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UN CALLING ASIA: Rebuilding in the Philippines, one year after Typhoon Haiyan

14 Nov 2014

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Tacloban City, Philippines. Credit: Krishna Krishnamurthy/WFP

The people who braved a massive storm in the Philippines one year ago are building a new life, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).  The central part of the Southeast Asian island was hit by Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013, whipping out entire communities and killing more than 6,000 people.  One year later, UNHCR reports that residents of hard-hit areas such as Leyte Island are well on their way to rebuilding their lives.  Edward Colt has the story.

 Iraq’s farmers need support to prevent industry from collapsing

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The agricultural sector in Iraq could collapse if urgent support is not delivered to farmers, according to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).  Livelihoods have been destroyed as a result of the rise of terrorist groups, and an estimated 2.8 million people are food insecure.  Wheat seeds, fertilizer and animal feed are starting to roll out to nearly 28,000 farming families in Iraq, but FAO says it needs an additional $38.5 million.  Sandra Ferrari asked Fadel El Zubi, FAO’s representative for Iraq on the line from Jordan, to describe what he saw when visiting farms in the worst-hit areas of Iraq.

Pakistani displaced, Afghan hosts need urgent aid before winter


Displaced families from Pakistan and their Afghan hosts are in need of urgent aid as winter sets in, according to the UN Mission in the country (UNAMA).  Since June, military operations in Pakistan’s North Waziristan region, which borders Afghanistan, have led to large scale displacements.  A group of senior officials from the United Nations paid a visit to these vulnerable populations in the south-eastern province of Khost.  Seyto Budi reports.

Presenter:  Stephanie Coutrix
Duration:  10’00″