U.N. seeks $3.8 billion for humanitarian crises

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations is seeking $3.8 billion to cope with humanitarian emergencies next year in 24 countries, including Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia and the Palestinian Territories.

Sudan is the biggest focus of the U.N. appeal, issued to governments on Monday. It wants $930 million for humanitarian work in 2008 in the country where violence and upheaval continues in the Darfur region.

The U.N. request for funds includes Sudan’s neighbor Chad as well as Uganda, Zimbabwe, the Central African Republic and Ivory Coast. The U.N. and its aid partners are also seeking funds for the West African region under the appeal. Read more

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