Yangon, Myanmar, 28 August 2015 - With 9 days to go before political parties depart on their campaigning trail, children are calling for politicians to adopt a winning strategy: prioritizing children.
Earlier this week, 14 educators and four of their children were killed and 20 people injured in an airstrike on a teacher’s office in Amran, just north of Sana’a. UNICEF’s Executive Director and the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict strongly condemned the targeting of civilian infrastructure and the devastating impact it is having on Yemen’s children.
• Across the region, with the start of the school year approaching, UNICEF and partners are gearing up to support learning opportunities.
• In Syria, UNICEF is preparing for the launch of the Back to Learning (BTL) initiative 2015/2016. The BTL initiative aims to reach over 1 million children with education supplies and approximately 5.5 million community members with education messages via media campaign. Unique to this year’s campaign is the launching of the self-learning programme, which targets 315,000 out-of-school children this year.
UNICEF Response highlights in 2015
• 850,000 people have access to health services and essential medicines in affected areas; a national measles campaign is scheduled for November.
• 10,025 children under five suffering from severe acute malnutrition received therapy with a recovery rate of 87%.
• Over 200,000 people have access to safe drinking water and more than 150,000 displaced people have access to latrines in the sites.
Despite a receding of floodwaters, the ongoing monsoon continues to risk further flooding and increase the vulnerability of people coping with the effects of the disaster.
Multi-Sector/Cluster Initial Rapid Assessment results have been compiled and the Inter-Agency Initial Flood Response Plan finalised.
40% of flood-affected areas continue to have limited humanitarian access as a result of debris, broken roads and bridges.
BY YASMINE SAKER ON 27 AUG 2015
More than 200 Syrian women risk their lives every day to save the lives of children by teaching fellow mothers about the importance of polio vaccinations in the most hard-to-reach areas, including in Dar’a in the far south of Syria, and Aleppo in the northern part of the war-torn country. UNICEF works with local partners to train these women on holding educational sessions and delivering key messages to parents of the young children.
Coordination of the child protection (CP) response to Sudanese refugees in South Sudan has been mainly driven by the field. In Gambella, there is a child protection working group (CPWG), and two specific groups on information management and case management. At the camp level, there is a weekly working group which covers CP as well as Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV). The Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA) participates in the CP working group and in the camp level coordination meetings.
Focus greater attention to the core role of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) interventions for children affected by armed conflict, especially addressing inter-generational aspects of the issue.
Develop further innovative approaches to scale up quality MHPSS interventions for children and adolescents.
Achieve an appropriate balance between community-based and specialized interventions to meet the diverse needs of large numbers of affected children.
The Tanzania government has given a green light for UNHCR to conduct an assessment of three identified sites in two districts of Kibondo (Nduta) and Kakonko (Karago and Mtendeli). All the three sites were used for refugee camps in the past years.
6000 families are still in mass shelters while all 16 schools that were used for mass shelters have been emptied and learning will resume in the coming few days.
JUBA - Despite intense insecurity in South Sudan’s Upper Nile State, UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP) have managed to get urgently needed food and nutrition assistance to tens of thousands of people who had been cut off from relief agencies for months.
Below average/failed Belg rains (the short rains from February-April) is expected to affect the food security of poor households in SNNPR, Oromia, Amhara and in pastoral areas of Afar and Somali regions (Famine Early Warning System Network, FEWSNET).
Humanitarian needs in Ethiopia will also increase during the second half of the year following the poor Belg rains and delayed Kiremt rains (long rains from May-September). (FEWSNET)
The average influx of refugees from Burundi to Rwanda remains at 150 people per day in the last 15 days. The total number has now reached 75,327.
The relocation of refugees from the reception centres to Mahama camp is progressing well with about 1,000 refugees being relocated daily to Mahama Refugee Camp.
A new refugee camp site (Mahama 1) is being established to accommodate an additional 15,000 refugees. The existing refugee camp will still be called Mahama.
Socio-political tensions remain high amidst continued violence and insecurity in the country, in particular following the assassination on 15 August of the former Head of the Burundian army, Colonel Bikomagu.
On 20 August, President Pierre Nkurunziza took Oath of Office unexpectedly early for a controversial third term, with a pledge to end the months of violence and a call on those who fled the country to return.
Following discussions on IDP registrations in various fora including a Protection Cluster round table, the purpose of this note is to provide an update on the current situation as of August 2015 and set out some key recommendations. This note focuses on practices observed in Government Controlled parts of Ukraine.
KEY PROTECTION CONCERNS
The existing permit system, in impeding the movement of civilians, is contrary to the Constitution of Ukraine stating that the freedom of movement may be limited by the law only.
It is not in line with international human rights law to impede movement of civilians out of an area which may be heavily and indiscriminately shelled.
Since mid-July, several Boko Haram attacks, as well as preventive evacuation of civilians by Chadian Army, have caused massive displacement of populations in Lake Chad Region. Additional evacuations from the 65 islands have been announced. In July, 21,600 newly displaced people spontaneously settled on 13 small sites in Bagasola, Bol and its surrounding villages. These families are in immediate need of Shelter, NFIs, Food and WASH assistance.