BANGUI/DAKAR/GENEVA/NEW YORK – A year after extreme violence tore through the Central African Republic, two out of five children in urgent need of UNICEF’s support are without vital humanitarian aid – according to the agency.
UNICEF says a critical lack of funding and insecurity – such as road barricades, looting and attacks against aid workers – have left children they expected to help this year without access to essential health services, water, education and protection.
World cereal production in 2014 is forecast to surpass last year’s record, boosting stocks to a 15-year high.
Maize export prices increased significantly in November supported by lower than previously expected yields of the 2014 crop in the United States of America. Wheat export prices strengthened in general, while rice quotations declined. Overall, however, cereal export prices persisted at levels below those of a year earlier, reflecting ample global supplies.
Snapshot 3–9 December
Philippines: Category 5 Typhoon Hagupit, locally known as Ruby, made landfall on 6 December over the town of Dolores in Eastern Samar province (Eastern Philippines). At least 49 of 81 provinces are potentially at high risk. The typhoon is moving very slowly, potentially subjecting each community in the path of the typhoon to high winds and torrential rainfall for much longer. 1.1 million people are affected.
CONGO BRAZZAVILLE, (CONGOSITE) - Le général Babacar Gaye, chef de la Mission multidimensionnelle intégrée des Nations Unies pour la stabilisation en République centrafricaine (MINUSCA) s’est entretenu le 8 décembre à Brazzaville avec le président de la République Denis Sassou N’Guesso. Il a fait le point de la situation actuelle en RCA au chef de l’Etat congolais, médiateur de la crise centrafricaine.
Ceci est un résumé des déclarations du porte-parole du HCR William Spindler – à qui toute citation peut être attribuée – lors de la conférence de presse du 5 décembre 2014 au Palais des Nations à Genève.
Un an après qu'une milice majoritairement chrétienne ait repoussé une alliance rebelle hors de Bangui, la capitale de la République centrafricaine, plus de 850 000 personnes, soit près d'un cinquième de la population du pays, demeurent déplacées.
In the north of Madagascar, supplementary immunization activities are planned for December in response to the outbreak of circulating vaccine derived poliovirus. National Immunization Days are planned for January. The aim is to boost immunity across the country against all strains of poliovirus using trivalent oral polio vaccine.
For the first time ever, only 1 case of wild poliovirus has been reported in Africa in the last 4 months. The case had onset of paralysis on 11 August in Somalia.
The massive displacement of children and their families from the Central African Republic (CAR) continues and has resulted in an outflow of over 300,000 refugees, returnees and third-country nationals into neighboring Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Congo. The large majority of people fleeing CAR are Muslims, and over 80 per cent are women and children.
Description of the disaster
Central African Republic (CAR): The situation in Zemio, Haut-Mbomou prefecture has returned to calm since the visit of the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) on 22 November. The populations displaced by the events have returned to their homes and mediation efforts between all parties to the conflict are underway notably through a plan to set up a conflict resolution committee to be steered by UNHCR. The unrest led to the death of two people, injured 15 people and 84 homes were burnt.
In response to the outbreak of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV) in South Sudan, over 19,000 children were vaccinated last week in Bentiu Poc, where the two cases were reported. Outbreak response plans are in place to hold three rounds of supplementary immunization activities (SIAs) in high risk areas to stop transmission of the virus.
CAR: Work rotations continued in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th arrondissement with 750 IDPs engaged in Cash-for-Work activities over a period of 10 days.
CHAD: IOM relocated 787 Chadian returnees from the Doyaba transit site to Maigama temporary site.
CAMEROON: IOM distributed food received from WFP to 227 households in Kentzou.