On December 4, the Federal and Kurdistan Regional Governments, jointly with UN agencies, finalized the second phase of the immediate response plan (IRP II) for the Northern Region of Iraq, which outlines operational requirements until the end of March 2015.
Since the beginning of the IDP Crisis, UNICEF reached 29,714 children with recreational and psychosocial support services delivered through Child Friendly Spaces.
On 8 January, the Gaza Strip was hit by a severe winter storm, which continued for almost a week. Four children aged from 1 to 18 months died due to complications of the freezing weather and poor living conditions. 151 individuals (23 families) have sought shelter in the existing UNRWA Collective Centers, which are currently hosting IDPs.
The number of IDPs in UNRWA Collective Centers stands at 13,624.
Since the conflict, at least 1.7 million children and adolescents are in need of emergency education, including some 400,000 who have dropped out of school. Many of them are unable to access learning due to displacement, while others are out of school due to the impact of conflict on their communities or are living in host communities where education resources are nonexistent or overstretched.
This winter has brought harsh conditions including sub-zero temperatures, freezing rain and snow across Syria and countries hosting Syrian refugees, compounding the impact of the ongoing conflicts and displacement on vulnerable children and their families. There are reports of child deaths in Syria and Lebanon, as well an increase in illnesses, such as upper respiratory tract infections, associated with exposure to cold temperatures.
Since last week, 176 new cases (169 confirmed) have been reported, bringing the total cases in Guinea to 2,606 (2,309 confirmed; 267 probable and 30 suspected cases).
UNICEF has deployed a Rapid Response team to Kissidougou, where 38 Ebola cases and 616 contacts have been registered since last week; UNICEF has set up 111 Community Watch Committees in Kissidougou and prepositioned 21,000 hygiene kits for distribution; through community and youth strong involvement UNICEF has built a new CCC.
KENEMA, Sierra Leone, 24 December 2014 – More than 400 Ebola survivors have taken part in four separate survivor conferences over the past few days in the districts of Kailahun, Kenema and Bo, where they learned more about protecting their communities, were informed as to how their bodies defeated the disease, and received psycho-social support.
Commendable achievements 10 years after tsunami
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia, 25 December 2014 - Commemorating the tenth anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami, UNICEF commended the people of Aceh, Indonesia’s western-most province, for their resilience and their achievements in rising from devastation.
By Andrew Brown
A decade ago, an entire community raced to higher ground as the Indian Ocean tsunami decimated their homes and livelihoods. See how one village tackled recovery – and built back better.
KOH LANTA, Thailand, 22 December 2014 – It’s been almost 10 years since the Indian Ocean tsunami hit the Thai island of Koh Lanta, on 26 December 2004.
Talking about it brings tears to Ampai Madsaron’s eyes. “It’s always at the back of my mind,” she says, “like a scar that doesn’t heal.”
“We just have to save our lives”
· Tensions are still high in the State of Palestine. A number of assaults were reported on both Palestinians and Israelis in the West Bank and Israel, with noted increase in settler violence, incidents involving youth, and the violent death of Cabinet Member Mr. Ziad Abu Ein during a confrontation with IDF in a peaceful ceremony on Human Rights Day. A number of incidents were reported in Gaza including UXO explosions and fire opened on fishermen.
Just one year after ‘Super Typhoon’ Haiyan hit the Philippines, tremendous progress has been made. The speed and scale of the humanitarian and early recovery response were made possible by the generosity of donors, strong partnerships with the Government and the amazing resilience of the people of the Philippines. While UNICEF and our partners have made a strong start, there is a lot of work ahead to achieve the shared goal of restoring economic and social conditions to at least pre-typhoon levels, with a higher level of disaster resilience.
Statement by Maria Calivis, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa on the Launch of the 2015 Strategic Response Plan for Syria (SRP) and the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) 2015-16
Amman, December 18, 2014: “The Syria crisis represents the biggest threat to children of recent times. By the end of 2015, the lives of over 8.6 million children across the region will have been torn apart by violence and forced displacement. That compares to a figure of 7 million just one month ago.
By Jairus Ligoo
An out-of-school girl in South Sudan finds the chance for new opportunity and a new future through a UNICEF-supported vocational training programme.
KAPOETA SOUTH COUNTRY, South Sudan, 15 December 2014 – It’s 7 a.m. on a cool and calm morning, and a young, shy-looking Natabo Gabriel is at the Kapoeta Youth Vocational Training Centre, in South Sudan’s Eastern Equatoria State. The day has barely begun, but she is certain it is her day and no one can take away her joy.
Tensions are still high in the State of Palestine. A number of assaults were reported on both Palestinians and Israelis in the West Bank and Israel. A number of incidents were reported in Gaza including cross border fire and a Palestinian shot dead by IDF.
Heavy rains over 48 hours caused localized flooding in a number of areas in Gaza. Hundreds of people evacuated their homes and UNRWA declared a state of Emergency. The floods disrupted schooling for numerous children.
· In Aleppo city, shortage of water supply is affecting at least 2 million people in the east and western parts. Reduction in the level of dams compounded with control of water supply by armed opposition groups is contributing to the current water crisis.
Economic strengthening programmes such as cash transfers are increasingly part of humanitarian response. They give households more financial flexibility and can have positive results for children, including on nutrition, health, or education. Identified as a knowledge gap area at the joint annual Education Cluster-Child Protection Working Group meeting in Geneva in October 2013, both groups collaborated on a compendium of evidence and guidance on Economic Strengthening for Child Protection & Education in Emergencies.
MANILA, Philippines, 8 November 2014 – A year after Typhoon Haiyan left more than 6 million children in need of emergency assistance, UNICEF is helping build stronger more resilient communities that are better prepared for future disasters.
A number of security incidents were reported during the past two weeks, including in East Jerusalem were tensions are rising. A rocket was fired from Gaza and, two attacks reported in East Jerusalem
Following separate security incidents, Egypt closed the Rafah crossing and Israel the Erez and Kerem Shalom crossings. Israel opened the crossings after two days.