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asia and the pacific: weekly regional humanitarian snapshot (16 - 22 jan 2018) - philippines

philippinesthe alert level for the mayon volcano has been raised to level-4 due to increased seismic unrest, lava fountaining and explosions. the volcano spewed a 10-kilometer high ash column on 22 january, with authorities warning of an imminent hazardous eruption, possibly within days. the eruption resulted in moderate to heavy ash fall, with low-visibility reported in the towns of guinobatan, camalig, and ligao located to the southwest of the volcano.the provincial government of albay immediately suspended classes at all schools and advised residents to stay indoors. as of 22 january, 30,000 people have been displaced from their homes across seven municipalities in albay, and are being hosted in 27 evacuation centres or by relatives and f...




psychological support for refugee children of myanmar in bangladesh - bangladesh

• world vision raises alarm for significant child refugee psychological distress in bangladesh• world vision warns of “mental health iceberg” with child refugees• world vision highlights donor funds are inadequate to address psychosocial needscox’s bazar (16 january) – more than half of all child refugees – at least 170,000 – in bangladesh’s camps are at risk of psychological and social distress. for at least 50,000 of them, the stress can be toxic and can result in life-long damage, says international charity world vision, which calls for a scale up in psychosocial interventions for children.fighting has driven out more than 655,000 people from myanmar’s rakhine state into bangladesh since august 2017, notes the inter ...




suffering in silence: the 10 most under-reported humanitarian crises of 2017 - world

geneva, january 22, 2018 - today the international aid organization care launched a new report highlighting 2017's ten most under-reported humanitarian crises. the report, "suffering in silence", found that the humanitarian situation in north korea received the least media attention globally. while much media focus has been on nuclear brinkmanship, the humanitarian situation has been overlooked. other crises that rarely made the headlines were eritrea, burundi, sudan, central african republic, drc, mali, lake chad basin (niger, cameroon, chad), vietnam and peru."we all know that a single photo can make the world turn its attention to an issue. but the people in the countries featured in care's report are far away from the cameras and m...




us$ 2.96 billion needed to provide life-saving assistance to 13.1 million people in yemen in 2018 [en/ar] - yemen

sana’a, 21 january 2018 - the united nations and humanitarian partners today launched the 2018 yemen humanitarian response plan (yhrp)which seeks us$2.96 billion to provide lifesaving assistance to 13.1 million people this year. this is the largest consolidated humanitarian appeal for yemen ever launched.three years of escalated conflict have turned yemen into the worst man-made humanitarian crisis of our time. three quarters of the population – 22.2 million people – need humanitarian assistance, including 11.3 million people in acute need who urgently require assistance to survive.a generation of children is growing up in suffering and deprivation. nearly two million children are out of school, 1.8 million children under the age of fi...




syrian children seeking safety and shelter freeze to death while crossing from syria to lebanon - lebanon

the world has no excuses! we cannot continue failing syria’s childrenstatement attributable to geert cappelaere, unicef regional director for the middle east and north africaamman, 20 january 2018- “it is tragic that at least 12 syrians including two children died in eastern lebanon near the masna’ border crossing with syria.“syrian people continue to risk their lives and the lives of their children in a desperate search for safety and shelter. “our thoughts are with the families who lost their loved ones, victims of a war that soon enters its eight year.“more children could be among the dead as residents in the area and the lebanese authorities continue to look for people who are reportedly trapped in the mountainous in freezing...




us$ 2.96 billion needed to provide life-saving assistance to 13.1 million people in yemen in 2018 - yemen

sana’a, 20 january 2018 - the united nations and humanitarian partners today launched the 2018 yemen humanitarian response plan (yhrp) which seeks us$2.96 billion to provide lifesaving assistance to 13.1 million people this year. this is the largest consolidated humanitarian appeal for yemen ever launched.three years of escalated conflict has turned yemen into the worst man-made humanitarian crisis of our time. three quarters of the population – 22.2 million people – need humanitarian assistance, including 11.3 million people in acute need who urgently require assistance to survive.a generation of children is growing up in suffering and deprivation. nearly two million children are out of school, 1.8 million children under the age of fi...




syrian children seeking safety and shelter freeze to death while crossing from syria to lebanon - syrian arab republic

the world has no excuses! we cannot continue failing syria’s childrenstatement attributable to geert cappelaere, unicef regional director for the middle east and north africaamman, 20 january 2018- “it is tragic that at least 12 syrians including two children died in eastern lebanon near the masna’ border crossing with syria.“syrian people continue to risk their lives and the lives of their children in a desperate search for safety and shelter. “our thoughts are with the families who lost their loved ones, victims of a war that soon enters its eight year.“more children could be among the dead as residents in the area and the lebanese authorities continue to look for people who are reportedly trapped in the mountainous in freezing...




at least one in four children in iraq impacted by conflict and poverty - iraq

at the upcoming kuwait conference, unicef calls for immediate and massive additional investment in education; a key for lasting peace and progress in iraqstatement by unicef regional director, geert cappelaere, following his visit to iraqbaghdad/amman, 19 january 2018 – “iraq today hosts one of unicef’s largest operations in the world, responding with humanitarian and development assistance to the needs of the most vulnerable girls and boys across the country.“more than 4 million children have been impacted by extreme violence in several areas including in ninewa and al-anbar. last year alone, 270 children were killed. many were robbed of their childhood, forced to fight on the frontlines. some will bear the physical and psychologica...




note to correspondents: statement by adama dieng, un special adviser on the prevention of genocide and ivan simonovic, un special adviser on the responsibility to protect, on the situation in eastern ghouta and idlib, syrian arab republic - syrian arab republic

the united nations special adviser on the prevention of genocide, adama dieng, and the special adviser on the responsibility to protect, ivan simonovic express concern at the devastating impact of escalating hostilities in eastern ghouta and idlib in syria on civilians.both eastern ghouta and idlib are designated de-escalation areas under the astana process and should therefore be places where civilians should expect a minimum level of safety. however, since mid-november 2017, the estimated 393,000 people in eastern ghouta have been subjected to airstrikes, shelling and bombardment on an almost daily basis by government forces and their allies. these people are living under extreme conditions as a result of a siege of the area by the syrian ...




république centrafricaine : plan de réponse humanitaire 2018 (janvier - décembre 2018) - central african republic

préface par le coordinateur humanitairela république centrafricaine demeure un pays fragile. meurtrie par plusieurs années de conflit dont l’impact perdure, elle doit faire face à des défis tant structurels que conjoncturels. ces derniers mois, la violence a connu une fréquence et un niveau qui ont fait de l’année 2017 celle de toutes les inquiétudes. de multiples foyers de tension ont vu le jour à travers le pays et ont gagné des régions qui autrefois jouissaient d’une certaine stabilité. cet embrasement a considérablement accru les besoins humanitaires et provoqué des vagues de déplacement que la centrafrique n’avait plus connu depuis 2014. plus de 600 000 personnes étaient déplacées internes au mois de novembre 2...




colombia: plan de respuesta humanitaria, enero - diciembre 2018 - colombia

introducción por el coordinador humanitario2018 será un año de grandes oportunidades y retos humanitarios para colombia. el acuerdo de paz firmado entre las farc-ep y el gobierno nacional ha generado cierta reducción de acciones armadas en algunas de las regiones donde históricamente existían acciones violentas e impacto en la población civil. en este escenario, se ubican además los diálogos con la guerrilla del eln en quito, y a pesar de la incertidumbre ante el proceso electoral y polarización de la sociedad, se ha creado un ambiente de esperanza en algunas de las zonas del país golpeadas por más de cincuenta años de conflicto armado.el equipo humanitario de país (ehp) ha seguido de cerca estos fenómenos y trabaja en su miti...




statement by unicef executive director henrietta h. fore following two-day visit to conflict-ravaged south sudan - south sudan

juba/nairobi/new york, 19 january 2018 – “i have just spent two days in south sudan where i saw first-hand how four years of a man-made conflict have left children sick, hungry and on the brink of death.“the impact of the relentless violence has been devastating. i met a mother who had to walk for days to get treatment for her malnourished baby. i spoke with a young boy who was forced to join an armed group at the age of 10. i also met two siblings who were separated from their parents when fighting broke out in their town, bentiu, in 2014.“but amid the horror, i saw signs of hope. the malnourished child is on her way to recovery. the former child soldier is back at school and aspires to be a doctor. and today the two siblings were r...




supporting and rebuilding agriculture in protracted crises - world

questionwhat are the impacts of different approaches to supporting agriculture in protracted crises and rebuilding agriculture after conflict and disasters (caused by natural hazards)?summarythe agriculture sector holds great potential before, during and after crises such as conflict and disasters caused by natural hazards, to save lives and contribute to livelihoods, support rural households, and provide decent employment (eynon, 2017, p. 2; mayen, 2016, p. 2). this rapid review looks at recent available evidence on the impact of conflict, protracted crises, and disasters caused by natural hazards on agriculture and efforts to support agriculture during, and rebuild it after, these crises. it is important to understand the impact of these c...




nomadic communities suffer most as drought stalks somaliland - somalia

by corrie butler, ifrcdriving through the rural landscapes of somaliland, the views are breathtaking – towering blue mountains cutting the glaring sky over dry, thorn-bushed desert. small dome-like temporary houses, known as ‘aqals’, dot the arid terrain.these belong to nomads who have survived in these harsh conditions for generations, but for the first time, they are facing an uncertain future.years of consecutive drought have spiralled somaliland’s nomadic communities into a devastating food crisis. their ability to pack up and move livestock to better grazing pastures would normally give them a major advantage over other farmers. but the unprecedented drought has caused most – if not all – of their camels, sheep and goats to ...




concern grows for women and children fleeing cameroon - cameroon

this is a summary of what was said by unhcr spokesperson william spindler – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the palais des nations in geneva.with the number of people fleeing english-speaking areas of cameroon for nigeria growing, unhcr, the un refugee agency, is increasingly concerned at the plight of women and children among them.women and children represent about 80 per cent of the approximately 10,000 refugees registered so far in eastern nigeria’s cross river state. thousands more are among the population of unregistered cameroonians in neighbouring states.some of these are boys and girls who fled to nigeria alone. unaccompanied and separated children are particularly affected by difficult acce...




deteriorating humanitarian crisis in dr congo demands largest ever appeal - democratic republic of the congo

(kinshasa, 18 january 2018) the dramatic deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the democratic republic of the congo in 2017 has forced humanitarian actors to launch an appeal for usd 1.68 billion for 2018, the largest ever funding appeal for the country where 13.1 million people require humanitarian assistance.the funding is required to urgently assist some 10.5 million congolese people in 2018. geographical expansion of the humanitarian needs and worsening situations in existing crisis hotspots all require a step change of the response of the international community to address life-threatening humanitarian and protection needs.with 1.9 million people who were newly displaced in 2017, dr congo is home to 4.3 million internally displ...




onu derechos humanos llama al estado colombiano y al eln a cumplir con sus obligaciones sobre derechos humanos y dih - colombia

la oficina en colombia del alto comisionado de las naciones unidas para los derechos humanos, en el marco de su mandato, recuerda al estado y al eln que sus obligaciones en materia de derechos humanos y derecho internacional humanitario, dih, continúan vigentes y que la finalización del cese al fuego y de hostilidades no debe significar, en ningún caso, vulneraciones a los derechos de la población civil.la oficina de la onu para los derechos humanos también insta al estado y al eln a llevar a cabo acciones medibles y concretas para mejorar la situación de los derechos humanos de las personas en colombia, que se encuentran en zonas afectadas por el conflicto armado, dichas acciones en materia de derechos humanos serán las que permitan ...




rohingya refugees race to fix up shelters as monsoon looms - bangladesh

unhcr is working to re-position and weatherproof up to 80,000 shelters in southern bangladesh to withstand rains expected in march.kutupalong camp extension, bangladesh – on a patch of dirt in this sprawling informal settlement, rohingya refugee hafsa, 55, and her husband mohammed, 60, supervise the construction of a sturdy shelter in a race against time.they have four hefty 25-foot bamboo poles which serve as load-bearing pillars, provided as part of a kit by unhcr, the un refugee agency. in addition, the sets provide thinner pieces of bamboo, as well as tarpaulins and tool kits of hammers, nails and plastic ties, to waterproof the shelter against the monsoon rains expected in march.“we now have what we need to build, and, god willing, ...




who airlifts 200 tonnes of health supplies to yemen - yemen

sana'a, 18 january 2018 — the world health organization has delivered 200 tonnes of life-saving medicines and health supplies to yemen. four united nations planes carrying the cargo landed in sana'a airport this week.the shipments include essential medicines, insulin vials, antibiotics, rabies vaccines, intravenous (iv) fluids, and other medical supplies and equipment."health facilities and hospitals in yemen desperately need to replenish their stocks. these shipments are crucial to keeping facilities functioning, and providing patients with life-saving healthcare," said dr nevio zagaria, who representative in yemen.almost 16.4 million people lack access to health services across the country. for nearly three years, hospitals and healt...




yemenis displaced by fresh violence face bleak winter - yemen

aden, yemen – having endured almost three years of conflict in yemen’s red sea governorate of al hudaydah, the saad* family were finally forced to flee their home after fresh fighting that swept the area in recent weeks destroyed their neighbour’s home and left them in fear of their lives.the family of five quickly packed their bags and took to the road, dodging bullets, bombs and mines in order to make their escape. father-of-three mohammed saad said they escaped from their home in the coastal district of al khawkhah just in time.“we were lucky we left early – three days later, a bus full of people also trying to escape was hit and several people died,” said former bus driver mohammed, who now lives with his wife and children in...