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02 Mar 2015 description

*Children separated from their parents and families because of conflict, disaster or population displacement, or because of economic or social reasons, are at increased risk of violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect in an emergency. Every child has the right to the right to know and be cared for by his or her parents as recognised in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC Article 7).

01 Mar 2015 description

Highlights

  • Close to 2.5 million IDPs identified across Iraq; improved methodology cited

  • 8,000 families displaced in al-Baghdadi subdistrict

  • Polio and measles campaign targeting 5.9 million children across the country kicks off

  • Ashti IDP camp (Arbat Extension, Sulaymaniyah) to be completed in April

  • A total of over 19.4 million litres of kerosene have been distributed to over 186,680 IDP families by the government and cluster partners

01 Mar 2015 description
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Annex I Timeline of the 1st CHF Standard Allocation 2015_0
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Annex II Standard Indicators 1st CHF Standard Allocation 2015
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Annex III Overall Needs and Vulnerability Index HRP 2015
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Annex IV Mainstreaming Protection 1st CHF Standard Allocation 2015

The Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) for Afghanistan was established in January 2014 under the leadership of the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC). The objectives of the Afghanistan CHF are to promote needs-based assistance in accordance with humanitarian principles, to respond to the most urgent needs, and strengthen coordination and leadership through priority clusters and the HC.

01 Mar 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

JUBA, South Sudan/NAIROBI, Kenya, 28 February 2015 – Scores of children seized by armed men from a village in northern South Sudan two weeks ago remain forcibly recruited as child soldiers, despite intensive efforts to locate and free them.

One week ago UNICEF reported that 89 children preparing for exams were forcibly recruited as child soldiers, but the organization now believes the number of children may be in the hundreds. In addition, adult males were also forcibly recruited during the February 15 and 16 raid.

28 Feb 2015 description

Bucharest, Romania | AFP | Saturday 2/28/2015 - 16:21 GMT

Romanian coastguard have intercepted a boat carrying 70 mainly Syrian and Iraqi migrants in the Black Sea, the interior ministry announced on Saturday.

Seven children, including a five-month-old baby, and twenty women were among those on board the fishing boat which came from Turkey.

The small boat was intercepted off the Romanian coast on Friday night after it encountered problems due to high winds and rough seas.

28 Feb 2015 description
report Tzu Chi Foundation

Spanning a total of 5 long, yet paradoxically brief, though painful and arduous years of traversing this fragile and often times broken road towards recovery, this tattered road, despite its cracks and holes, is still in tact with many a travelers still walking upon it. After being struck by the massive earthquake 5 years ago, Haiti and its supporters have continuously shown that despite setbacks and challenges, the will to stand is yet still strong. From individuals to communities, from non-profit humanitarian groups to foreign governments, support for Haiti continues.

28 Feb 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • Forced recruitment and other grave child violations continue. Last week, 89 children were forcibly recruited from Wau Shiluk, however, it is believed that the number may be much higher. Some witnesses have noted that at least some of these children are receiving military training. Reports of forced recruitment in other parts of the country were also received this week and UNICEF and partners are now working to verify the number of children who may have been forcibly recruited and to advocate for their release.

27 Feb 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The total number of South Sudanese refugees who have entered Ethiopia since the outbreak of the conflict in mid-December 2013 is now over 196,144 individuals, including 193,425 individuals who entered through the Gambella Region and 2,719 who entered through the Assosa Region.

27 Feb 2015 description
report ActionAid

It’s exactly six months since Israel's shelling of Gaza ended. Thanks to donations to ActionAid through the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal we're still helping women and children like Ghada and Mahmood to recover from the trauma and rebuild their lives.

The damage and destruction caused by 50 days of conflict between 7 July and 26 August 2014 was unprecedented in the long history of struggle between Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories:

27 Feb 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • “The volatile security environment is a direct illustration of the parties’ continued lack of political will,” the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Mr. Hervé Ladsous, told the Security Council on 24 February.

27 Feb 2015 description
report Radio Dabanga

Sudan's Federal Ministry of Health acknowledged that there is a deficit in iodine in the country. It claimed that many children suffer from various disorders and health problems caused by iodine deficiency.

The ministry estimated the country's deficit at 22 percent. Dr Iman Salih Swar El Dahab, the official of the Unit for Combating Micronutrient Deficiency at the ministry, said that a lack of iodine in diets causes abortion, infant mortality, hearing loss, mental retardation, stunting, and lack of goiter.

27 Feb 2015 description

Highlights

  • Partners condemned the abduction of 89 children who were taking their exams in Wau Shilluk, Upper Nile State.

  • Partners were responding to cholera in Eastern Equatoria. Since 19 February, there have been no new cholera cases reported.

  • Over 600 people were registered as newly arrived in Yida, Unity State coming from South Kordofan in Sudan - 11 per cent fewer than in the previous week. Of the new arrivals, 65 per cent were women and children.

27 Feb 2015 description

KEY POINTS

  • Study in Sierra Leone finds women took the brunt of EVD

  • Response partners in Liberia intensify support to border crossings Guinea, Mali and Senegal cross-border meeting in Labe, Guinea

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