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Fairfield, Conn. (Dec. 18, 2014) - Just two years after the outbreak of bloody civil war in the Central African Republic (CAR) in December 2012, the number of girls and boys under the age of 18 recruited by armed groups has escalated to four times its previous level.
An estimated 6,000 to 10,000 children are currently members of armed groups, compared to around 2,500 at the beginning of the crisis.
Honduras, 18 de Diciembre 2014
Fuente: El Heraldo
Más de 7,000 niños y niñas han sido deportados a Honduras este año, reveló ayer la primera dama Ana García. Los infantes han sido repatriados de Guatemala, México e incluso Estados Unidos por la vía terrestre y otra cantidad por aire. La elevada cifra evidencia la crisis migratoria suscitada este año ante el éxodo de infantes no acompañados a Estados Unidos. La Primara Dama dijo que el fenómeno pone de manifiesto la necesidad de atacar de manera inmediata las causas de la migración infantil.
BERLIN – As part of the United Nations launch of the Syria Strategic Response Plan and the Regional Refugee and Resilience plan for 2015, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) appealed today in Berlin for close to US$1.5 billion in 2015 to feed over 6.5 million Syrians displaced inside their country and sheltering in neighbouring countries.
D Suba Chandran
Can the Taliban become any further barbaric than this? Targeting a school, and killing more than 130 children?
Representatives of Ministry of Health and Social Protection, WHO disability-rehabilitation team in Tajikistan in collaboration , with representatives of the International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics conducted follow-up activities from 22 September to 8 October 2014 to support the implementation of intervention and follow-up plans for children and adults with chronic paralysis caused by poliomyelitis (polio).
As 2014 draws to a close, the polio program has made substantial progress toward eradicating the disease.
At the beginning of the year, India celebrated its third year without a wild polio case, paving the way for the South-East Asia Region to be certified polio-free. Now, 80% of the world’s population lives in certified polio-free regions.
In November, we marked two years without a single case of wild poliovirus type 3, potentially leaving only one of the three strains of the wild poliovirus remaining.
A low season planning meeting in Bhurban demonstrates the commitment of the Government of Pakistan to stopping polio transmission.
This issue of the magazine examines some of the possible psychosocial consequences of working in dangerous situations, and how workers can protect themselves.
It includes a briefing note on providing psychosocial support in epidemics, as well as recommendations for health care workers on how best to operate when offering psychosocial support in dangerous situations.
Please see the bottom of this post for links to download the magazine in English, French and Spanish.
Brazzaville, 17 December 2014 - According to a new WHO report, one third of all neonatal deaths occur in the African Region. Approximately three quarters of these deaths occur during the first week of life and almost half within the first 24 hours.
BANGUI/DAKAR/GENÈVE/NEW YORK, 17 décembre 2014 – Un an après la plongée de la République centrafricaine dans une crise d’une extrême violence, deux enfants du pays sur cinq qui ont un besoin urgent du soutien de l’UNICEF sont privés d’une aide humanitaire indispensable, affirme l’organisation.
Tehran, 16 December 2014 - UN-Habitat and the State Organization of Schools Renovation, Development and Mobilization (SOSDRM) of the Islamic Republic of Iran have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to improve the safety and security facilities in schools in Iran.
Dr. Morteza Raissi Dehkordi, the Deputy Minister of Education and Head of SOSRDM and Mr. Siamak Moghaddam, acting Chief of the UN-Habitat Tehran office, signed the agreement at a ceremony held at the SOSRDM conference hall.
Maiduguri, Nigeria | Thursday 12/18/2014 - 20:08 GMT
by Bukar Hussain
Boko Haram has kidnapped at least 185 people, including women and children, in northeast Nigeria, the latest mass abduction in a region where the military has repeatedly struggled to protect civilians, officials and witnesses said Thursday.
The attack, conducted Sunday by well-armed Islamist extremists in the town of Gumsuri, also killed 32 people. It recalled the April kidnappings in Chibok, where more than 200 girls were taken from a school.
KHARTOUM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a substantial donation from Norway’s government towards emergency operations in Sudan.
SAKON NAKHON, 18 December 2014 (NNT) – Cold weather still lingers over the North and Northeast, while the South is still being battered by heavy rain.
In Sakon Nakhon, the temperature has dropped to below 15 degrees Celsius for several consecutive days. This has contributed to an increase in the number of patients getting treated for respiratory tract illnesses. Medical officials said the elderly and children aged less than five are especially vulnerable. In Phrae's Mueng district, an 82-year-old man died from heart failure as he was sleeping through the cold weather.
BANGUI/DAKAR/GENEVA/NEW YORK – A year after extreme violence tore through the Central African Republic, two out of five children in urgent need of UNICEF’s support are without vital humanitarian aid – according to the agency.
UNICEF says a critical lack of funding and insecurity – such as road barricades, looting and attacks against aid workers – have left children they expected to help this year without access to essential health services, water, education and protection.
Lebanon does not have formal refugee camps for those fleeing the conflict in Syria. Many Syrian refugees do not have the money to rent an apartment, and living in an informal tented settlement is the only option for the most vulnerable and impoverished households. Rajab is an informal tented settlement in Lebanon in the Western part of the Bekaa valley. The settlement is comprised of 360 tents and hosts 1,700 individuals, of which 70% are children and women.
The county government with the help of investors is seeking to have these children schooled through an informal programme.
The first beneficiaries of the programme will be 800 students selected from 16 schools in the county.
Each school which has a nursery school, primary and secondary school will select a concept to adopt from six categories.
The programme will be tailored on the areas of maritime, performing arts, sports, entrepreneurship, urban design, hospitality and leisure.
17 December 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-mon has strongly condemned the bomb attacks in Radaa in Yemen’s Al Bayda province yesterday, which killed more than 25 people, including at least 15 schoolchildren.
According to media reports, a school bus carrying the 15 school girls was hit by a car bomb as it passed a checkpoint in the Yemeni province of Al Bayda, south of the country’s capital of Sana’a.
By Africa Correspondent Martin Cuddihy
A new report by aid agency Save the Children estimates there are as many as 10,000 active child soldiers fighting in the Central African Republic (CAR) - a four fold increase since a violent civil war broke out two years ago.
Recruitment there started when violence broke out in 2012 between majority Christian and Muslim militias.
The report titled Caught in a Combat Zone, said children were used as porters, domestic servants and as sex slaves and that while some joined voluntarily, others were forced at gunpoint.
It’s been a busy 2014 for everyone connected with ShelterBox. This past year we have sent aid to 25 different disasters and throughout this holiday season we will be looking back at how these responses have made a difference to families in need as a direct result of the support of our donors.
One disaster, which we have continued to respond to throughout the year, is the ongoing conflict throughout Syria, Lebanon, the Kurdistan region of Iraq and Jordan.