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Capoeira brings leisure and peace-building for refugees in northern DR Congo

MOLE REFUGEE CAMP, Democratic Republic of the Congo, September 19 (UNHCR) – It's a hot, muggy Saturday afternoon in the Mole refugee camp, but while many people are taking a siesta, a hardy group of young men and women are indulging in their new obsession – capoeira.

The Brazilian martial art includes elements of dance, acrobatics and music, and it is keeping people occupied and fit as well as helping ease tension between different groups of Central African Republic (CAR) refugees in this camp of more than 13,000 people in the far north of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Congo + 7 others
La CEMAC prépare un plan de riposte contre la fièvre hémorragique à virus Ebola

CONGO BRAZZAVILLE, (CONGOSITE) – Face à la résurgence de la fièvre hémorragique à virus Ebola dans certains pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest et dans un pays d’Afrique Centrale, les pays membres de la Communauté économique et monétaire de l’Afrique Centrale (CEMAC) multiplient les initiatives en vue d’une prévention et d’une riposte à cette maladie, l’une des plus graves maladies virales chez l’Homme. La réunion des ministres de la santé de la CEMAC, qui s’est ouverte ce mardi 16 septembre à Brazzaville, par un atelier des experts, répond à cette problématique.

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World + 52 others
Global emergency overview Snapshot 10–16 September

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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R2P Monitor - 15 September 2014 Issue 17

R2P Monitor:

» Provides background on populations at risk of mass atrocity crimes, with particular emphasis on key events and actors and their connection to the threat, or commission, of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.

» Offers analysis of the country’s past history in relation to mass atrocity crimes; the factors that have enabled their possible commission, or that prevent their resolution; and the receptivity of the situation to positive influences that would assist in preventing further crimes.

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Central African Republic: Snapshot (as of 10 September 2014)

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Insecurity and violence persist in the Central African Republic, increasing the vulnerability and needs of the people affected including IDPs and refugees.An estimated 2.5 million in need of humanitarian aid including more than 174,397 displaced people in sites, 416,437 CAR refugees in neighboring countries and 132,414 evacuees people.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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World + 20 others
Gains made protecting children in situations of armed conflict overshadowed by new global crises, Special Representative tells Security Council

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Security Council
7259th Meeting* (AM)

Acknowledgement of Abuses Not Enough Survivor Says, Calling for Perpetrators to Be Held Accountable

In an all-day debate in the Security Council, over 60 speakers urged accelerated action to prevent and ensure accountability for the killing, recruiting and other abuse of children in situations of armed conflict that continued despite greater awareness of the scourge.

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Central African Republic: Refugee Situation UNHCR Regional Update 31, 30 August - 5 September 2014

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HIGHLIGHT

  • On 29 August, UNHCR participated in a mission organized by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) in the Central African Republic (CAR), Mr. Babacar Gaye, to Bambari. The aim of the mission was to assess the security situation in the town, meet with various concerned parties such as local authorities, international forces and the UN agencies operating in the area.

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World + 48 others
Global emergency overview Snapshot 3–9 September

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Libya: Concern is growing for the increasing number of people affected by crisis since mid-July, as violence persists, rival governments are failing to assure basic services, and most humanitarian organisations have withdrawn.

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World + 11 others
Le Conseil de sécurité examine les moyens d’améliorer la protection des enfants en situation de conflit armé

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Conseil de sécurité
7259eséance – matin

Des délégations disent la nécessité d’améliorer les cadres normatifs de protection, la coopération et l’échange d’information et la lutte contre l’impunité

Quinze ans après l’adoption de la résolution 1261 (1999), la première consacrée spécifiquement au sort des enfants en période de conflit armé, une soixantaine de délégations se sont inquiétées, aujourd’hui, devant le Conseil de sécurité, du fait que les conflits armés continuent d’affecter les enfants de façon disproportionnée.

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CERF funding helps provide mosquito nets in CAR

Since January 2014, the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated US$11 million to humanitarian partners for life-saving relief in Central African Republic (CAR). In its most recent intervention, which has been partially funded by CERF, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) distributed more than half a million mosquito bed nets that will protect thousands of vulnerable people from malaria after the heavy August rains.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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World + 17 others
Opening Statement by Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights at the Human Rights Council 27th Session

Mr. President, Distinguished Members of the Human Rights Council, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

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World + 10 others
Report of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict (A/69/212)

The present report is submitted to the General Assembly pursuant to its resolution 68/147 on the rights of the child, in which it requested the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict to submit a report to the Assembly on the activities undertaken in discharging her mandate and on the progress achieved in advancing the children and armed conflict agenda.

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World + 21 others
WHO and Health Sector: Mid‐year funding status for 2014 Strategic Response Plans and other appeals, August 2014 

WHO African Region
Thirteen of the 25 strategic response plans and consolidated appeals come from countries in the African region. Six of these 13 appeals have not yet received funding in 2014. 

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region
There are nine appeals from countries in the Eastern Mediterranean Region in 2014. Six of the appeals in this region have a funding gap over 65%.

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Afghanistan + 4 others
Children and Armed Conflict Monthly Update – September 2014

This month’s update highlights children and armed conflict concerns and provides recommendations for the protection of children in the situations of Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, and Syria. In particular, the update provides recommendations ahead of the Security Council quarterly debate on the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

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World + 66 others
CrisisWatch N°133 - 1 September 2014

The fight for control of Libya between the Misrata-led Islamist-leaning coalition and the Zintan-led forces is escalating by the day. Hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced in over six weeks of clashes and heavy artillery fire. The Misrata side emerged victorious in the battle over Tripoli’s international airport, taking control of the capital, and made advances around Benghazi, but the larger political divide remains unresolved.

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World + 46 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 27 August–2 September

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Central African Republic Refugee Situation UNHCR External Regional Update #30, 23-29 August 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The newly-appointed interim Prime Minister of the Central African Republic (CAR), Mahamat Kamoun unveiled the new government on 22 August which includes 30 cabinet ministers who are now responsible to ensure the implementation of the cease-fire signed in Brazzaville in late July 2014.

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Kenya + 8 others
High food prices: Region pays for poor farming methods

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EastAfrican

IN SUMMARY

  • Although most farmers in East Africa are ready to make efforts to boost production, the institutional set-up, governance as well as management of land and other resources create conditions that inherently make farming an inefficient enterprise.

  • To a large extent, agriculture is in the hands of small-scale farmers who use rudimentary tools of production and methods passed down across generations, resulting in low crop yields, despite their high commercial and export potential.