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Solomon Islands Flooding – UNICEF Responds to Urgent Water and Sanitation Needs

UNICEF is continuing to coordinate its emergency response with partners and the Solomon Islands Government in order to reach the estimated 52,000 people affected by extreme flooding. With water systems still extensively damaged and almost 10,000 people in evacuation centres, UNICEF’s main concern is ensuring people have clean water and adequate sanitation to prevent the potential spread of disease.

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Cameroon + 2 others
UNICEF Cameroon Situation Report, March 31, 2014

Highlights

UNICEF continues to be engaged in providing humanitarian response in four regions of Cameroon – Far North, North, Adamoua and East – which have been facing recurring emergencies such as increased food insecurity after the dry season, widespread epidemics like Cholera and Meningitis, and floods), and the continued influx of refugees from CAR and Nigeria.

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Solomon Islands Humanitarian Situation Report #4, 10-14 April 2014

Salient Points

  • Torrential rain and river overflow in Honiara, Guadalcanal,
    Malaita and Isabel Provinces caused massive flooding, damages and displacement between 3 and 5 April 2014.

  • Two earthquakes (7.2 and 7.7 in magnitude) have shaken Solomon Islands in the last few days, triggering tsunami warnings and evacuations, but fortunately no tsunami.
    Rapid assessments have not revealed any visible damage, but relief efforts were delayed while people twice evacuated high risk areas.

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Keeping children safe from weapons of war in Syria

By Kumar M Tiku

Damascus, Syria, April 2014 - “Always keep an eye out for signs and clues that suggest the presence of explosive remnants in your neighbourhood,” says Nahid, the sports teacher at Al Adawi Al Mohadatha School in central Damascus. A class of twenty high-school girls listen attentively as Nahid describes the various forms of explosives and unexploded ammunition that children must be aware of, in order to stay safe.

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DR Congo UNICEF Monthly Humanitarian Situation Report - 1 - 31 March 2014

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  • North Kivu : 251 Congolese refugees returning from Kyangwandi camp in Uganda died in a boat accident on 22 March on Lake Edward. According to authorities in Goma there were 89 children among the dead. The refugees were returning to Beni Territory where fighting between FARDC and ADF-Nalu had forced them to flee in 2013.

  • South Kivu: Around 1,000 households from Ndese and Byangama in Shabunda Territory displaced in the bush following clashes between two fac-tions of Raia Mutomboki armed group.

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Uganda + 1 other
Uganda Humanitarian Situation Report, 7 April 2014

Uganda has registered more than 96,000 South Sudanese refugees, just shy of the contingency planning figure of 100,000. Only 18% of the required funding has been received.

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UNICEF Somalia Monthly SitRep 2, February 2014

Highlights

  • Considerable social mobilisation efforts including engagement with religious leaders, community awareness activities, radio, TV and mobile phone messages for the polio vaccination campaign have enabled 345,007 children under-5 to be vaccinated this year with no new cases since December. However a funding gap of $13 million exists for 2014‘s polio response.

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UNICEF Yemen Situation Report - Reporting period: March 2014

Highlights:

  • 9,500 people are benefitting from the newly renovated water network in Haidan—Sa’ada, an area heavily affected by the conflict.

  • An inter-agency mission managed to access Al-Dhale on March 26 after several months of advocacy with na-tional authorities.

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Un saut dans l’inconnu : état de l’éducation en RCA - Evaluation à distance

Synthèse

Les attaques des milices anti-balaka du 5 décembre 2013 à Bangui et représailles par les ex-Séléka ont entraîné une augmentation sans précédent de la violence et le déplacement de plus de 500’000 personnes en République centrafricaine. C’est dans ce contexte, alors que le pays connaissait sa pire crise humanitaire depuis l'indépendance, mais aussi qu’on assistait à un retour partiel des populations civiles dans leurs villages, que le Cluster a réalisé une enquête à distance portant sur 355 établissements primaires de l’ensemble du pays.

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Solomon Islands Humanitarian Situation Report #3, 7 - 9 April 2014

Salient Points

  • Torrential rain and river overflow in the capital city of Honiara, Guadalcanal, Malaita and Isabel Provinces caused massive flooding, damages and displacement between 3-5 April 2014

  • Entire residential and business communities destroyed in Honiara search and recovery still ongoing for missing persons

  • 9,022 people are living in 24 evacuation centres in Honiara. Some relief is reaching them but the water and sanitation situation is deteriorating and morbidity is increasing

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26,000 children affected and at high risk of disease

UNICEF NZ is concerned for the 26,000 children estimated to have been affected by the extreme flooding in the Solomon Islands over the past few days, with many living in rural areas which have not been reached yet due to damaged infrastructure.

Extensive damage has seen entire communities destroyed, with a fifth of Honiara’s population displaced and the risk of disease high. UNICEF is now appealing for NZ$465,000 (US$400,000) to support those affected by the emergency.

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Syrian children with disabilities are back to learning, at Homs school club

By Kumar Tiku and Razan Rashidi

HOMS, Syrian Arab Republic, 7 April 2014 – Ramez, 10, walks up to the whiteboard and writes his name.

Next comes Hiba, who is asked to identify objects that start with the letter G in Arabic that are pictured on the whiteboard. She identifies gazr (carrot), earning praise from the teacher. The other children in the class clap, in unison.

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Building Bridges with a Cricket Bat

By Midhat Ali Zaidi

Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan, April 2014 - As the ball flies off towards the boundary, after making contact with Kalimullah’s bat, another child runs after it looking skyward. This may be an ordinary sight on a street or community playground in Pakistan, but there is more to this gruelling cricket match being played at the headquarters of the Balochistan Boys Scouts’ Association (BBSA) in Quetta.

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Chad + 2 others
Japanese Government supports UNICEF’s humanitarian efforts in Chad

The Government of Japan granted UNICEF US$ 6.2m to support humanitarian efforts in Chad

N’Djamena (CHAD), 7th April 2014 – The Government of Japan granted UNICEF a significant new funding to support humanitarian efforts in Chad. The funding comes at the time the Chadian Government and partners, among which UNICEF, are responding to urgent humanitarian needs of over 90,000 Chadian returnees and CAR refugees who fled violence in CAR to take refuge in southern and eastern Chad.

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Ukraine Humanitarian Situation Report #6 - 5 April 2014

Highlights

  • The situation in South Ukraine and Crimea remains tense but quiet. Information about the military situation on the Eastern border of Ukraine is unclear with contradictory information.

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Solomon Islands Humanitarian Situation Report #1, 1- 4 April 2014

Highlights

  • Torrential rain in Guadalcanal Province, especially around the capital city of Honiara, is causing ongoing flooding since Thursday, April 3. The storm may develop into a tropical cyclone in the next 24 hours. Heavy rain warning for Solomon Islands remains in force.

  • Up to six provinces may be affected and are on Tropical Disturbance Watch: Rennell & Bellona, Western, Russells, Guadalcanal, Makira and Malaita

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South Sudan + 1 other
Government of Japan contributes US$ 4.4 million to support South Sudanese children affected by emergencies

Juba, South Sudan, 3 April, 2014 – The Government of Japan has contributed US$ 4.4 million to UNICEF to support life-saving humanitarian interventions throughout South Sudan, with a focus on conflict-affected states.

Mr Takeshi Akamatsu, Ambassador of Japan stated “UNICEF is a trusted partner of the Government of Japan and we know that the funds we provided will make a crucial difference for conflict affected children and women after the crisis that broke out in mid-December 2013. I am very proud of giving this assistance.”