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10 Feb 2016 description

Organisation hopes to give bereaved children a brighter future.

By Mostafa al-Jalal

A civil society group working in Idlib and the surrounding countryside is helping hundreds of local children who have lost family in the conflict.

The al-Huda charitable organisation was set up in late August 2012 after Kfar Nabel was liberated from the government forces. It distributes funds to each bereaved child and is aiming to establish a community centre where orphans can receive dedicated help.

09 Feb 2016 description

RICHMOND, VA – A severe shortfall in aid funding is putting thousands of children at risk in Ethiopia as the country deals with its worst drought emergency in decades. The drought and resulting food shortage are expected to continue well into 2016. ChildFund International is in urgent need of millions of dollars in additional funding to provide emergency food rations for 300,000 people over the next six months.

09 Feb 2016 description
  • There are ten weeks to go until the globally synchronized switch from the trivalent to bivalent oral polio vaccine, an important milestone in achieving a polio-free world. Read more here.

09 Feb 2016 description
report UN Security Council


7618th Meeting (AM)
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Meetings Coverage

Despite Territorial Losses, Terrorists Still Attract Financing, Would-be Fighters

Despite recent territorial losses inflicted upon Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the international community urgently needed “unity and action” to combat the continuing threat posed by the terrorist group, the ranking United Nations political official stressed today as he briefed the Security Council.

09 Feb 2016 description


Situation : République démocratique du Congo (RDC)
Affaire : Le Procureur c. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo

Aujourd'hui, le 9 février 2016, la Chambre de première instance II de la Cour pénale internationale (CPI) a rendu une ordonnance demandant au Fonds au profit des victimes (FPV) de compléter le projet présenté aux juges le 3 novembre 2015, quant à la mise en œuvre des réparations collectives ordonnées par la Chambre d'appel dans l'affaire Le Procureur c. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo.

09 Feb 2016 description

USAID’s new activity will optimize the power of health communication to transform Ethiopia’s public health system

09 Feb 2016 description

PORT-AU-PRINCE – Une troisième année consécutive de sécheresse, aggravée en 2015 par le phénomène météorologique mondial El Niño, a poussé de nombreuses personnes dans la pauvreté et a doublé le nombre de personnes souffrant d’insécurité alimentaire sévère, a déclaré aujourd’hui le Programme alimentaire mondial des Nations Unies (PAM).

09 Feb 2016 description

Thousands of families, fleeing the violent attacks and air strikes in the mostly Turkmen populated Bayirbucak region in the NW of Syria, crossed through the Turkish border, in an operation coordinated by AFAD.

February 3, 2016, Hatay / Recent attacks on the mostly Turkmen populated Bayirbucak region of Syria, forced thousands of Syrian Turkmens and Arabs to sought refuge in Yamadi, near the Yayladagi border of Turkey.

09 Feb 2016 description
report Government of Japan

Second Secretary Takuhiro Watanabe attended the turnover ceremony February 5, 2016 for “The Project for Construction of Shelter Home for Women and Children” in the Municipality of Diplahan, Zamboanga Sibugay. This is part of the Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).

09 Feb 2016 description

Despite huge commitments for increased investments and robust evidence on what works for improving the nutritional status of millions of children, the level of investments remains inadequate compared to the needs.

2014: ODA disbursements to basic nutrition are too modest

09 Feb 2016 description
report Médecins du Monde

Médecins du Monde et le Secours Catholique - Caritas France contraints de recourir à nouveau à la justice.

Dans les camps de Calais ou Grande-Synthe, plusieurs centaines de mineurs isolés étrangers (MIE) vivent dans une très grande précarité. Particulièrement vulnérables et exposés à de très nombreuses violences, ces jeunes, qui pour certains ont de la famille au Royaume-Uni, ont besoin d’urgence de mesures de protection particulières.

09 Feb 2016 description

Yesterday, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) inaugurated the UNRWA Qalqilya Basic Girls’ School in Qalqilya, located in the northern West Bank.

09 Feb 2016 description

PORT-AU-PRINCE – Haiti’s third consecutive year of drought, exacerbated by the global El Niño weather phenomenon, has driven people deeper into poverty and hunger, and doubled the severely food-insecure population, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today.

Some 3.6 million Haitians are facing food insecurity, among them more than 1.5 million people who are severely food insecure. This was a key finding from an Emergency Food Security Assessment (EFSA) conducted by WFP, the Food and Agriculture Organization and National Food Security Coordination.

09 Feb 2016 description

The Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) announced the distribution of more than 250 food parcels and relief materials for the displaced families from Anbar to Ameriyat Al-Fallujah and Salahuddin.

Ahmed Kadhum, the head of Operations Management at IRCS has said “IRCS’s teams received more than 90 displaced families from Joaibah area because of the security situation. IRCS’s teams who deployed in Al-Anbar has harboring families in Al-Salam camp and distributed food and relief assistance to more than 90 families as well as distributed ready meals daily for those families”.

09 Feb 2016 description

Terrorist attacks have led to deteriorating humanitarian and security conditions in these regions of the country with thousands of Cameroonians fleeing their homes.

09 Feb 2016 description

KABUL - To prevent and respond to child recruitment and use in the National Security Forces, and to improve age-verification mechanisms, the Government of Afghanistan officially launched age assessment guidelines at a high-level meeting in Kabul.

Prepared by experts, practitioners, and government officials, with the technical assistance of UNAMA and UNICEF, the age assessment guidelines are designed to be applied during any recruitment process into the Afghan security forces.

09 Feb 2016 description

Beirut, Lebanon | AFP | Tuesday 2/9/2016 - 08:21 GMT |

by Layal Abou Rahal

Camps for the displaced along Syria's border with Turkey are at full capacity, aid workers say, as tens of thousands flee a major government offensive in Aleppo province.

In and around the border town of Azaz, families are sleeping in the streets, or up to 20 people to a tent, having left their homes with nothing but the clothes they were wearing.

09 Feb 2016 description
report UN News Service

08 de febrero, 2016 — Los líderes locales, las instituciones nacionales y los organismos internacionales se están uniendo para alentar a las comunidades indígenas a abandonar la práctica de la mutilación genital femenina, internacionalmente reconocida como una violación de los derechos humanos.