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30 Jan 2015 description

Security Council Open Debate on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflic

Mr. President,

Distinguished members of the Security Council, On behalf of Ms. Valerie Amos, USG for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, I have the honour to deliver the following statement.

It has been more than 15 years since the Security Council broke new ground by recognizing the protection of civilians as central to its mandate. Since then, the Council has taken important steps to implement its commitments to protect civilians.

30 Jan 2015 description
report Save the Children

In December 2013, South Sudan – Africa’s newest country – fell into a vicious civil war. Tens of thousands of people fled the violence. Now over year since the start of the crisis, Dom tells the stories of Save the Children staff living and working in the Awerial camp which is still home to 97,000 people.

Save the Children Child Protection Manager Sammy, was part of the humanitarian response from the beginning of the crisis and has clear memories of those initial days:

30 Jan 2015 description

New Delhi, India | AFP | Friday 1/30/2015 - 13:32 GMT

Indian police have rescued hundreds of child slaves as young as six during days of raids on workshops in the central city of Hyderabad, a senior officer said Friday.

Police discovered 120 children, some of them sick, underweight and traumatised, during the most recent raids late Thursday on bangle-making and other workshops, as part of a city-wide crackdown on child slavery, the officer said.

30 Jan 2015 description

Cairo, Egypt | AFP | Thursday 1/30/2015 - 15:05 GMT

by Haitham El-Tabei

Egypt's army clashed with jihadists in Sinai Friday, leaving two children dead, as President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi flew home to deal with a wave of militant attacks that killed at least 30 people.

The top brass vowed to hunt down those behind the violence.

Health officials said a six-month-old baby was hit in the head by a bullet during the clashes and a six-year-old was killed in a rocket blast in the peninsula.

Two more people including a 12-year-old were badly wounded.

30 Jan 2015 description
report IRIN

MAROUA, 30 janvier 2015 (IRIN) - Plus d’un demi-million de personnes dans la région de l’Extrême-Nord au Cameroun ont un besoin urgent d’aide alimentaire, a déclaré le gouvernement. En effet, à cause des attaques du groupe extrémiste Boko Haram, les agriculteurs ont déserté leurs champs, les marchés locaux ont fermés et la circulation des personnes et des biens a cessé.

L’insécurité alimentaire, notamment le long de la frontière, empire à cause de l’arrivée régulière de réfugiés nigérians qui dépendent souvent des communautés hôtes pour se nourrir.

30 Jan 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

BEIRUT, 30 January 2015 – A top European humanitarian official visited a public school in Lebanon, supported by European Union funding through UNICEF. The European Union Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Mr. Christos Stylianides, accompanied by the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon Ambassador Angelina Eichhorst and UNICEF Representative in Lebanon Mrs. Annamaria Laurini, visited the intermediate public school in Geitawi, Beirut today.

30 Jan 2015 description

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras, 29 de enero de 2015 (ACNUR) – El pistolero estaba esperando cuando Marco Antonio Cortés subió al autobús en la noroeste ciudad hondureña de San Pedro Sula. Un tirón del gatillo y el muchacho de 18 años estaba muerto, sumándose a la alarmante lista de hombres jóvenes hondureños que son atacados, asesinados o simplemente desaparecen después de ser deportados desde Estados Unidos o México.

30 Jan 2015 description

A new maternity unit for pregnant women with Ebola – or those suspected of having Ebola – has been opened within an Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone by the international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

The new maternity unit is in Kissy, a suburb of Freetown, where MSF has been running an Ebola treatment centre since 8 January. The centre has been admitting patients for the past three weeks, but the new maternity unit for suspected and confirmed Ebola patients will enable medical teams to provide specialised care for pregnant women.

30 Jan 2015 description
report UNAIDS

Ahead of the African Union Summit, former Presidents of Malawi, Mali, Nigeria and South Africa are among the new Champions committing to Fast-Tracking access to HIV prevention and treatment services in sub-Saharan Africa.

JOHANNESBURG/GABORONE, Botswana, 23 January 2015—Today, the Champions for an AIDS-Free Generation (Champions) announced that four leaders are joining their distinguished ranks.

30 Jan 2015 description
report UNAIDS

À quelques jours du sommet de l’Union africaine, les anciens Présidents du Malawi, du Mali, du Nigéria et d’Afrique du Sud comptent parmi les nouveaux Champions qui s’engagent en faveur d’une accélération de l’accès aux services de prévention et de traitement du VIH en Afrique subsaharienne.

JOHANNESBURG/GABORONE, Botswana, 23 janvier 2015 – Le groupe Champions for an AIDS-Free Generation (Champions pour une génération sans sida) vient aujourd’hui d’annoncer que quatre leaders avaient rejoint leurs rangs déjà composés d’éminentes personnalités.

30 Jan 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Mohammed Al-Asaadi

UNICEF’s launches its Humanitarian Action for Children 2015 on 29 January. The global appeal highlights the situation of children and women living in some of the most challenges circumstances, the support required to help them survive and thrive, and the results UNICEF and its partners have achieved and are working towards. The 2015 appeal calls for US$3.1 billion to reach more than 60 million children in 71 countries, including Yemen.

30 Jan 2015 description
report Radio Okapi

L’ONG Aide à l’enfance défavorisée d’Afrique (AEDA) a payé des frais d’hospitalisation pour une dizaine d’enfants retenus à l’Hôpital général de référence de Wangata (Equateur) faute de moyens. Parmi les bénéficiaires, il y a des enfants souffrant de malnutrition et de diverses maladies, ainsi que des que filles-mères qui ont accouché par césarienne, a indiqué le secrétaire général exécutif de cette association, Albert Sandokan.

Depuis 2009, cette structure a entrepris des activités d’assistance aux enfants des familles démunies à Mbandaka.

30 Jan 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Jolien Carnel

With recent flooding and displacement in Malawi heightening children’s vulnerability, UNICEF has intensified its efforts to treat and prevent sickness and malnutrition.

CHIKWAWA, Malawi, 29 January 2015 – It’s a new day at Tizola Green Bank Camp. Those who managed to find a comfortable place to sleep have woken up hungry after another night. As children are particularly affected by the lack of food, the District Health Office organizes an under-5 clinic in the camp every morning.

30 Jan 2015 description

Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson received a high-level OXFAM delegation led by its Chief Executive, Mark Goldring.

Other members of Mr. Goldring’s delegation included OXFAM-Liberia Country Director, Salifu M.M. Sledge; Regional Lead, West Africa Ebola Response, Vincent Koch; and Ebola Response Lead, Tarig Riebi.

30 Jan 2015 description

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JUBA - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today launched a new project to provide quality basic education to children in South Sudan who are currently not attending school.

29 Jan 2015 description
report UN Security Council

7371st Meeting (AM)

The Security Council today extended its arms embargo, asset freeze and travel ban on the Democratic Republic of the Congo till 1 July 2016 and the mandate of the Expert Group assisting the Sanctions Committee through 1 August 2016.

Unanimously adopting resolution 2198 (2015) under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, the Council continued to enforce the sanctions, strongly condemning all armed groups operating in the region and their violations of humanitarian and human rights laws.

29 Jan 2015 description
report Caritas

Goma, le 29 janvier 2015 ( – Des ordures ménagères à côté des aliments exposés à même le sol… Plusieurs localités du Nord-Kivu, une province de l’est de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC), n’échappent pas à cette triste réalité.

29 Jan 2015 description
report Deutsche Welle

Over four million people in Nepal are stateless as women aren't allowed to pass their citizenship onto their children. With the latest constitutional deadline passing, concerns are growing for these undocumented people.