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09 Dec 2016 description

By Eric Tlozek and wires

Key points:

  • Earthquake triggered tsunami warnings across the pacific, but PTWC says threat has largely passed

  • Solomon Islands police still have not heard from southern side of island closest to quake There is no risk to Australia's coastlines

Residents in Solomon Islands were hit by powerful aftershocks following a magnitude-7.8 earthquake which struck 130 kilometres from the capital Honiara.

09 Dec 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • 718,466 (80 per cent) of the total 898,082 refugees and asylum seekers registered in Uganda as of October 2016 are women and children originating mainly from South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Somalia and Rwanda.

  • From January to November 2016, 23,680 children born to refugee parents in Uganda have had their birth registered using the Mobile Vital Recording System (MVRS). This ensures their right to identity and is a gateway to access services where identification documents are required.

09 Dec 2016 description

The Arab Spring which swept across the Middle East in 2011 left few countries in its path unaffected. What started as civil unrest in Syria, quickly deteriorated into a violent civil war causing a large-scale humanitarian conflict. More than 400,000 people are estimated to have been killed and many more injured since the beginning of the conflict. More than half of all Syrians have been forced to leave their homes making Syria the largest displacement crisis in the world.

09 Dec 2016 description
report United Nations

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson’s remarks at the Annual Gareth Evans Lecture on the Responsibility to Protect and Mass Atrocity Prevention, in New York today:

Thank you for the honour to be invited to deliver the Annual Gareth Evans Lecture on the Responsibility to Protect and Mass Atrocity Prevention. Thanks also to [Simon] Adams and his Global Centre, and to the Irish Mission for hosting this event.

09 Dec 2016 description

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in the West Bank announced last week a donation of US$ 32 million provided by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) to address several infrastructure needs in UNRWA schools and health centres in the West Bank.

09 Dec 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

The new figure is a stark reminder of why UNICEF was established, as the organization marks 70 years of work for the most vulnerable children

NEW YORK, 9 December 2016 – An estimated 535 million children – nearly one in four – live in countries affected by conflict or disaster, often without access to medical care, quality education, proper nutrition and protection, UNICEF said today.

09 Dec 2016 description

Highlights

  • President Jokowi arrived in Pidie Jaya this morning at 7:30am to look at damages and visit the earthquake victims in the hospital and the shelters for the relocated families.

09 Dec 2016 description

Over the past 48 hours, armed clashes continued throughout east Aleppo, particularly in Karm Al-Miyasar, Karm Al-Qatrjy and Karm Al-Tahan. The intensity of clashes, coupled with continuous indiscriminate shelling, severely affects the movement of civilians in the city. Most streets in non-state armed groups (NSAG)-held neighbourhoods and some in west Aleppo are now dangerous for civilians.

09 Dec 2016 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/11870

Seventy-first Session, 56th & 57th Meetings (AM & PM)

Tasked with addressing and alleviating the largest scale of human suffering — 130 million dependent on aid for survival — since the founding of the United Nations, the General Assembly took up a plethora of humanitarian issues today, adopting five resolutions on a sector whose workers were increasingly in demand and danger.

09 Dec 2016 description

JE: Thanks really for waiting. We just finished a difficult humanitarian taskforce meeting. Why is it difficult, because the member states that are supposed to help us get access to civilians in the crossfire are poles apart in how they regard what is happening in Syria. We are not having a united humanitarian diplomacy on the parties and we see that in a diminishing access on the ground.

09 Dec 2016 description
report United Nations

As Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Myanmar, I wish to underline that the United Nations remains seriously concerned by the developing situation in Northern Rakhine. The UN has called on the security forces to act in accordance with the rule of law and accepted international norms of conduct, and to exercise caution in avoiding disproportionate responses that could cause violence to civilians, loss of innocent lives, or damage the properties of the local population.

08 Dec 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Latest cessation of hostilities agreement has limited effect, lapses without renewal

  • UN releases 2017 Yemen HNO, identifies 18.8 million people in need of humanitarian assistance

  • RoYG reports 8,975 suspected cholera cases and 89 cholera-associated deaths; task force continues response efforts

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

08 Dec 2016 description

Children and youth are on the move, fleeing conflict, persecution, and other situations of violence, poverty, natural disaster and environmental degradation. As a protection and displacement organisation working in 40 countries, DRC encounters children on the move in areas of origin, transit and destination, including in Yemen, Libya, Turkey, and Greece.

08 Dec 2016 description
report Save the Children

Tens of thousands of children have become sitting targets as heavy bombing hits East Aleppo – the last opposition-held part of the city.

As the Syrian army advances, children have been left with nowhere to hide.

Penned into bombed area

With so many people penned into a small area, the threat from artillery and airstrikes has increased and the number of casualties is climbing fast.

In addition, there’s little medical aid and very few supplies. Food is dangerously scarce.

Children killed in makeshift school

08 Dec 2016 description

Compiled by Rachel Bergen

WINNIPEG, Man. – Between Oct. 17 and 21, intense rainfall caused severe flooding along Colombia’s Pacific coast in Chocó Province, seriously damaging the homes of more than 20,000 people.

In Chocó Province – which is in northwestern Colombia adjacent to Panama – Mennonite Brethren churches are present in three regions most heavily affected by flooding in the province: Condoto, Medio San Juan and Novita.

08 Dec 2016 description
report Guardian

The mothers of Kavumu hardly sleep. But on rainy nights, they don’t even try. The rain pounds on their tin roofs so noisily that they worry they won’t hear rapists breaking in to steal their daughters. So they sit up all night, just watching their front doors.

Read more on the Guardian