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Record Numbers to Require Humanitarian Assistance Says UN

GENEVA – One in every 45 people on the planet is in need of food, shelter, health care, emergency education, protection or other essential help, the UN said in an annual report on Wednesday.
The Global Humanitarian Outlook 2020 is focused on needs in Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Myanmar, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, Venezuela, and Yemen.
“In 2019, there was a need for much more support than a year earlier. The reason is because more people were affected by conflict and climate change than we thought,” said Mark Lowcock, UN Relief Coordinator, at the launch of the report in Geneva.
The UN said that in 2020, a record 168 million people around the world would need humanitarian aid and security.
Lowcock also noted that a record number of children are killed or mutilated by armed conflicts.
“Climate change, conflict and economic instability are devastating millions of lives,” he said, noting that millions of people had been pushed to the brink of survival along with crumbling economies.
The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) released its US$4.2 billion 2020 emergency call to reach 59 million children in 64 countries around the globe with life-saving support at the same launch.
The five largest individual UNICEF appeals are for Syrian refugees and host populations in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, and Turkey ($864.1 million), Yemen ($535 million), Syria ($294.8 million), the Democratic Republic of Congo ($262.7 million), and South Sudan ($180.5 million).
UNICEF said that it is the largest donor request ever, representing 3.5 times the requested funding in 2010.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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