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Kenya + 1 other
Kakuma Camp Update - 08 April – 15 April 2014

Current Situation:
In the past week, 1,097 asylums seekers were received at the Nadapal border to Kakuma camp. As of 14th April, a total of 34,301 South Sudanese asylum seekers have arrived through the border point. The total estimated camp population is 165,000

Movement of new arrivals from South Sudan continues to be hindered by rains that have resulted in lower numbers arriving at the Nadapal border. The daily arrival trends are illustrated:

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Kenya + 1 other
Kakuma Camp Update - 08 April – 15 April 2014

Current Situation:
In the past week, 1,097 asylums seekers were received at the Nadapal border to Kakuma camp. As of 14th April, a total of 34,301 South Sudanese asylum seekers have arrived through the border point. The total estimated camp population is 165,000

Movement of new arrivals from South Sudan continues to be hindered by rains that have resulted in lower numbers arriving at the Nadapal border. The daily arrival trends are illustrated:

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Radio Show Produced by Darfuri Children Officially Launches

On 15 April 2014 in El Fasher, North Darfur, UNAMID, in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs, officially launched Voices of Children, the first Darfuri radio programme made by children, for children. The programme, produced by six children from El Fasher and the Zam Zam and Abu Shouk camps for displaced people, is broadcast in a format designed to provide entertainment and information, and encourage the involvement of children in the peace process.

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UNAMID Organizes Workshop on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

On 16 April 2014, UNAMID’s Conduct and Discipline Unit (CDU) organised a workshop on sexual exploitation and abuse at the University of El Fasher in El Fasher, North Darfur. The workshop was attended by more than 200 participants, mostly students and lawyers.

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Australia provides $20 million for children affected by Syrian crisis

Today I am announcing that Australia will provide $20 million for children in Lebanon and Jordan who have fled across borders as refugees due to the Syrian crisis.

The funding will be provided to the United Nations’ ‘No Lost Generation’ initiative to help build better futures for these children by improving their education and addressing the violence and displacement they have faced.

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Somalia + 8 others
East Africa Price Bulletin April 2014

Staple Food Markets in East Africa: White maize is the main staple grain consumed in Tanzania, Kenya, and Ethiopia. In Uganda, white maize is grown mainly as a commercial crop for export in the region. Imported rice is a major staple for Djibouti and Somalia, which mainly consume belem—the imported red rice. Tanzania is also a major producer and source of rice in the region while Kenya and Uganda are minor producers. Both red and white sorghum are produced and consumed in the region.

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Military distributes drinking water to drought-hit area

BANGKOK, 21 April 2014 (NNT) – Authorities are speeding up help for drought victims in Phichit Province. Around 18,000 liters of water have already been delivered to the affected area.

Soldiers from Phetchaburi Province traveled to Wang Sai Phun District in Phichit where they distributed 18,000 liters of water to 140 families affected by the severe drought. The hot weather conditions has reportedly impaired irrigation system in the area and caused widespread drought throughout the province.

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Relocation of IDPs from Tomping to the UN house protection site

Report
Miraya FM

(March. 20, 2014) The United Nations Mission in South Sudan and other agencies have started relocating hundreds of civilians sheltering at the UN protection site in Tomping.

The IDPs are being moved to the UN protection site at the UN house in Jebel following the start of the rainy season.

A UN official involved in the relocation, Tom Dingwall says ten percent of the land at the Tomping site is inhabitable and almost all the latrines have essentially collapsed.

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RCA distributes aid to 400 displaced Syrian families north of Jordan

Amman: The UAE Red Crescent Authority's relief team in coordination with the concerned Jordanian authorities of the displaced Syrian affairs, has distributed a huge amount of dates and relief items among more than 400 displaced Syrian families in Mafraq City near the Syrian-Jordanian borders.

The distribution process, which included blankets and shoes, went on at ease by following the mechanism that gives priority to the underprivileged families.

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Kachin State (Myanmar) and its long road to peace

Report
Peace Direct

April 15 2014: Sandra Ivanov gives an overview and background to the conflict in Kachin state, Myanmar, and what local organisations are doing to improve the situation.

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UNFPA, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Boost Family Planning in Developing Countries

UNITED NATIONS, New York — UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation signed a memorandum of understanding to help increase access to family planning information, contraceptives and services in developing countries, particularly for young people.

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Villages in Myanmar help build better access to clean water

Highlights

  • UNDP’s CDRT project has supported 57 villages in Paletwa Township, Myanmar, to improve their water supply

  • Water, sanitation and hygiene have been improved for 2,140 households – more than 10,000 people

  • The project is supported by Denmark, the UK, Australia and the European Commission

The sound of cuckoos cooing may bring to mind summer, when this bird song is common in Myanmar. But Daw Kim Ma doesn’t like the sound, which reminds her of hot weather.

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Solomon Islands Humanitarian Situation Report #5, 15-21 April 201

Salient Points

  • Two weeks after torrential rain and river overflow in Honiara, Guadalcanal, Malaita and Isabel Provinces caused massive flooding, damages and displacement on 3 and 5 April 2014, flood waters are receding leaving behind acres of mud and debris

  • Destruction or serious damage has been widespread to families, residential and business communities, farmers and related livelihoods, and infrastructure, including water sources, and schools

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Food security concerns in wake of Solomon Islands floods

Aid groups in Solomon Islands are raising concerns a lack of food security is stopping many flood victims returning home from evacuation centres.

Devastating flash floods earlier this month killed 21 people and left thousands homeless.

Food gardens were also wiped out by the flooding or buried in silt.

CEO of NZ aid group Tear Fund, Ian McInnes, says that's seen a 400 per cent increase in the price of food staples in Honiara.

"There's food in the markets, but not enough, so that elevates the price," he said.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

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SRSG Zerrougui Condemns Grave Violations Comitted Against Children in South Sudan

Leila Zerrougui, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, strongly condemns the attack of Thursday on the Internally Displaced Persons sheltering at the UN Protection of Civilians site in Bor, in South Sudan’s Jonglei State.

“Children continue to be victims of the recent conflict in South Sudan and this must stop,” said the Special Representative.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Republic of Moldova 10-April-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Early forecast of winter crops for cereal production in 2014 is largely favourable

  • Cereal production in 2013 recovered after drought induced reduction in 2012

  • Although wheat flour prices increased slightly, the worst impact of the drought is on rural farmers

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New emergency radio network in Samoa to improve disaster relief work

Samoa is the first Pacific country to complete and commission a world class digital emergency radio communication network.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

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Ibba resident learn legal aid, rights and land issues

16 April 2014 - Aiming to assist residents with legal concerns, the Western Equatoria State Law Society and UNMISS completed a two-day workshop today in Ibba County on legal aid, human rights and land issues.

The first of its time in Ibba, the activity drew 60 participants, including chiefs, youth, police and women.

“I am so grateful to the law society in WES (Western Equatoria State) and UNMISS to organize such a vital workshop in Ibba,” said Commissioner Brigade Nagomoro, who opened the event.

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Latest quake damages houses and gardens in PNG's Bougainville

It will be tomorrow before a full picture is gained of the impact of the latest major earthquake to hit the autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

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The crisis in Yarmouk camp, 19 April 2014

19 APRIL 2014

Our spokesperson Chris Gunness has the following to say on the situation in Yarmouk Camp