The brutal violence that has plagued South Sudan for more than a year continues after another round of unsuccessful peace talks between government and rebel forces last month. In recent weeks, the population of displaced people living at the UN base in Bentiu has risen dramatically from 53,000 people to 75,000.
1. Introduction and background
This report presents the results of a post-distribution monitoring survey that was conducted between 2 and 9 March 2015 to assess the effectiveness of winter assistance provided by six organisations (ADRA, DRC, Islamic Relief, VUSAF, Welthungerhilfe, WFP) to 51 Kabul Informal Settlements (KIS) during the winter 2014/2015. The survey was conducted under the auspices of the Kabul Informal Settlements Task Force.
1.1. Kabul Informal Settlements
Source: Reuters - Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:46 GMT
By Saliou Samb
CONAKRY, April 20 (Reuters) - At least five people were wounded by gunfire in Guinea's capital Conakry on Monday during violent opposition protests against the timing of elections, an opposition leader and a witness said.
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Burj Hammoud, Lebanon | AFP | Tuesday 4/21/2015 - 03:18 GMT
by Sara Hussein
For thousands of Syrian Armenian refugees in Lebanon, the slaughter and expulsion of their ancestors a century ago is less a historical event than an ongoing trauma.
Though their community is just one of many caught up in Syria's brutal conflict, Syrian Armenians say their fate has been particularly painful because it echoes the tragedy often termed the Armenian genocide.
Council conclusions on the Sahel Regional Action Plan 2015-2020
JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN – Skyrocketing inflation, conflict and collapsed markets are pushing people in South Sudan to breaking point as the political deadlock enters its 16th month and families face a second 'lean season' since fighting began, international agency Oxfam warned today.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is deeply concerned by the news that on Monday, 13 April, a boat capsized about 120 kilometres south of Lampedusa Island. So far around 140 people have been rescued, but 400 others are still believed missing.
In April 2015, GlobalMedic deployed to Lubumbashi, the second largest city in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Once in country, GlobalMedic immediately began to build household water purification units and train our local partners from the United Methodist Church in the North-Katanga Episcopal Area on their assembly and use. Over the next few weeks, our partners will be distributing 450 Rainfresh household water purification units with replacement filters, to 450 families.
Posted by Carol Han
On March 19, a 44-year-old woman walked into the emergency room of Monrovia’s Redemption Hospital displaying Ebola-like symptoms. Hospital staff quickly isolated the patient and safely transported her to an Ebola treatment center. She would later test positive, becoming the first confirmed Ebola patient in Liberia after almost three weeks without a single case.
• Since Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the launch of military operations in Anbar governorate, on 8 April, at least 7 011 families have been displaced within the governorate itself, 4 965 families have fled to Baghdad governorate, around 1 200 families to Sulaymaniyah governorate, in northern Iraq, and some 110 families to the central governorate of Babil. ISIL launched a two prone attack on the city of Ramadi and surrounding villages, now being in control of most of these locations.
Posted by Clara Wagner
In Liberia, life will never be the same. The lost lives will never be forgotten. Much work remains in not just defeating the Ebola virus but making sure it does not return. As the number of Ebola cases gets close to zero, new stories, signs of hope and efforts to rebuild are emerging. Citizens are regrouping, government services are emerging from a standstill and eyes are looking to the future.
20/04/2015 - by Patricia Wilden, Australian National University, Fiji
In a first for the Pacific, community-focused teams from ten Pacific island nations have come together to experience the power of games in helping communities understand risk in a changing climate, and build resilience critical in a region highly vulnerable to climate impacts and disaster.
When the Global Pulse initiative was launched by the UN Secretary-General in late 2009, its mission to use real-time and other non-traditional data sources in development and humanitarian action was groundbreaking. 2014 was a landmark year for embracing the importance of data analysis in achieving sustainable development. Throughout the year, the "Post-2015 data revolution" agenda was taken-up by public sector, private sector and civil society.
IFRC’s Ebola strategic framework is organised around 5 outcomes:
The epidemic is stopped
National Societies have better Ebola preparedness and stronger long term capacities
IFRC operations are well coordinated
Safe and Dignified Burials (SDB) are effectively carried out by all actors
Recovery of community life and livelihoods
- Total Survived and Discharged Cases = 3,494
- New Confirmed cases = 0 as follows:
Kailahun = 0, Kenema = 0, Kono = 0
Bombali =0, Kambia = 0, Koinadugu = 0, Port Loko = 0, Tonkolili = 0
Bo = 0, Bonthe = 0, Moyamba = 0 Pujehun = 0
Western Area Urban = 0, Western Area Rural = 0, Missing = 0
Just 50 years ago, in April 1965, the Pacific Tsunami Warning System came into being under the auspices of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC). To mark this anniversary, and celebrate the system’s numerous accomplishments, an international symposium is being held in Honolulu, Hawaii (USA) on 20 and 21 April.
Catania, Italy | AFP | 4/21/2015 - 03:09 GMT
by Fanny CARRIER
Italian police have arrested two suspected people traffickers among the survivors of the migrant boat that capsized off Libya on Sunday, as the UN said 800 people were killed in the Mediterranean’s worst migrant disaster.