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.
By Catherine Weibel
After losing their father and their home during the most recent conflict, two young girls in Gaza struggle to come to terms with the past and look to a brighter future.
· As of 24 February 2015, 39 cases of cholera have been confirmed by the Ministry of Health, with two deaths. Out of the 39 cases, 5 cases were reported in Mwanza, a district which was not affected by floods, while the rest have been reported in Nsanje.
· UNICEF is a member of the national taskforce on Cholera that has been set up to plan and respond to the outbreak.
By Claire McKeever
Returning to the classroom is a welcome occasion for students and teachers alike in one town in South Sudan, but continued conflict and displacement mean that their safety remains fragile.
BENTIU, South Sudan, 20 February 2105 – William, a teacher in Bentiu, in South Sudan’s Unity State, cannot stop smiling. He has waited for this day a long time. The school where he taught until one year ago is reopening, and he is back in his old classroom, ready for the students.
Recent insecurity triggered additional movement of people with 1,042,066 people now internally displaced in Ukraine, of whom 134,290 are children (Source: Ministry of Social Policy).
A ceasefire agreement was reached in Minsk on 12 February to halt the spike of violence that flared up in eastern Ukraine over the past few weeks, causing multiple civilian casualties, including children.
Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) cases is 8,237, with 3,059 deaths. During the past week there were 68 new confirmed cases of EVD.
According to the Ministry of Health, as of 16 February 2015, the cumulative total of suspected, probable and confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Liberia stood at 9,037, with 3,935 related deaths. Case incidence declined from a peak of over 300 new confirmed cases per week in August and September 2014 to only three new confirmed EVD cases in the past week.
5,688 children (3,707 by the government and the rest by partner organisations) have been identified as affected by EVD.
The total number of confirmed cases of Ebola rose to 2,727 in week seven, according to WHO’s Epidemiological Situation Report. The total number of confirmed, suspected and probable cases rose to 3,108.
62,206 children were taught about the dangers of mines in Amanat Al Asma, Al Jawf, Sa’ada and
3,739 out of school children have taken the mid-year exam in Taiz Governorate.
Situation of displaced people in North-East in numbers
TOTAL NUMBER OF INTERNALLY DISPLACED PEOPLE LIVING IN HOST COMMUNITIES (SOURCE: GOVERNMENT, JANUARY 2015)
TOTAL NUMBER OF INTERNALLY DISPLACED PEOPLE LIVING IN CAMPS (SOURCE: GOVERNMENT, JANUARY 2015)
NUMBER OF IDP CAMPS IN NORTH-EAST (SOURCE: GOVERNMENT, NOVEMBER 2014)
JUBA/NAIROBI/NEW YORK, 19 February 2015 – Approximately 400,000 children whose schooling has been interrupted by the conflict in South Sudan will have the chance to return to their studies over the next 12 months.
The ‘Back to Learning’ campaign, which was launched in Juba today by UNICEF and the President of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit, will reach out-of-school children in all 10 states, including areas currently engulfed in conflict.
· Over 2.2 million IDPs are displaced across 2,412 locations in Iraq. Ongoing conflict has triggered further displacement in the centre-north of Iraq throughout January and IDP figures are expected to rise. UN contingency planning is underway.
· Rising displacement is putting pressure on existing, overstrained facilities for IDPs and host communities, and protection monitors have voiced concern over increasing ethnic tensions in camps.
During a press conference which took place Sunday at Al Shaqab in Doha, Education Above All’s Al Fakhoora programme signed agreements with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNWRA) for reconstruction, rehabilitation and psychosocial support projects in the education sector, with a focus on damages occurred in Gaza during last summer’s hostilities.
At the start of 2015, the multiple crises in Sudan remain amongst the worst affecting children in the world today. 3.24 million children are targeted for humanitarian assistance programmes under the Strategic Response Plan (SRP).
UNICEF distributed 16,250 blankets in response to one of the coldest periods in Darfur in the past decade which coincided with increased displacements of people following intensified conflicts in Um Baru, North Darfur and Eastern Jabel Marra.
As of 17 February 2015, 20 cases of cholera have been confirmed by the Ministry of Health, with one death, all of them in the district of Nsanje. The first confirmed case of cholera was on 13th February 2015.
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The total number of confirmed cases of Ebola rose to 2,674 in week six, up by 65 cases from the previous week, according to WHO’s Epidemiological Situation Report. The total number of confirmed, suspected and probable cases rose to 3,044, an increase of 39. UNICEF continues its social mobilization efforts to reduce resistance to Ebola related humanitarian interventions.
• According to the Ministry of Health, as of 7 February 2015, the cumulative total of suspected, probable and confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Liberia stood at 8,818. Case incidence declined from a peak of over 300 new confirmed cases per week in August and September 2014 to only two new confirmed EVD case between 1 and 7 February 2015.
As of 11 February 2015, according to the Government of Sierra Leone, the cumulative number of laboratory confirmed Ebola virus disease (EVD) cases is 8,169. The number of confirmed deaths is 2,998. Total survived and discharged cases is 2,285.
The UN Secretary-General has appointed Bintou Keita as the new Ebola Crisis Manager (head of UNMEER) in Sierra Leone, replacing Amadu Kamara, who has completed his term in office.