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The Kasai area, previously a relatively stable, off-the-radar region in central DR Congo, has drawn international attention since a violent crisis began in August 2016.
Originally between local militia and national security forces, the armed conflict has taken on ethnic dimensions and resulted in violence affecting civilians across the region. According to the latest figures, a total of 3.8 million people have been internally displaced in the DRC - the highest number on the continent - of whom one-third are from the Kasai (OCHA, 9 Jul 2017).Read more
From 2013 to 2015, one of the world’s most perilous maritime migration routes cut through a stretch of waterway in South and South-East Asia.
Smugglers used the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea as a corridor to connect desperate refugees and migrants to destinations throughout the region and beyond. For many travellers, however, it is a dangerous journey.
An estimated 1,800 people died while attempting this crossing from 2013 to 2015 — a fatality rate of roughly 1.2 per cent, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR. The fatality rate for mixed movements in the Mediterranean Sea was roughly 0.6 per cent over the same time period.Read more
In February, the United Nations declared famine in Unity State, a northern area of South Sudan (WFP, UNICEF, FAO, 20 Feb 2017). About 100,000 people were deemed to be at immediate risk of starvation, with up to a million more classified as being on the brink of famine. The violence and food insecurity over the past four years have created the continent’s largest refugee crisis, with almost one million people seeking a safe haven in Uganda alone (MSF, 18 May 2017).
The UN has since expanded the crises category to encompass northeastern Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen - and the numbers are staggering. Not just in terms of people at risk - 30 million at last count - but funding too: $6.1 billion (ACAPS, 22 May 2017) is needed this year to avert catastrophe.Read more
We have released a new version of the RW Crises app, which has seen more than 3,500 downloads since its launch in October 2016. The Crises app features key figures, access to latest updates, real-time funding status, as well as an overview for each humanitarian crisis.
The powered-up version is faster and offers four significant improvements from the previous version:
In its 20th year ReliefWeb notched up a record six million users, a rise of 4.5% from 2015. Most of these came from Africa, which saw a 17.5% jump from the previous year, confirming the continent as the top user base among the humanitarian community. The increase was particularly significant in South Sudan (+30%), Uganda (+18%), and Somalia (+17%).
There was also a striking increase in the number of users from the Middle East, notably Turkey (+35%), most likely bolstered by the humanitarian activities related to the Syria crisis. Figures are also on the rise for Jordan (+15%), which hosts significant numbers of refugees from Syria and has become the base of operation for some 60 humanitarian and development agencies.Read more