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World + 12 others
Protection of Refugee Children: In the Middle East and North Africa

Refugee children in the region suffer immensely as a result of conflict and displacement. The number of refugees has doubled in the last four years and more than half are children.

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Chad + 4 others
Tchad : Contextes et enjeux humanitaires majeurs - Aperçu humanitaire (au 15 Octobre 2014)

Le Tchad fait face aujourd’hui à de nombreux enjeux humanitaires complexes. Une instabilité récurrente et des conflits successifs dans les pays limitrophes ont provoqué des mouvements de population de grande envergure vers le Tchad, qui arrive à la septième place des pays accueillant le plus grand nombre de réfugiés.

Parallèlement à cette crise, il existe des besoins humanitaires chroniques liés à la pauvreté et au sous-développement. L’insécurité alimentaire et la malnutrition affectent des millions de personnes, en particulier dans la bande sahélienne.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Leon and PM Al-Thini Agree to Focus Efforts on Peaceful Solution to Libya’s Crisis Through Dialogue

Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya Bernardino Leon met on Tuesday 21 October2014 in Malta with Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah Al-Thini.

Mr. Leon briefed the Libyan Prime Minister in detail about the dialogue initiative facilitated by the United Nations and launched in Ghadames on 29 September between the Libyan parliamentarians.

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Violence kills at least 11 in Libya's Benghazi

10/22/2014 - 20:14 GMT

Violence, including a suicide attack at a security checkpoint, killed at least 11 people Wednesday in the flashpoint Libyan city of Benghazi, officials said.

The latest bloodshed brings to 110 the death toll in Benghazi since former general Khalifa Haftar launched on an assault last week supported by the army against Islamist fighters who seized the eastern city in July.

The Benghazi Medical Centre said it received seven bodies Wednesday, while a hospital source said four more were transported to other hospitals in the region.

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Report of the 459th Meeting of the Peace and Security Council on the situation in Libya

Report
African Union

I. INTRODUCTION

  1. In its press statement PSC/PR/BR. (CDXXXVI), adopted at its 436th meeting, held on 23 May 2014, Council expressed its deep concern about the situation prevailing in Libya and strongly condemned all acts of violence in the country, calling upon the parties concerned to refrain from any action likely to worsen the situation. Council underscored the serious consequences resulting from the persistence of insecurity and instability, both for Libya and its people and for the region and the rest of the continent.

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World + 51 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 15 - 21 October

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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World + 5 others
Population growth far outpaces food supply in conflict-ravaged Sahel - study

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AlertNet

While the population grew rapidly, the production of crops remained essentially unchanged. Researchers warn that global warming and insurgencies will further exacerbate the food scarcity in the region.

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Bernardino Leon interview with Alarabiya’s Panorama program, 16 October 2014

1- “As you may know we have had two meetings already, one in Ghedames where both parties agreed to start a political process, and the recent one in Tripoli. It was the first time after weeks and even months of confrontation when the two sides could meet again in Tripoli, and this was on the occasion of a very important visit, the visit of the Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon.

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Initiative for Cessation of Military Operations in Kikla-Qala to Facilitate Humanitarian Aid

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) is proposing a cessation of military operations in the areas of Kikla and Qala in western Libya for at least four days, effective at 00:00 on 18 October 2014, to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance.

Letters detailing the initiative, which is supported by the Government of Italy, have been sent to the municipal councils of Zintan, Gheryan and Kikla.

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World + 4 others
United Nations Development Group affirms support for Arab Region at a “turning point”

Amman, 14 October – Today the regional leadership of the United Nations Development Group met in Amman and confirmed its support for the Arab States, Middle East and North Africa region at the critical juncture it faces.

“We meet today at a turning point, between progress and crisis, between development and regression, between a brighter future and a darkness that is terrible to contemplate,” said Sima Bahous, Chair of the Regional United Nations Development Group. “We come together today to ensure that this turning point we face, is a turning point for the better.”

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Joint statement on Libya by the governments of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and United States

The governments of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States strongly condemn the ongoing violence in Libya and call for an immediate cessation of hostilities.

“We condemn the crimes of Ansar al-Sharia entities, and the ongoing violence in communities across Libya, including Tripoli and its environs. Libya’s hard fought freedom is at risk if Libyan and international terrorist groups are allowed to use Libya as a safe heaven.

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75 killed in five days of fighting in Libya's Benghazi

10/19/2014 - 20:09 GMT

Nine people were killed Sunday in new violence in Benghazi where pro-government forces have launched an offensive against Islamist militias, raising the toll to 75 dead in five days, medics said.

In the latest violence a woman was killed in a bomb attack that targeted the vacant house of former general Khalifa Haftar, the commander of the offensive launched Wednesday, a military source said.

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Clashes in Libya's Benghazi leave more than 20 dead

Benghazi, Libya | AFP | Friday 10/17/2014 - 15:09 GMT

Fierce clashes raged in Benghazi on Friday, leaving more than 20 people dead, on the third day of an offensive by pro-government forces to recapture Libya's second city from Islamist militias.

An AFP correspondent said the latest fighting was the most violent since forces of former general Khalifa Haftar launched the assault on Wednesday with the backing of army units and civilians who have taken up arms.

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Tunisia + 2 others
Les pêcheurs tunisiens à la rescousse des migrants naufragés

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IRIN

TUNIS, 15 octobre 2014 (IRIN) - À Zarzis, une petite ville portuaire du sud-est de la Tunisie d'environ 70 000 habitants, les pêcheurs sillonnant la Méditerranée s'improvisent secouristes, volant à la rescousse de bateaux bondés de migrants illégaux partis des côtes libyennes pour rejoindre l'Europe.

IRIN:

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Libya still extremely dangerous for journalists

Libya’s journalists are still among the leading victims of the political turmoil and violence that have been a constant ever since Col. Gaddafi’s overthrow in the 2011 revolution. Armed clashes are continuing despite an attempt by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) to broker a ceasefire and talks between the various political players and armed factions two weeks ago in the remote town of Ghadames.

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UN rights chief Zeid condemns attacks on human rights defenders in Libya

GENEVA (14 October 2014) – Human rights defenders, political activists, bloggers and media professionals have been under increasing attack from armed groups in Libya since mid-May, when fighting between rival factions intensified in and around Benghazi and later erupted in Tripoli, UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein warned Tuesday.

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World + 52 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 08–14 October

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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Migrant Workers in Libya at Growing Risk, Could Feed Deadly Mediterranean Exodus

Libya - In a new Libya Situation Report this week, IOM notes that the devastating violence of recent months in the country has left some 200,000 migrant workers vulnerable with many in need of immediate evacuation assistance.

“As the security situation in Libya continues to deteriorate, there have been a large number of third country nationals (TCNs) trapped inside Libya as the borders between Libya and Egypt/Tunisia remain practically closed to them,” the report notes.

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Libya + 1 other
Tunisian fishermen - unlikely heroes

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IRIN

TUNIS, 14 October 2014 (IRIN) - In Zarzis, a small port city of some 70,000 in southeastern Tunisia, fishermen plying the Mediterranean have become inadvertent saviours, rescuing boatloads of illegal migrants to Europe setting out from the shores of Libya.

Ahmed is one of them. He squints in the bright light as fishing boats with names scrawled in Arabic across their sterns bob gently around him. He sits on a pile of nets, his broad woven mdhalla hat angled back on his head, while in the distance, large cargo ships sit docked in a nearby commercial port.

IRIN:

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