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Israel strike kills Gaza family as Egypt readies new talks

08/23/2014 11:00 GMT

by Jennie MATTHEW

GAZA CITY, August 23, 2014 (AFP) - Israel kept up the pressure on Hamas in Gaza on Saturday, carrying out multiple air strikes that killed six Palestinians, five of them from the same family, as Egypt prepared to convene new truce talks.

Eighty-three Palestinians and a four-year-old Israeli boy been killed since Tuesday, when a previous round of frantic Egyptian diplomacy collapsed, shattering nine days of calm.

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Polio Alarm in Afghan Southeast

Health officials say disease had disappeared in Khost province but re-emerged with a refugee influx from Pakistan.

Health officials in the Khost province of southeast Afghanistan have warned of a polio outbreak, noting that they have recorded one case and that more are likely.

They raised the alarm after tens of thousands of civilians arrived in the province from over the border in North Waziristan, fleeing from a Pakistani army offensive launched in mid-June.

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Warrap forum discusses rape

21 August 2014 - Recent rape cases that resulted in the deaths of a pregnant woman and an 11-year old girl highlighted the need to step up the fight against gender-based violence, participants at a forum in the Warrap State capital Kuajok said today.

Representatives from the police, prison services, civil society organizations and traditional courts attended the 21st Rule of Law Forum in the state, organized by UNMISS in collaboration with the state’s High Court and Legal Administration.

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Renewed Gaza conflict threatens relief effort


Caritas staff in Gaza had been able to take advantage of a now dead ceasefire to deliver essential aid to the worst-hit areas. Now the fighting has resumed, it’s preventing Caritas reaching all those in need.

Israeli-Palestinian rocket fire resumed on Tuesday after Gaza truce talks broke down in Egypt.

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CARE's response to the 2014 Gaza crisis


CARE and its partner organization, Palestine Medical Relief Society (PMRS), visit local communities with four mobile health teams seeing more than 300 patients per day, providing basic health care to people living in affected communities by the ongoing violence. As of August 20, the teams had seen more 6800 patients, among them 3472 children and 159 pregnant women. 2000 households will receive hygiene kits.

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Canada Provides Humanitarian Assistance to Vulnerable People in Ethiopia

Canada’s support to Médecins Sans Frontières is helping to improve access to emergency health care

August 22, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

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Massive immunization for measles, polio up

By: Easter Anne D. Doza

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, Aug. 22 (PIA6) - - The Department of Health and the provincial and city health offices are set to conduct a month-long massive immunization campaign on measles and polio on September 1-30.

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No school for Gaza’s children as new term starts amid fighting

As children around the world prepare to return to school for the new school year, young people in Gaza are being denied their right to education.

Schools were due to reopen for the new term on Sunday 24 August, but the current conflict means that has been delayed indefinitely.

Over the last six weeks more than 200 school buildings have been damaged or destroyed, and many of the remaining schools are still hosting the tens of thousands of people who have been displaced from their homes.

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The SRSG for Children and Armed Conflict calls for the full implementation of the two action plans by the Federal Government of Somalia to end and prevent recruitment and use as well as the killing and maiming of children

Concluding her four-day visit to Somalia and two days in Nairobi, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, called for the full implementation of the two Action Plans signed by Somali Government in 2012 to end and prevent the recruitment and use of child soldiers, as well as the killing and maiming of children.

Somalia is one of the seven countries involved in the Campaign “Children Not Soldiers”, launched by the SRSG and UNICEF in March 2014 to end the recruitment and use of children by government forces by 2016.

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World + 1 other
Nigerian engineers join forces with IITA to halt devastation by weeds

Efforts to control weeds in cassava farms received a boost with Nigerian engineers joining forces with experts from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) to seek sustainable solutions to tackle the menace.

The team of engineers drawn from members of the academia, IITA, public and private sectors are exploring mechanical weeding options used elsewhere in the world with the hope of adapting them to African cropping systems.

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ECHO and UNICEF join forces for families affected by violence in Central African Republic

BANGUI/BRUSSELS, Central African Republic, 22 August 2014 – The European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) is providing EUR 1 million to help the UNICEF-coordinated Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) to reach affected populations in Central African Republic (CAR) , especially in places where due to security and access constrains there is virtually no humanitarian presence.

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Plus de 20 000 personnes prises dans l’étau des conflits dans la zone d’Opienge


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Depuis la mi-avril 2014, l’armée nationale a lancé des offensives contre la milice du ‘‘ major ’’ Luc Yabili 1 dans la zone de Balobe, située à 62 km au sud-est d’Opienge (T erritoire de Bafwesende, District de la T shopo, en Province Orientale).

Plus de 20 000 personnes – habitant quatre aires de santé (Angamapasa, Balobe Babukabi, et Ndrekoko) – fuient les affrontements et sont en déplacement dans les localités périphériques ainsi qu’en brousse. Elles demeurent sans assistance humanitaire à ce jour.

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Health, water and the increasing threat of disease

By Penny Sims and Vivian Tou’meh, Damascus

Sulaf, 15, and her 7-year-old sister Hiba are waiting their turn at the Syrian Arab Red Crescent’s children clinic in Dwailaa areas, Rural Damascus.

The two girls are diabetic, and waiting to get their insulin. Sulaf has been having problems with her eyesight too and her family are concerned.

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How to Prevent Total Disaster in South Sudan

Argument in Foreign Policy on 21 August 2014 by Rajiv Shah, Valerie Amos, Kristalina Georgieva and Børge Brende

After half a year of fighting, the world's newest country is barreling toward calamity. But its leaders can pull it back from the brink -- if they choose to do so.

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Analysis: Iraq's forgotten displaced


NAJAF/ERBIL/DUBAI, 22 August 2014 (IRIN) - In recent weeks the world's attention has fixed on the plight of the Christians and Yezidis of northern Iraq as hundreds of thousands have fled advancing Islamic militants to the semi-autonomous Kurdistan. Yet across the country the same number again of Iraqis have fled their homes since January to other regions, receiving far less attention and support. While the UN and NGOs are trying to reach them with aid, many feel forgotten and complain of preferential treatment.


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Q+A: Supporting children through conflict

Mercy Corps

The ongoing conflict in Gaza has created a humanitarian catastrophe — hundreds of thousands of displaced families are in desperate need of food, water and basic supplies to help them survive as they wait for a lasting cease-fire.

While our team on the ground continues emergency distributions and water deliveries, they also know we cannot wait for peace to help children cope with the trauma they’ve already endured.

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Ebola in Sierra Leone: In Freetown public hospitals have been brought to their knees with only Emergency NGO health facilities fully functional

According to the latest report from the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health, 783 cases of Ebola have been confirmed in the country, 20 in Freetown alone.

Despite this, EMERGENCY's surgical centre and paediatric centre were the only fully functional health facilities in the area in and around the capital.

The local paediatric hospital, Ola During Children Hospital, is closed; the Connaught Hospital is operating erratically due to the absence of medical personnel, frightened by the spreading infection and afraid of catching the virus.

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Samoa moves to tackle chikungunya

A mass clean up campaign gets underway in Samoa today to stop the spread of the mosquito-borne chikungunya disease.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

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WHO Supports Nationwide Child Immunization Campaign

Earlier this week WHO presented the Philippine Department of Health with equipment and supplies that will contribute to the nationwide effort to protect children against measles, rubella and polio. All three diseases can cause suffering and death but are preventable if children are correctly vaccinated. During the whole month of September 2014 there will be a nationwide mass immunization activity against measles, rubella and polio.