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30 Jul 2015 description
report Kids for Kids

The Calais crisis is a tragedy, but what about the basic cause? Why are so many young men braving horrendous danger to try, by all means possible, to reach London? What are their lives like that they leave their homes and their families with no way to return? “My heart goes out to these young men following their Dick Whittington dream that the roads of London are paved with gold” said Patricia Parker MBE, founder of Kids for Kids, today. “Compared to the conditions they have left behind, they are right.

30 Jul 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• WHO has secured funding for emergency response missions and the establishment of 10 temporary emergency clinics in areas at risk of cholera.

• The number of new South Sudanese refugees in Sudan has exceeded the response planning figure of 196,000.

• An estimated 3,350 people in Mellit town, North Darfur, are in need of assistance.

• Some 780 families have been affected by heavy rains and floods in Kalma camp, South Darfur.

29 Jul 2015 description

Khartoum, 27 July (SUNA)- The government of Khartoum state has endorsed a plan to fully refurbish primary school buildings in the state within four years, and to rehabilitate and maintain 25% of all education establishments annually.

The governor of Khartoum state, Gen Abdul Rahim Mohamed Hussein, has promised to upgrade the education environment in a manner that would be up to par with the lofty message of the education and the role played by the teachers in the community.

28 Jul 2015 description

Snapshot 22–28 July 2015

Somalia: More than 10,000 people have been displaced in Lower Shabelle and Bay regions since AMISOM and Somali armed forces began their offensive. Al Shabaab has lost control of Bardhere in Gedo and Dinsoor in Bay. In accessible areas of Hudur town, Bakool, 33% GAM and 19% SAM were observed in a MUAC assessment in July – a significant deterioration since June. Very critical malnutrition rates persist in Bulo Burde, Hiraan.

27 Jul 2015 description

Highlights

  • WFP requires USD 109 million for the next six months to meet refugee needs in Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda.

  • Food stocks are stretched and WFP requires immediate contributions, particularly in Kenya and Sudan. In Kenya, WFP started 30 percent rations cuts in the second round of June distributions. Without new contributions, rations may be reduced further in the coming months. In Sudan, WFP is likely to face pipeline breaks in the coming months if additional funding is not available.

27 Jul 2015 description

Highlights

  • 15,590 Identified unaccompanied minors
  • 12 Households provided with cash grants in year 2014
  • 188,120 NFIs distributed since January
  • 531 Shelters distributed since January
24 Jul 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • In Central Equatoria State 1,138 cholera cases (including 38 deaths) have been reported in Juba County since 1 June. No refugee camps are affected at the time of reporting.

23 Jul 2015 description
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HIGHLIGHTS

• Authorities and aid organisations working to ensure sufficient prevention and response measures are in place for acute watery diarrhoea (AWD)/cholera.

• Inter-tribal fighting in Al Sunta locality, South Darfur, has claimed the lives of dozens of tribesmen and left many injured, according to UNAMID.

• In South Kordofan, over 600 people whose homes were damaged by heavy rains and floods are in need of assistance.

• In West Darfur, aid organisations are undertaking rainy season preparedness activities.

22 Jul 2015 description
  • Yemen:

The humanitarian pause scheduled to start on 10 July did not take effect; airstrikes and ground fighting continue across the country. Partial food rations have been distributed in Kharaz refugee camp, WFP still unable to transport additional food to the camp. For the first time since the beginning of the conflict, UNHCR’s partner Al Amal was able to distribute NFIs to 3,377 individuals in Sa’ada governorate.

22 Jul 2015 description

On 30 June, the Sudan People's Liberation Movement – North (SPLM-N) signed the 'Geneva Call's' Deed of Commitment for the Protection of Children, which aims to reduce the effects of armed conflict on children, in particular the recruitment and use of children in hostilities.

Interview with Audrey Palama, adviser on the ICRC team that deals with relations with arms carriers, on why it is important that the ICRC engages with non-state armed groups.

Why is this signature important for the ICRC, and what does it mean concretely?

21 Jul 2015 description

KHARTOUM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution from the Government of Italy to support the needs of conflict-affected South Sudanese who have fled to Sudan.

WFP will use the contribution of around €500,000 (approximately US$545,000) to provide food assistance for nearly three months to more than 13,000 South Sudanese who have sought refuge in two localities in Sudan’s South Kordofan state. WFP’s food basket includes sorghum - a food staple in Sudan - as well as pulses, oil and salt.

21 Jul 2015 description

Snapshot 15–21 July 2015

Iraq: More than 74,440 people have been displaced from Saqlawiyah in Falluja district since 8 July, and tens of thousands reportedly remain trapped in Falluja and Ramadi districts. There are now more than 3.1 million IDPs across 3,613 locations in Iraq; 300,000 people have been displaced from and within Anbar since military operations began in April.

21 Jul 2015 description
report CIVICUS
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From Ebola to the bombing of Gaza, civil society was the first responder to humanitarian emergencies during the last year, but faces dire threats and a funding crisis around the world, says a new report.

“During the last year civil society was everywhere, doing great work often at the frontline of the world’s challenges, but at the same time having to stave off threats to its very existence,” said Dr Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah, the CIVICUS Secretary-General on launching the organisation’s 2015 State of Civil Society Report.