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government and unicef to bolster nutrition interventions for 17,000 rohingya under five children - bangladesh

cox’s bazar, 16 november 2017 – to bolster nutrition interventions for rohingya children and provide immediate support to around 17,000 under five children currently suffering from severe acute malnutrition (sam), unicef along with government and other sectoral partners launched nutrition action week.the nutrition action week is an effort to propel the nutrition interventions in the backdrop of a recent downslide in the nutrition status of rohingya children.the preliminary findings of a nutrition assessment conducted at kutupalong refugee camp last month showed a 7.5 per cent prevalence of life-threatening severe acute malnutrition – a rate double to what was witnessed among rohingya child refugees in may 2017.the nutrition action week...




doctors in eastern ghouta overwhelmed with influx of patients wounded by intensified attacks - syrian arab republic

toronto, on- doctors and medical facilities in eastern ghouta are overwhelmed by the influx of patients wounded and injured by intensifying attacks. hundreds of airstrikes in civilian areas, including cluster bombs, which are indiscriminate in nature and prohibited by international law, are causing massive civilian casualties.medical services in many areas were shut down for the safety of medical staff, patients and facilities. surgical supplies and medicines are running low in functioning medical facilities. a young woman, i b gaburah, was another victim of the siege as she died yesterday from lack of medicine and malnutrition.three white helmets (syrian civil defense workers) were killed today during a rescue in eastern ghouta in a "dou...




famine may be unfolding 'right now' in yemen, warns un relief wing - yemen

17 november 2017 – the united nations relief wing on friday, warned of famine-like conditions unfolding in yemen, as a blockade on aid and other essential goods by a saudi-led coalition fighting houthi rebels there enters its 12th day.jens laerke, spokesperson for the un office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs (ocha), sounded the alarm during the regular bi-weekly news briefing in geneva.he was responding to a question from a journalist who asked him to clarify a warning yesterday from un aid chiefs that the closure of air, sea and land ports in yemen threatened millions of vulnerable children and families.“it means that these are the number of people in areas where there's an ipc4 – integrated phase classification 4 – w...




mali: bulletin humanitaire, août – novembre 2017 - mali

faits saillantsaugmentation des incidents limitant l’accès humanitairedes milliers de déplacés en raison des violencesrévision à la hausse de l’appel de fonds pour répondre aux besoins humanitaires au mali en 2017chiffres cléspersonnes déplacées internes (pdi) (rapport cmp, octobre 2017) 58 594réfugiés maliens dans les pays voisins (rapport cmp, octobre 2017) 142 436retournés (rapport cmp, octobre 2017) 498 170rapatriés (rapport cmp, octobre 2017) 61 089population en insécurité alimentaire (cadre harmonisé mars 2017) 3 8 millionsenfants malnutris de moins de 5 ans (smart 2017) 750 000financement305 millions fonds requis ($ us) pour le financement du hrp 2017 (requête révisée)dégradation de la sécurité alimentaire au...




visita del director de la iniciativa global de desplazamiento y migración de save the children a frontera colombia - venezuela - colombia

jueves 16 noviembre 2017entre el 7 y 10 de noviembre el equipo de la fundación save the children colombia recibió la visita y el acompañamiento del señor steve morgan – director de la iniciativa global de desplazamiento y migración a los puntos fronterizos entre colombia y venezuela en cúcuta (norte de santander) y maicao (la guajira).durante estos días el equipo de save the children sostuvo reuniones con miembros de los equipos locales de coordinación - elc, como consejo noruego para refugiados - nrc, oficina para la coordinación de asuntos humanitarios - ocha, alto comisionado de las naciones unidas para refugiados - acnur, programa mundial de alimentos - pma, pastoral social y la misión scalabriniana.así mismo, se realizaron ...




unicef horn of africa drought situation - updated: 31 october 2017 - somalia

11.4 million children are at risk of of malnutrition, water shortages, lack of health services, child protection violations and disruption to their education758,000 children under-five ar...




home-made rafts arriving from myanmar / refugee population density soaring - bangladesh

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.nearly three months into the bangladesh/myanmar crisis refugees are continuing to flee myanmar, many by increasingly desperate means.over the past 10 days unhcr, the un refugee agency, has received reports of some 30 improvised rafts arriving from myanmar, carrying more than a thousand people. unable to pay for the crossing, refugees are building rafts from whatever material they can get their hands on – mostly bamboo poles and empty jerry cans tied together with rope and covered with plastic sheets. using paddles made of bamboo and plastic debris some of these...




children must be top of global migration agenda, un experts say - world

geneva (17 november 2017) – all children caught up in the global migration crisis should be treated as children first and foremost, regardless of their nationality or migration status, or that of their parents, un human rights experts have said in authoritative new guidance* on the human rights of children in the context of international migration which is published today.migrant children, defined as those below the age of 18, continue to suffer the most from the violation of their rights, the experts said.“states should adopt new laws and policies or amendments to existing laws, as well as implement practical measures to fulfil the rights of all children in the context of international migration,” say the experts from the un committee...




un envoy urges greater support for rohingya victims of sexual violence - bangladesh

16 november 2017 – following a visit to bangladesh’s cox’s bazar, where hundreds of thousands of rohingya refugees from myanmar have settled in makeshift camps, a united nations envoy has called for enhanced measures to protect and assist victims of sexual violence among the displaced population.“my observations point to a pattern of widespread atrocities, including rape, gang-rape by multiple soldiers, forced public nudity and humiliation, and sexual slavery in military captivity directed against rohingya women and girls,” un special representative on sexual violence in conflict pramila patten said thursday.the humanitarian crisis caused by escalating violence in myanmar’s rakhine state is causing catastrophic suffering. over ...




chad: misinformation and lack of resources hamper cholera response - chad

the cholera epidemic declared on 18 september is ongoing in chad’s salamat region, where 795 cases and 23 deaths have been reported.a cholera epidemic in chad has followed the bahr-azoum river along its meandering path southward, from the eastern sila region to the more heavily populated district of am timan, in salamat, near the central african republic.many people wash and bathe in the river, and even drink from it.as the epidemic shifted, médecins sans frontières (msf) moved its chad emergency response unit (ceru) from sila to am timan. according to chad’s ministry of health, 795 cases and 23 deaths were reported in the salamat region between 11 september, when the first case was registered, and 14 november.msf’s ceru set up a 40-...




afghanistan humanitarian bulletin issue 69 | 1 – 31 october 2017 - afghanistan

highlightshumanitarians and the government plan to help 78,000 families to get through winter warmly.civilian casualties recorded in the first nine months of the year remain close to record levels.biosand filters provide clean drinking water to families in lashkargah.more than 160 humanitarian partners ensure good coverage and capacities across the country.eradication of polio in afghanistan has never been so close, but much work remains to be done.why the republic of korea supports countrybased pooled funds.families facing harsh winter temperatures“winter is coming, it is getting cold and i do not know how to pay for firewood,” says bibi hawa, a returnee who left pakistan four years ago and has since lived in one of kabul’s informal s...




improved early warning systems protect the most vulnerable - world

early results of climate risk and early warning systems initiative presented at climate change conferencevulnerable communities in africa and the pacific and caribbean are now benefiting from improved early warning systems against extreme weather as part of an international drive to boost resilience and climate change adaptation. but further investments are needed to reduce the risks from hazards like tropical cyclones, floods and drought.a ministerial event at the united nations climate change conference on 15 november was presented with the first results from the climate risk and early warning systems (crews) initiative. launched at the paris climate change negotiations in 2015, crews aims to mobilize us$100 million by 2020 to save lives a...




colombia – desplazamientos masivos en los municipios de tumaco y barbacoas (nariño) flash update no. 1 (15/11/17) - colombia

este documento fue elaborado por ocha con apoyo de umaic y con información suministrada por la administración municipal de ricaurte, personería municipal de ricaurte. subcomité de asistencia y atención de nariño y miembros del equipo local (elc) de coordinación de nariño.flash update no. 1 – colombia: desplazamientos masivos en barbacoas y tumaco (nariño)entre el 7 y 11 de noviembre de 2017, las acciones de diferentes grupos armados que hacen presencia en el departamento de nariño causaron desplazamientos masivos con afectaciones multisectoriales en al menos 146 personas (46 familias) pertenecientes a comunidades indígenas awá de la zona rural de los municipios de barbacoas y tumaco, acorde a información preliminar suminist...




afghanistan humanitarian bulletin issue 69 | 1 – 31 october 2017 - afghanistan

highlightshumanitarians and the government plan to help 78,000 families to get through winter warmly.civilian casualties recorded in the first nine months of the year remain close to record levels.biosand filters provide clean drinking water to families in lashkargah.more than 160 humanitarian partners ensure good coverage and capacities across the country.eradication of polio in afghanistan has never been so close, but much work remains to be done.why the republic of korea supports countrybased pooled funds.families facing harsh winter temperatures“winter is coming, it is getting cold and i do not know how to pay for firewood,” says bibi hawa, a returnee who left pakistan four years ago and has since lived in one of kabul’s informal s...




un leaders appeal for immediate lifting of humanitarian blockade in yemen – lives of millions are at risk - yemen

statement by wfp executive director david beasley, unicef executive director, anthony lake, and who director-general, dr. tedros adhanom ghebreyesusrome / geneva / new york - “while the saudi-led military coalition has partially lifted the recent blockade of yemen, closure of much of the country’s air, sea and land ports is making an already catastrophic situation far worse. the space and access we need to deliver humanitarian assistance is being choked off, threatening the lives of millions of vulnerable children and families.“together, we issue another urgent appeal for the coalition to permit entry of lifesaving supplies to yemen in response to what is now the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. the supplies, which include medic...




helping children in camps cope through play - bangladesh

by diana coulter, ifrcthe cheers of children rise from a tiny mango grove where a badminton match is underway between two trees.along with other “pop-up” play activities offered by members of the bangladesh red crescent society and ifrc partners, the games are giving children psychosocial support in this patchwork landscape of bamboo shelters where more than 600,000 people have recently arrived from myanmar, seeking safety from violence.stacked on steep hillsides, the sprawling camps can become almost impenetrable in wet weather, but this hasn’t deterred a team of four from ploughing ankle-deep through mud with armloads of sport and play equipment. bdrcs volunteer julekha “juli” akter, 18, was so determined not to disappoint the ch...




global leaders call for action for young refugees in the face of the world’s greatest refugee crisis and a growing education crisis - world

doha – at today’s world innovation summit for education (wise) in doha, hosted and attended by her highness sheikha moza bint nasser, the chairperson of education above all foundation, world leaders called for action to help young refugees and internally displaced youths. with more than 260 million children and adolescents not in school today, and only 1% of young refugees able to access higher education, the world will not achieve the sustainable development goals if young people are denied quality educational opportunities.speaking in a keynote address at education above all foundation’s high-level panel on “asset over burden – education for refugee youth”, his excellency, mr. nana akufo-addo, president of ghana, co-chair of sd...




nearly one third of darfur’s people still displaced, despite drop in violence, assistant secretary-general tells security council - sudan

sc/13069security council8103rd meeting (am)sudan permanent representative faults ‘contempt’ for doha document for peacethe armed groups in darfur today had largely been defeated, the ferocity of intercommunal violence had declined, and there had been no new large‑scale displacements, bintou keita, assistant secretary‑general for peacekeeping operations, told the security council today.however, those positive developments had not led to the voluntary and sustainable return of internally displaced persons, ms. keita said, noting that nearly one third of darfur’s population remained displaced. presenting the secretary‑general’s latest report on the african union‑united nations hybrid operation in darfur (document s/2017/907), sh...




nigeria food security outlook update, october 2017 to may 2018 - nigeria

main season harvests in much of the northeast have been severely limited by the ongoing conflictkey messages• boko haram conflict in the northeast has severely limited normal livelihoods activities over several years. many poor and/or displaced households in the region are highly dependent on humanitarian assistance to meet minimal food requirements, and remain in crisis (ipc phase 3!).many of those households unable to access assistance are facing emergency (ipc phase 4) or worse outcomes.• very limited staple harvests, high food prices, and poor labor opportunities will leave many households in the northeast heavily dependent on humanitarian assistance for food access throughout the outlook period. in the absence of continued assistanc...




ethiopia: humanitarian response situation report no.15 (october 2017) - ethiopia

this report has been prepared under the auspices of the federal disaster risk management technical working group, co-chaired by the national disaster risk management commission (ndrmc) and ocha with participation of sector co-chairs (government line ministries and cluster coordinators). it covers the period from 01 to 31 october 2017.highlightsthe government, with support from humanitarian partners, continue to address the triple challenge of drought, flood and inter-communal conflict, but resources are stretched.the government and humanitarian partners have jointly been conducting verification assessments in few areas affected by the oromia-somali communal conflict to identify the scope of humanitarian needs and provide first-line assistanc...