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As violence flares, UN warns of worsening humanitarian conditions

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UN News Service

The flare-up in violence has heightened insecurity faced by both civilians and humanitarian workers on the ground. 19 attacks against aid workers reported since the beginning of 2014.

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UNICEF - Liberia Ebola Virus Disease: SitRep #58, 29 October 2014

Highlights

  • Liberia has transitioned to a more detailed reporting mechanism, leading to a spike in the number of cases. According to latest data from 27 October 2014, the cumulative number of laboratory confirmed Ebola virus disease (EVD) cases is 2,303. The number of deaths is 2,446.

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UNICEF Sierra Leone Humanitarian Situation Report – Reporting Period 23-29 October 2014

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  • As of 29 October 2014, the cumulative number of laboratory confirmed Ebola virus disease (EVD) cases is 3,760. The number of confirmed deaths is 1,057 with 786 survivors.*

  • Of the EVD confirmed cases, around 22 percent are children and youth (0-17 years), with more than 87 child survivors. To date, 2,719 children have been identified as being affected by the Ebola crisis (1,340 girls & 1,379 boys), including 873 children who have been orphaned.**

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Iraq - Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #1, Fiscal Year (FY) 2015

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The U.N. released the FY 2014-2015 Iraq Strategic Response Plan (SRP) on October 23.

  • Relief actors continue to prepare for the upcoming winter months, prioritizing shelter assistance.

  • Violence in the city of Hit, in Al Anbar Governorate, displaced thousands of people.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

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UNICEF reaching “forgotten children” in Central African Republic

BANGUI, 31 October 2014 – UNICEF is rushing critical supplies to thousands of children forced to flee their homes in Central African Republic (CAR), amid worsening violence and increased attacks against aid workers.

Fresh fighting in northern and western regions of the country, as well as an upsurge of violence in the capital Bangui, have worsened insecurity and put humanitarian access in jeopardy.

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Ukraine: Situation Report No.18 as of 31 October 2014

Highlights

• The Ukrainian parliamentary elections held on 26 October took place without incident. A coalition government is under negotiation.

• Under the aegis of the UN Resident Coordinator, OCHA facilitated a 1.5-day Strategic Response Plan Workshop in Kyiv with participation of the humanitarian community, including UN agencies, NGOs, donors, and Government of Ukraine representatives.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Iraq + 1 other
Iraq IDP Crisis Situation Report No.18 (25 October – 31 October 2014)

The recent displacements in October largely occurred in Anbar, Ninewa, and Diyala. About 47 per cent of all Iraq’s displaced people are located in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I) and the disputed border regions of Akre and Shikhan, in Ninewa Governorate; and Kifri and Khanaqin, in Diyala Governorate.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Nigeria + 1 other
Cross-border raids hinder relocation of Nigerian refugees in Cameroon

In recent days, Nigerian insurgents have launched repeated cross-border attacks from Nigerian border towns into northern Cameroon, hindering UNHCR's efforts to relocate refugees.

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Pakistan Emergency Response Fund: Project Performance Report (January to September 2014)

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Philippines Humanitarian Bulletin Issue, Issue 29 | 01 – 31 October 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 8 November marks the one-year commemoration of Typhoon Haiyan that devastated central Philippines in 2013.

  • Emergency threshold for severe malnutrition exceeded in Zamboanga.

  • Partners support authorities to meet the needs of over 53,000 Mayon Volcano-evacuees.

FIGURES

Typhoon Haiyan

No. of people in evacuation centres - 320

No. of people in tents - 4,760

No. of people in transitional sites - 19,700

Total - 24,780

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Iraq + 1 other
The Child Soldiers Of Islamic State

This week, Islamic State (IS) group social-media accounts circulated an image of a young boy of perhaps 12 or 13 years old. Clad in a black balaclava with the phrase "la ilaha illallah" (there is no god but Allah) printed in white -- just as it is on the all-too-familiar IS black flag -- the child, Abu Usama al-Salafi, raises his index finger in a self-conscious pose.

Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty:

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Katanga: More efforts are necessary - A report on humanitarian response and the remaining challenges in DRC’s Katanga Province

BETWEEN INSTABILITY AND A PRECARIOUS LULL

After years of calm, Katanga has become a powderkeg, like other provinces in the eastern part of the DRC. With some 580,000 internally displaced people and about 300,000 returnees since March 2013, Katanga is, after the two Kivus, the third most affected province by displacements.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Katanga: Encore plus d’effort pour sortir de la crise - Rapport sur la réponse et les défis humanitaires dans la province cuprifère congolaise

ENTRE INSTABILITÉ ET ACCALMIE PRÉCAIRE

Apres quelques années d’accalmie, le Katanga est redevenu depuis le dernier trimestre 2011, une poudrière à l’instar d’autres provinces de la partie orientale de la RDC.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Syria Multi-Sectoral Needs Assessment (MSNA)

INTRODUCTION

After nearly four years of conflict, Syria is still the most complex humanitarian emergency in the world. 6.6 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in at least one sector. The Syria Multi Sector Needs Assessment (MSNA) estimates that 4.8 million people are internally displaced out of a current total population of 15 million in the assessed areas.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Matambanadzo builds bright future

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The Zimbabwean

by Clayton Masekesa

Using her knowledge and vast experience as a psychiatric nurse in the Netherlands for many years, Jane Matambanadzo returned home in 2009 to establish a children’s home in her home town of Juliasdale in Nyanga.

Touched by the increasing number of orphans as a result of HIV and AIDS, Matamganadzo, 42, founded the Gateway Children’s Home in 2009 with the help of John Graham Foundation (JGF) and The Reap Fellowship Trust (RFT).