Clashes continue between the Nigerian military, other groups and members of Boko Haram (BH), causing population movement towards Chad. More than 18,000 Nigerian refugees are now in the Chad Lake area, according to UNHCR figures. BH’s trans-border activities also impact the Chadian side of the lake, with population displacement and economic changes that are creating further tensions among the different communities living in the region.
The world's largest refugee camp is also a giant social experiment.
Take hundreds of thousands of Somalis fleeing a war. Shelter them for 24 years in a camp in Kenya run by the United Nations. And offer different opportunities than they might have had if they'd stayed in Somalia.
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Yola, May 18, 2015 - After the trauma of being forcefully captured from their homes, starved almost to death and violently abused by their abductors, victims of the Boko Haram insurgency begin the process of healing through psychosocial support provided by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, in partnership with the Japanese Government.
(Oslo, May 29, 2015) – Thirty-seven countries on May 29, 2015, joined an international Safe Schools Declaration that commits them to protect education from attack.
KHARTOUM, 28 May 2015 – During an event organized today in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) commissioned soybean processing equipment to the Industrial Research and Consultancy Centre of Sudan and distributed different types of soybean-based products to people living in flood-stricken areas.
Caritas aide actuellement des milliers de réfugiés qui fuient les massacres clandestins et la violence politique dans la petite nation de l’Est de l’Afrique, le Burundi. Déclenchée par la demande de réélection du Président, la crise s’est répandue dans plusieurs régions du pays, avec des milices menaçant les familles et tuant les opposants. Le département des réfugiés des Nations Unies estime que plus de 70 000 Burundais ont fui leurs foyers pour s’installer dans les pays voisins.
May 28, 2015 (KHARTOUM) - Darfur main rebel groups Thursday agreed on the need to exert more efforts to protect children in the conflict areas and to adhere to the existing international standards.
Leaders of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), Sudan Liberation Movement - Abdel Wahid al-Nur (SLM/AW) and Sudan Liberation Movement - Minni Minnawi (SLM/MM) made their commitment in at the end of a consultations meeting held in Stadtschlaining, Austria, on 27-28 May.
UNHCR is deeply concerned about the desperate situation for thousands of people fleeing fighting in Ramadi who continue to face challenges reaching safe areas.
An estimated 85,000 people have fled the latest escalation of violence in Ramadi and surrounds since 15 May, according to our partner IOM. The vast majority of this latest wave of displaced – about 85 per cent – remain in Anbar governorate. All together, more than 180,000 people are estimated to have been displaced from the Ramadi area since hostilities began in early April.
Joint statement by UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng and the UN Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, Jennifer Welsh.
By Sirandou Fall and Katherine Mueller, IFRC
The Sahel is one of the most fragile environments in Africa. Caught in a vicious cycle of food insecurity and recurring epidemics, people of the Sahel are again facing another year of food shortages and hunger. It comes on the heels of a drought in 2012 which affected nearly 18 million people.
A training course piloted in India aims to equip female military officers in peacekeeping missions to tackle sexual and gender-based violence.
UN Women, in partnership with the Centre for United Nations Peacekeeping (CUNPK) in India, recently launched a pilot project that aims to train female military officers to prevent and address sexual and gender-based violence in armed conflict.
Malawi’s performance on human rights was reviewed under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism in Geneva on 5th May 2015. UPR is a peer review mechanism of the UN Human Rights Council. The UPR mechanism examined the fulfilment by Malawi Government of its human rights obligations and commitments.
By Claudia Ordoñez
My siblings and I did not have a good diet before, because my parents only harvested corn and beans. I remember that from first to sixth grade, we only ate corn tortillas and beans every day. I was a really bad student. I was malnourished and my sister, Jessica Lizeth, was also,” said Yorleni Abigail (13), daughter of Sergio Mena (36) and Ana Santa (37).
Despite challenges, census marks milestone in country's transition
NAY PYI TAW—A comprehensive profile of Myanmar’s 51.5 million people and how they live is available for the first time in three decades, after today’s release of the 2014 Population and Housing Census main results.
It's been a difficult year since record rainfall drenched the Balkans last spring, unleashing the worst flooding in more than 100 years and leaving a trail of destruction across Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. More than 70 people lost their lives, while hundreds of thousands of survivors had to evacuate as family homes and farms, roads, and utilities were damaged or destroyed. Relentless summer and fall rains renewed flooding, which slowed recovery and threatened to keep many families from having warm and dry shelter in time for winter.
Guatemala, 28 de Mayo 2015
Fuente: Diario de Centro America
En los últimos 4 años, la reducción de la desnutrición crónica se ha triplicado, según lo dio a conocer German González, titular de la Secretaría de Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutricional (Sesan), ya que hace 4 años se registraba una baja de 0.4 puntos porcentuales al año, mientras que ahora es de 1.7 por ciento. De acuerdo con Luis Monterroso, ministro de Salud, en Guatemala el 49.8 por ciento de la niñez tiene este padecimiento.
Medical Superintendent Austin Acheri said regional blood collection centres in neighbouring counties such as Kisumu and Eldoret did not have enough stocks.
She said the hospital had a shortage of blood groups compatible with samples obtained from the patients. As a result, there was a delay in carrying out blood transfusions to save the lives of the children.
Pre-service teacher training is a major concern in Guinea-Bissau and since 2009, UNESCO has worked hand in hand with various governments to improve teacher qualifications and set up a system for the management of learning outcomes.
A two day workshop was organized in the capital Bissau on 14-15 May 2015, by UNESCO through the National Institute for Education Development (INDE) to reflect the best scenarios for pre-service teacher training addressing existing gaps.
A new Save the Children study has found that over sixty per cent of school-aged children in the Central African Republic (CAR) suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), having either witnessed or experienced extreme violence during the protracted conflict.
7451st Meeting (PM)
Strongly condemning continued fighting, human rights abuses and attacks on the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, the Security Council this afternoon extended the Mission’s mandate for six months, sharpening its focus on protection of civilians, without changing force structure or numbers of troops and police.