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Children affected by crisis in Ukraine tell their stories in one-minute videos

LVIV, Ukraine, 25 July 2014 – UNICEF Ukraine today released the latest in UNICEF’s OneMinutesJr video series, featuring stories by 14 internally displaced children 6 to 17 years old from Crimea, Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

The children, now living with their families in Lviv, all took part in a seminar led by UNICEF on telling their stories by video, and produced one video each. (See http://bit.ly/tomJr-Lviv2014)

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EU Provides Life-Saving Support To Internally Displaced In Yemen

ANA’A – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today expressed its gratitude to the European Union (EU) for its latest donation of €6 million (US$8 million), which will be used to provide food assistance to internally displaced people (IDPs) and returnees, as well as supporting WFP’s efforts to combat malnutrition.

The contribution came from the European Commission's Humanitarian aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), which was the fourth largest donor to WFP Yemen in 2013, when it provided some US$10 million in funding.

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Nigeria Doctors’ Strike Threatens HIV/AIDS Care

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Voice of America

ABUJA — Nearly a month into a nationwide doctor's strike, HIV/AIDS patients in some parts of northern Nigeria say health care is rapidly declining, and they have become largely dependent upon foreign aid organizations. Doctors say the strike is the only way they know to rescue Nigeria’s flailing healthcare system, but nurses accuse strikers of abandoning public care in favor of more lucrative private practices.

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International Medical Corps Team of Emergency Doctors and Nurses in Gaza to Deliver Critical Health Care amid Ongoing Violence

July 25, 2014 - Los Angeles, Calif. – Amid the escalating violence in Gaza, International Medical Corps, in partnership with the Jordan Health Aid Society, is deploying ten doctors and nurses to Al Ahli Hospital to provide medical services to casualties of the conflict. Having operated in Gaza since 2008, the organization is also providing mental health and psychosocial support to families affected by the violence.

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Children in South Sudan cannot wait for famine before world acts

If the world fails to provide the help needed right now to accelerate and scale up life-saving food and nutrition efforts, UNICEF estimates that 50,000 children could die from malnutrition this year.

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Sud-Kivu: plus de 37 000 enfants vaccinés contre la rougeole à Kahele

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Radio Okapi

L’ONG Médecins sans frontière (MSF/Espagne) a vacciné en trios semaines, plus de 37 000 enfants de zéro à 15 ans contre la rougeole dans l’axe montagneux du territoire de Kalehe (Sud-Kivu). Le coordonnateur de cette structure internationale, Aissani Abdoul, a indiqué que son personnel a rencontré plusieurs difficultés sur terrain pour réussir cette opération:

“Nous sommes arrivés dans des villages extrêmement difficiles d’accès, où il fallait marcher à pieds, transporter les vaccins ainsi que les matériels”.

Radio Okapi:

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Gaza Emergency Preliminary Needs and Requirements oPt - Gaza (Updated: 24 July 2014)

  • Planning figures 1.8 million

  • Total population of the Gaza Strip (already considered vulnerable under the SRP) all of whom are identified as affected by the current emergency

  • 697 Killed (74% civilians)

  • 3,993 Injured (1,213 children, 698 women)

  • 3,230 Homes destroyed or severely damaged in Gaza

  • 140,000 internally displaced, sheltering in 83 UNRWA schools, thousands of additional people displaced elsewhere.

  • USD $69 million for immediate requirements

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Ethiopia + 1 other
US Providing 800 mln USD to Advance Country’s Development

Addis Ababa July 25/2014 The US government is providing up to 800 million USD annually for Ethiopia to advance the country’s development in the fields of health, education, agriculture and food security, and energy, the US Ambassador to Ethiopia said.

Ambassador Patricia M. Haslach said the United States is committed to working in partnership with the Government of Ethiopia to better the lives of its people.

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Preventing election violence in Burundi through peer-support

By Caroline Madueno

In 2010 the first democratic elections took place in Burundi after a long and devastating civil war. The election period was marked by violence and political unrest, involving violence between youth supporting the ruling CNDD-FDD party and those supporting the opposition FRODEBU. Widespread youth poverty and unemployment were the main factors pushing youth to take part in violence.

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Lebanon + 2 others
Le Canada soutient les enfants réfugiés du Proche-Orient

Le Canada offrira des occasions d'apprentissage plus nombreuses aux enfants vulnérables de Syrie et du Liban

Le 25 juillet 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario – Affaires étrangères, Commerce et Développement Canada

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Israel/Gaza Conflict, July 2014 - Questions & Answers

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Amnesty

What is Amnesty International’s position on the resolution passed by the Human Rights Council on 23 July? Now that the Human Rights Council has mandated a commission of inquiry, what should happen next?

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Polio vaccinators make significant headway in Nigeria

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Rotary

Nigeria is closer than ever to eradicating polio, riding a successful effort to reach children in seven northern states at highest risk for the disease.

"Rotarians have [gone] into remote areas of the country by car, canoe, motorbike, and even on foot to ensure every child gets the vaccine," says Rotary's Nigeria PolioPlus Committee Chair Tunji Funsho.

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Obama, Central American leaders meet on child migrants

07/25/2014 16:55 GMT

by Jerome Cartillier

WASHINGTON, July 25, 2014 (AFP) - President Barack Obama meets Friday with three Central American leaders to try to get control of an humanitarian crisis triggered by a tide of child migrants crossing the southern US border.

The arrival of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors, most from Central America, has set off a political firestorm, entangling Obama in a bitterly emotional issue with no easy solutions.

Agence France-Presse:

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UNICEF Plane Delivers First Ever Humanitarian Supplies from Europe to Sulimaniyeh

Erbil, 24 July 2014 – UNICEF, in coordination with federal and regional authorities, today operated the first ever airlift of humanitarian aid from Europe to Sulimaniyeh, Iraq.

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Lebanon + 2 others
Canada supports refugee children in the Middle East

Canada will provide greater learning opportunities to vulnerable children from Syria and Lebanon

July 25, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

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Funding gaps hinder humanitarian and resilience-building interventions in The Gambia

A third of The Gambia’s 1.8 million inhabitants are estimated to be at risk of food insecurity - 200,000 people already need critical food assistance. The humanitarian response plan is only funded at 13.5 per cent.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Ethiopia + 1 other
Young refugee sisters survive on wild grass as they trek alone to safety

GAMBELLA, Ethiopia, 25 July (UNHCR) -- Twelve-year-old Nyawech Chuol can barely stop sobbing long enough to tell the story of the night South Sudan's civil war came to her home. She and her eight-year-old sister, Nyalouk, traumatized into silence, lost their family after a gun battle – and now they are completely alone n a foreign land.

Nyawech says they were fast asleep some weeks ago when the conflict that has swept South Sudan for the last seven months reached her village, Matiang, in Upper Nile State.

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New Zealand aid worker helping in Gaza

A New Zealand Red Cross nurse working in Gaza says she has never experienced anything like the current conflict in her long aid work career.

Gail Corbett of Levin is seconded to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and is working alongside the Palestine Red Crescent Society to provide emergency medical and relief services to the wounded and affected populations.

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Conasan reporta cero muertes por desnutrición aguda en 291 municipios

Las acciones del Pacto Hambre Cero para identificar y atender oportunamente los casos de desnutrición aguda, han dado como resultado cero muertes de niños por causas relacionadas con este padecimiento. El reporte de la sala situacional de desnutrición aguda fue presentado en la reunión del Consejo Nacional de Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutricional (Conasan), dirigido por la presidenta en funciones Roxana Baldetti.