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UN appeals for 'modest' $3bn to help 21 countries ruined by conflict and disaster

The UN secretary general, Kofi Annan, yesterday launched an appeal yesterday for $3bn (£1.8bn) to help with what his organisation has described as 21 of the world’s forgotten crises, overlooked partly because of the focus on Iraq and Afghanistan. The UN said 17 of these 21 crises were in Africa. In a document produced by the UN and aid agencies to coincide with the launch of the appeal, Sudan was placed top of the list, and was described as a country in which “conflict and recurrent natural disasters have strained the coping mechanism of the most vulnerable, in some cases beyond their limit”. Crises identified outside Africa are: North Korea, the Palestinian occupied territories, Tajikistan, and Chechnya. Full Story

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