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28 Mar 2017 description
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NEW YORK/DAKAR/NAIROBI/AMMAN, 28 March 2017 – More than a month after famine was declared in South Sudan, time is running out for more than a million children as drought and armed conflict devastate lives in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, UNICEF said today.

26 Mar 2017 description
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By Joe English

It’s now more than a month since famine was declared in parts of South Sudan. For children in the world’s youngest country, the worsening food crisis comes at a time when they already face countless challenges on a daily basis.

22 Mar 2017 description
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By UNICEF South Sudan

As starvation and food insecurity grip many parts of South Sudan, UNICEF is working with partners to provide a range of nutrition services. Hear the story of a mother and her daughter who received life-saving treatment at an outpatient centre.

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AWEIL STATE, South Sudan, 21 March 2017 – In South Sudan, an estimated one million people are on the brink of starvation.

Iman Diing’s baby daughter Alakii is one of them.

22 Mar 2017 description
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by Joe English

South Sudan is a country in crisis – violence has displaced millions of people; a food crisis has left parts of the country in famine; and a deteriorating economy has left many families with no means to support themselves.

The worsening water crisis, fuelled, in part by the conflict and economic collapse, is just one more challenge families in Juba have to face on a daily basis.

22 Mar 2017 description
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Despite good progress, much more needs to be done to achieve Sustainable Development Goals 6.1: “By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all.”

Khartoum 22nd March 2017: Across the globe, March 22 every year is set aside to celebrate progress in water towards achieving global targets and to garner more political support. This year's theme: Why waste water? Is in support of SDG 6.3 on improving water quality and reducing, treating and reusing wastewater.

20 Mar 2017 description
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  • Meteorological forecasts indicate a normal to below normal Gu rains (March to May), particularly in the Somali region and southern pastoral lowlands, which may result in a deepening of the drought.
    Parts of pastoral Afar, crop dependent Tigray, Amhara, SNNPR and Oromia regions are also expected to receive below average spring Belg rains.

18 Mar 2017 description
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• Food security levels in the country remain critical, with famine declared in southern Unity state at the end of February. Access restrictions to affected areas is limiting the ability of the humanitarian community to respond. UNICEF and WFP dispatched five rapid response teams to southern Unity in late February/early March to provide immediate, lifesaving assistance to affected populations.

16 Mar 2017 description
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· The arrival rate for South Sudanese refugees into Uganda is still high at almost 2,000 per day.

· Women and children fleeing conflict from South Sudan, DR Congo and Burundi are in desperate need of critical health services, clean water, education, and support to help them deal with the extreme stress they have experienced. However, UNICEF’s Humanitarian Action for Children (HAC) appeal is only 6 per cent funded to date.

15 Mar 2017 description

Since December 2013, South Sudan has been the scene of an on-going conflict between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and those loyal to ex-vice president Riek Machar. In July 2016, armed fighting escalated and ethnic tensions rose drastically amid a sharply deteriorating food security situation, triggering an increasing number of refugees fleeing to neighboring countries.

09 Mar 2017 description
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  • For the first time since April 2010 access was granted to Belle El Sereif locality in East Jebel Marra. An inter-agency assessment estimated the number of displaced children at 8,385.

  • Following up on the newly accessible area in the locality of Kurmuk in Blue Nile State,
    UNICEF is now implementing priority programmes in integrated nutrition where MUAC screening is covering 6 highly populated communities where there are functioning outpatient treatment centers (OTPs). .

08 Mar 2017 description
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Quarter of funds will go towards humanitarian work, including famine response

STOCKHOLM, 7 March 2017 – The Government of Sweden has just announced an $80 million contribution to support UNICEF’s life-saving work around the world. A significant part of the new funds – $20 million– will be allocated to UNICEF’s humanitarian work in countries affected by wars and other emergencies.

08 Mar 2017 description
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  • A negative Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) resulted in below average rainfall over East Africa and led to drought situations in Somali, Oromia and SNNP regions. The humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate and more than 4.2 million people in these regions are targeted to receive food aid in 2017 (out of a total of 5.6 million people estimated to require food assistance in Ethiopia in 2017). These people are also in critical need of emergency water, health and nutrition services.

01 Mar 2017 description
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  • On 20 February, famine was officially declared in parts of Unity state.
    This is the first time in six years that a famine has been declared anywhere in the world. Approximately 100,000 people are currently facing starvation, with an additional one million close to famine.

  • A recent assessment mission by UNICEF, WFP and Oxfam to Kapoeta,
    Eastern Equatoria found that drought has significantly affected water access and food security. A multilateral response is planned and underway.

25 Feb 2017 description
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  • About 2.7 million people in Kenya are now in need of relief assistance, up from 1.3 million in August 20161 . The President of Kenya declared a national disaster on 10 February 2017 and has called for international support.

  • The results of SMART surveys conducted in January and February 2017 to monitor the emergency nutrition situation show very high levels of global acute malnutrition (GAM) (above 30 per cent) in three northern counties (Turkana North, North Hor of Marsabit, and Mandera)