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UNICEF appeals for $200 million for Ebola response in West Africa

About 8.5 million children and youth live in areas affected by Ebola in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia

GENEVA/DAKAR/NEW YORK, 16 September 2014 – UNICEF said today it needs over $200 million to respond to the Ebola outbreak that has claimed over 2,400 lives and ravaged communities across West Africa. This is part of a broader, six-month appeal for $987.8 million that governments and humanitarian agencies require to fight the disease.

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UNICEF- Liberia Ebola Virus Disease: SitRep #51, 10 September 2014

Highlights

  • Since the last UNICEF SitRep of 5 September, 544 new suspected, probable and confirmed Ebola cases and 218 new deaths were added to the official totals for Liberia, indicating a steepening of the epidemic curve.

  • Based on the data, the epicenter of the outbreak has shifted from Foya, Lofa County, where the rate of reported cases appears to be lessening, to Monrovia, Montserrado County, where the rate of reported cases is rapidly rising.

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Adopting Resolution 2176 (2014), Security Council Approves Three-Month Extension for United Nations Mission in Liberia, with Further Renewal under Review

Security Council

SC/11559

7263rd Meeting (AM)

Urging a stepped-up international response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa, the Security Council this morning decided to extend the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Liberia until 31 December 2014 with no changes in deployment.

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Is freedom of information a collateral victim of Ebola virus?

As the Ebola virus continues to spread in Liberia, the authorities have reinforced their control over the national media in the past three weeks although the free flow of news and information is essential to controlling this public health crisis.

Will freedom of information be one of the Ebola epidemic’s collateral victims? The Press Union of Liberia wrote to justice minister Christiana Tah on 4 September voicing alarm about the recent violations of freedom of information.

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UNICEF- Liberia Ebola Virus Disease: SitRep #50, 5 September 2014

Summary

· According to the MoHSW, in the past week, 321 new suspected, probable and confirmed cases of Ebola and 222 new deaths were reported in Liberia.

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Letter dated 28 August 2014 from the Secretary-General addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2014/644)

I have the honour to refer to the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and to Security Council resolution 2116 (2013), extending the mandate of UNMIL until 30 September 2014, as well as my report on UNMIL dated 15 August 2014 (S/2014/598), in which I recommended extending UNMIL for one year, until 30 September 2015, while making adjustments to the Mission’s focus and strength.

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Ebola Toll on Women Appalling

Women account for between 55 and 60 per cent of Ebola related deaths, with the rate of infection being a lot higher than men. This is mainly attributed to the role of women as caregivers, nurses and cross-border traders.

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WAJA statement on ebola outbreak in West Africa

Ebola outbreak

The West African Journalists Association (WAJA) has today extended its condolences and solidarity with the governments and peoples in the sub-region affected by the Ebola outbreak, and calls on the media to double its support in fighting back the virus. WAJA says the media is under social and ethical obligation to serve the greater good of humanity in these critical times of heightened fear of death caused by the rapid spread of the disease in the region.

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Twenty-eighth progress report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Mission in Liberia (S/2014/598)

1. Introduction

  1. The Security Council, by its resolution 2116 (2013), extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) until 30 September 2014, and requested me to keep it informed of the situation in Liberia and the implementation of that resolution. The present report provides an update on major developments since my report of 18 February 2014 (S/2014/123), and contains the findings and recommendations of a strategic review and electoral needs assessment missions conducted during the period under review.
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Liberia's Ebola clampdown turns violent as official evacuated

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf imposed a nighttime curfew and quarantined two neighbourhoods in a bid to stem the epidemic.

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Football promotes dialogue and solidarity

Liberian Red Cross volunteers and ICRC personnel recently helped young people organize a football tournament in a camp for refugees from neighboring Côte d’Ivoire, promoting dialogue and solidarity between refugees and hosts.

Fleeing the gunfire

Since 1 September 2011, Ruth's address has been 'Block-P, PTP refugee camp, Grand Gedeh County, Liberia.' "We were among the very first Ivorian families to arrive," she explains. "I've been living in this tiny house of plastic sheeting since I arrived, but now the roof is leaking badly."

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Passing the Test - the real cost of being a student

This report examines the research undertaken by a consortium of government and non-government agencies working in Liberian schools, commissioned to research School Related Gender Based Violence.

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UN Focus: Issue 02, Volume 11 | March - May 2014

  • New Graduates Boost Police Capacity

  • Refugee Repatriation Extolled

  • AFL Prove EOD Capable

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The fallout of rape as a weapon of war

New research explain patterns and consequences of sexual violence in post-conflict settings in Liberia. The paper also highlights the complexities involved in tackling this problem.

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Liberia's lost generation of child soldiers comes of age

05/26/2014 03:19 GMT

by Frankie Taggart

MONROVIA, May 26, 2014 (AFP) - Abdul Sesay used to carry an AK-47 in jailed Liberian warlord Charles Taylor's notorious "Demon Forces" militia, which tortured, killed and raped its way through the country's second civil war.

Now he sleeps rough, with no steady job and little chance of ever finding one, scraping together what money he can to buy the drugs that help him forget.

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What the ICRC did in 2013

Detainee welfare

  • visited over 1,800 detainees in 22 places of detention, including prisons and police stations; helped the Bureau of Corrections and Rehabilitation (Ministry of Justice) to improve water and sanitation infrastructure, benefiting 1,342 detainees in 8 prisons;

  • provided soap for 1,700 inmates in all 16 of Liberia's prisons;

  • organized supplementary feeding for 152 malnourished prisoners in Monrovia Central Prison;

  • helped several foreign detainees to contact their relatives abroad;

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Special Representative, Briefing Security Council, Stresses Need to Build Solid Basis for Reform, Effective Governance in Consolidating Liberia’s Peace

SC/11332

Security Council
7145th Meeting (AM)

Progress Slow in Justice, Rule of Law, Says Chair of Peacebuilding Configuration

Seizing the present “window of opportunity” to build solid foundations for reform and effective governance in Liberia would be critical for consolidating the country’s hard-won peace and charting a future of inclusive development, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative told the Security Council today.