Maiduguri, Nigeria, February 2017 – Mustapha loves meeting his friends for a quick game of soccer before class starts in the camp where he lives with what is left of his family.
Mustapha fled to Maiduguri with his mother and siblings after their home was destroyed in an attack by Boko Haram. His grandfather was killed but his father managed to hide and survived the attack, only to be killed later when he returned to salvage goods from the shop the family had run.
Situation in Afghanistan
• Even though security remains a challenge, access continues to open up into more remote areas of the Far North region. Through its partners, UNICEF was able to reach displaced children on the border with Nigeria, providing them with nutrition, primary health care, education and child protection services.
1. Overall humanitarian needs and situation:
• The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission noted a significant increase in ceasefire violations in Donetsk Oblast, including over 10,330 explosions, compared with around 2,500 in December 2016;
• Due to conflict escalation in late January, approximately 1.8 million people, including 252,000 children, on both sides of the ‘contact line,’ are at risk as critical civilian infrastructure (i.e. water, electricity, heating) was damaged;
ASUNCIÓN, 16 de febrero de 2017. Miles de niños, niñas y adolescentes de los Bañados Norte y Sur de Asunción volverán a las escuelas con mejores servicios de agua potable y sanitarios, así como capacitados en medidas de higiene y prevención de situaciones de violencia, gracias al proyecto “Ayuda humanitaria a familias afectadas por el fenómeno de El Niño en Asunción”, financiado por la Unión Europea y ejecutado por UNICEF Paraguay y organizaciones aliadas.
KYIV/GENEVA, 17 February 2017 – As the volatile conflict in eastern Ukraine enters its fourth year, 1 million children are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance - nearly double the number this time last year, said UNICEF.
The increase – an additional 420,000 girls and boys – is due to the continued fighting and the steady deterioration of life in eastern Ukraine, where some 1.7 million people have been internally displaced, and many families have lost their incomes, social benefits and access to healthcare, while the price of living has sharply risen.
• Uganda is host to over 900,393 refugees and asylum seekers originating mainly from South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi.
• Women and children fleeing conflict from South Sudan, DRC and Burundi are in desperate need of critical health services, clean water, education, and support to help them deal with the extreme stress they have experienced.
• Intense fighting along the west bank of the Nile in Upper Nile has been persistent through the first two weeks of February, resulting in the displacement of the entire population of Wau Shilluk, some 30,000 people. Currently, 16,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) are in Renk, en route to crossing the border into Sudan.
In 2017, UNICEF is requesting US$ 146.9 million to reach more than four million people, including 2.1 million children. Funds available amounts to US$ 38.8 million representing a 74 per cent funding gap.
In January 2017, more than 6,700 children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) were treated in the 2 north eastern States.
UNICEF’s 2017 Humanitarian Action for Children (HAC) appeal for Sudan launched in January amounted to US$ 110.25 million to respond to children’s humanitarian needs across the country. According to the 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for Sudan, an estimated 5.8 million people are in dire need of humanitarian assistance, including over 3 million children.
53,522 school age children are among the recently displaced people by the Mosul offensive since 17th of October. Given the current returns to the recently retaken areas, the displaced numbers are reducing as per the DTM.
26,709 children (49.7% females) are accessing non-formal education in the 25 Temporary Learning Spaces established in the camps, with a significant number more to be established over the coming weeks.
• The humanitarian situation in Somalia continues to deteriorate with 6.2 million people in need of assistance, representing more than half of the population, and a sharp increase of the population in need (5 million six months ago). This includes 2.9 million people in crisis and emergency (IPC Phase 3 and 4). Similarly, 363,000 children under-5 are acutely malnourished (up from 320,000 in August 2016), including 71,000 severely so (up from 50,000) and in need of urgent life-saving assistance.