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December 19, 2014 – Washington, DC - A flight carrying more than five tons of emergency winter aid and 1,000 soccer balls left the United States today for delivery to extremely vulnerable children and families displaced by ISIS in Iraq.
Insecurity, including attacks targeting relief workers and logistical constraints, continue to hamper humanitarian efforts.
More than 1.5 million people in CAR are experiencing acute food insecurity and require emergency food assistance.
As of December 19, international donors had committed $374.4 million, or 67 percent, of the $555 million requested in the 2014 CAR Strategic Response Plan (SRP).
U.N. and Government of Iraq (GoI) establish Joint Coordination and Monitoring Center to improve humanitarian response.
USG partners provide essential seasonally appropriate assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs).
Displacement continues in south and central Iraq.
In the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, a large number of bombs dropped during the Indochina Wars still remain unexploded throughout the country, hindering the country’s economic and social development. Against this backdrop, Japan and the United States will contribute to clearing unexploded ordnance (UXO) in Laos and will keep each other informed of their progress as part of the Japan-U.S. cooperation for the clearance of landmines and UXO in Southeast Asia.
Honduras, 18 de Diciembre 2014
Fuente: El Heraldo
Más de 7,000 niños y niñas han sido deportados a Honduras este año, reveló ayer la primera dama Ana García. Los infantes han sido repatriados de Guatemala, México e incluso Estados Unidos por la vía terrestre y otra cantidad por aire. La elevada cifra evidencia la crisis migratoria suscitada este año ante el éxodo de infantes no acompañados a Estados Unidos. La Primara Dama dijo que el fenómeno pone de manifiesto la necesidad de atacar de manera inmediata las causas de la migración infantil.
On December 11, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Spain discharged the last confirmed EVD patient in Mali.
More than 1 million people in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone may experience severe food insecurity due to the EVD outbreak by March 2015—a 100 percent increase compared to December 2014.
Posted by Carol Han on Tuesday, December 16th 2014
“Death is always difficult,” said Elizabeth Stevens, a nurse from Freetown, Sierra Leone. At her new job, Stevens is forced to confront this stark reality every day, and in a way that she never has before.
“The first day, when I entered the [medical] ward, I was frightened,” said Stevens. “But now it’s getting better.”
There have been 18 603 reported cases of Ebola virus disease, with 6915 reported deaths.
Reported case incidence is fluctuating in Guinea and decreasing in Liberia.
There are signs that the increase in incidence has slowed in Sierra Leone. A major operation has been implemented to curb the spread of disease in the west of the country.
No new cases have been reported in Mali since 24 November. All contacts of the outbreak in Bamako have completed the 21-day follow-up period.
Jerusalem – UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) signed a USD 10 million agreement to remove rubble and debris in the Gaza Strip.
The USAID contribution will enable UNDP to clear around 65% (649,177 tonnes) of the rubble generated in hard hit areas in Rafah, Khan Younis, Gaza City and northern governorates. The project will be implemented over a period of one year and will generate approximately 116,852 workdays.
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.
LLUVIAS INTENSAS: Se registran fuertes lluvias en Ecuador que han ocasionado diversos accidentes de tránsito. Los pronósticos alertan además de intensas tormentas en Paraguay y Argentina, entre otros.
MIGRACIÓN: El Gobierno de EEUU anunció que otorgará un número limitado de 4,000 plazas como refugiados para niños y niñas de Honduras, Guatemala y El Salvador.
INTENSE RAINS: Heavy rains in Ecuador have caused several traffic accidents, causing roadblocks and moderate damage. Intense storms are forecasted for Paraguay and Argentina.
MIGRATION: The US Government announced that it will grant refugee status to 4,000 migrant children coming from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.
América Central, 15 de Diciembre 2014
Fuente: El Heraldo
En una hoja informativa, el gobierno estadounidense anticipó que “un número relativamente pequeño de niños de Centroamérica serán admitidos".
Solo 4,000 plazas otorgará Estados Unidos durante el año fiscal 2015 a Latinoamérica y el Caribe a través del Programa de Admisión de Refugiados anunciado recientemente para Honduras, Guatemala y El Salvador.
U.N. World Food Program (WFP) announces resumption of food assistance to Syrian refugees following fundraising campaign.
Western governments pledge to increase the number of Syrian refugees accepted through resettlement programs.
U.N. cross-border deliveries from Turkey and Jordan reach thousands of conflict-affected households in Syria.
Testimony before House commission highlights extensive humanitarian needs
MANILA, Philippines, December 11, 2014 — The United States Embassy in Manila commends the Government of the Philippines on its extensive preparations leading up to Typhoon Ruby/Hagupit and its successful response in the wake of the storm. The United States also offers its condolences for the lives that were lost during the storm. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims.
République démocratique du Congo - En collaboration avec le Bureau chargé des affaires internationales de stupéfiants et du maintien de l’ordre du Département d’Etat américain, l’OIM lance un programme de 2 ans visant à aider la Police nationale congolaise (PNC) à protéger la population de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) en intensifiant les services de sécurité et la protection civile de la population, y compris du grand nombre de déplacés.
On December 4, the Government of Guinea-Bissau announced that it would reopen border crossings with Guinea during the week of December 8. Guinea-Bissau had closed the border in August 2014 to prevent cross-border transmission of EVD.
In response to recent increases in EVD cases in Sierra Leone, relief actors are implementing a surge in EVD-related activities to strengthen overall response capacity, particularly in Western Area encompassing the capital city of Freetown.
· There have been 17 942 reported cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), with 6388 reported deaths.
· Case incidence is slightly increasing in Guinea, decreasing in Liberia, and may be increasing or stable in Sierra Leone.
· Sierra Leone now has the highest total number of reported cases of the three intense-transmission countries, with 7897 cases reported to date.
ROME – Following an unprecedented social media campaign, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today the tally of contributions by government donors towards the reinstatement of food assistance to nearly 1.7 million Syrian refugees.
Thanks to substantial support from government partners in donor countries, a total of US$88.4 million has been raised to date. As this exceeds the goal of US$64 million required to fund the refugee programme in December, it allows WFP to cover some of the refugees’ food needs in January.