· 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.
Background and using the report
The number of Palestinian child casualties from the recent Gaza war continues to rise, as children with serious injuries are still being treated in hospitals, and as further verification of earlier incidents is ongoing. Between 8 July and 26 August, at least 538 Palestinian children were reported killed during the hostilities in Gaza.
More than 7,751 suspected measles cases have been reported in 2014 with thousands of unvaccinated Somali children at risk of disability or death. UNICEF will vaccinate 520,000 children under-5 in the outbreak areas of Lower Juba, Banadir and Puntland in October. UNICEF seeks funding for a national campaign to vaccinate 5 million children under-15.
UNICEF and partners continue to provide life-saving and recovery assistance for children affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
September was National Mass Immunization Month. UNICEF and WHO supported the Department of Health to vaccinate 13 million children under 5 years in the Philippines. UNICEF provided 3 million doses of measles-rubella vaccine, 1.2 million doses of polio vaccine and $7.8 million in cold chain equipment.
Situation overview & humanitarian needs
LATEST ASSESSMENT NUMBERS
The final death toll in the region is 617. Among the reported deaths, 526 were in Ludian County and 78 in Qiaojia County. The quake also caused one death in Zhaotong City and another 12 in Huize County. In addition to the deaths, 112 people are still missing and 3,143 were injured. Additionally, more than 80,000 houses collapsed, 129,100 houses were seriously damaged and 466,100 houses were moderately damaged.
To meet immediate needs of vulnerable population in the severely flood affected areas.
Coordinate joint sectoral response to support people living in hard-to-reach locations.
Provide appropriate support through ensuring common and standard assistance packages.
Parameters of the response
As the air in her village became acrid with smoke from 3000 burning houses, Veronique Nem gathered her 11 children, grabbed her stock of food, and ran into the bush. The sound of gunfire and the shouts of armed men faded the further she ran – ending up at her family’s small farming plot, where they grow manioc.
What she didn’t know then, was that her family would remain “hiding in the bush” for six months, in a shelter made from tree branches, eating wild vegetables and fruits, and drinking swamp water.
UNICEF’s response to super-typhoon Haiyan was timely, appropriate and relevant to priority needs. Notably, UNICEF played a key role in restoring the water supply in Tacloban City for some 200,000 people, and its education interventions were well coordinated. This evaluation found examples of innovative good practice and it presents a number of important areas of learning for UNICEF’s emergency response model.