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U.N. Scales Up Humanitarian Aid Drops By Air Amid Multiple Refugee Crises

News outlets report on the refugee crises in South Sudan, Lebanon, Syria, and Central African Republic, noting the U.N. is stepping up air delivery of humanitarian assistance.

Christian Science Monitor: U.N. refugees in S. Sudan face perfect storm of woe as war drags on (+video)
“When war broke out in South Sudan last December, the United Nations opened its bases to civilians fleeing the violence. That policy has saved tens if not hundreds of thousands of lives, and today more than 100,000 people shelter under peacekeepers’ protection. But the U.N. bases are not meant to house large populations for long periods of time — and seven months later, the camps are proving untenable…” (Patinkin, 7/22).

Inter Press Service: Food Insecurity a New Threat for Lebanon’s Syrian Refugees
“A declining economy and a severe drought have raised concerns in Lebanon over food security as the country faces one of its worst refugee crises, resulting from the nearby Syria war, and it is these refugees and impoverished Lebanese border populations that are most vulnerable to this new threat…” (Alami, 7/22).

U.N. News Centre: U.N. agency renews call on donors to support Central African Republic refugees
“The United Nations refugee agency [Tuesday] called on donors to increase funding for programs in neighboring countries hosting refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR)…” (7/22).

U.N. News Centre: Amid multiple crises, U.N. agency massively scales up humanitarian aid delivery by air
“The escalation of international conflicts in the first half of 2014 prompted a 50-fold surge in the amount of humanitarian cargo transported by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), compared to the same period last year…” (7/22).

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