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IDPS move to new sites on UNMISS bases

21 October 2014 - UNMISS was building new sites for over 100,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) seeking shelter on the mission’s bases to improve their living conditions, a senior official said in Juba today.

“When we first opened our gates, we expected it to be a temporary solution,” said Derk Segaar, head of the Relief, Reintegration and Protection (RRP) section. “The situation has become prolonged and we are looking for solutions to make it more bearable.”

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Somalia + 1 other
Somalia Flood Watch Issued: 21st October, 2014

During the week ending on 20th October, 2014, moderate to heavy rains were experienced in both Juba and Shabelle river basins inside Somalia and within the Ethiopian highlands.

The area bordering Ethiopia in Hiraan region has experienced torrential rains that have led to destruction and loss of property due to flooding. Heavy rains leading to flooding have also been confirmed in Jilib dstrict in Lower Juba region.

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Civilians hostage of rebel groups in Ouaka

Homes and land torched, wide looting. this is the daily reality of residents of the Kouango area, in the central Ouaka region in the Central African Republic (CAR), hostage of the Seleka former rebel coalition and Anti-Balaka self-defence militias. The two warring sides accuse residents of the area of backing the rivals, with consequential reprisals against the people.

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EU Aid Volunteer uses digital mapping to help prepare for disasters in the Phlippines

Typhoons, earthquakes and floods often occur in the Philippines, one of countries most directly affected by the changing climate and natural disasters, such as the 2013 typhoon Haiyan. VSO EU Aid volunteer Arnoud Keizer from the Netherlands spent nine months with the Filipino government and communities affected by disasters, supporting national efforts to use science and technology to prepare for and prevent future devastation.

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When aid goes wrong: a lesson from Pakistan on why we can’t ignore markets

One month ago, a severe flood swept across Pakistan, damaging nearly 110,000 homes. Soon aid groups will have to move beyond providing immediate, life-saving assistance and begin thinking about how to help people rebuild their homes and lives. But will they repeat mistakes made four years ago?

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EU Council conclusions on Ukraine, 20 October 2014

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European Union

Summary: 20 October 2014, Luxembourg – Council of the European Union Foreign Affairs Conclusions on Ukraine

The Council adopted the following conclusions:

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NIGER SRP 2014: FUNDING STATUS as of 21 October 2014*

2014
REVISED REQUIREMENT 305 millions
FUNDING (1) 187 millions
UNMET REQUIREMENT 118 millions

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Enhancing skills in handling emergency trauma

Cairo (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Curative and Critical Care Sector of the Ministry of Health and Population held a joint three-day course from 14 to 16 October on the management of emergency-room trauma.

Some 22 doctors working in Cairo hospitals attended. "We organized this course to support Egyptian doctors in their efforts to provide emergency treatment for wounded or sick patients," said Marianne Gasser, head of the ICRC delegation in Cairo.

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Sierra Leone + 1 other
More UK troops deploy to Sierra Leone

Around 150 British Army personnel left RAF Brize Norton this morning to add to the significant UK efforts to tackle Ebola.

The soldiers, mostly medics from 35 Squadron, 5 Medical Regiment of the Royal Army Medical Corps, are due to arrive in Freetown, Sierra Leone, later today.

They will run the Ebola Training Academy – teaching local healthcare workers and hygienists how to protect themselves from infection and how to prevent it in others.

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Entry Point Monitoring, Kurdistan Region of Iraq Data Collected: 14 – 18 SEPT. 2014

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REACH

The worsening security situation in parts of northern and central Iraq has caused mass internal displacement across much of the country. In order to inform the humanitarian response, the REACH Initiative is monitoring displacement trends and intentions of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) crossing through some of the major entry points into the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI).

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Italy + 3 others
Thousands of African child migrants feared in thrall to Italian traffickers

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Guardian

More than 3,000 minors may have fallen victim to forced labour and sexual exploitation after vanishing from homes and shelters

Thousands of migrant children are disappearing after arriving in mainland Europe, triggering concerns that they are falling prey to a new and thriving market for child trafficking and forced labour.

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Forsaken IDPs adrift inside a fragmenting state

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In 2013, 9,500 Syrians were displaced per day on average. By July 2014, the total number of internally displaced people (IDPs) reached 6.4 million, a third of the entire population of the country. An additional three million Syrians have sought refuge in neighbouring countries. A stable middle-income country that hosted refugees from all over the region and beyond just four years ago, Syria is now experiencing a displacement and protection crisis of a magnitude the world has not seen for many years.

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UNDP launches pilot projects in response to the December 2013 crisis

20 October 2014 – Juba: UNDP has formally launched its pilot projects within the Integrated Crisis Prevention and Recovery Programme “Strengthening national capacities for Early Recovery, Peace Building and Reconciliation” at the UN-House Protection of Civilian (PoC) site.

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Palestinians attack new E.Jerusalem settler homes

Jérusalem, Non défini | AFP | Tuesday 10/21/2014 - 08:35 GMT

Palestinians hurled Molotov cocktails at an apartment building in a flashpoint east Jerusalem neighbourhood just hours after it was taken over by Jewish settlers, police said Tuesday.

No one was injured in the incident in the Silwan neighbourhood late on Monday, which saw a group of Palestinians firing flares and throwing petrol bombs at the building, a police statement said.

No serious damage was caused and no arrests were made.

Agence France-Presse:

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Launch of Trachoma Initiative in Malawi

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CBM

On 16th October 2014 CBM along with some partners and the Malawian government launched a new Trachoma Initiative and committed to eradicating this debilitating disease in Malawi in the coming five years.

Launch of the Trachoma Initiative