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The Hidden Costs of Ebola

As of October 20, over 4,500 people had died in the current West African Ebola outbreak. When confronted with those numbers and the terrifying news stories that accompany them, it’s easy to forget the larger, quieter tragedy that’s playing out behind the scenes.

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It became impossible not to help

When the breadth of the Ebola epidemic became clear, NORCAP veteran Stener Vogt (58) decided he would not retire from humanitarian work after all. On Friday, he travels to Liberia to lead the child protection cluster in Monrovia.

“You have worked in Liberia, you know how to act in an emergency and you have the opportunity to go. It is not an option to just sit here and do nothing.”

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Ebola crisis update from Sierra Leone

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ActionAid

Sierra Leone is in the grip of the worst Ebola outbreak in history. The whole country has been in a state of public emergency since the end of July. Our Exective Director in Sierra Leone reports back on how we're helping stop the spread.

Greetings from Sierra Leone. I write to update you on the Ebola situation here and our response so far.

Emergency alert closes schools indefinitely

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ADRA partners with USAID in Food Security Program to reach 264,380 people

ANTANANARIVO— The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is one of two agencies partnering with USAID in a $75 million food security initiative in Madagascar. The five-year ADRA program titled Asotry* will reduce vulnerability and food insecurity among households and communities in the regions of Amoron’i Mania, Haute Matsiatra, and Atsimo Andrefana.

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Nigeria 'ceasefire' with Boko Haram in doubt after fresh unrest

Kano, Nigeria | AFP | Thursday 10/23/2014 - 15:43 GMT

by Aminu ABUBAKAR

A deadly bombing in northern Nigeria and new details about kidnappings at the weekend blamed on Boko Haram cast further doubt Thursday on the government's claim that the Islamists have agreed to a truce.

As reports emerged that extremists seized dozens more women and girls from the remote northeast -- leaving a few dollars behind as a so-called 'bride price' -- fresh violence rocked the town of Azare in Bauchi state.

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South Sudan women suggest sex strike to end war

Juba, Soudan du Sud | AFP | Thursday 10/23/2014 - 12:16 GMT

A group of South Sudanese women peace activists has suggested that men in the civil war-torn country be denied sex until they stop fighting.

The suggestion emerged after around 90 women, including several members of South Sudan's parliament, met in the capital Juba this week to come up with ideas on how to "to advance the cause of peace, healing and reconciliation".

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Pakistan Pledges Renewed Focus on Polio as Infections Rise

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Voice of America

Ayaz Gul
October 23, 2014 1:21 AM

ISLAMABAD— Pakistan is the only country where poliovirus is still spreading fast. This year, 208 cases of paralysis were recorded, accounting for 85 percent of worldwide victims. The country is coming under extreme pressure to contain its infections and boost vaccinations, or face isolation.

The number of children paralyzed by polio in Pakistan this year is the highest since 2000, when authorities recorded 199 cases.

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Women, children caught in deadly firefight near Tunis

Tunis, Tunisia | AFP | Thursday 10/23/2014 - 18:41 GMT

by Kaouther LARBI

Women and children were caught up Thursday in a police siege of a home near the Tunisian capital where security forces were fighting a gunbattle with "terrorists" in which a policeman died.

The shootout came amid heightened security for fear of an upsurge in jihadist violence in the runup to a parliamentary election on Sunday, the first since Tunisia's 2011 revolution.

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Two more polio cases confirmed

ISLAMABAD: Two new polio cases have been confirmed by the Polio Virology Laboratory at the National Institute of Health, taking the total number of cases reported so far this year to 212.

An official of the Ministry of National Health Services said both cases were reported from Fata.

Mafia, the 12-month-old daughter of Mastak living in Mera Akakhel locality of Khyber Agency, is having onset of paralysis.

The second patient is a boy. Thirty-month-old Adil is a resident of Kalanga area of Khyber Agency.

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US-led air strikes in Syria kill 553 in first month: monitor

10/32/2014 - 06:43 GMT

Air strikes by the US-led coalition in Syria have killed 553 people since their launch a month ago, the vast majority of them jihadists, a monitoring group said on Thursday.

The strikes have killed 464 Islamic State group fighters, 57 militants from Al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra Front and 32 civilians, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Among the civilians killed were six children and five women, said the Observatory, which relies on a wide network of sources inside Syria.

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Zimbabwe Farmers Playing Key Role in Achieving Food Security

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Voice of America

WASHINGTON DC—Relief agencies say farmers in some parts of Zimbabwe, under various food security programs funded by the United States International Aid for Development (USAID), have made giant strides in transforming agricultural production in the country.

In a statement to mark World Food Day, World Vision Zimbabwe and several organizations running the $98 million USAID-backed Amalima and other programs launched last year, said farmers are playing a key role in ensuring that Zimbabwe would achieve food security.

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The story of Ganyiel: A safe hiding place

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Mercy Corps

Nearly a year of conflict in South Sudan has left millions displaced and hungry, and in Unity, one of the most violent states, there are few safe places to hide. The small and isolated village of Ganyiel is one of them, and people arrive in waves to escape when fighting erupts in other cities and towns.

But Ganyiel is no paradise. It’s considered safe, but food shortages, flooding and empty markets make survival difficult, even without a constant threat of violence.

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Ebola Increases Threat to Sierra Leone Pregnancies

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Voice of America

Adam Bailes

KAILAHUN, SIERRA LEONE— Sierra Leone has one of the world’s highest infant mortality rates, and the Ebola outbreak is likely to push it even higher. Health officials say almost all pregnant women infected with Ebola, along with their unborn babies, die from the disease.

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USG/ERC Valerie Amos on Somalia

New York, 22 October 2014

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, briefed the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Somalia today, noting that it has significantly deteriorated since June.

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

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Palestinian rams car into Jerusalem crowd, killing baby

10/23/2014 - 01:33 GMT

by Daphne Rousseau

A Palestinian rammed a car into pedestrians in Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing a baby and injuring six other people in what Israeli police said was a "hit-and-run terror attack".

It was the second such deadly incident in three months, prompting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to immediately order an increase in police presence across the city.

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We Are Not Afraid: Story of a Forgotten Crisis

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Medair

Four years ago, a Medair team flew into the forested Ango region of northeastern D.R. Congo and found thousands of families displaced after vicious attacks by armed militia. Many families lived in Ango town, where local residents suffered because of a lack of access to health care, safe water, and food. People had received virtually no humanitarian aid, not because their needs weren’t urgent, but because they were so hard to reach.

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Iraq Blog: The dire situation I saw back home

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War Child UK

During my summer break I spent time with my family in Kurdistan and consequently saw how the situation had evolved for Internationally Displaced Peoples (IDPs) over the month and a half I was there.

During my stay I saw a lot of children without anything to do. These children's lives had been drastically changed due to the crisis and they were now attempting to understand their new life around them.

Escalating crisis

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EU steps up assistance to flood-affected people in Nepal

An additional €500,000 will cover winter needs, the rehabilitation of shelters and schools, and supporting livelihood recovery activities for the most vulnerable.

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'Rights of Migrants in Action' project launched, Nepal to be one of the beneficiary countries

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European Union

The 'Rights of Migrants in Action' a 42 month project co-funded by the European Union and managed by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has been launched.

Nepal is one of the beneficiary countries for the projects. The detailed actions for the project will be published soon.

The project aims at fostering a coordinated approach of CSOs toward the protection of the rights of migrants, to enhance migrants' access to social services, and to build and strengthen the capacities of these CSOs to advocate for the rights of the migrants.