By Crispin Dembassa-Kette
BANGUI, 6 October 2015 (IRIN) - Six days of fighting that ended in Central African Republic’s capital last week has left a heavy toll: dozens dead, hundreds wounded, thousands displaced, and hope of an imminent resolution to the country’s protracted and complex political crisis fading fast.
Survival kit distribution
Many survivors face financial difficulty after being discharged from an Ebola treatment centre. Some may have lost the breadwinner of the family or even their entire family. Their possessions would also have been destroyed, burned or disinfected with chlorine solution to avoid the further spread of the disease.
On the morning of September 26, violence suddenly returned to the PK5 neighborhood after the murder of a young Muslim motorcycle taxi driver. Despite regular tensions in this neighborhood, the MINUSCA Peacekeeping Mission intervened very late, and with resentments still present in the population, the situation took an extremely violent turn. The peacekeeping force’s lack of anticipation and quick reaction contributed to the deterioration of the security situation, with outbursts of punitive and opportunistic violence.
October 5, 2015 by Georgina Smith
New drought-resilient white beans – most commonly used to make baked beans – will be deployed to Ethiopia, as erratic weather threatens national production and farmers’ incomes.
Highlights: Homs Convoy & Fuel Partnership with Oxfam
A Joint Humanitarian Convoy to Homs was organized at the end of September, to transport over 1,200 m³ of relief items on behalf of IOM, SARC, UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO and WFP. This was the first inter-agency convoy since June 2015, due to access constrains and lack of necesary approvals.
Torrential rains in Deleig, Central Darfur, have resulted in at least three wounded and damage to hundreds of homes and institutional buildings. A number of livestock were killed.
A witness told Radio Dabanga on Monday that he counted 450 homes in Deleig camp for the displaced that were washed away by the heavy rainfall on Sunday. In addition, 350 toilets in the camp and 150 houses in Deleig village were damaged.
The ICRC has provided food, essential relief items, clean water, and health care services to over two million people in Iraq since the start of 2015.
Facts and figures - Jan to Sept 2015
1 million people received basic aid, such as hygiene items, cooking tools and blankets.
930,000 people received water, thanks to the rehabilitation and construction of water facilities.
720,000 people had access to health care, thanks to support provided to health care facilities.
Brussels, Belgium | AFP | Tuesday 10/6/2015 - 17:13 GMT
The EU said a controversial programme to relocate 40,000 refugees within the bloc from overstretched frontline states would formally start on Friday when a group of Eritreans will travel to Sweden from Italy.
"First relocations within EU take place on Friday" following an agreement by interior ministers in September, the EU's home affairs office said in a tweet. "Eritrean refugees will be relocated from Italy to Sweden."
Honduras, 06 de Octubre 2015
Fuente: La Prensa
Preocupados por las repercusiones del cambio climático y la vulnerabilidad ante desastres naturales en el Valle de Sula están las fuerzas vivas, alcaldías de la región y organismos gubernamentales.
Ayer, el salón Alberto Smith de la Cámara de Comercio e Industrias de Cortés en San Pedro Sula fue el escenario para que se desarrollara el foro Efectos de cambio climatico y su impacto en las cordilleras de Mico Quemado y El Merendón.
Bolivia, 06 de Octubre 2015
Fuente: La Razon
Ante la sobreoferta de arroz, trigo y maíz, el Gobierno evalúa la aplicación de políticas para establecer un sistema de protección a la producción nacional de alimentos. Para paliar el impacto, Emapa inició la compra de los alimentos de los productores.
6 octobre 2015 – A l'occasion d'une réunion du Conseil de sécurité consacrée à la situation au Mali, le Représentant spécial du Secrétaire général dans ce pays, Mongi Hamdi, a regretté mardi qu'un temps précieux ait été perdu dans la mise en œuvre de l'accord de paix du 20 juin 2015.
Bogotá, Octubre 06 de 2015. La Organización de Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura, FAO; el Programa Mundial de Alimentos de Naciones Unidas, PMA; y el Gobierno de Brasil, se unen para promover soluciones que permitan incrementar los ingresos y las capacidades empresariales de la Agricultura Familiar, vinculándolos como proveedores de los programas de compras públicas de alimentos.
Así lo anunció el presidente Juan Manuel Santos, quien hizo un llamado a los colombianos a ahorrar agua y energía.
Desde el municipio de La Vega, el presidente Juan Manuel Santos aseguró que el Fenómeno de El Niño que tiene azotado gran parte del país se intensificará en los próximos meses en los que se registrarán las más altas temperaturas hasta marzo de 2016.
Para hacer frente a este problema, el mandatario anunció que el viernes aprobó en el Consejo de Ministros 8.000 millones de pesos adicionales para hacer frente a los incendios y la temporada seca.
Guatemala, 5 de octubre de 2015. Ante la tragedia generada por el deslizamiento en El Cambray II, Cruz Roja Guatemalteca expresa su solidaridad a las familias afectadas, especialmente a todas aquellas que han perdido a sus seres queridos.
Lesbos, Greece | AFP | Tuesday 10/6/2015 - 17:11 GMT
by John HADOULIS
Greek premier Alexis Tsipras said Tuesday Athens would upgrade its refugee facilities by November to tackle the growing influx from Syria as the EU pledged 600 extra staff to help.
"We will try to organise better the facilities until the end of November... in order to start the process of relocation," Tsipras told reporters as he toured migrant facilities on the island of Lesbos with Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann.
ADEN, 5th October, 2015 (WAM) -- The Emirates Red Crescent has signed an agreement mandating the Yemeni government with managing and organising distribution of relief aid to the needy in Yemen, with the Red Crescent as a key partner in the process.
Reporters Without Borders condemns the indefinite closure of London-based Universal TV’s East Africa offices in Mogadishu and the arbitrary detention of East Africa director Abdullahi Hersi Kulmiye and programme presenter Ali Dahir Salad.
Abdullahi Hersi Kulmiye and Ali Dahir Salad were arrested without a warrant when they responded to a summons to report to the Mogadishu headquarters of the National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) on 2 October. NISA officers raided Universal TV’s offices later the same day and shut them down.
Donetsk, Ukraine | AFP | Tuesday 10/6/2015 - 16:54 GMT
by Yulia SILINA and Olga SHYLENKO
Ukraine's pro-Russian insurgents took a big step toward political reconciliation Tuesday by announcing they will push back disputed local elections into next year in line with Western demands.
The decision was welcomed by Kiev's pro-EU leadership and the Kremlin -- one of the few times the ex-Soviet neighbours have agreed on anything since the conflict erupted last year.
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso | AFP | Tuesday 10/6/2015 - 16:49 GMT
Burkina Faso on Tuesday marked the disarmament of an elite army force behind last month's failed coup in a ceremony in Ougadougou, formally disbanding the despised unit after 20 years.
"This ceremony... is intended to mark the end of the disarmament" of the presidential guard (RSP), Prime Minister Isaac Zida told a crowd of several hundred at a ceremony also attended by six army chiefs of the ECOWAS regional bloc.
Lima, Peru | AFP | Tuesday 10/6/2015 - 16:45 GMT
The massive arrival of migrants in the European Union will burden member states' budgets in the short term but ultimately fuel economic growth, the IMF's chief economist said Tuesday.
The arrival of hundreds of thousands of migrants in the EU, many fleeing the civil war in Syria, has unleashed a crisis for the bloc, but in the long term it will help its economies by expanding the labor force, said Maurice Obstfeld, the International Monetary Fund's new economic research director.