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18 Dec 2014 description

"We must learn from each other" says Dr Nehal Hefny, Programs and Projects Coordinator at the Egyptian Red Crescent Society. The latest newsletter of the Health Care in Danger project features a variety of articles including updates about the project, the field case study of Nepal and two interviews with experts working in the field.

17 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A dengue fever outbreak in Sudan’s Darfur region had resulted in 137 reported cases as of December 14.

  • Hostilities continue to result in deaths and injuries in Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N)-controlled parts of Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states.

  • Conflict-affected individuals from South Sudan continue to arrive in Sudan.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

16 Dec 2014 description

Snapshot 10–16 December

Iraq: 700,000 IDPs, mostly in Dahuk and Anbar governorates, are living in shelters that are not adapted for winter temperatures. 945,000 IDPs are in dire need of kerosene for heating.

Afghanistan: Kabul has been hit by at least 12 suicide attacks since early November, with more attacks also carried out elsewhere, fuelling concerns about the protection of civilians.

09 Dec 2014 description

Highlights

• Relative calm returned in Malakal PoC, Upper Nile State after a tumultuous month.

• Aid agencies called for $600 million by February to take advantage of the dry season and plan to reach more people with humanitarian assistance in 2015.

• UN Deputy Humanitarian Chief asked for peace, scaling up of aid in South Sudan after a three-day mission to the world’s newest country.

• South Sudan Crisis Response Plan is one of the best funded globally, but continued support is needed to sustain the aid operation.

09 Dec 2014 description

Snapshot 3–9 December

Philippines: Category 5 Typhoon Hagupit, locally known as Ruby, made landfall on 6 December over the town of Dolores in Eastern Samar province (Eastern Philippines). At least 49 of 81 provinces are potentially at high risk. The typhoon is moving very slowly, potentially subjecting each community in the path of the typhoon to high winds and torrential rainfall for much longer. 1.1 million people are affected.

02 Dec 2014 description

Niger: 10,000 refugees arrived in Diffa region from Damasack, Nigeria. Most were fleeing forced recruitment by Boko Haram, and some unaccompanied children were reported. More than 105,000 people have arrived from Nigeria since May 2013, and the rate is increasing. The newly displaced are in a critical situation, and Diffa faces serious gaps in service provision.

29 Nov 2014 description

Highlights

● Calm returned in the Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites in Malakal, enabling partners to resume aid operations this week.

● Tensions remained high in the northern states of Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile, where sporadic fighting has been reported.

● The third round of the nationwide polio immunization campaign reached 3,431,592 children aged 0 to 59 months, according to preliminary reports.

● The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence campaign was launched in some part of the country.

25 Nov 2014 description

Distinguished members of the AU Peace and Security Council,

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would like to thank you for the great opportunity to brief you on the humanitarian challenges affecting the region and on the humanitarian situation in South Sudan and other conflict situations in Africa.

Mr. Chairperson,

25 Nov 2014 description

Pakistan: Drought conditions in Sindh have affected nearly 1.7 million people; nearly 500 have died in Tharparkar, including 296 children. In FATA, the number of people displaced by the military’s operation Khyber One in the Tirah Valley has grown to 440,000 people, adding to 993,000 displaced by operations in North Waziristan.

Liberia: Two million children are thought to be affected by the consequences of the Ebola epidemic. High levels of unemployment are affecting income: 70% of households in a recent survey said they do not have enough money to afford food.

25 Nov 2014 description

Introduction

  1. The present report is submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 2155 (2014), by which the Council extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) until 30 November and requested that I report on the implementation of the Mission’s mandate every 60 days. The report provides an update to my previous report (S/2014/708), dated 30 September 2014, covering developments from 24 September to 24 November.
24 Nov 2014 description

Highlights

  • WFP renews call for the release of staff member missing for more than one month. WFP is again demanding the safe release of its abducted staff member Mark Diang, who was taken at gunpoint from the Malakal airport on 16 October by a group of men wearing plain clothes. http://www.wfp.org/node/36633/3435/644097

21 Nov 2014 description

Juba, 21 November 2014): UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Kyung-wha Kang, concluded her three-day mission to South Sudan today, calling on all parties to the conflict to respect their ceasefire commitments and urging the international community to continue providing support to enable humanitarians to scale up and expand critical aid operations.

20 Nov 2014 description

JUBA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in South Sudan is again demanding the safe release of its abducted staff member Mark Diang, who was taken at gunpoint from the Malakal airport on 16 October by a group of men wearing plain clothes.

“It’s been more than a month since Mark was seized, and we still have no word of his whereabouts or well-being,” said WFP Country Director Joyce Luma. “We are gravely worried about Mark’s safety, and we will not rest until he’s been found.”

17 Nov 2014 description
report IRIN

JUBA, 14 November 2014 (IRIN) - When Operation Lifeline Sudan (OLS) began 25 years ago, it sought to extend a helping hand to the millions in need and caught up in the second Sudanese civil war (1989-2005).

11 Nov 2014 description

Snapshot 5–11 November

Central African Republic: About 20,000 displaced people are seeking refuge in isolated rural areas in Ouham province following the arrival of armed groups in Boguila, Kouki and Nana Bakassa on 25 October. Nearly 1,000 people have been displaced since July in Bambari following violence in Batobadja and Matchika, and 4,000 have been displaced since January to Berberati town in Mambere province.

07 Nov 2014 description

Highlights

  • WFP continues to work towards the safe and immediate return of its abducted staff member. The WFP national field security officer was abducted at the Malakal airport on 16 October by eight armed men in plain clothes. Efforts both in Malakal and in Juba are ongoing for his safe release.

05 Nov 2014 description

Snapshot 29 October – 4 November

Yemen: As a government was agreed by Houthi and other opposition parties, the Southern Movement announced a merger to represent all southerners in the campaign for independence. Houthi insurgents attacked the Sunni opposition Al Islah party headquarters in Ibb, while Al Qaeda killed 18 Yemeni troops during an attack in Hudaydah.

05 Nov 2014 description
report Mercy Corps

Fierce fighting erupted in Bentiu last week, the oil-rich capital of Unity State in the north of South Sudan.

Mercy Corps is providing life-sustaining water and sanitation services for more than 45,000 people who’ve sought safety and shelter from the nearly yearlong conflict at the U.N. peacekeeping base on the outskirts of Bentiu.

Those efforts — as well as the safe learning spaces we support for children to continue their education — were temporarily disrupted during the height of the violence.

30 Oct 2014 description
report CARE

(Juba, SOUTH SUDAN) CARE South Sudan confirms its staff remain safe as heavy fighting between government and opposition forces continues for a fourth day around the town of Bentiu in Unity state.