·An estimated 4.4 million children (97% of target) under the age of 5 countrywide were reached with oral polio vaccine. In Sa’ada governorate, which has been affected by armed conflict and remains difficult to access, 132,000 children (80% of target) were vaccinated.
·A measles outbreak was confirmed, with over 2,000 cases and 74 deaths. UNICEF mobilized US$ 800,000 from EPF for emergency response.
In this issue:
P.2 UN Humanitarian Chief encourages strong Partnership with Oman
P.2 Food Aid continues in Libya
P.2 UNRWA helps poor Refugees in oPt meet basic nutritional Needs
ERC Amos speaks up for People with Disabilities in Emergencies Humanitarian aid workers must do more to care for the needs of people with disabilities during emergencies, the UN humanitarian chief, Valerie Amos, said in her keynote address to the fifth International Shafallah Forum in Doha, Qatar, on 22 January.
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:
ADEN, Feb, 1 — An unidentified armed group of men intercepted the Saudi Deputy Consul in Aden, Abdullah Al-Khaledi, as he traveled home from work on Monday.
The men forced the Saudi diplomat to exit his vehicle while on his way to his home in Aden's Al-Mansoura city. The men, armed with assault rifles and machine guns, confiscated the diplomat's car and some personal belongings.
HAJJAH, 31 January 2012 (IRIN) - Ahmad Hussein Naji, 75, and his wife Taqwa, spent three days in the open after fleeing clashes in Kisher District in Yemen's northern governorate of Hajjah before eventually finding shelter in a school in the neighbouring district of Khairan al-Muharaq.
"My husband coughs and coughs until he vomits blood. We have no medicine to give him," Taqwa told IRIN. "It was the hardest trip in my life. We had neither food nor water nor even a blanket to protect ourselves from the cold."
ADEN, Yemen, 30 January 2012 – The voice of Miryam Mohammed, a 10-year-old Somali girl, echoed around the small rooms of her day care centre. She and the other children are singing the Somali national anthem.
“The song is about my home land that I have never seen,” she explained. “I was born here in Yemen, but maybe one day I will go there.”
Human Rights Council
Agenda items 2 and 3
Annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner
for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the
High Commissioner and the Secretary-General
Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil,
political, economic, social and cultural rights,
including the right to development
The CERF raised a record amount of US$465 million through the contributions of Member States, Observers, regional governments and the private sector. 2011 marks only the second time in the history of the Fund that it exceeded the $450 million target established for it by the General Assembly.
Additionally, $46.4 million was transferred from the CERF loan window to the grant window with the reduction of the loan element by the General Assembly.
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:
Sana’a – The UN staff member, who has been held in Yemen since 15 January 2012, arrived today in a UN safe haven in Sana’a after he was released earlier in Ma’rib. He is in good health and is receiving standard medical examinations and psychological counselling. He has been in touch with his family and will be reunited with them in Norway soon.
“I am happy to be free again and I wish to thank all those who have worked hard for my release.” commented the freed UN worker. “I am relieved that this experience is over,” he added.
Problem is Amnesty for Killings of Protesters, Not US Visit
(New York, January 29, 2012) – Yemeni President Ali Abudllah Saleh’s arrival in the United States for medical treatment highlights the need for international action to serve justice for serious crimes in Yemen, Human Rights Watch said today. Saleh arrived in the US on January 28, 2012, to receive treatment for wounds he suffered during an attack on the presidential palace in Yemen in June.
UNICEF Yemen launched a monitoring system for social protection on June 29th, which aims to establish routine access to disaggregated household (HH) data for monitoring trends over time on how vulnerable populations are coping with the current crisis in Yemen. The data has been collected every two weeks from 120 HHs in Sana’a, Amran, and Hodeida, during the period of June- December 2012. Starting from this round, data is collected on a monthly basis. (Please refer to annex 1 and 2 for details on the methodology; and HH & HH members characteristics).
ADEN, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Gunmen attacked an office of Yemen's electoral committee in a southern province, a local official said on Sunday, in the latest sign of opposition to a presidential election next month.
The European Union's ambassador to Yemen, Michele Cervone d'Urso, affirmed that the EU cherishes partnership with Seyaj Organization for Childhood protection for the key role it is playing in protecting children, calling the efforts exerted by Seyaj a " model that should be followed by the civil society organizations".
d'Urso, who made an official visit to Seyaj yesterday, further confirmed that the EU seeks to enhance the involvement of civil society organizations in Yemen in the development process in the course of the forthcoming period.
UNICEF’s Humanitarian Action for Children 2012 describes the daily situation of some of the world’s most vulnerable children and women in more than 25 countries and territories beset by emergencies and crisis.
Lacking safe access for media coverage, the war which erupted last May between opposition tribesmen and the Republican Guard in Arhab continues to be waged.
Arhab, which sits 30km north of Sana'a and has a population of about 200,000 people, is full of armed tribesmen who strictly adhere to tribal customs and have a very limited tolerance for state soldiers unwilling to listen to their demands.
SANAA, Jan.25 — The Number of the malnourished children of those under the age of five grown as the result of 2011 unrest to be 750,000 children according to the UNFCF. 500,000 of them are at the risk of Dying or at the risk of physical or mental disability as a result of malnutrition.
An estimated 149 children were killed, 24 of them were girls and the youngest were three months old in 2011 unrest. 568 children were wounded by live ammunition.