BAGHDAD, 1 June 2016 – “As the violence intensifies in Fallujah, children continue to be trapped in the city and its surroundings.
“UNICEF estimates that at least 20,000 children remain inside Fallujah, 60 KMs West of Baghdad. According to reports, food and medicine are running out and clean water is in short supply.
“Since the start of the military operation in Fallujah, very few families were able to leave. Most of these families moved to two camps while others sought refuge with relatives and extended families.
• The number of Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD)/cholera cases continue to increase in South Central Somalia with over 7,000 cases reported since the start of the year, an increase of 140 per cent when compared to 2015 during which 5,257 cases were reported throughout the year. Cholera has now been confirmed in 11 districts and UNICEF and partners are scaling up efforts to provide health and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services in affected areas and hotspots.
Latest Humanitarian Developments
• Since March, at least 60,000 people have been displaced in Anbar governorate due to military operations by Iraqi forces to re-take areas under ISIL control, approximately 30,000 of these people remain displaced.
• Intense hostilities underway in three parts of the province around Fallujah, north of Khalidiyah town and in Heet, have led to new waves of displacement.
On May 18th, two aftershocks took place at 2:57am and 11:46am of 6.7 and 6.8 in the Richter scale, respectively. Buildings and water systems already damaged from the earthquake on April 16th were further affected, there was an increase in the number of people injured and the psycho-social situation of affected families and children has worsened and requires support.
• Ethiopia has been experiencing one of the worst droughts in decades. The main rainy season (kiremt rains) that is vital for producing over 80 per cent of Ethiopia’s agricultural yield – in an industry that employs 85 per cent of the country’s workforce – failed in 2015, and a powerful El Niño weather event continues to wreak havoc on children’s lives and their families’ livelihoods.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Nana Mouskouri hails generosity of Greek people and Government
ATHENS/GENEVA, 31 May 2016 – Amid mounting concern over a fresh surge in the number of refugees and migrants bound for Europe, UNICEF is adjusting its strategy in support of the response by the authorities and civil society in Greece, where the humanitarian and longer-term needs of more than 22,000 children are growing.
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 29 May 2016 - UNICEF expresses alarm at the number of migrant and refugee deaths in the past week in the Central Mediterranean, many of whom were believed to be unaccompanied minors.
In anticipation of a major summer upswing of child migrants using the dangerous crossing between Libya and Italy UNICEF will shortly begin an operation with the Italian Government and partners to provide protection support.
Colombo, 27 May, 2016: The Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) appeal to all relevant parties to be mindful of the continued need for breastfeeding of infants during the current flood and landslide emergency, and caution against unnecessary and potentially harmful donations and use of infant formula and powdered milk.
Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA)
Sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) violates universally recognized international legal norms and standards and has always been unacceptable behavior and prohibited conduct for humanitarian workers. It brings harm to those whom the UN and humanitarian agencies are mandated to protect, and jeopardizes the reputation of these agencies and their ability to provide protection.
Internal displacement monitoring center estimates that at least 3,276,000 Iraqis were internally displaced as of 15 January 2015 and its figures were based on estimates published by the United Nation agencies, including Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nation Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), as well as data published by International Organization for Migration (IOM) and national and local authorities.
In February 2016, HAC commissioner in Ed Deain informed the humanitarian community of the arrival of South Sudanese (SS) in Khor Omer IDP camp in Ed Deain. The arrivals of SS were reported in March 2016 by HAC and SRCS in the different localities of East Darfur State. Due to inaccessibility to these areas, the humanitarian assessment was delayed until 10-11 May 2016.
“Declaration of Intent” signed at Ministry of Interior
ROME, 27 May 2016 – With 16,478 refugee and migrant children having arrived by sea in Italy in 2015 and more than 5,000 having entered the country already this year, UNICEF and the Government of Italy today announced a new collaboration to improve their care and protection.
By Midhat Ali Zaidi
Clashes between the Forces Armées de la RDC (FARDC) and armed groups in North Kivu province resulted in the abrupt dismantling of IDP camps, in part due to government information that camps had been infiltrated by armed groups. With the subsequent displacement of up to 35,000 people, UNICEF and other humanitarian actors have been addressing the most urgent needs and advocating that camp closures are conducted in a more coordinated manner, in line with relevant international regulations.
From 14-20 May, Sri Lanka received heavy rainfall due to atmospheric disturbances and the formation of Tropical Cyclone Roanu. On 15-16 May, some parts of the country received the highest rainfall for the season.
The ongoing El Niño-induced drought and saline intrusion emergency has adversely impacted the lives of two million people, including 520,000 children and a million women with shortage of water and food and now in need of humanitarian assistance in 18 most affected provinces. Reduced access to drinking water and water for other domestic uses exacerbated the prevalence of malnutrition and communicable diseases.
By Rebekka Opfermann
At first glance, the School No. 12 in Slovyansk, Eastern Ukraine, looks like any other school. Proud parents drop off their sons and daughters first thing in the morning; children chase balls, play games and chatter excitedly and busy teachers rush in and out of the staff room.