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December 19, 2014 – Washington, DC - A flight carrying more than five tons of emergency winter aid and 1,000 soccer balls left the United States today for delivery to extremely vulnerable children and families displaced by ISIS in Iraq.
· 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.
- Around 1.4 million people are displaced within South Sudan. Another 448,500 have fled to neighboring countries.
- Acute respiratory infection surpassed malaria as the main cause of illness among displaced people.
- The conflict has caused unprecedented displacement of millions of cattle
from conflict-affected areas into areas outside usual pastoral lands, altering disease patterns.
3.8 million People to be assisted by the end of the year
18 December 2014 – Peace negotiations between the South Sudanese government and the Opposition resumed on Thursday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. IGAD special envoy General Lazarus Sumbeiywo of Kenya called on the parties to demonstrate the necessary political will during the fresh round of talks to end what he described as a “year of horror and tragedy”. The two conflicting parties have engaged in fresh clashes recent weeks, in violation of a cessation of hostilities agreement signed in January and recommitted to in May.
U.N. and Government of Iraq (GoI) establish Joint Coordination and Monitoring Center to improve humanitarian response.
USG partners provide essential seasonally appropriate assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs).
Displacement continues in south and central Iraq.
One year after the cycle of violence reached Bangui, more appropriate and immediate solutions are needed for CAR’s complex humanitarian crisis.
An outbreak of violence in Bambari caused many casualties.
A joint mission met with armed groups in the Boali region to discuss access issues and constraints. Groups were sensitized on humanitarian principles and the need for unhindered humanitarian access.
Dozens of mortars continue to fall daily on the villages, towns and cities of Syria, causing daily deaths and injuries. Fighting rages between the government, opposition forces and the so-called ‘Islamic State’ militants who control large swathes of territory.
Some 190,000 people have been killed in a conflict approaching its fourth year. A quarter of a million live under siege.
Hospitals are closed. School attendance has dropped by more than 50 per cent. Electricity and water supplies can be down for days in a row.
“It makes me sad that my baby was born in a tent and will live in a tent,” said Shereen Sabah.
She was five months pregnant when she fled ‘Islamic State’ (ISIS) extremists who overran the Sinjar area of northern Iraq in August. She is part of the Shabak community, one of the minorities targeted by the militants along with Yazidis, Christians and some Muslim sects.
“We went to many places and even had to stay in the street. By the time I got to the camp, I was too tired to go outside,” she said. “It was very difficult when I was pregnant. It was very hot.”
19 December 2014
APHEDA donors helped the health volunteers from our Philippines partner organisation reach over 7,000 patients during six medical and relief missions in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.
This evaluation report is presented as part of the Effectiveness Review Series 2013/14, selected for review under the humanitarian response thematic area using the application of Oxfam’s Humanitarian Indicator Toolkit (HIT). The report presents findings from the evaluation carried out between October and December 2013, of Oxfam’s humanitarian response to the Syria crisis in Lebanon between July 2012 and October 2013.
A Test of Lebanon’s Stability After four years of generous welcome to families displaced by the Syrian crisis, Lebanon’s government and communities now face a critical test of stability.
More than 170 families in the villages of Piki, Lumbi and Tutam in Imbonggu district of the Southern Highlands province of Papua New Guinea (PNG) were provided with essential items distributed by the PNG Red Cross Society (PNGRCS) and the ICRC on 29 September.
Earlier, in July, 200 houses had allegedly been destroyed during a police raid, the affected families losing not only their homes and belongings, but also their basic livelihood items.
This report is for media and the general public.
SMM continued to monitor the implementation of the provisions of the Minsk Protocol and Memorandum and the work of the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC). The SMM observed no shelling or use of fire-arms, although the JCCC did report on a number of such occurrences.
The Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) is an International Organization for Migration (IOM) information manage-ment tool that gathers specific information regarding the status and location of displaced persons across the country. DTM data in Iraq is collected, analyzed and disseminated every two weeks.
From the beginning of January through 09 December, 2014 the DTM verified 2,086,356 internally displaced individuals dispersed across 2,049 distinct locations in Iraq.
A lack of coordination and major gaps in humanitarian assistance is causing untold hardship for many of the 900,000 people displaced by the conflict in Iraq who are sheltering in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), said Amnesty International.