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50,000 children could die in months in S.Sudan

Conflict in South Sudan has triggered a serious risk of famine that will kill up to 50,000 children within months if immediate action is not taken, the UN warned on Friday. The African country has experienced high levels of malnutrition since it gained independence in 2011, UNICEF said, and conditions have worsened since ethnic conflict broke out between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and supporters of his former deputy Riek Machar.

Study finds new approach to homelessness saves money, keeps people off street

OTTAWA - New conclusions by the Mental Health Commission of Canada suggest the "housing first" approach to battling homelessness is showing real results. The report, details of which were obtained by The Canadian Press, shows more than 2,000 homeless Canadians diagnosed with mental illness have found stable housing in all regions of the country over a two-year period. The massive At Home-Chez Soi pilot project, created in 2008 following a $110-million investment from the federal government, has proven effective for people from diverse cultural backgrounds and circumstances.

Report finds wide racial disparity in U.S. children's well-being

By Victoria Cavaliere NEW YORK (Reuters) - African-American children's poverty, poor housing and lack of access to education pose a national crisis, said a report released Tuesday that found a wide gap in well-being among U.S. children of different races.

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.

S. Sudan facing major food crisis

Millions of people in war-wracked South Sudan are facing a food shortage as the rainy season approaches, a top UN official warned Tuesday, denouncing inadequate funding for humanitarian aid efforts. "We are facing the possibility of a catastrophic situation in food security," said John Ging, operations chief for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). "We are not using the word famine right now but that's what is on the horizon... for millions of vulnerable people," added Ging, who recently visited South Sudan.

Washington must find rooms for homeless families out in cold -judge

By Tom Ramstack WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A judge on Monday ordered the District of Columbia to provide homeless families private rooms when temperatures drop below freezing instead of housing them in public recreation centers. The ruling by District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Robert Okun came in response to a lawsuit filed by a group of homeless people who said the housing offered by the United States capital placed their children in danger.

Colombia bomb blast leaves 3 homeless people dead

Bogota, Mar 22 (EFE).- A bomb explosion at a homeless shelter in the northwestern Colombian city of Medellin left three people dead Saturday and a total of 15 people wounded, authorities said. Preliminary reports indicate the attack came as a reprisal against the municipal government's reintegration programs, since the bomb was carried by one of the homeless people slain in the blast and was activated from elsewhere with a mobile phone.

Colombia bomb blast leaves 3 homeless dead

Bogota, Mar 22 (EFE).- A bomb explosion at a shelter in the northwestern Colombian city of Medellin left three homeless dead Saturday and a total of 15 people wounded, authorities said. Preliminary reports indicate the attack came as a reprisal against the municipal government's reintegration programs, since the bomb was carried by one of the homeless slain in the blast and was activated from elsewhere with a mobile phone.

U.N. adopts Japan-led resolution to empower women in disaster response

A Japan-led initiative pressing the international community to better incorporate women and girls into strategies to cope with the consequences of large scale natural disasters was adopted by consensus at the United Nations on Friday. "Since the last adoption (of the resolution for the first time in 2012) to include the women's perspective into this disaster prevention plan the movement has been intensified," Japan's representative to the Commission on the Status of Women, Hiroko Hashimoto, told reporters at a press conference.

Cabinet minister heads to U.S. to laud Canadian efforts on homelessness

OTTAWA - Canada's minister of state for social development is heading to Chicago on Wednesday to tout Canada as an emerging world leader in the battle against homelessness. Candice Bergen is slated to address the international Housing First conference on Thursday after a day of meetings with anti-homelessness advocates on the opening day of the event. The conference is sponsored in part this year by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
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