BOGOTÁ, 26 September 2016 – UNICEF welcomes today’s official signing of a final accord between the Government of Colombia and FARC-EP, the country’s largest armed opposition group, to end Colombia’s five-decade war and build sustainable and long-lasting peace.
“For the thousands of children affected by the conflict in Colombia, the signing of this agreement couldn’t have come soon enough,” said Roberto de Bernardi, UNICEF Representative in Colombia, speaking from the signing ceremony in Cartagena. “Today peace prevails – at long last.”
The State of Emergency has been extended to 15 October 2016 in Manabi and Esmeraldas provinces.
3,279 children in 14 schools received essential educational and recreational materials in Pedernales in collaboration with Plan International.
Upwards of 4,000 people (80% of inhabitants) now have access to safe water thanks to the UNICEF donation of a pumping station in Flavio Alfaro.
Baghdad, 19 September 2016. The Debaga IDP camp in Erbil governorate hosts around 33,000 persons from villages near Qayyara District in Ninewa Governorate. This displacement occurred as the Iraq Government engages in military action in preparation to regain control of Mosul. Over 15,000 children in Debaga camp were at very high risk of measles and polio due as they had no access to immunization activities for about two years
Together with a UNICEF emergency response team, I visited the community of Kwang Yang Ri (village), Yonsa county, which was hard hit by floods that have affected northern DPR Korea in recent weeks. The roads had been badly damaged and we arrived just one day after access was restored.
Here, we met Ri Jong Sun, an 84-year-old woman living next door to Kwang Yang higher middle school. “I’ve lived here for the last 50 years,” she told me. “This is the biggest disaster I’ve seen in my life. Eight of my neighbours’ houses were swept away.”
As of 20 September, a total of 2,143 cholera cases have been reported, including 31 deaths. The total number of cholera cases reported this year has exceeded those in 2015. The case fatality rate (CFR), currently at 1.44 per cent, remains substantially lower than last year, reflecting significant improvements in case management and timely referral.
The Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) is designed to monitor humanitarian action, conduct multisector assessments and intervene in NFI and WASH when there is no capacity on site. Currently RRM is made possible through the generous support of the CERF, Denmark, Ireland, Canada, European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO), Global Thematic, OFDA and SIDA. All RRM products are available on the Humanitarian Response portal.
By Jean Gough
GWOZA, Nigeria, 23 September 2016 – Ajija is as frail as you possibly can be when alive. The four-year-old should be actively playing with friends but she can barely stand. When she is checked by a health worker, she is unsurprisingly registered as severely malnourished.
“I feel helpless as I can’t do anything, during the past two years life has been hard, there is little food and many illnesses,” her mother Halima says desperately to me.
TUNIS, 23 September 2016 - “According to reports, at least nine civilians including women and children were killed and 20 others were wounded in Sokna, an oasis town in central Libya, on Tuesday.
“The attack hit a public park where children and families were enjoying themselves. This attack shows that even the simple act of playing has become dangerous for the children of Libya.
“UNICEF calls on all parties to the conflict in Libya to protect children from all forms of violence and keep them out of harm’s way.
DAMASCUS, 23 September 2016 – “Nearly two million people in Aleppo are once again with no running water, through the public network.
“Intense attacks last night have damaged the Bab al-Nayrab water pumping station which supplies water to some 250,000 people in the eastern parts of Aleppo. Violence is preventing repair teams from reaching the station. In retaliation, the Suleiman al Halabi pumping station, also located in the east, was switched off - cutting water to 1.5 million people in the western parts of the city.
• 7,500 women and children will benefit from 15 boreholes drilled out of the planned 20 boreholes in Bidibidi settlement, Yumbe district.
• 3,465 caregivers of vulnerable children aged 0-23 months are accessing infant and young child feeding (IYCF) counselling in the refugee hosting districts.
• 20,296 and 40,192 children have been immunized against polio and measles respectively.
The Back to School campaign in Anbar, Baghdad and Babylon is aiming to enroll 100,000 displaced and returning children into schools. Almost 200 prefab classrooms are procured and installed and are awaiting distribution to Falluja, HTC, AAF, Ramadi, Bzibiez and Khaldiya providing learning spaces for around 20,000 children. Additionally 10 schools are currently rehabilitated in Falluja.
• Hostilities escalated dramatically across the country after the suspension of the UN-backed peace talks in Kuwait, claiming civilian lives and leaving heavily damaged civilian infrastructure. Airstrikes resumed in the north of the country and in the capital Sana’a, and ground fighting continued in Taiz, Marib, Al Jawf and Sana’a. Humanitarian access and operations were seriously affected.
As of 17 August, there were 3,344,154 internally displaced persons (557,359 families) across 105 districts and 3,823 locations in Iraq, and 852,390 returnees (142,065 families). At least 47 per cent of these are children under 18.
In August, the RRM Consortium co-led by UNICEF and WFP distributed 28,130 RRM kits as immediate response benefiting 136,236 vulnerable people newlydisplaced by conflict.
by MEHDI MEDDEB
In Western Kasaï, which was divided into three new provinces, the program “CAO 4&5” includes the distribution of kits -family kits, birthing kits and kits for children-. This program, reaching nearly 20% of the local health authorities areas, is part of the Acceleration Framework on the Millennium Development Goals 4&5. In the health areas, the early results have been very positive and health indicators have started to improve. Report from Kabuela in Lomami Province and Miabi in Western Kasaï.
The 2015/ 2016 global El Niño event was officially declared in March 2015, peaked in December 2015 and came to an end in May 2016. It resulted in unseasonably low precipitation levels and increases in temperature by as much as 3 degrees Celsius on average. These weather abnormalities have resulted in what has been characterized as “the worst drought in 50 years” for Southeast Asia.
DUSHANBE, 21 September 2016 – Today, the Embassy of the Russian Federation and UNICEF in Tajikistan signed a partnership agreement in the presence of the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Republic of Tajikistan. The ceremony took place at the UN Information Resource Centre located in the Russian-Tajik Slavonic University.
In northeast Nigeria close to 1.9 million are displaced due to insurgency. The majority are IDPs, of which over 1.4 million are in Borno State. Children constitute 54 per cent of the displaced population, and nearly half are under five years of age.
In 2016, over 398,000 children are estimated to be suffering from severe acute malnutrition in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.
Khartoum, 22 September 2016- The United Nations welcomes the release yesterday by the Government of Sudan of twenty one children allegedly associated with armed groups. These children, who have been in the custody of the government security forces, were captured during fighting between the Government of Sudan and the Justice and Equality Movement in Darfur, in 2015.