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The Hidden Costs of Ebola

As of October 20, over 4,500 people had died in the current West African Ebola outbreak. When confronted with those numbers and the terrifying news stories that accompany them, it’s easy to forget the larger, quieter tragedy that’s playing out behind the scenes.

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It became impossible not to help

When the breadth of the Ebola epidemic became clear, NORCAP veteran Stener Vogt (58) decided he would not retire from humanitarian work after all. On Friday, he travels to Liberia to lead the child protection cluster in Monrovia.

“You have worked in Liberia, you know how to act in an emergency and you have the opportunity to go. It is not an option to just sit here and do nothing.”

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Ebola crisis update from Sierra Leone

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ActionAid

Sierra Leone is in the grip of the worst Ebola outbreak in history. The whole country has been in a state of public emergency since the end of July. Our Exective Director in Sierra Leone reports back on how we're helping stop the spread.

Greetings from Sierra Leone. I write to update you on the Ebola situation here and our response so far.

Emergency alert closes schools indefinitely

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ADRA partners with USAID in Food Security Program to reach 264,380 people

ANTANANARIVO— The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is one of two agencies partnering with USAID in a $75 million food security initiative in Madagascar. The five-year ADRA program titled Asotry* will reduce vulnerability and food insecurity among households and communities in the regions of Amoron’i Mania, Haute Matsiatra, and Atsimo Andrefana.

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Rapid Assessment Report in South Sudan, Jonglei State - August 2014

Executive Summary

Since the crisis that broke out in December, 2013 in South Sudan, 1.3 million people are estimated to remain internally displaced across the country and just 449,000 people have fled the violence to neighboring countries (Uganda 121,600, Kenya 42,700, Ethiopia 185,000 and Sudan 90,300). There are currently over 95,000 IDPs sheltering in nine UN bases across South Sudan. This translates to one in seven people in South Sudan have been displaced from their homes since conflict began.

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Nigeria 'ceasefire' with Boko Haram in doubt after fresh unrest

Kano, Nigeria | AFP | Thursday 10/23/2014 - 15:43 GMT

by Aminu ABUBAKAR

A deadly bombing in northern Nigeria and new details about kidnappings at the weekend blamed on Boko Haram cast further doubt Thursday on the government's claim that the Islamists have agreed to a truce.

As reports emerged that extremists seized dozens more women and girls from the remote northeast -- leaving a few dollars behind as a so-called 'bride price' -- fresh violence rocked the town of Azare in Bauchi state.

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South Sudan women suggest sex strike to end war

Juba, Soudan du Sud | AFP | Thursday 10/23/2014 - 12:16 GMT

A group of South Sudanese women peace activists has suggested that men in the civil war-torn country be denied sex until they stop fighting.

The suggestion emerged after around 90 women, including several members of South Sudan's parliament, met in the capital Juba this week to come up with ideas on how to "to advance the cause of peace, healing and reconciliation".

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Iraq: Humanitarian Needs Overview 2014-2015 (Summary)

Priority Needs

Since the outbreak of fighting between government forces and armed groups in December 2013 in Anbar governorate, internal armed conflict has swept quickly across large parts of Iraq. The humanitarian consequences have been catastrophic, impacting all eighteen governorates. At least 5.2 million people are now estimated to be in need of protection and emergency humanitarian assistance.

1. PROTECTION OF CIVILIANS

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Iraq: Strategic Response Plan 2014-2015

The third revision of the Strategic Response Plan (SRP) aims to continue supporting the Government of Iraq in effectively addressing the humanitarian and protection needs of 5.2 million Iraqis across the country through 2015.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Liberia: Ebola Outbreak Office of the Resident Coordinator Situation Report No. 6, 13 – 19 October 2014

In October, WFP is targeting 272,000 beneficiaries across Liberia. Communities with high Ebola cases are worst hit in terms of food insecurity, market closures, high food prices and disrupted cross-border movement.

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Pakistan Pledges Renewed Focus on Polio as Infections Rise

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Voice of America

Ayaz Gul
October 23, 2014 1:21 AM

ISLAMABAD— Pakistan is the only country where poliovirus is still spreading fast. This year, 208 cases of paralysis were recorded, accounting for 85 percent of worldwide victims. The country is coming under extreme pressure to contain its infections and boost vaccinations, or face isolation.

The number of children paralyzed by polio in Pakistan this year is the highest since 2000, when authorities recorded 199 cases.

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Promotion and protection of human rights, including ways and means to promote the human rights of migrants (A/69/277)

Sixty-ninth session
Item 69 (b) of the provisional agenda*
Promotion and protection of human rights: human rights questions, including alternative approaches for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms

Report of the Secretary-General

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Two more polio cases confirmed

ISLAMABAD: Two new polio cases have been confirmed by the Polio Virology Laboratory at the National Institute of Health, taking the total number of cases reported so far this year to 212.

An official of the Ministry of National Health Services said both cases were reported from Fata.

Mafia, the 12-month-old daughter of Mastak living in Mera Akakhel locality of Khyber Agency, is having onset of paralysis.

The second patient is a boy. Thirty-month-old Adil is a resident of Kalanga area of Khyber Agency.

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US-led air strikes in Syria kill 553 in first month: monitor

10/32/2014 - 06:43 GMT

Air strikes by the US-led coalition in Syria have killed 553 people since their launch a month ago, the vast majority of them jihadists, a monitoring group said on Thursday.

The strikes have killed 464 Islamic State group fighters, 57 militants from Al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra Front and 32 civilians, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Among the civilians killed were six children and five women, said the Observatory, which relies on a wide network of sources inside Syria.

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Zimbabwe Farmers Playing Key Role in Achieving Food Security

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Voice of America

WASHINGTON DC—Relief agencies say farmers in some parts of Zimbabwe, under various food security programs funded by the United States International Aid for Development (USAID), have made giant strides in transforming agricultural production in the country.

In a statement to mark World Food Day, World Vision Zimbabwe and several organizations running the $98 million USAID-backed Amalima and other programs launched last year, said farmers are playing a key role in ensuring that Zimbabwe would achieve food security.

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Khost & Paktika Update No. 35 - 22 October 2014

1. KHOST & PAKTIKA UPDATE

Displacement of refugees from North Waziristan and South Waziristan Agency into Khost and Paktika provinces continues. As the situation is prolonged, UNHCR with support from TLO conducted focus group discussions with both refugee families and host communities, including men and women to get a better understanding of the needs and priorities of the populations in Khost and Paktika.

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The story of Ganyiel: A safe hiding place

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Mercy Corps

Nearly a year of conflict in South Sudan has left millions displaced and hungry, and in Unity, one of the most violent states, there are few safe places to hide. The small and isolated village of Ganyiel is one of them, and people arrive in waves to escape when fighting erupts in other cities and towns.

But Ganyiel is no paradise. It’s considered safe, but food shortages, flooding and empty markets make survival difficult, even without a constant threat of violence.

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Ebola Increases Threat to Sierra Leone Pregnancies

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Voice of America

Adam Bailes

KAILAHUN, SIERRA LEONE— Sierra Leone has one of the world’s highest infant mortality rates, and the Ebola outbreak is likely to push it even higher. Health officials say almost all pregnant women infected with Ebola, along with their unborn babies, die from the disease.