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EU trust fund to help rebuild Central African Republic

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Deutsche Welle

EU peacekeepers are set to stay in the Central African Republic for an extra three months to allow more time for the transition to UN peacekeeping operation. The EU has also established a trust fund to help the CAR.

The Central African Republic (CAR) is in urgent need of assistance. Last year the country descended into chaos as a coup pitched it into months of violent unrest. Within the past few weeks a new transitional government has assumed power and a contingent of UN blue helmets has arrived.

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Report on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict in Iraq: 6 July – 10 September 2014 [EN/AR]

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UN report details “staggering array” of human rights abuses in northern Iraq

BAGHDAD/GENEVA (2 October 2014) – A UN report released Thursday lists a “staggering array” of gross human rights abuses and “acts of violence of an increasingly sectarian nature” committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and associated armed groups over a nine-week period, as well as a number of violations committed by Iraqi security forces (ISF) and associated forces in their efforts to combat ISIL.

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South Senegal: Ebola Trade Impact - Rapid Assessment in Diaoube and Kedougou, Mission Report: 15 September 2014

Highlights

  • Traders indicate a drop of market activities by 50 percent since early August due to border closure with Guinea

  • Fruit and palm oil from Guinea no longer available in border markets

  • Closure of weekly markets expected to lead to additional declines in trading activities in the sub-region

  • Cereal prices in Diaoube relatively stable since the beginning of 2014

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Safe passage into Europe needed for refugees

Brussels, Rome, 2 October 2014 – A year after the tragic death of nearly 400 forced migrants – men, women, children – off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa, tens of thousands of lives have been saved. The details of how close the victims were to the coast spurred the Italian government to act. Proof, if any was needed, of how much can be done when states prioritise life above border security.

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Liberia + 3 others
West and Central Africa - Markets Update: Special Issue on the Ebola Outbreak—29 September 2014

Highlights

  • Border closures and movement restrictions reduce trade volumes in Ebola-affected sub-region

  • Monthly prices remained stable between August and September 2014 in Guinea with the exception of Labé market, were local rice prices fell by 21 percent

  • Border closure and movement restrictions in Guinea cause retail and producer prices for potatoes to drop significantly in recent months

  • In Liberia, prices for imported rice have continued to increase beyond their seasonal pattern

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Turkey + 1 other
Red Crescent steps up as tens of thousands of Syrians are forced to seek refuge in Turkey

Budapest/ Geneva, 29 September 2014 – The population movement crisis at Turkey’s borders deepens as tens of thousands Syrians are driven out of their homes because of the escalating confrontation in the northern Syrian border towns.

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OCHA Yemen Flash Update 2: Clashes in Al Jawf and Sanaa, and humanitarian response (2 October 2014).

The situation in Al Jawf Governorate and Sana'a City has been mostly calm over the last week. In Al Jawf, a tribally-mediated agreement calling for all parties to withdraw from Al Ghayl District came into force on 18 September, and no clashes have been reported since. However, IDPs have reportedly not returned home in significant numbers due to concerns that fighting could resume. About 1,200 IDP families (8,400 people) in Al Jawf are receiving basic assistance from humanitarian partners.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Pakistan + 1 other
Pakistan set to record highest number of polio cases: officials

10/02/2014 09:28 GMT

ISLAMABAD, October 2, 2014 (AFP) - Health officials in Pakistan on Thursday said the country was set to break its record for the highest number of polio cases in a year, as Islamist militants continue to prevent vaccination efforts.

"The number of polio cases, recorded this year has reached 187 and if it reaches 200, we will cross our own record of 199 in year 2000," Rana Muhammad Safdar, a senior official at the Pakistan National Institute of Health told AFP.

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Somalia Rainfall Forecast - Issued: 02 October 2014

Rainfall activities are expected to increase in most parts of northern Somalia with the North east regions receiving moderate to heavy rains during the coming three days. The expected heavy rains in parts of Bari, Nugaal, Sool and Sanaag are likely to trigger flash floods in the regions. The southern and central parts of the country are expected to remain dry during the forecast period.

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Monthly Report: Referral of Patients from the Gaza Strip, August 2014

Summary: August 2014

The Gaza emergency which began July 7 continued until August 26 and resulted in more than 2,145 killed and 11,231 injured in addition to widespread damage to buildings and infrastructure, including health facilities. Fewer patients were referred for routine specialized medical care during this period due to the severe security restrictions and Ministry of Health priorities of addressing the emergency health situation and treating casualties.

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Fiji Red Cross Society Drought Assistance

The Fiji Red Cross Society is providing much needed assistance to help the people of Naitasiri who are affected by the current drought. The assistance is through the provision of clean water to the affected areas.

The Fiji Red Cross team comprises of a Logistics Support Officer, who will also be operating the NOMAD unit and 2 Fiji Red Cross – Suva Branch volunteers.

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Yemen: 3W Operational Presence - Health Cluster (as of 30 June 2014)

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Formation de groupes armés au droit international humanitaire

Genève / Bamako (CICR) – Des membres du Mouvement national de libération de l’Azawad (MNLA) et du Haut Conseil pour l’unité de l’Azawad (HCUA) participent à une formation au droit international humanitaire (DIH), organisée par le Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (CICR), le 1er octobre 2014, à Kidal.

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Yemen: 3W Operational Presence - Multi-Sector Cluster (as of 30 June 2014)

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Somalia: Humanitarian Dashboard - August 2014 (issued on 2 October 2014)

SITUATION OVERVIEW

Somalia is again facing a serious crisis due to a lethal mix of drought, surging food prices, rising malnutrition, conflict and funding gaps. Over 3 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance and the numbers are on the rise. With another external shock, fragile gains made since the 2012 famine could be eroded and the country could easily tip back into another devastating emergency.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Locust plague in Madagascar halted, but at great risk of resurgence

A locust plague that threatened the main staple food crops and pasture in the country has been successfully contained; however, progress is under threat due to lack of funds, FAO said.

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IOM Regional Response to the Syria Humanitarian Crisis, 16 - 29 September 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

Syria: IOM was able to distribute non-food item kits to an estimated 15,253 vulnerable individuals for the first-time in cross-line areas in Al-Hassakeh and Idleb.

Iraq: 118 Syrian refugees were provided with in-bound camp transportation from the Peshkabor border crossing to Guelam camp in Ninewa.

Jordan: IOM provided 2,993 Syrian refugees with transportation assistance from Rabaa’ al Sarhan Screening Centre to Azraq and Za’atri camps.

International Organization for Migration:

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Yemen: 3W Operational Presence - Nutrition Cluster (as of 30 June 2014)

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.