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2005-10-12 09:46:19

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Quake victims in South Asia are going without aid because the global emergency relief system is overstretched, needs better coordination and has less than half of the funds required, a top U.N. official said on Wednesday. U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland called on the world's nations to better prepare for disasters, and appealed to Pakistan and India not to let differences over Kashmir hinder aid distribution. "I readily admit as the...

2005-09-28 11:19:46

GENEVA (Reuters) - Violence is rising sharply again in Sudan's Darfur and could force the United Nations to halt aid to over two million desperate people, the U.N.'s humanitarian chief warned on Wednesday. All parties to the Darfur conflict -- the Khartoum government, rebels, Arab militias -- were at fault, said U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland. He also criticized the international community for easing pressure for an end to the violence. "In the last few days we have...

2005-09-28 07:24:13

GENEVA (Reuters) - Violence is rising sharply again in Sudan's Darfur and could force the United Nations to halt aid to over two million desperate people, the U.N.'s humanitarian chief warned on Wednesday. All parties to the Darfur conflict -- the Khartoum government, rebels, Arab militias -- were at fault, said U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland. He also criticized the international community for easing pressure for an end to the violence. "In the last few days we have...

2005-09-23 15:39:51

By Irwin Arieff UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations appealed to North Korea on Friday to think of its children and reverse its decision to stop accepting food aid at the end of this year. "My heart goes out to the children, really, of North Korea," U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland said. While the reclusive communist nation had made important gains in feeding its people over the past decade, 7 percent of its 22.5 million people were still starving and 37 percent...

2005-09-23 14:50:39

By Irwin Arieff UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations appealed to North Korea on Friday to think of its children and reverse its decision to stop accepting food aid at the end of this year. "My heart goes out to the children, really, of North Korea," U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland said. While the reclusive communist nation had made important gains in feeding its people over the past decade, 7 percent of its 22.5 million people were still starving and 37 percent...

2005-09-01 20:13:42

By Irwin Arieff UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations on Thursday offered to help the United States provide disaster relief to the victims of Hurricane Katrina as the storm's devastation challenged the U.S. authorities' ability to cope. While the United States is the country best prepared to deal with such a disaster, "the sheer size of this emergency makes it possible that we can supplement the American response with supplies from other countries, or with experience we have...

2005-08-31 18:44:03

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hurricane Katrina could easily dwarf the devastation of other recent natural disasters in terms of pure economic costs, the U.N. emergency relief coordinator who oversaw the Asian tsunami relief effort said on Wednesday. United Nations Undersecretary-General Jan Egeland, who oversaw relief efforts after the Indian Ocean tsunami in December 2004, offered Washington U.N. assistance in a formal letter to new U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton. "The United...

2005-07-20 15:59:47

(Corrects dollar figures in second and third paragraph of story.) By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Niger's severe food crisis could have been prevented if the United Nations had a reserve fund to jump-start humanitarian aid while appeals for money were considered, a senior U.N. official said Tuesday. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, known as OCHA, has $50 million to quickly respond to emergencies, but only for loans, which must be repaid. Instead,...

2005-07-20 15:55:00

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Niger's severe food crisis could have been prevented if the United Nations had a reserve fund to jump-start humanitarian aid while appeals for money were considered, a senior U.N. official said Tuesday. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, known as OCHA, has $50 million to quickly respond to emergencies, but only for loans, which must be repaid. Instead, it wants $500 million for grants to rapidly launch emergency relief...

2005-07-20 17:04:04

By Matthew Green DAKAR (Reuters) - The costs of saving millions of people starving in Niger are rocketing because rich nations ignored calls for early intervention to avert the ravages of last year's drought, relief workers said on Wednesday. Increasingly desperate appeals from aid agencies and the government have encouraged donors to come forward with funds in the past few weeks, but only after large numbers of children began dying of diseases brought on by hunger. "The funding needs are...