- OCHA Humanitarian Bulletin 08 | 16 - 22 Feb 2015
- FEWS NET Food Security Outlook - January to June 2015
- OCHA: Periodic Funding Analysis - January 2015
Appeals & Funding
General Situation during February 2015 Forecast until mid-April 2015
Afghanistan: Heavy snowfall has caused avalanches in northern, central and eastern Afghanistan; 280 people have died. Panshir province is most affected. Communication lines have been disrupted in places, power supplies to Kabul have been cut. Priority needs are for NFIs and emergency shelter; access to isolated areas is difficult.
An extensive fire destroyed 144 homes at Kerendig camp for the displaced in El Geneina locality in West Darfur on Saturday.
“Large quantities of food, and agricultural crops were lost in the fire,” a sheikh told Dabanga. “In addition, 54 sheep died, along with a number of horses, donkeys, and hens.
“The fire that broke out at about 2pm, caused the displacement of more than 200 families, who are now living in the open without shelter, food, and water,” he reported.
Sorghum, millet, and wheat are the most important food commodities in northern Sudan. Sorghum is the staple food for the majority of poor households in central and eastern Sudan regions while millet is the main staple food for majority of households in Darfur and some parts of Kordofan regions in western Sudan. Wheat most often used as a substitute all over northern Sudan but it is a staple food for northern states. Each of the markets represented here act as indicators for a broader region.
In West Africa, regional harvests from the 2014/15 season arrived progressively onto markets in January. Staple food prices were stable or declining, except in areas directly and indirectly affected by the conflict in northeastern Nigeria. The recent opening of borders among Ebola-affected countries contributed to improved trade flows in some areas, following the substantial disruptions that occurred over the second half of 2014.
Rising hostilities continue to cause new waves of displacement
The final results of 2014/15 Annual Crop and Food Supply Assessment Mission (CFSAM) estimated record-high national cereal production of 7.84 million tons, including 6.3 million tons of sorghum and 1.1 million tons of millet. Production was about three-times last year’s poor harvest and 84 percent higher than the five-year average.
Protracted violence in Unity and Upper Nile states results in displacement, casualties, and property destruction
Humanitarian agencies continue efforts to improve food security with the delivery of emergency food assistance
Health organizations confirm a cholera outbreak in Eastern Equatoria State
Partners condemned the abduction of 89 children who were taking their exams in Wau Shilluk, Upper Nile State.
Partners were responding to cholera in Eastern Equatoria. Since 19 February, there have been no new cholera cases reported.
Over 600 people were registered as newly arrived in Yida, Unity State coming from South Kordofan in Sudan - 11 per cent fewer than in the previous week. Of the new arrivals, 65 per cent were women and children.
Two joint projects just signed by the Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Rangelands (MoLFR) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will support two priorities central to the Government of Sudan’s “Second National Five Year Development Plan (2012-2017): animal health and fisheries.
Child recruitment: Scores of children abducted last week in Upper Nile State are reportedly undergoing military training, UNICEF said on 24 February. 'Witnesses have said they are in a training camp,” near Wau Shilluk town (20 km northeast of Malakal), said John Budd, UNICEF communications officer for South Sudan.
Appeal Target: US$ 798,628
Balance Requested: US$ 798,628
ACT Total response: US$ 6,698,250 (UNHCR commitment)
Geneva, 24 February 2015
Snapshot 18-24 February 2015
Myanmar: 90,000 people are now reported to have been displaced by continuing violence between government troops and multiple armed groups in Kokang, Shan state. Aid organisations have been subject to attack – seven people were wounded in two separate incidents.
Mediation Can Prevent, Resolve Natural Resources Disputes New UN Guide Launched
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These updates cover emergencies Oxfam is currently responding to around the world, although please note they don’t intend to be comprehensive.
Snapshot 11–17 February 2015
Myanmar: Fighting between the Myanmar army and the MNDAA, an insurgent group in the Kokang area of Shan state, displaced tens of thousands of people. Some fled into central Myanmar, while between 30,000 and 50,000 are thought to have crossed into Nansan, Yunnan province, China.
● UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos and UNESCO Special Envoy Forest Whitaker traveled to Nairobi for the OCHA-IGAD HighLevel Event on the Humanitarian Crisis in South Sudan and its impact on the Region. At the conference, $529 million in new funding was pledged to support the humanitarian response to the South Sudan crisis.
● Bentiu site cleared: In Unity state, Mine Action teams worked on the Bentiu PoC extension site, declaring the area clear this week.
Security around Bentiu was unpredictable.
This brief summarizes FEWS NET’s most forward-looking analysis of projected emergency food assistance needs in FEWS NET coverage countries. The projected size of each country’s acutely food insecure population is compared to last year and the recent five-year average. Countries where external emergency food assistance needs are anticipated are identified. Projected lean season months highlighted in red indicate either an early start or an extension to the typical lean season.
665,881 Total number of refugees
33,772 Identified unaccompanied minors & separated children
195,500 South Sudanese refugees since 15 Dec. 2013
95% Funding Gap
As part of efforts to strengthen relations and promote peaceful coexistence between different segments of the community, UNAMID, in collaboration with the State Farmer’s Association, the State Nomads Commission and native administration leaders, organized a forum on 5 February 2015 for farmers and nomads in Mershing locality, South Darfur.
The event, organized under the theme, ‘Towards sustainable peaceful coexistence,’ was attended by farmers, nomads, women and youth groups.