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Malnutrition, disease rising in camps of Burma’s Rohingya Muslims

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Washington Post

By Annie Gowen

A little girl balances a bag of donated rice on her head as she begs for her family of eight. Other children play in fetid, trash-clogged pools of water. And at a religious class at a makeshift mosque, more than a third of the children had not eaten that day. Or the day before.

The United Nations says that 135,000 ethnic Rohingya Muslims are still stuck in refugee camps on the western coast of Burma, two years after the government rounded them up in the wake of religious violence that left villages scorched, thousands homeless and more than 200 dead.

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Drought in northern Kenya: 'Today you are rich, tomorrow you have nothing'

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Guardian

Prolonged dry spells push pastoralists to the brink of starvation as food prices soar and cattle raids spiral out of control

This time last year, Samuel Aboto had 600 goats; today, he has none. "I am not exaggerating – everybody knew my goats," he says as he shelters from the sun under a thatch of reeds. Twenty-six months of drought has hit pastoralists in northern Kenya hard, and Aboto is facing the fourth poor rainy season in a row. The last good rain in Nayanae'angikalalio, central Turkana, was between March and May 2012.

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Polio's Surge In Pakistan: Are Parents Part Of The Problem?

by NURITH AIZENMAN

What do the parents think? That's always a crucial question when it comes to vaccinating kids.

And it's particularly important in Pakistan, which is one of the last places in the world where the polio virus is still making kids sick.

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Canada + 4 others
Canada commits $20 million for childhood undernutrition prevention project

Jul 30, 2014 by Kimberly Keeton

International Food Policy Research Institute:

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EU Strategy on Citizen Security in Central America and the Caribbean

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European Union

The Council adopted the following conclusions:

"The Council endorsed the annexed Strategy on Citizen Security in Central America and the Caribbean, drawing on the Joint Communication of the Commission and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy "Elements for an EU strategy on public security in Central America and the Caribbean" (ref. JOIN (2014) 21 final/2; 10108/1/14 REV1).

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Liberia shuts schools in battle against Ebola: president

The government also placed "non-essential" government workers on 30 days' leave to halt the spread of the epidemic.

Agence France-Presse:

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The volunteer who saved little Adam's life

Sabah thought that her 18 month-old son, Adam Jamal, wouldn’t survive. "I was watching my son suffer from diarrhea, weight loss, dehydration, and loss of appetite, he could not even cry. I was almost sure that my son would die at any moment. I blamed myself a lot, but I couldn’t do anything to help him. I felt helpless. I was tired as I was pregnant, I had another three weak children and I was loaded with domestic work."

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Kenyans have rights to safe water and sanitation on paper – now it’s time to make them a reality

GENEVA (30 July 2014) – At the end of a seven-day official visit to Kenya*, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque, called on the Government of Kenya to transform the constitutional rights to water and sanitation into a reality for the millions of Kenyans who do not enjoy these fundamental human rights.

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Extra UK aid to get food into Gaza

The UK has announced £3 million in new funding so the World Food Programme can get emergency food to more than 300,000 people in Gaza.

The UK is stepping up its humanitarian response to the Gaza crisis with an additional £3 million for the World Food Programme’s emergency appeal to help deal with food shortages, Prime Minister David Cameron announced today.

This £3 million boost will provide emergency food for more than 300,000 people for one month.

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UNRWA Strongly Condemns Israeli Shelling of Its School in Gaza as a Serious Violation of International Law

Statement by UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl

Jerusalem

Last night, children were killed as they slept next to their parents on the floor of a classroom in a UN designated shelter in Gaza. Children killed in their sleep; this is an affront to all of us, a source of universal shame. Today the world stands disgraced.

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IOF Commit Heinous War Crimes in the Gaza Strip; Attacking another UN IDPs Shelter, an Apartment Building and Dozens of Inhabited Houses Al Mezan: Death Toll Rises 1,349 Palestinians; 80.7% Civilians; 341 Children and 176 Women

As the Israeli military Operation Protective Edge continued for the 24th day, a new attack by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) killed 17 internally displaced persons; most of who children, inside a UN school turned shelter today early morning. The IOF also stepped up the artillery attacks on various parts of the Gaza Strip; especially in the eastern parts of cities, refugee camps and towns, and the northern parts of the Gaza Strip, alongside the borderline. Artillery shelling, which has a relatively high margin of inaccuracy, has devastated people as it hit numerous houses.

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In South Sudan, opposition to family planning exacerbates reproductive health needs

WAU, South Sudan – The need for reproductive health care remains overwhelming in South Sudan. Even before the current humanitarian crisis erupted in December of last year, the country had one of the highest maternal death rates in the world. And now, more than 1.1 million people internally displaced by violence, conditions have significantly deteriorated.

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Female bomber kills 6 in Nigeria, girl with explosives held

07/30/2014 19:47 GMT

by Aminu ABUBAKAR

KANO, July 30, 2014 (AFP) - A female suicide bomber killed six people at a college campus in Nigeria's Kano city on Wednesday, the fourth time Boko Haram Islamists were suspected of using a female attacker in as many days.

The latest violence came as the government announced the arrest of a 10-year-old girl with explosives strapped to her chest in a neighbouring area.

Agence France-Presse:

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ACT Alliance Rapid Response Fund Payment Request No. 11/2014

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ACT Alliance

Details of Response

**Emergency: Mass deportation of migrant children to Honduras

Date of Emergency: 18 July 2014

ACT Requesting Member(s): Comisión de Acción Social Menonita (CASM)

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ACAPS Briefing Note: Northern Cameroon: Cholera Outbreak, 30 July 2014

Crisis Overview

 More than 1,200 cholera cases have been reported from northern Cameroon as of 24 July, including more than 200 deaths. According to the Minister of Public Health, Logone-et-Chari and Mayo Sava are the hardest hit areas. The weekly caseload increased 18% between 21 and 26 July.

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Cholera claiming lives in Upper Nile State, South Sudan

Communities and displaced populations living in congested camps with poor hygiene and sanitation are at high risk of contracting cholera in South Sudan. Since the beginning of July this year, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams in Upper Nile State have treated over 904 patients for cholera. The teams have set up two cholera treatment centres in Malakal and Wau Shilluk where, they are treating cholera patients from affected areas. “Cholera is a treatable disease that can be fatal if not diagnosed and treated promptly.

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UNICEF South Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report #33, Reporting Period 23 - 29 July 2014

Highlights

  • The Executive Directors of UNICEF and WFP visited South Sudan from 24-26 June, warning that children in South Sudan cannot wait any longer before the world takes action. “The world should not wait for a famine to be announced while children here are dying each and every day,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. Nearly one million children under five years old in South Sudan will require treatment for acute malnutrition in 2014.

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Occupied Palestinian Territory: Gaza emergency Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 29 July 2014, 15:00 hrs)

Situation Overview

Since the last situation update, at least 51 persons have been killed or died of injuries they sustained previously, including at least nine children and 13 women. According to media reports, however, the number of deaths during the overnight bombings is larger and may include as many as 36 additional fatalities, whose bodies are still buried under the rubble or who could not yet be identified.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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CARE warns of colossal strain on medical services in Gaza

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CARE

Aid workers from the humanitarian aid agency CARE are warning of the colossal strain on medical services and hospitals as the continuing violence in Gaza prevents the delivery of urgent medical supplies.

Medics in Gaza have reported more than 1,000 deaths and 6,200 injuries, the vast majority of whom are civilians. Some 1.2 million people have little or no access to water and 215,000 have been displaced with no safe place to seek refuge.

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Emirates Red Crescent disbursed AED 9mn to Palestinian orphans

Ramallah, 29th July 2014 (WAM) - The Emirates Red Crescent has disbursed AED 8.9 million to 3,743 Palestinian orphans sponsored by the U.A.E. relief agency in the West Bank and registered with the ministry of social affairs.

Dr. Mohammed Abu Hameed, undersecretary of the ministry, said the annual sponsorship funds had been paid to orphans before Eid Al Fitr to secure their needs.

He expressed his thanks and gratitude for the Emirates Red Crescent for the humanitarian assistance it provided to needy and destitute families.