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NATO Summit: Handicap International reminds governments of obligation to protect civilians in Afghanistan

1st September 2014. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is organising a summit on 4th and 5th September in Newport, Wales, as part of plans to wind down its military operations in Afghanistan. Handicap International is calling on all International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troop-contributing nations to immediately mark and clear areas contaminated by explosive remnants of war (ERW) and to provide non-discriminating and impartial assistance to all the victims of the conflict, by financing mine action activities through the UN pooled funds.

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Ukraine + 1 other
Number of displaced inside Ukraine more than doubles since early August to 260,000

"If this crisis is not quickly stopped, it will have not only devastating humanitarian consequences but it also has the potential to destabilize the whole region," says UNHCR chief.

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Lebanon + 2 others
Humanitarian Bulletin Lebanon Issue 4 | 16 July - 31 August 2014


• World Humanitarian Day pays tribute to humanitarian workers in Lebanon

• Fighting in Aarsal displaces Lebanese and refugees

• The ERF allocates US$4.5 to projects addressing water scarcity

• The HC travels to Europe to advocate for increased engagement in Lebanon

In this issue

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Address by Ms. Flavia Pansieri, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights to the Human Rights Council’s Special Session on Iraq

Geneva, 1 September 2014

Mr. President,
Distinguished Members of the Human Rights Council,

I thank you for convening this special session of the Human Rights Council on Iraq.

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Wounded Gazans struggle to find treatment after war

09/01/2014 06:30 GMT

by Tom Little

GAZA CITY, September 1, 2014 (AFP) - Still in shock weeks after an Israel shell blast shredded his arm and killed four members of his family, Ahmed Ayyad is one of many wounded Gazans now needing long-term care.

But many of the organisations charged with rehabilitating Gazans like him are struggling to cope in the wake of an Israeli offensive in which the United Nations estimates that more than 10,000 Palestinians were wounded, with up to 1,000 likely to suffer permanent disability.

Agence France-Presse:

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Gaza - new projects target at-risk populations

After initial interventions to provide food and hygiene supplies, CBM, along with its local partners in Gaza, will be introducing two new six month projects beginning in September 2014.

Psychosocial needs, eye care and general medical treatments

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Response Bulletin - Phailin & Subsequent Flood, Odisha 2013, Volume 5, August 2014

Sphere India

Message from Mr. Nirmal Singh, Chairperson, Sphere India

Greetings and a warm welcome to this fifth issue of Response Bulletin!

In a time when the frequency of disasters have touched epic proportions, the loss to lives, property and sustainable livelihoods needs to be minimalized. A unified and a strategic response through effective partnership in serving the affected community are vital.

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State of Palestine Humanitarian Situation Report, as of 28 August 2014


  • After 50 days of fighting, an open-ended ceasefire brokered by the Egyptian government and agreed by the armed groups in Gaza, the Palestinian Authority, and Israel entered into force on 26 August. Both parties to the conflict are currently observing the ceasefire.

  • If the agreement holds, it will have ended the longest, deadliest and most destructive escalation in hostilities in Gaza since the beginning of the Israeli occupation in 1967.

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Ethiopians' plight: 'The toilets are unhealthy, but we don't have a choice'


Officials plan to build extra public conveniences in Addis Ababa, which has just 63 loos for its 3 million inhabitants

Addis Ababa has more than 3 million people, but there are just 63 public toilets. At one, in the oldest part of the city, there is constant activity and bustle as people queue to pay varying prices for a urinal, full cubicle or shower in the white-tiled facility inside a circular yellow building. For many, this is the only option because of the lack of provision in their own homes.

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18 million EU grant for primary education in Sudan

Radio Dabanga

KHARTOUM (27 Aug .) -

The EU Delegation to Sudan and Unicef launched two newly EU-funded programmes to strengthen access to quality primary education in the states of El Gedaref, Red Sea, Kassala, Blue Nile, South Kordofan, and the Darfur States, in Khartoum on Tuesday.

The objectives of the two projects are to increase children’s access to primary education, to improve its quality, and to help Sudan make direct progress towards the Millennium Development Goal targets for education, the EU Delegation stated in a press release on Tuesday.

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Q&A – Gaza ceasefire

What is the situation on the ground in Gaza?

50 days of conflict has put the entire civilian population of Gaza on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe. Over the last seven weeks, an average of 12 children were killed and 77 were injured every day - 25 of whom were left with permanent disabilities. On a daily basis, an average of six schools were shelled, 435 families lost their homes, and 37 children were orphaned. All of Gaza's children, who make up half of the 1.8 million population, need some form of psychosocial support, according to the UN.

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ACAPS Briefing Note: North Bangladesh: Floods

People have taken shelter on embankments, high ground, roads, and in flood shelters. Food and cooking material, safe drinking water, and emergency shelter are reported as the main immediate priority needs.

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Chile + 1 other
Chile disability project wins 2014 Risk Award

By Denis McClean

DAVOS, 27 August 2014 - The Chilean town of Peňaflor is celebrating this week. A local NGO born out of the 2010 earthquake and tsunami has scooped the prestigious Risk Award at the 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference in Davos, Switzerland, which ends tomorrow.

The Chilean NGO Inclusiva was among 77 organizations from 44 countries which submitted entries this year and won the €100,000 prize for its efforts to remove architectural, cultural and technological barriers for people living with disabilities (PWDs) in the town of Peňaflor.

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ERC is implementing developmental projects worth Dh53 million in Palestine

The Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) is currently undertaking a number of health, educational, religious and developmental projects in the occupied Palestinian territories valued at Dh 53 million.

ERC Secretary-General, Dr. Mohammed Ateeq Al Falahi, emphasised the determination of the U.A.E. key relief agency to provide sustained assistance to the Palestinian people with the aim of supporting socio-economic development and easing their daily suffering.

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Gaza’s disabled face uncertain future

We need your help to bring aid and care to the injured and disabled in Gaza. Now, thanks to a generous donor, any gift you make through August 31, will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $250,000.

Fifteen Handicap International teams are deployed throughout Gaza to seek out people with disabilities and injuries and meet their most pressing needs. Samah Abu Lamzy, Handicap International’s project manager in the Gaza Strip, explains the problems facing the families we meet in the field.

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ERC's sixth delegation distributes relief aid to affected people in Gaza

GAZA, 25th August, 2014 (WAM) -- A sixth delegation of the Emirates Red Crescent Authority, ERC, led by Humaid Al Shamsi, Deputy Secretary-General of ERC for International Aid, has started distribution of relief from an aid convoy of 18 trucks, which have been sent by the authority to support those affected by events taking place in Gaza.

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State of Palestine Humanitarian Situation Report, as of 25 August 2014


  • 26 August will mark the 50th day of the current escalation in the Gaza-Israel conflict that has seen almost 500 children killed. An average of 10 children per day have been killed since 8 July.

  • 89 Gazan families have been killed in during the conflict.

  • Since the expiration of the five-day ceasefire and the resumption of hostilities on 19 August, at least 28 Palestinian children and one Israeli child were killed. In the past 48 hours alone, an additional nine Palestinian children were killed throughout Gaza.

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Yemen + 1 other
How Humanitarian Aid is Making a Difference [EN/AR]

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Jordan + 1 other
RRP6 Jordan Partner - Handicap International Factsheet, July 2014


Handicap International (HI) is an international NGO with 30 years of experience providing tailored ser-vices to the most vulnerable populations, including persons with injuries, persons with disabilities, per-sons with critical health conditions and older persons. HI is currently active in more than 60 countries in both development and emergency contexts, including six countries in the Middle East: Egypt, Iraq, Leba-non, Jordan, the Palestinians Territories and Yemen.

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Handicap International strengthens its relief to internally displaced people

August 22, 2014: Faced with the important displacements of Iraqi populations, who left their homes to seek security in the Kurdish region, Handicap International decided to launch an emergency response. From June 2014, the organization has been setting up teams with the mission to identify the specific needs of people with injuries or disabilities.