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All parties to the conflict must put an end to ongoing human rights violations

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Amnesty

Children still paying a high price in ongoing conflict

Children accused of being members of armed groups in the conflict in Mali are languishing in adult jails while human rights abuses continue, said Amnesty International in a short briefing published today.

Mali: All parties to the conflict must put an end to ongoing human rights violations presents the findings of a research mission to assess the human rights situation in the country.

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UNHCR Operational Update Dadaab Refugee Camps, Kenya 1-15 August 2014

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  • A ‘Go and See Visit’ to Kismayo, Somalia, took place from 4th to 8th August. The visit enabled 19 refugee representatives from the five Dadaab camps to inform themselves about the economic and socio-political realities in Kismayo. Upon their return, the refugee delegates shared their experiences with the camp residents through radio talk shows and meetings.

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South Sudan Health Cluster Bulletin #29, 15 August 2014

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  • Health partners are supporting the Ministry of Health with preparedness in Ebola case detection and management Health partners have reported a decline in both cholera cases and deaths.

  • By 11 August 5,697 cases and 123 deaths (CFR 2.16%) had been reported since April 2014.

  • As of 11 August, altogether 5,697 cholera 123 deaths (CFR 2.16%) have been recorded in South Sudan since the outbreak began on 23 April 2014.

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At the mercy of the government: Violation of the right to an effective remedy in Badia East, Lagos state, Nigeria

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Amnesty

The World Bank endorsed the Lagos state government’s inadequate compensation package for thousands of people forcibly evicted from an informal settlement, Amnesty International said in a report published today.

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Somalia: UN’s Emergency Fund provides a life-line, for now

A $20 million boost from the UN’s Central Emergency Fund (CERF) will go a long way in providing life-saving aid in Somalia, but it won’t be enough to halt a deepening crisis, aid agencies warn.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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UNICEF Philippines Humanitarian Situation Report #24, Issued on 10 August 2014

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• UNICEF and partners continue to provide life-saving and recovery assistance for children affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

• July was Nutrition month focusing on ‘Nutrition in Emergencies’. A high-level Nutrition Summit brought together more than 300 members of congress, policy makers and key nutrition players.

• On 15 July, Typhoon Rammasun (Glenda) struck the Philippines with limited impact in Haiyan affected areas. UNICEF supported Government preparedness and response, including evacuation of 1,000 families.

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Gaza Situation Report 43, 20 August 2014

UPDATE AT 16:30

  • Dramatic increase in IDP numbers due to military escalation: 261,341 displaced in 82 UNRWA shelters.
  • According to preliminary information by the Protection Cluster 17 killed in the past 24 hours. The cumulative Palestinian death toll climbed to 1,999, including 467 children and 244 women. Over the course of the military escalation, 66 Israelis were killed, including 64 soldiers, two civilians plus one foreign national.

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Horrifying accounts of child rights violations emerge from survivors of violence in north-western Iraq

Dohuk, northern Iraq, 20 August 2014 – Testimonies gathered from civilians who fled the recent offensive by armed groups in the Sinjar district of north-western Iraq have revealed appalling accounts of killing, abduction and sexual violence perpetrated against women and children, according to UNICEF.

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Global Health: Science and Practice Journal Volume 2 | Number 3 | 2014

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  • Can oxytocin survive the heat in home storage conditions?

  • Is there more compelling evidence for global health programs than from RCTs?

  • What does it take to make cookstoves work as an intervention?

  • What are the challenges to scaling up visual inspection-based cancer prevention programs in Guatemala?

  • Can traditional birth attendants be trained to refer at-risk newborns in a rural African setting?

  • Where were the health facilities in Haiti when the earthquake struck?

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Syria crisis Humanitarian Bulletin Highlights of response: June - July 2014

Now, in the fourth year of the conflict, there are 2.9 million Syrian refugees registered in the region. The number of refugees continues to increase and camps and informal settlements are growing, some into sizeable cities. The highest number of Syrian refugees are in Lebanon, followed by Turkey, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt; 75 per cent are women and children and 25 per cent are women and girls of reproductive age.

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Gaza tech start-up incubator devastated by shelling

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Oxfam

When people think of Gaza, they rarely think of a hub of technological innovation. But for the past few years Oxfam has been working with Gaza's University College of Applied Sciences (UCAS) to support IT graduates to develop and market their business ideas.

With this support, young tech entrepreneurs in Gaza have created mobile apps to help blind people detect colours; developed interactive e-learning software to assist teachers; and produced graphic animations for international companies.

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Occupied Palestinian Territory: Gaza Emergency Situation Report (as of 20 August 2014, 0800 hrs)

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  • Following a series of temporary ceasefires, hostilities have resumed, with rockets fired from Gaza into Israel and the Israeli military striking targets in Gaza. The Palestinian fatality toll is 1,999, of whom 1,434 have been identified as civilians, according to preliminary estimates.

  • An estimated 1,000 of the 3,000 children who have been injured will suffer from a life-long disability.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Kenya: Civil Unrest appeal n°: MDRKE029 Operations Update n° 1

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Summary: On 15 June 2014, heavily armed gunmen attacked Mpeketoni; a small town located about 40km off the Indian Ocean coastline in Lamu County in Kenya. The gunmen attacked business premises, setting on fire commercial premises including banks, hotels, a restaurant, and a petrol station. The gunmen also set on fire motor vehicles, tractors and residential houses well. During the first attack 49 lives were lost, and follow up attacks occurred on 16 June 2014 in Mporomoko village, 18km from the Mpeketoni town which left 9 more persons dead.

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A systematic review of resilience and mental health outcomes of conflict-driven adult forced migrants

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BioMed Central

Background
The rising global burden of forced migration due to armed conflict is increasingly recognised as an important issue in global health. Forced migrants are at a greater risk of developing mental disorders. However, resilience, defined as the ability of a person to successfully adapt to or recover from stressful and traumatic experiences, has been highlighted as a key potential protective factor. This study aimed to review systematically the global literature on the impact of resilience on the mental health of adult conflict-driven forced migrants.

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UNICEF Praises AFAD's Humanitarian Efforts, Launches Turkey Office

ISTANBUL - Chief executives of the United Nations Children's Fund, or UNICEF, have met in Istanbul, Turkey on Wednesday for a general review of the organization's global activities and to discuss future plans. The senior delegation included three of UNICEF's four deputy executive directors, Yoka Brandt, Martin Mohwanja and Omar Abdi, in addition to five out of seven regional and program directors and 20 mid-level executives from across the globe.

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Young boys and girls in South Sudan receive assistance through UNICEF funding

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DanChurchAid

With a new grant of approx. 62.500 USD (349.000 DKK) from UNICEF, DCA will provide Mine Risk Education (MRE) to 3000 vulnerable children in South Sudan as well as locating hazardous areas threatening their safety.

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Al Mezan Condemns the Resumption of IOF's Attacks on Civilian Targets in Gaza and Calls on International Community to Ensure Full Compliance with International Law Death Toll in Gaza is 2,060; 76.9% Civilians; 485 Children and 284 Women

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The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) resumed its attacks on the Gaza Strip. Following the same patterns of armed attacks, the IOF launched air raids on inhabited houses. The IOF attacks started at approximately 3:55 pm yesterday, Tuesday 19 August 2014 and have continued today. Israel has announced that rockets had been fired from Gaza; however, sirens were not heard. Palestinian armed resistance groups denied the allegation.