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Nigeria 'ceasefire' with Boko Haram in doubt after fresh unrest

Kano, Nigeria | AFP | Thursday 10/23/2014 - 15:43 GMT

by Aminu ABUBAKAR

A deadly bombing in northern Nigeria and new details about kidnappings at the weekend blamed on Boko Haram cast further doubt Thursday on the government's claim that the Islamists have agreed to a truce.

As reports emerged that extremists seized dozens more women and girls from the remote northeast -- leaving a few dollars behind as a so-called 'bride price' -- fresh violence rocked the town of Azare in Bauchi state.

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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.

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L'armée française se poste au nord Niger, intensifie son action au Mali

23/10/2014 - 11:44 GMT

L'armée française va installer un poste avancé à Madama, au nord-est du Niger, et intensifie son action au nord du Mali pour lutter contre la recrudescence d'actions jihadistes, a annoncé jeudi une source au ministère français de la Défense.

"Le gouvernement nigérien a donné son accord pour l'installation d'une base temporaire avancée à Madama", qui va se concentrer sur les "autoroutes" d'armements qui descendent du sud de la Libye vers le Nord Mali via le Niger, a indiqué cette source.

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Bombing at Nigeria bus station kills 5: police

Kano, Nigeria | AFP | Thursday 10/23/2014 - 07:08 GMT

by Aminu ABUBAKAR

A bomb blast at a bus station in a north Nigeria area previously targeted by Boko Haram killed five people, police said Thursday, in what appeared to be the latest crack in the government's purported ceasefire with the Islamists.

Police in Bauchi state confirmed overnight witness reports of a huge explosion at the terminal in the town of Azare at 9:45 pm (2045 GMT).

Area resident Musa Babale said the blast "shook buildings" and sent locals rushing for shelter.

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EASO: Quarterly Asylum Report, Quarter 2, 2014

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European Union

Introduction

The EASO Quarterly Asylum Report is produced b y EASO’s Centre for Information,
Documentation and Analysis. It aims to provide an overview of key asylum trends by analysing data on applications for international protection , pending cases and decisions made on applications by EU M ember States and Associate Countries.

The analysis is based on data submitted to Eurostat as per Article 4 of the Migration Statistics Regulation and extracted from Eurostat database on September 2014.

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West and East Africa - The 2014 Rainfall Season (October 2014)

Sahel

· Severe and seasonal rainfall deficits remain across many areas of the Sahelian region, in particular Senegal, Mauritania, northern Nigeria and eastern Niger.

· Serious impacts on agricultural production in Senegal and Mauritania can be expected. Perspectives are also unfavourable in eastern Niger and NE Nigeria.

Eastern region (Sudan, Ethiopia)

· Rainfall in September was favourable across the region. This trend has continued through October with wetter than average conditions.

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Liberia + 7 others
WHO: Ebola Response Roadmap Situation Report - 22 October 2014

SUMMARY

A total of 9936 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported in five affected countries (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Spain, and the United States of America) and two previously affected countries (Nigeria and Senegal) up to the end of 19 October. A total of 4877 deaths have been reported.

The outbreaks of EVD in Senegal and Nigeria were declared over on 17 October and 19 October 2014, respectively.

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Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook, October 23 – October 29, 2014

  • Torrential rains continued across much of saturated and flood-affected South Sudan.

  • Bi-modal regions of the Gulf of Guinea observed a second week of below-average rain.

1) As the rainfall season ends across Senegal and harvesting begins, impacts from poorly distributed rains during the summer months and a delayed onset to the rainfall season in July which resulted in deteriorated conditions could impact crop yields.

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Lagos 'Ebola hospital' faces battle to recover

Lagos, Nigeria | AFP | Wednesday 10/22/2014 - 15:48 GMT

by Cecile DE COMARMOND

Nigeria may have been declared officially Ebola-free but at the First Consultants hospital in Lagos, doctors believe it'll take the facility that treated the first victim years to recover.

The 40-bed private clinic in the bustling Obalende area of the city paid a high price in the outbreak, after the first patient with the Ebola virus was admitted on July 20.

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Liberia + 4 others
Africa Ebola Coordination and Preparedness: Emergency Appeal Operation Update n° MDR60002, Operations update n° 5

Summary

IFRC continues to support National Societies with international emergency appeals to combat Ebola in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal. The appeals employ a 5 pillar approach spelled out in the Ebola regional framework. These include: (1) Beneficiary Communication and Social Mobilization; (2) Contact Tracing and Surveillance; (3) Psychosocial Support; (4) Case Management; and (5) Dead Body Management, Burials and Disinfection. In addition, a regional appeal has been launched to cater to multi-country support needs.

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Ebola: Risks of overland spread (Map of the week, 13 October 2014)

Map
Maplecroft

West Africa’s road network – through which the majority of intra-regional trade occurs – could facilitate the spread of Ebola. Travellers and traders infected in Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone may transmit the virus via some of the major highways. In this respect, groups such as long-distance lorry drivers could be particularly at risk, particularly if effective monitoring systems for Ebola are not established at border crossings.

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Nigeria, Boko Haram Appear to Move Toward Talks

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Voice of America

Talks to free more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Nigerian militants last April did not begin as projected on Tuesday, although there are signs the militants and Nigeria's government are preparing for the talks in Chad.

A prominent Nigerian newspaper, This Day, reported Tuesday that a federal government negotiating team has departed for the Chadian capital, N'djamena.

Meanwhile, a purported leader of militant group Boko Haram, Danladi Ahmadu, has told VOA's Hausa service that he is heading to Chad to await word on when the talks will start.

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Mali + 6 others
Rapport hebdomadaire #5 de la situation sur la préparation de la riposte a l’épidémie de la maladie à virus ebola au Mali

SITUATION EPIDEMIOLOGIQUE DES PAYS AFFECTES PAR EBOLA
Etats-Unis, Espagne, Guinée, Libéria, Sierra Leone

A la date du 20 Octobre 2014 le cumul des cas suspects de la maladie à virus Ebola était de 9216 cas (Guinée, Libéria, Nigéria, Sénégal, Sierra Leone, Espagne, et les Etats-Unis d’Amérique) dont 4555 décès.

Selon l’OMS et à cette date 125 contacts potentiels sont actuellement suivis aux Etats-Unis où 3 cas ont été confirmés. En Espagne ce sont 72 personnes à risques très élevés qui sont suivis à ce jour.

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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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Liberia + 5 others
Ebola no longer ‘localized emergency,’ UN health officials tell regional summit in Cuba

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UN News Service

20 October 2014 – Ebola is no longer a localized public health emergency, top UN officials said in Havana today as they commended Cuba for sending doctors and nurses to the affected countries in West Africa, and addressed regional leaders gathering to discuss ways to resolve the emergency and halt spread of the virus to regional States.

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Regional Snapshot West Africa | Fiscal Year (FY) 2014

REGIONAL SUMMARY

Recurring food insecurity and acute malnutrition, cyclical drought, locust infestations, seasonal floods, disease outbreaks, and complex emergencies have presented significant challenges to the vulnerable populations of the West Africa region. Complex emergencies and food insecurity constituted the primary concerns in West Africa during FY 2014.
USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) maintains a permanent regional presence in Dakar, Senegal.

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Regional Economic Outlook: Sub-Saharan Africa Staying the Course, October 2014

Strong Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa, but Pockets of Difficulty

  • Infrastructure, services, agriculture driving growth in most economies
  • Positive outlook overshadowed by Ebola impact in affected countries
  • Goals are high, inclusive growth and addressing fiscal risks in a few countries

Strong growth in the majority of sub-Saharan Africa’s economies should underpin a robust regional expansion in 2014 and 2015, the IMF said in its regional outlook.

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Ghana + 7 others
Cholera outbreak in the West and Central Africa: Regional Update, 2014 (Week 39) [EN/FR]

With almost 21,000 cases, Ghana has a new record number, and the outbreak has already spread along the coast to Togo and Benin. The situation in Lake Chad Basin is of concern as well.

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UNFPA welcomes agreement on Chibok girls’ release

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, welcomes news of a ceasefire agreement that is expected to lead to the release of more than 200 girls who were kidnapped from the north-eastern Nigerian town of Chibok—the Chibok Girls. These girls have languished in captivity long enough, and it is high time they are returned to their families, communities and schools.