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Children and Armed Conflict Monthly Update – October 2014

This month’s update highlights children and armed conflict concerns and provides recommendations for the protection of children in the situations of Mali, Somalia and Yemen. In particular, the update provides recommendations ahead of the African Union Mission in Somalia’s (AMISOM) expected mandate and logistical support package renewal.

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US restricts military assistance to some states that recruit and use children

The US government is continuing to exercise pressure through the application of the Child Soldiers Prevention Act (CSPA) by granting partial waivers to some states in order to end their unlawful recruitment and use of children in conflict. In its 2014 Trafficking in Persons report, the US Department of State listed nine states, namely the Central African Republic (CAR), the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Myanmar, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Chad, this year, does not figure in the list compiled by the US State Department.

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Surrendered Fighters Starve in Camp

Over 100 demobilized combatants, their wives and children have died from starvation and disease after officials failed to provide adequate food and health care.

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World + 12 others
Africa's uneven health care becomes easy prey for Ebola

10/01/2014 02:03 GMT

by Selim SAHEB ETTABA

DAKAR, October 1, 2014 (AFP) - The disparity in African countries' ability to fight Ebola has left the continent fighting an uneven struggle against a disease that doesn't respect borders -- yet relatively simple measures could help, experts say.

While countries like Ivory Coast, Kenya and South Africa have well-equipped hospitals with specialist units and high-tech labs, vast expanses of the continent remain health-care deserts.

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664 community police officers trained and deployed in Bukavu town

Bukavu, 29 September 2014 – The Congolese National Police (PNC) in South Kivu, in partnership with the United Nations Police (UNPOL) component of MONUSCO, presented certificates to 183 police officers as they completed their community policing training.

It is with the primary aim of reinforcing the professional and operational capacities of PNC personnel to enable them to respond to the population’s security needs that these 183 PNC officers, including 11 women, were trained for six months on the concept of community policing.

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Update on the ebola virus disease in DRC, No.13, 29 September 2014–7pm [EN/FR]

Coordination/ Keys developments

    • 8 health personnel h ave died of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) since the outbreak of the epidemic .
  • On 28 Sept ember, the total number of cases i s(see table above for details) of which2 deaths , an overall lethality rate of around 60%. The latest confirmed case w as on 24 September.

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World + 2 others
A Double-Edged Sword: Livelihoods In Emergencies

Humanitarian practitioners are advised to assess GBV risks early on and to implement measures to reduce vulnerability in operational activities, in order to avoid unintentionally increasing GBV and insecurity.

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World + 52 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 24–30 September

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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In Ituri, MONUSCO and District Authorities Suspend Island of Stability Program in Walendu-Bindi

Geti, 24 September 2014 - In Ituri, Oriental Province, the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) and the District’s Commissioner have temporarily suspended the Island of Stability program in the Geti area located in the community of Walendu-Bindi, due to renewed activity by the FRPI armed group led by Cobra Matata.

“Island of Stability” refers to a set of activities meant to assist the Government in restoring and consolidation State authority in areas freed of armed groups, thus paving the way for development initiatives.

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Liberia + 17 others
West and Central Africa: Humanitarian Bulletin - September 2014

As of 26 September, WHO reports that there are a total of 6,553 cases and 3,083 reported deaths across Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone. Serious shortages of space in treatment centers have reportedly resulted in patients being turned away.

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Angola + 10 others
Food Security Early Warning System - Agromet Update Issue 1, 2014/2015 Agricultural Season

Overview of the SARCOF Forecast

Four seasonal forecasts were issued at the SARCOF, covering the periods October to December 2014 (figure 1a), November 2014 to January 2015 (figure 1b), December 2014 to February 2015 (figure 1c), and January to March 2015 (figure 1d). According to the SARCOF, most of the SADC region is expected to receive normal to above-normal rainfall (light blue colours) throughout the forecast period. The exceptions are as follows:

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World + 7 others
Human Rights Council concludes twenty-seventh session after adopting 32 resolutions and four presidential statements

Human Rights Council
ROUNDUP

26 September 2014

Creates Mandate on Unilateral Coercive Measures; Adopts Resolutions on Sexual Orientation and on Civil Society Space, and Extends Several Mandates

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World + 15 others
Rainfall Forecast for the 2014/2015 Agricultural Season

The Eighteenth Southern Africa Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF-18) was convened from 27 to 29 August 2014 in Harare, Zimbabwe by the SADC Climate Services Centre (CSC) to formulate consensus guidance for the 2014/2015 rainfall season over the SADC region. A series of rainfall outlooks covering the period October 2014 to March 2015 were prepared by climate scientists from the National Meteorological and/or Hydrological Services (NMHSs) of the SADC region and the SADC CSC.

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Some 2,000 protest DR Congo leader's bid to extend rule

09/27/2014 15:57 GMT

KINSHASA, September 27, 2014 (AFP) - More than 2,000 people took to the streets of Kinshasa on Saturday to protest a bid by President Joseph Kabila to modify the constitution to be able to stay in power beyond his two-term limit.

Responding to a call by several opposition parties, the marchers -- mostly young men -- shouted "Kabila Must Go" as they headed towards a stadium in the north of the DR Congo capital.

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