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Mali + 13 others
Près de 25 millions de personnes en situation d'insécurité alimentaire au Sahel


DAKAR, 30 octobre 2014 (IRIN) - Les taux d'insécurité alimentaire et de malnutrition se détériorent au Sahel. Selon le bureau de la coordination des affaires humanitaires des Nations Unies (OCHA), cela se doit en partie au conflit et à l'instabilité en République centrafricaine (RCA), dans le nord du Mali et dans le nord-est du Nigeria.

Le nombre de personnes en situation d'insécurité alimentaire a augmenté de près de cinq millions depuis le début de l'année, soit un total de 24,7 millions - plus du double par rapport à 2013, a estimé OCHA.


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RDC: découverte de neuf nouveaux corps de civils massacrés dans l'Est (ONG)

Kinshasa, RD Congo | AFP | jeudi 30/10/2014 - 14:38 GMT

Neuf nouveaux corps de personnes assassinées ont été récemment découverts dans plusieurs localités du territoire de Beni, théâtre de massacres qui avaient fait courant octobre environ 80 morts, a-t-on appris jeudi auprès de la fédération d'ONG locales.

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Two more children die in Central Darfur refugee camp

Radio Dabanga

AZUM LOCALITY (30 Oct .) -The death toll in Um Shalaya camp for Chadian refugees in Central Darfur has risen from six to eight since Monday.

Wardi Bahreldin, the representative of the Chadian refugees in Darfur, reported to Radio Dabanga that two girls died in Um Shalaya’s health centre on Wednesday morning.

“One of them was my daughter, Omaima Wardi. Like the other patients, she was suffering from high fever, diarrhoea, vomiting, convulsions, and bleeding from the mouth and nose.”

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Sudan + 1 other
WFP Reaches Vulnerable Communities In Abyei With Life-Saving Food Assistance

KHARTOUM/ABYEI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Sudan has started this week distribution of life-saving food assistance for the vulnerable communities in northern Abyei for the first time since May 2011.

A one-month food ration will be distributed to over 15,000 people in need in five locations in the area. The distribution, which started Monday and reached over 7,900 people up until now, will continue in the coming days.

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October 29 update: Gaza’s children seek return to some semblance of normalcy

Ramallah, October 29, 2014—Two months after an open-ended ceasefire entered into force, children of Gaza continue to face challenges as conditions included in the agreement have yet to be implemented.

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East Japan: Libraries for People with Disabilities

Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR Japan) has been setting up libraries and providing books to facilities for people with disabilities that were struck by the Great East Japan Earthquake in the prefectures of Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate. The libraries greatly help to stabilize the minds of children with disabilities who are likely to have trouble adjusting to the new environment brought about by the earthquake.

Large-sized picture books have enriched children’s emotions – Fukushima

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Conasan conoce avances de la entrega de alimentos a familias afectadas por seguía en Guatemala

Written by Donis Figueroa/AGN

Guatemala, 29 oct (AGN).- A pocos días de concluir la primera entrega de alimentos a las más de 295.000 familias que perdieron su cosecha a consecuencia de la canícula prolongada, miembros del Consejo Nacional de Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutricional (Conasan) conocieron hoy los avances en la distribución de la asistencia alimentaria, informó una fuente oficial.

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Regalan cochecitos a madres evacuadas

La iniciativa forma parte del proyecto de restitución de los derechos de las familias impulsado por el Gobierno Sandinista

Madres de recién nacidos evacuadas en el centro de albergue Las Mercedes recibieron coches para sus bebés, de manos de la Promotoría Solidaria de la Juventud Sandinista 19 de Julio.

Esta acción benefició a media docena de mamás que reciben asistencia del Gobierno en esa instalación del Distrito VI de Managua, a donde fueron trasladadas a causa de las recientes lluvias.

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Matambanadzo builds bright future

The Zimbabwean

by Clayton Masekesa

Using her knowledge and vast experience as a psychiatric nurse in the Netherlands for many years, Jane Matambanadzo returned home in 2009 to establish a children’s home in her home town of Juliasdale in Nyanga.

Touched by the increasing number of orphans as a result of HIV and AIDS, Matamganadzo, 42, founded the Gateway Children’s Home in 2009 with the help of John Graham Foundation (JGF) and The Reap Fellowship Trust (RFT).

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DDPM handing out blankets to risk groups as mercury falls

BANGKOK, 30 October 2014 (NNT) – The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) is conducting a campaign to assist people in provinces susceptible to extreme cold weather by supplying them with blankets.

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Govt to mainstream disaster reduction in education

New Vision

By Francis Kagolo

The education ministry, with the help of UN education agencies, has embarked on a process to mainstream conflict and disaster risk reduction in the various school curricula.

The move also aims at ensuring that students are taught to be peaceful and school facilities like buildings are resistant to disasters like lightning and strong winds.

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Niger + 1 other
Nigerien girls find place to discuss marriage, health, nutrition

Adolescents gain practical knowledge in “safe spaces”

“I've always said that if I had my choice, I'd be in school, not a housewife, and this has attracted much attention of many girls.”

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Ten Schools within Bandarawsela Education Zone closed until Nov.3

Ten schools within the Bandarawela Education Zone will be kept closed until Monday (Nov.3) following the adverse weather conditions. Bandarawela Zonal Director Ariyadasa Ratnayake said that among the schools are those which are sheltering the displaced families.

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Restoring Hope to Palestine Refugee Community in Syria


UNRWA Deputy Commissioner-General Margot Ellis has inaugurated a rehabilitated school for Palestine refugee children in Qabr Essit camp in Sayeda Zeinab on the outskirts of Damascus. The Alma-Yarmouk School has been closed since the conflict forced the majority of the camp’s 25,000 residents to seek refuge in safer areas. Although it was severely damaged by the intense armed exchanges, the school is now a symbol of UNRWA efforts to restore services to Palestine refugees in Qabr Essit.

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Massive scale-up of assistance needed for countries impacted by ongoing Syria crisis - UN relief official

UN News Service

Rising numbers of displaced persons, increasing pressure on refugee hosting countries and dwindling international support left the UN “racing against the clock” to meet the needs on the ground.

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UK Minister visits Somaliland to promote the rights of women and girls

Lynne Featherstone re-affirms strength of the UK’s partnership with the region.

International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone has visited Somaliland to re-affirm the strength of the UK’ s partnership with the region and to reinforce the importance of making sure girls and women are at the heart of the development agenda.

Britain and Somaliland have a common interest in tackling violence against women and girls (VAWG), especially female genital mutilation (FGM) and child, early and forced marriage (CEFM).

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UK Minister visits Somalia to promote the rights of women and girls

Lynne Featherstone re-affirms strength of UK partnership with Somalia on visit to Mogadishu.

International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone has visited Mogadishu to re-affirm the strength of the UK’s partnership with Somalia and to reinforce the importance of making sure women and girls are at the heart of the country’s development.

Britain and Somalia have a common interest in tackling violence against women and girls (VAWG), especially female genital mutilation (FGM) and child, early and forced marriage (CEFM).

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Madagascar + 1 other
Minister Paradis Announces Canada’s Support for World Food Programme’s School Feeding Program in Madagascar

Canada’s leadership is helping to reduce chronic hunger and malnutrition, improve learning, and increase school attendance

October 29, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

Today, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, announced Canada's continued support for the Madagascar school feeding program of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

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Mali + 8 others
ECHO Factsheet Sahel: Food and Nutrition Crisis

Key messages

  • The food and nutrition crisis in the Sahel continues. People are facing a triple crisis : limited access to food , erosion of resilience due to recurrent crises and weak social services, and region- wide ramifications of conflicts in the region.

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IS frees remaining Kurdish child hostages in Syria: monitor

10/29/2014 - 19:03 GMT

The Islamic State group on Wednesday freed 25 Kurdish schoolchildren kidnapped by its fighters in northern Syria in May, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The 25 were the last to be freed of a group of 153 schoolchildren kidnapped by IS in northern Aleppo province on May 29, the Britain-based monitoring group said.

The group of children, most aged between 13 and 15, was intercepted and taken hostage en route to their hometown of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, after sitting exams in Aleppo city.

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