A summary of the ICRC's activities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo between July and September 2014.
A total of 130,204 South Sudanese refugees have been assisted in Uganda since the influx began in mid-December 2013, including 82,610 in Adjumani, 11,969 in Arua, 29,070 in Kiryandongo and 6,5551 in Kampala.
In Kiryandongo, the Chief Justice, Stephen Kavuma made an unannounced 3 hour visit to the settlement on 20 November, to see first hand how refugees live and talk with UNHCR staff.
26 November 2014, Gaza –“According to our culture, I should take care of my elderly mother, but now I am disabled and my husband has died, so my mother will have to take care of me,” said Nahla, a 44-year-old woman who sustained grave injuries in the recent conflict.
A wall in her home collapsed on her and her husband when a warning rocket struck the building. Nahla’s husband was killed instantly, and Nahla suffered spinal injuries. They had been married only four months.
A total of 129,913 South Sudanese refugees have been assisted in Uganda since the influx began in mid-December 2013, including 81,934 in Adjumani, 11,969 in Arua, 29,490 in Kiryandongo and 6,5201 in Kampala.
An ECHO multi-sectoral team carried out a mission in Adjumani, Arua and Kiryandongo 9-13 November to monitor the quality of activities it funds, identify gaps in the response to the refugee crisis, assess ECHO’s added value and discuss its funding strategy for 2015.
Policy-makers and international agencies are currently negotiating the details of the successor to the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), which is to be agreed at Sendai, Japan in March 2015. The zero draft of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR) now explicitly promotes the integration of gender, age, disability and cultural perspectives into DRR. It acknowledges the need to manage differential levels of vulnerability and exposure, and the need to empower vulnerable groups to participate in decision-making and implementation.
KEY HUMANITARIAN ISSUES
Conflict causes death, injury and displacement
7,965 civilians killed and injured by conflict January-September 2014, 22 per cent of which were children. 105,800 people fled their homes, in the same period, amidst increased fighting in Northern Hilmand and other provinces.
1.2 million children acutely malnourished
The Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) trauma surgery project near Jordan’s border with Syria opened in September 2013 and began saving lives straight away. Since then, the project team has conducted more than 2,000 major surgeries - many of which were life-saving - on over 600 patients.
“One of our very first critical patients was admitted in September 2013 after he had been caught in an air strike in southern Syria. He told our medical team ‘let me die, you can’t fix me,’” said Paul Foreman, MSF head of mission.
Charity won’t stop the injustices that mean women do two-thirds of the world’s work, but earn just one-tenth of the world income.
It won’t stop multinational companies dodging millions in tax, depriving poor countries of the money they need to pay for healthcare and education.
It won’t protect the world’s poorest communities who did least to cause climate change from taking the brunt of its effects.
To end poverty we must end injustice.
BANGUI, 20 November 2014 (IRIN) - One of the most telling effects of the bitter internal crisis which has rocked the Central African Republic (CAR) since December 2012 is the continuing displacement of thousands of ordinary citizens. Those who fled have been forced to abandon their houses and home areas, often moving into rapidly-established camps, living in dismal conditions.
Advisory Commission, 17 November 2014
Mr. Chairman; Mr. Vice-Chairman; Distinguished Delegates; Colleagues,
Equality, human rights and full access to reproductive health must be priorities for Asia-Pacific nations meeting at the UN in Bangkok next week for the Asian and Pacific Conference on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Beijing+20 Review.
That’s the view of leading parliamentarians from the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) who have been working to progress gender equality in their national parliaments throughout the region and at AFPPD workshops, said Pakistan MP and AFPPD delegation spokesperson Mrs Mahtab Akbar Rashdi.
Foreword and Executive Summary
On 16 September 2014, the northern Syrian town of Kobane came under siege. Since then, 188,000 refugees are reported to have flooded into Turkey. This is an emergency which, like so much of the Syria crisis, revolves around issues of protection and gender.
Revised estimates report that the number of IDPs has increased by 100,000 to a total of 1.9 million people across 1,928 sites within Iraq (OCHA, 2014).
Memorandum to Convention on Conventional Weapons Delegates