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South Sudan + 5 others
South Sudan on the Brink of Famine Demands Urgent Action

On the first of April, I walked with great sadness through the United Nations compound in Juba, capital of South Sudan, the world’s newest nation, now in free fall after a hopeful beginning three years ago. The compound is sheltering more than 21,000 displaced people who fled to safety after a spasm of violence in mid-December killed untold thousands.

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Equatorial Guinea + 19 others
Polio this week - as of 16 April 2014

  • In central Africa, a new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case was reported in Equatorial Guinea. In total, three cases have now been reported from the country; genetic sequencing indicates the cases are linked to an ongoing WPV1 outbreak in Cameroon. Outbreak response in the country is currently being planned.

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South Sudan + 4 others
Care and Dignity in Conflict: Life-saving services for South Sudanese women and girls

Urgent appeal: South Sudanese people need help now

UNFPA needs $25 million to reach refugees and internally displaced people

In December 2013, violence broke out in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, and spread quickly around the country. The conflict has so far displaced 740,000 people, the vast majority of them in four states.

What is the impact on maternal/reproductive health?

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Uganda + 8 others
East Africa Food Security Outlook - April to September 2014

Assumptions for quarterly food security analysis

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Ethiopia + 1 other
Waters Over Tierkidi Camp, Gambella Region, Ethiopia (17 Apr 2014)

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UNOSAT

This map illustrates satellite detected waters and swamp areas around Tierdiki camp in Gambella area (Ethiopia). Imagery analysis indicates multiple areas of relatively small scale inundation in the camp area, as well as significant swampy areas. Note that the image used for this analysis displays "stripes" of missing data due to a malfunction with the sensor. Areas outside the missing data stripes are not affected. This is a preliminary analysis and has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR / UNOSAT.

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Ethiopia + 1 other
Waters Over Lietchuor Camp, Gambella Region, Ethiopia (17 Apr 2014)

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UNOSAT

This map illustrates satellite detected waters and swamp areas around Lietchuor camp in Gambella area (Ethiopia). Imagery analysis indicates multiple areas of relatively small scale inundation in the camp area, as well as significant swampy areas. Note that the image used for this analysis displays "stripes" of missing data due to a malfunction with the sensor. Areas outside the missing data stripes are not affected. Some areas are covered by clouds. This is a preliminary analysis and has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR / UNOSAT.

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South Sudan + 4 others
US pledges ongoing support for humanitarian efforts in S. Sudan

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Sudan Tribune

April 16, 14(BOR) – The US government’s humanitarian agency USAID has pledged to continue support for hundreds of thousands of people in critical need due to the ongoing crisis in South Sudan crisis.

Speaking to the media in Jonglei capital Bor on Wednesday, USAID’s director of foreign disaster assistance, Jeremy Konyndyk, said his government had provided substantial assistance to South Sudanese people since a political power struggle between president Salva Kir and his former deputy, Riek Machar, erupted in violence in mid-December last year.

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World + 21 others
CERF Quarterly Update - January - March 2014

The largest allocations were provided to address critical needs in CAR and South Sudan. The donor community has contributed $220.7 million to CERF so far for 2014, one of the largest amounts since its launch in 2006.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook April 17 – April 23, 2014

  • Significantly heavy amounts of rainfall are expected to worsen flooding conditions across eastern Tanzania.

1) Poorly distributed seasonal rainfall since February has led to deteriorating ground conditions in western Angola. As seasonal rains are expected to decline this month, these long-term moisture deficits are likely to negatively impact crop and pastoral conditions for many areas.

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South Sudan + 3 others
South Sudan crisis being met by silence, ACT Ethiopia says

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ACT Alliance

The humanitarian crisis stemming from widespread fighting in South Sudan is rapidly becoming a regional issue but is failing to get the attention it deserves, ACT members working in neighbouring Ethiopia say.

All 11 members in Ethiopia say the growing emergency needs greater awareness in the international community and more funding for relief aid.

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World + 14 others
Gestión del riesgo de desastres para un desarrollo con capacidad de adaptación

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World Bank

Los desastres naturales afectan en forma desproporcionada a las personas pobres y vulnerables. A la luz de la alarmante tendencia mundial que apunta hacia un aumento en las pérdidas debido a estos fenómenos, la gestión de los desastres y el riesgo climático (DRM, por sus siglas en inglés) está cada vez más presente en las actividades del Banco Mundial. Las inversiones ayudan a proteger millones de vidas y medios de sustento y salvaguardar el crecimiento en sectores socioeconómicos clave.

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World + 14 others
Gérer les risques de catastrophe pour protéger le développement

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World Bank

Les catastrophes frappent majoritairement les populations pauvres et vulnérables. Face à l’aggravation préoccupante des pertes dues aux catastrophes de par le monde, la gestion des risques de catastrophe tient une place croissante dans les opérations de la Banque mondiale. Les investissements contribuent à protéger des millions de personnes ainsi que leurs moyens de subsistance, et à préserver la croissance dans les secteurs socio-économiques clés.

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South Sudan + 1 other
UN official calls ongoing violence ‘an outrage’ to country’s people

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UN News Service

The number of people seeking shelter at the UN mission base in the Unity state capital, Bentiu, has doubled over the past few days, UN Humanitarian Coordinator Toby Lanzer said today.

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Ethiopia + 1 other
Desert Locust situation update 15 April 2014

Swarms move into eastern Ethiopia

At least ten immature and mature swarms have been reported appearing in eastern Ethiopia from adjacent areas of northwest Somalia on 5-10 April. The swarms were initially seen in Awbere District north of Jijiga and later spread to eight districts in the Somali region. The swarms varied in size from one to 20 sq. km. and are highly mobile. Some of the adults have become mature and nearly ready to lay eggs. Aerial and ground control operations treated six swarms.

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Ethiopia + 1 other
In Central Ethiopia, a Dankeschön to Germany

German funding for WFP-supported relief and safety-net programmes in Ethiopia is helping 1.6 million pastoralists and farmers living on the edge.

LIMMU BILBILU DISTRICT, ETHIOPIA - Ire Galato planted barley, maize and teff last year in her small, one-hectare plot in the rolling hills of central Ethiopia, in the country's Oromia region. The 45-year-old farmer and her family waited patiently for the rains to come to reap the results.

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World + 39 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 8 – 15 April

The Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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Ethiopia + 1 other
UNHCR flies in more aid for South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia; relocates refugees to higher ground as rainy season approaches

As the number of South Sudanese refugees fleeing to Ethiopia passes the 95,000 mark, UNHCR and its partners are working to improve conditions in the western Gambella region – flying in new tents, building new camps, and moving refugees to higher ground as the rainy season approaches.

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World + 18 others
Global Weather Hazards Summary April 11-17, 2014

Locally heavy rainfall may ease moisture deficits in parts of western Angola

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Poorly distributed seasonal rainfall since February has led to deteriorating ground conditions in western Angola. These long-term moisture deficits may negatively impact developing crops and pastoral areas. However, precipitation forecasts indicate the potential for locally heavy rainfall in the Benguela and Cuanza Sul provinces, which may provide some relief to moisture stress in the country.