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Heavy rainfall may trigger flooding in Central America and West Africa


09 Oct 2015 description
report CARE

Out of school and into marriage: 39,000 girls forced to marry every day

Girls in 26 countries are more likely to be forced into marriage than to enroll in secondary school, research from CARE has found.

The report, Vows of Poverty, has been released to mark the International Day of the Girl on 11 October and provides a snapshot of the forces that drive girls into marriage and out of school.

The report found:

09 Oct 2015 description

ASSAGA, Niger | AFP | Friday 10/9/2015 - 03:18 GMT

by Boureima HAMA

In a shed at the heart of the Assaga refugee camp in southeast Niger, around 50 children sing and dance, masking the deep emotional trauma inflicted on them by Boko Haram.

Nearby, little girls who fled the brutal Islamists in neighbouring Nigeria huddle around jigsaw puzzles, while barefoot young boys in ragged clothes or shirtless play football and table tennis.

08 Oct 2015 description

Faits saillants

  • Suite à une série d’attaques d’un groupe armé, des opérations de délocalisation des populations des îles autour de Ngouboua vers la terre ferme seraient en cours par l’armée tchadienne et des combats ont été rapportés dans la nuit du 5 au 6 octobre laissant craindre plus de déplacements. Les autorités locales estiment à 14 000 le nombre de personnes déplacées supplémentaires autour de Ngouboua.

08 Oct 2015 description


  • Following a series of attacks from an armed group, the Chadian Army would be currently ordering new relocations from the islands around Ngouboua towards the mainland. In addition fighting has been reported on 5-6 October in the area. This could lead to further displacements. Local authorities already estimate at 14,000 the number of additional displaced people around Ngouboua.

08 Oct 2015 description

This year’s Global Monitoring Report, produced jointly by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, details the progress the world has made towards global development goals and examines the impact of demographic change on achieving these goals.

07 Oct 2015 description
  • Continuation of suppressed rainfall along coastal Gulf of Guinea regions and enhanced rain across the Sahel and far western Gulf of Guinea.
  • Dryness persists throughout parts of Ethiopia.

1) Poorly distributed rainfall has resulted in drought, which has severely impacted ground conditions and already led to livestock death across parts of north-central and eastern Ethiopia.

07 Oct 2015 description


Calm is gradually returning in Bangui following the eruption of violence on 26 September in which at least 42 people were killed, over 300 injured and 37,000 displaced. Businesses, public transport and other activities are slowly resuming in the city centre. However, there are still barricades on certain roads and criminal activities have been reported in various neighbourhoods. Population movement and humanitarian access are still difficult due to insecurity.

07 Oct 2015 description

ASSAGA, Niger | AFP | mercredi 07/10/2015 - 06:39 GMT

par Boureima HAMA

Sous un petit hangar au coeur du camp de réfugiés d'Assaga dans le sud-est du Niger, une cinquantaine d'adolescents dansent et chantent. Beaucoup sont traumatisés psychologiquement. Ce sont des enfants nigérians réfugiés dont les familles ont fui les attaques du groupe islamistes Boko Haram.

Tout près, des fillettes sont agglutinées autour de puzzles. Plus loin sur les mauvaises herbes, torses nus ou en haillons, pieds nus pour la plupart, des garçons jouent au foot et au ping-pong.

07 Oct 2015 description

The crisis spans across Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria, creating waves of refugees, returnees, and internally displaced people and straining resources of already vulnerable host communities.

The crisis at a glance:

  • Some 4.7 million people struggle to have enough food to eat.

  • Acute malnutrition rates are at emergency level.

07 Oct 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Situation in Numbers

1.4 Million children displaced by the conflict (1.2 million in Nigeria and 265,000 in Niger, Cameroon, Chad)

208,000 Children without access to education

+83,000 Children lack access to safe Water

23,000 Children separated from their families in North East Nigeria

Children at risk

07 Oct 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Sub-regional Humanitarian Overview

Throughout North East Nigeria and across the border regions in Cameroon, Chad and Niger, children are in critical danger. Insecurity caused by the conflict between the armed group 'Islamic State's in West Africa’, commonly known as ‘Boko Haram’, military forces and civilian self-defense groups in North East Nigeria has escalated into a worsening humanitarian crisis.

06 Oct 2015 description

Funding situation

All of UNHCR’s activities in the Lake Chad Basin region are coordinated by UNHCR’s Regional Refugee Coordinator for the Nigeria situation based in Dakar, Senegal and funded through the Nigeria Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP) launched in April 2015, advocating for the financial needs of 23 UN agencies and NGOs.

The Nigeria RRRP requested a total of USD 174,409,924 and has been funded up to 48% (as at 27 August 2015) so far.

Key political and operational developments in the Lake Chad Basin

06 Oct 2015 description

WHO has an essential role to play in supporting Member States to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies with public health consequences. An Emergency Response Framework (ERF) was developed to clarify WHO’s roles and responsibilities in this regard and to provide a common approach for its work in emergencies. Ultimately, the ERF requires WHO to act with urgency and predictability to best serve and be accountable to populations affected by emergencies. ERF describes WHO’s internal grading process for emergencies.