has been disappointing,...

2005-12-19 00:00:00

By Emma Batha LONDON -- As the world marks the first anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami, millions of people who dug into their pockets in an unprecedented outpouring of generosity will be wondering how their money has been spent. Some may be surprised to discover that 12 months on the vast majority of the 1.8 million people who lost their homes in the December 26 disaster are still in temporary accommodation. But if the pace of reconstruction has been disappointing, the initial relief...

2005-12-09 19:42:16

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. relief coordinator urged the Security Council on Friday not to water down its resolution on protecting civilians subject to abuse, whether in Northern Uganda, Sudan or the Ivory Coast. The 15-member council, in an all-day debate among dozens of U.N. ambassadors, is considering a document on how to stop atrocities against women, men and children in war zones. "The eyes and ears of the world community and human rights and...

2005-12-09 12:31:02

By Stella Mapenzauswa ESIGODINI, Zimbabwe (Reuters) - Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe on Friday accused a top U.N. envoy of being a "hypocrite and a liar" and said he would refuse to accept future emissaries from the world body if they were British agents. Mugabe told a conference of his ruling ZANU-PF party that U.N. humanitarian affairs and relief coordinator Jan Egeland had gone out of his way to insult and misrepresent Zimbabwe after he ended a four-day tour of the country this...

2005-12-07 04:41:07

By MacDonald Dzirutwe HARARE (Reuters) - U.N. humanitarian envoy Jan Egeland left Zimbabwe on Wednesday after a four-day tour and said its humanitarian crisis was deepening, with millions in need of aid. "The humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe is very serious. The need for international aid is big and growing," Egeland, the U.N. humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, told journalists late on Tuesday after talks with President Robert Mugabe and government officials....

2005-12-06 15:58:43

By Cris Chinaka HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has rejected a United Nations offer of temporary shelter for victims of a government slum clearance programme but has accepted an offer of food aid, the world body said on Tuesday. The U.N. says Zimbabwe needs emergency aid including tents to accommodate hundreds of thousands of people made homeless by evictions earlier this year but the government says it only needs help to provide permanent homes. "There are...

2005-12-06 09:17:37

By Cris Chinaka HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has accepted a broad U.N. offer of food aid but is still opposed to an emergency shelter scheme for victims of a government urban slum demolition campaign, the United Nations said Tuesday. Jan Egeland, the U.N. humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, met Mugabe on Tuesday over the world body's criticism of a controversial urban "clean-up" drive that left thousands of people homeless earlier this...