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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 13 - 19 August

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Recurrent Cholera Outbreak in Far North Cameroon Highlights Development Gaps

By Monde Kingsley Nfor

DUMAI, Cameroon, Aug 19 2014 (IPS) - Under a scorching sun, with temperatures soaring to over 40 degrees Celsius, Lara Adama’s family is forced to dig for water from a dried-out river bed in Dumai, in northern Cameroon.

This is one of the rivers that used to flow into the shrinking Lake Chad but there is not much water here.

There has been a nine-month-long drought in the region and Adama tells IPS that her family “digs out the sand on this river bed to tap water.”

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Cameroon closes all borders with Nigeria over Ebola outbreak

08/18/2014 18:09 GMT

YAOUNDÉ, August 18, 2014 (AFP) - Cameroon has closed all its land, sea and air borders with Nigeria in a move to help prevent the spread of the Ebola virus, the government spokesman told AFP Monday.

"All borders (land, sea and air) between Cameroon and Nigeria are closed. Our thinking is that it is better to act preventively rather than have to heal" later those who may fall ill, said Issa Tchiroma Bakary, who is Cameroon's communications minister.

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Mali + 8 others
Sahel Crisis 2014: Funding Status as of 15 August 2014

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Cameroon + 2 others
Attacks curb aid work in north Cameroon

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IRIN

An escalation of attacks by Nigerian radical Islamist Boko Haram militia is restricting aid operations in the Far North Region where thousands of Nigerian refugees have sought safety, say aid workers.

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This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

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World + 13 others
Polio this week as of 13 August 2014

  • The Horn of Africa Technical Advisory Group (TAG) is meeting this week to review the current epidemiological situation and the impact of the outbreak response and to determine additional strategies needed to close the outbreak. See ‘Horn of Africa’ section below, for more.

  • In West Africa, polio staff are supporting efforts to curb the Ebola outbreak affecting the region. Staff are actively engaged in helping preparedness planning, social mobilization, surveillance of suspected cases, contact tracing and assisting with outbreak logistics.

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Cameroon + 1 other
CAR Refugees Face Harrowing Trip to Cameroon

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Moki Edwin Kindzeka

GADO, CAMEROON— The number of refugees fleeing the strife-torn Central African Republic for Cameroon has declined somewhat, but not because the C.A.R. is returning to calm. Refugees and aid workers say fewer people are able to make the trip because of malnourishment and insecurity.

The refugees entering in Gado from the troubled Central African Republic look tired, sick and hungry.

Refugee crossing declining

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Nigeria + 7 others
West and Central Africa Region Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 06 – 13 August 2014

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (CAR)
27,000 NEW IDPs OUTSIDE BANGUI
Violent clashes in Ouham and Ouaka provinces has resulted in 20,000 new IDPs in Batangafo and 7,000 new IDPs in Bambari, and hindered humanitarian access to affected areas. As of 7 August, 512,700 IDPs were reported throughout CAR, of which 87,700 live in Bangui, a 3 per cent decrease since last week. The decline in Bangui is attributed to improved IDP counting techniques.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Nigeria + 10 others
Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook August 14 – August 20, 2014

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  • Some increase in rainfall expected across West Africa during the next outlook period.
  • Many areas of Sudan have reported flooding, house damages, and displaced people due to continued heavy rains.
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World + 45 others
Global emergency overview snapshot 6 - 12 August

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The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Cameroon + 1 other
Solidarity between different generations of Central African refugees in Cameroon

GBITI, Cameroon, August 12 (UNHCR) – Motivated by a sense of solidarity, Bouba Mairama has been a mother figure to many of the thousands of refugees who fled Central African Republic earlier this year and crossed the border to the small town of Gbiti. She provided clothes to replace their rags; she gave them food and water, she took in and educated unaccompanied children and she offered helpful advice to women and girls emerging from the bush.

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Central African Republic: Refugee Situation UNHCR Regional Update 27, 2-8 August 2014

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  • African Republic (CAR), have led to the displacement of an estimated 20,000 people within the town. Following the escalation of violence, that adversely affected civilians and humanitarian access, the Protection Cluster in CAR issued an advocacy note calling for humanitarian access and to not target the civilian population. The Protection Cluster urged international forces in CAR to ensure the protection of civilians in order to prevent massive displacement.

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Mali + 8 others
Sahel Crisis 2014: Funding Status as of 8 August 2014

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Central African Crisis: Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 8 August 2014)

The security situation remains volatile throughout the country. Renewed tension and the escalation of violence in the interior of the country, in particular in the town of Bambari and Batangafo, have triggered new displacements. Humanitarian operations continue to be severely constrained by insecurity and serious funding gaps. Total IDP figures remain high, with nearly one million people displaced internally and across borders. Hundreds of CAR refugees continue to arrive in Cameroon every week.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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World + 7 others
Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER), 8 August 2014, vol. 89, 32/33 (pp. 357–368) [EN/FR]

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  • 357 Health conditions for travellers to Saudi Arabia for the pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj), 2014

  • 361 Global Polio Eradication Initiative: 10th meeting of the Independent Monitoring Board

  • 367 Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January– June 2014

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  • 357 Dispositions sanitaires pour les voyageurs se rendant en Arabie saoudite pour le pèlerinage à La Mecque (Hadj), 2014

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When refugees become more than statistics

Dr. Modeste Hoza, a Central African Republic government official, visited the Garoua-Bouli refugee transit camp in Cameroon. What he didn’t expect to find at the camp were old friends.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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