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U.N. reports only 6 percent of CAR humanitarian aid raised so far

BANGUI, Central African Republic, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- The United Nations says it has received only 6 percent of the $247 million it requested to help people in the violence-torn Central African Republic.

CAR civilians gripped by fear, U.N. official says

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Civilians in the Central African Republic are living in fear despite political progress made in the capital Bangui, a top U.N. human rights official said.

UNICEF issues call for help in CAR

BANGUI, Central African Republic, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- In a plea for assistance, UNICEF said it estimates nearly 400,000 people have been displaced by conflict in the Central African Republic.

CAR on the verge of collapse, U.N. says

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- There's been a complete breakdown of public order in the Central African Republic, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said.

U.N.: Mali needs more than military help

UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- There's been an appalling level of suffering for the Malian people from conflict that began in early 2012, a U.N. coordinator for humanitarian affairs said.

Syrian humanitarian needs mounting

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- The humanitarian needs of civilians in Syria struggling to cope with the growing violence in the country are mounting, a U.N. official said.

U.N. doc calls for more Congo aid

GENEVA, Switzerland, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Humanitarian leaders say more money and time is needed to help people displaced by fighting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

U.N. calls for immediate aid to Mali

UNITED NATIONS, July 26 (UPI) -- The United Nations Thursday called for immediate action to avert the humanitarian crisis in Mali where insecurity, malnutrition and displacement are rampant.

Assad tasks new PM with reoganizing govt

DAMASCUS, Syria, June 6 (UPI) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad tapped Agriculture Minister Riyad Farid Hijab as prime minister, tasking him with forming a new administration Wednesday.

'Race against time' for Sahel famine

UNITED NATIONS, March 29 (UPI) -- U.N. officials said they're in a "race against time" to respond to a food and nutrition crisis gripping West Africa.

UNRWA directors leaving Gaza, West Bank

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- The directors of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in the Gaza Strip and West Bank are leaving their posts, agency representative Chris Gunness said.
U.N. denies Hamas influences aid

U.N. denies Hamas influences aid

JERUSALEM, July 24 (UPI) -- A U.N. spokesman Friday denied Israeli newspaper reports indicating Hamas was taking control of humanitarian aid in Gaza.

Israel reopens some Gaza crossings

GAZA, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Israel reopened crossings into Gaza Wednesday but the move doesn't allow enough humanitarian aid through to meet Palestinians' needs, the United Nations said.
30 killed, 55 hurt in Gaza school bombing

30 killed, 55 hurt in Gaza school bombing

GAZA, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- An Israeli airstrike hit the perimeter of a school in Gaza City, killing at least 30 and wounding 55, United Nations officials said Tuesday.
Fuel shortage cuts Gaza food delivery

Fuel shortage cuts Gaza food delivery

GAZA, April 25 (UPI) -- Fuel shortages caused by Israel's response to militant attacks are cutting off food deliveries for almost 1 million Palestinians in Gaza, a U.N. official said.
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John Ging (born 1965) is an Irish national and former officer in the Irish Army who has served as head of the United Nation's Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in the Gaza Strip since 2006. As head of the United Nation's 10,000 employee operation there, he became a sought-after commentator by the media and an information source for foreign governments during Israel's 2008-2009 offensive in Gaza.

Ging grew up one of four brothers in Portlaoise. He attended secondary school at the Salesian College in Ballinakill. In 1983, he joined the army, where he rose to the rank of captain. Along the way he earned a BA in political science and a degree in law from the National University of Ireland, Galway and subsequently qualified as a barrister. In 1994 he was seconded by the government to work with the Irish aid agency GOAL to oversee relief efforts in the wake of the Rwandan Genocide, mostly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. According to colleagues who worked with him at the time, he took on difficult jobs like arranging the mass burial of 40,000 refugees who died when cholera swept through their camp. After his time in Africa he worked for eight years as Chief of Staff for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Bosnia and Herzegovina.. Following that he had a brief stint as head of the United Nation's mission in Kosovo. He voluntarily resigned his commission in 2002 and, following his departure from Kosovo, he took up his position in Gaza.

Ging has overseen the agency's roughly $400 million budget in Gaza since February 1, 2006, responsible for development programs as well as for providing basic needs to 750,000 refugees. In 2007, he survived an assassination attempt by unidentified gunmen. He gained international prominence during the 2008-2009 Israeli offensive in Gaza as he warned of a humanitarian "catastrophe unfolding" as a consequence of the fighting and criticized Israel for firing upon UN compounds and other buildings he described as non-military. On January 9, 2009 Ging suspended UN aid work in Gaza after a UN aid convoy and a number of UN buildings were hit by Israeli fire, saying he'd "lost confidence" that aid work could continue safely. Ging ordered UN aid work to resume in Gaza after a cease-fire was established on January 18, 2009, though there were signs that Ging's operation could be hampered by intra-Palestinian disputes.

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