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Living with loss from the Bangladesh factory disaster

Minu Akhter has not slept properly for a year. Every time there's a noise, she wakes up fearing the roof will cave in. She can't go to the upper floors of a building in case the staircase gives way. Since the collapse of Rana Plaza garment factory complex just outside the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, the 23-year-old has struggled to control her emotions. Every time she thinks of her boyfriend, tears roll down her cheeks.

1.6 million C. Africans in 'urgent' need of food

The crisis in the strife-torn Central African Republic has left 1.6 million people -- a third of the population -- in urgent need of food, the United Nations said Monday. Thousands of people have been killed in a wave of sectarian violence across the Central African Republic that has lasted for more than a year, despite the presence of African Union and French peacekeeping troops.

Number of Syria refugees registered in Lebanon surpasses 1 mn

The number of Syrians registered as refugees in Lebanon after fleeing war in their country has surpassed one million, the UN refugee agency said on Thursday. Refugees from Syria now equal a quarter of Lebanon's resident population, the UNHCR said, describing the figure as "a devastating milestone worsened by rapidly depleting resources and a host community stretched to breaking point." Tiny Lebanon has now become the country with "the highest per capita concentration of refugees worldwide," said the UNHCR, adding that is "struggling to keep pace".

Number of Syria refugees registered in Lebanon surpasses 1 mn

The number of Syrians registered as refugees in Lebanon after fleeing war in their country has surpassed one million, the UN refugee agency said on Thursday. Refugees from Syria now equal a quarter of Lebanon's resident population, the UNHCR said, describing the figure as "a devastating milestone worsened by rapidly depleting resources and a host community stretched to breaking point." Tiny Lebanon has now become the country with "the highest per capita concentration of refugees worldwide," said the UNHCR, adding that is "struggling to keep pace".

U.N. fund gives US$6.5 mln to its partners in N. Korea

SEOUL, April 1 (Yonhap) -- The United Nations humanitarian fund created to speed up relief efforts around the world has given US$6.5 million to its partners operating in North Korea, a U.S. radio report said. The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) provided the money to the World Food Program, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Health Organization and the U.N. Population Fund, the Washington-based Radio Free Asia said Monday.

More than 500,000 in Syria without food aid

The World Food Programme said Monday insecurity in Syria was cutting off half a million people from the food aid they need, while a lack of funds has also forced the UN food agency to slash rations. Three years into Syria's bloody civil war, the WFP said in recent weeks it had reached a number of areas in the governorates of Damascus, Homs, Raqqa and Daraa that had long remained inaccessible.

Don't forget Mali's refugees, aid groups urge

Mali's conflict and the ensuing flood of refugees must not be forgotten amid the multiplication of global crises, the UN's refugee agency and the World Food Programme insisted Tuesday. In a joint statement, the two aid bodies said that funds are "urgently needed to continue providing vital assistance to Malian refugees".

N. Korea gave 420 grams of food per person last month

SEOUL, March 4 (Yonhap) -- North Korea doled out 420 grams of food for each person per day last month, a record high over the past year, a news report said Tuesday. The daily food ration per person stood at 400 grams between January and May last year before shrinking to 310 grams in September, the Voice of America (VOA) said, citing an official of the U.N. World Food Program (WFP) in Pyongyang. The daily ration per person later came to 400 grams between November and January, it said.

WFP gives US$3.2 mln in emergency aid to N. Korea: report

SEOUL, Feb. 28 (Yonhap) -- The U.N. food agency has provided emergency food aid worth US$3.2 million for children and pregnant women in North Korea earlier this month, according to a news report. The World Food Program (WFP) has given the emergency funding assistance in February, Washington-based Radio Free Asia reported Thursday, citing a spokesman handling North Korean affairs.

N. Korea's food situation better a tad in 2013: WFP

SEOUL, Feb. 14 (Yonhap) -- The food situation for North Korean people improved slightly last year thanks to increased food rations and more outside support, a report by the World Food Programme (WFP) said Friday. According to the WFP report, about 46 percent of North Korean families consumed an "acceptable" level of essential nutrients in the October-December period of 2013. About 17 percent were categorized as having "poor" food consumption, while the rest, about 38 percent, were defined as at the "borderline" level.
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