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'anything that was breathing was killed': war crimes in leer and mayendit - south sudan

south sudan: government troops and militias given free rein to commit new atrocitiesthe staggering brutality of a recent military offensive in south sudan - including murder of civilians, systematic rape of women and girls and massive looting and destruction - was fuelled by the authorities' failure to prosecute or remove suspected war criminals, amnesty international said in a new report today.'anything that was breathing was killed': war crimes in leer and mayendit, south sudan is based on the testimonies of around 100 civilians who fled an offensive by government forces and allied youth militias in southern unity state between late april and early july this year."a key factor in this brutal offensive was the failure to bring to justice...




unicef ethiopia humanitarian situation report #8 – reporting period: august 2018 - ethiopia

highlights• approximately 141,410 people were displaced in somali region after conflict erupted on 4 august. the conflict led to the exodus of government personnel, leaving essential services significantly understaffed. this in turn created pressing and urgent humanitarian needs for children and women in the region.• through unicef support, 134,446 people in gedeo-west guji received essential and life-saving health care services and 30,579 children under 5 years were treated for severe acute malnutrition (sam).• the acute watery diarrhea (awd) situation in the country continues to be of great concern. in tigray region, 769 awd cases have been reported between 22 july and 22 august 2018. unicef has provided support in c4d, health and wa...




declaración conjunta del acnur y de la oim acerca del nombramiento del sr. eduardo stein como representante especial conjunto para los refugiados y migrantes venezolanos en la región - venezuela (bolivarian republic of)

ginebra – el acnur, la agencia de naciones unidas para los refugiados y la oim, el organismo de las naciones unidas para la migración, tienen el agrado de anunciar el nombramiento del sr. eduardo stein como representante especial conjunto para los refugiados y migrantes venezolanos en la región.el sr. stein trae una vasta experiencia profesional y política, y un profundo conocimiento de la región, todo lo cual será fundamental para brindar apoyo a los esfuerzos de los gobiernos nacionales respecto de la respuesta frente a las necesidades de protección y de soluciones por parte de un número cada vez mayor de refugiados y migrantes venezo...




helmand leaders gather to discuss causes of local conflict, prospects for peace - afghanistan

nadali - government officials, elders, activists and other community leaders in the southern province of helmand gathered at a un-backed symposium to discuss local peace efforts and to strategize on ways to build national and sustainable peace.more than 50 leaders from helmand’s nadali district, located west of the provincial capital of lashkar gah, gathered at the event to exchange ideas about the main drivers of instability in the province, such as corruption, underdevelopment and unemployment, especially among young people, and to chart out possible next steps toward peace.“building confidence in the peace process should start with improving good governance, justice and the rule of law,” said shagofa, a women’s rights activist, wh...




ecowas calls for increased coordination to address security and developmental challenges in sahel region - world

abuja, 18th september 2018. the commission of the economic community of west african states (ecowas) along with regional and international organizations, have reiterated their commitment to addressing challenges such as terrorism, climate change, poverty, food insecurity and illicit trafficking in the sahel region by harmonizing their approaches and improving coordination in the implementation of their strategies.this was the major recommendation of a high level meeting of regional organizations on the sahel which held in abuja, nigeria on 18th september, 2018.the meeting which was organized in collaboration with the african union (au) and the united nations office for west africa and the sahel (unowas) called for advocacy policies to facili...




“we simply can’t let these people down. but we remain vigilant”: msf returns to bangassou - central african republic

in november 2017 a series of security incidents forced médecins sans frontières (msf) to evacuate our team from bangassou, central african republic (car), and suspend activities in the area for five months. in april 2018, our team returned to the city. assistant medical coordinator dr ernest lualuali ibongu has been working in bangassou since april 2017, where he experienced the temporary suspension of activities and their resumption. here, he describes the situation.what was the situation in bangassou when you first arrived?before i arrived, bangassou was described to me as a “little paradise”, a haven of social cohesion in central african republic relatively unaffected by the intercommunal conflict that tore the country apart from 20...




a future stolen: young and out of school - world

more than 104 million children and young people – 1 in 3 – are out of school in countries affected by war or natural disastersadolescents in emergency countries face grim future with two in five 15-17 year olds never completing primary school.new york, 19 september 2018 – 1 in 3 children and young people between 5 and 17 years old living in countries affected by conflict or disaster – 104 million – are not in school, a figure that accounts for more than a third of the global out-of-school population, according to a new unicef report. in total, 303 million aged 5 to 17 years old are out of school worldwide.the report notes 1 in 5 young people aged 15 to 17 years old living in countries affected by conflict or disaster have never en...




yemen: a further one million children at risk of famine as food and fuel prices soar across the country - yemen

any disruption to food and fuel supplies coming through hodeidah port could cause starvation on an unprecedented scale, warns save the childrenmultimedia content and case studies from yemen available to download here.hodeidah, september 19 – an additional one million severely food insecure children in yemen risk falling into famine as families struggle to afford basic food and transport to health facilities for treatment. this brings the total number of children in yemen at risk of famine to 5.2 million. already, more than two-thirds (64.5 per cent) of yemen’s population don’t know where their next meal is coming from.as hodeidah experiences renewed fighting there is a real risk its port – a vital lifeline for goods and aid for 80 pe...




united nations agencies launch environmental protection and resilience project for host communities and refugees in bangladesh - bangladesh

18/09/2018 cox’s bazar, bangladeshfamilies living in the world’s largest refugee camp this week received the first 2,500 stoves and liquid petroleum gas (lpg) cylinders that are part of a united nations project to protect the environment and build resilience for people living in cox’s bazar, bangladesh.the “safe plus” (safe approaches to fuel and energy plus landscape restoration and livelihoods) project, which finally aims to provide ultimately 125,000 host community and refugee families with lpg stoves to prevent further deforestation caused by cutting firewood for cooking, is a partnership between the united nations’ food and agriculture organization (fao), migration agency (iom) and world food programme (wfp).when some 700,00...




school attacks in cameroon prompt parents to withdraw students - cameroon

september 18, 2018 8:56 ammoki edwin kindzekabuea, cameroon — thousands of parents are withdrawing their children from schools in the english-speaking regions of cameroon after armed men attacked and wounded dozens of people in their institutions. separatists fighting for the independence of the english-speaking regions of cameroon had warned parents not to send their kids to school stating that they could not assure safety.dozens of villagers and parents searched the forested areas around sasse, a neighborhood in the southwestern town of buea early tuesday, looking for students who fled after armed med attacked the saint joseph's college late sunday. several dozen people were wounded in the attack.senator charles mbella moki, a lawmaker...




philippines | typhoon mangkhut: flash update no. 05 | 18 september 2018 - philippines

situation overviewas of 18 september, more than 890,000 people are affected in region i, ii, iii calabarzon, mimaropa, national capital region (ncr) and cordillera administrative region (car). over 236,000 people are displaced, with over 162,300 people seeking shelter in more than 1,780 evacuation centres, and more than 73,600 people staying with host families.according to the national disaster risk reduction management council (ndrrmc), over 1,477 homes are damaged, with numbers expected to rise as the local authorities conduct damage assessment and reach remote areas. access is still a constraint due to landslides in mountain areas. news outlets are reporting over 60 dead and more than 40 missing, mostly due to landslides...




iom conducts first climate data tracking in lake chad basin - cameroon

dakar – in august 2018 iom, the un migration agency, conducted the first climate data collection and tracking exercise in the four countries around the lake chad basin – cameroon, chad, niger and nigeria – to gather baseline data on the nexus between climate change, conflict, migration and livelihoods.throughout the region, 3,685 households and 475 key informants were interviewed in locations selected based on their proximity to the lake and their experience of climate events and conflict.the overall findings of the exercise showed that across the four countries and regardless of the interviewees’ status (host community members, internally displaced persons, returnees, migrants, refugees), a change in temperature, rainfall and ecosys...




acaps: briefing note – zimbabwe: cholera outbreak, 18 september 2018 - zimbabwe

download pdf (424.4 kb)an outbreak of cholera declared on 6 september has killed at least 30 people and infected at least 5,460. the most severely affected areas are the two epicentres of the outbreaks in the suburbs of glenview and budiriro in western harare. the outbreak has spread from harare to chitungwiz...




siege watch - millions still trapped in idlib - syrian arab republic

18-09-2018yesterday’s agreement between russian president vladimir putin and turkish counterpart recep tayyip erdogan may postpone the military offensive the syrian government and its allies are planning in the northern province of idlib. but millions of civilians, most of them refugees from elsewhere in syria, remain trapped in the province.putin and erdogan agreed to create a demilitarized buffer zone in the province to separate government and opposition forces. this is welcome measure to avert an offensive and protect the 3 million people in idlib. however, it is not a long-term solution for the province.millions moved against their willaccording to the 10th and final quarterly siege watch report, published this week, more than 110,000 ...




dpr korea: floods and landslides emergency plan of action (epoa) dref n° mdrkp012 - democratic people's republic of korea

a. situation analysisdescription of the disasterheavy downpours which started on 28 august have caused large-scale flooding and land slides to low-lying areas in north and south hwanghae province of the democratic people’s republic of korea (dprk). according to the government report, a total of 76 people are confirmed dead and 75 are still missing, most of them were children presumably drowned and swept away in the currents. over 3,200 houses are destroyed in addition to clinics, schools and kindergartens. over 10,000 people have been made homeless due to their houses being destroyed, partially destroyed or submerged. significant damage has been done to water supply systems and clean water is now being trucked in. the persistent heavy rain...




levels & trends in child mortality: report 2018 - world

a child under 15 dies every five seconds around the world – un reportchildren from the highest mortality countries are up to 60 times more likely to die in the first five years of life than those from the lowest mortality countries, report also says.new york/ geneva/ washington d.c., 18 september 2018 – an estimated 6.3 million children under 15 years of age died in 2017, or 1 every 5 seconds, mostly of preventable causes, according to new mortality estimates released by unicef, the world health organization (who), the united nations population division and the world bank group.the vast majority of these deaths – 5.4 million – occur in the first five years of life, with newborns accounting for around half of the deaths."without urg...




yemen humanitarian fund: a lifeline in the world’s worst humanitarian crisis - yemen

the yemen humanitarian fund (yhf) continues to provide a lifeline to millions of yemenis trapped in the worst humanitarian crisis. “the human cost and the humanitarian impact of this conflict is ...




increasing suicide attempts and self-harming among child refugees trapped in moria camp, lesvos - greece

msf calls for emergency evacuation of vulnerable people to other eu member statesmonday, september 17, 2018 — the medical and humanitarian organisation médecins sans frontières/doctors without borders (msf) is witnessing an unprecedented health and mental health emergency amongst the men, women and children kept in moria camp, on lesvos, greece. msf is calling for the emergency evacuation of all vulnerable people, especially children, to safe accommodation on the greek mainland and within the european union.the policy of containing asylum seekers on greek islands has led to more than 9,000 people, a third of whom are children, being stuck indefinitely in the moria camp that has a maximum capacity of 3,100 people. in the first two weeks o...




opt humanitarian fund releases us$ 1 million in funds to avoid collapse of services in the gaza strip; additional funds needed urgently - occupied palestinian territory

today, the humanitarian coordinator, jamie mcgoldrick, announced the release of us$ 1 million from the humanitarian fund for the occupied palestinian territory (https://www.ochaopt.org/page/opt-humanitarian-fund) (opt hf) to prevent the collapse of life-saving services in the gaza strip. the allocation will go to the un-assisted emergency fuel programme, which provides emergency fuel, mainly for back-up electricity generators, at around 250 critical health, water and sanitation facilities in the gaza strip.“this allocation is critical to prevent a complete collapse of services and a potential outbreak of disease,” said mr. mcgoldrick. “unfortunately, it comes in the absence of action from the relevant authorities, who have responsibili...




philippines: more than a million children missing out on education as thousands of schools remain shut following super typhoon mangkhut - philippines

more than a million students face an extended period out of school, leaving them at risk of falling permanently out of the education system, warns save the children as the clean-up after typhoon mangkhut gets under way.the storm, classified as a category 5 “super” typhoon, ripped across northern luzon in the philippines on saturday morning, causing major damage to homes, schools and vital infrastructure. so far at least 66 people have been killed, while dozens are still missing.according to the department of education, more than 4,300 schools remain suspended because of damage caused by the storm or the ongoing use of classrooms as evacuation centres, affecting just over one million students. at least 170 schools suffered flooding, while...