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26 Jun 2017 description
report Voice of America

By Zack Baddorf

BANGUI — A new peace deal between the Bangui government and 13 major rebel groups in the Central African Republic is being met with criticism and skepticism domestically.

The agreement signed Monday in Rome promised an immediate cease-fire in exchange for political representation for the rebels.

The new accord followed a series of peace deals signed by armed groups in the CAR during 2014 and 2015. All fell apart.

26 Jun 2017 description

A Pakistani army spokesman said Saturday that the military had beefed up the monitoring of Pakistan's border with Afghanistan after insurgents carried out attacks Friday on three major Pakistani cities — Quetta, Parachinar and Karachi.

Major General Asif Ghafoor said the attacks had been traced to rebel sanctuaries in Afghanistan.

In addition, the Pakistani army said it conducted counterterrorism raids overnight in Peshawar, killing three terrorists and arresting 12 suspects.

26 Jun 2017 description
report Voice of America

Hopes are fading for dozens of people still missing following a deadly landslide in southwestern China, where 10 bodies have been recovered so far.

Officials say 93 people remain missing after a huge landslide Saturday buried the mountain village of Xinmo in Sichuan province. Provincial officials on Sunday lowered the earlier body count from 15.

As of Sunday night, only three people,a couple and their month-old baby, had been rescued after the wall of rock and debris destroyed at least 40 houses.

26 Jun 2017 description

Research Paper Series, 2016-17

Janet Phillips

Social Policy Section

26 Jun 2017 description
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By Shwe Shwe Sein Latt, Kim N. B. Ninh, Mi Ki Kyaw Myint and Susan Lee

26 Jun 2017 description

On the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT) – marked on June 26 as the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture – Amnesty International (AI) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) welcome the commitments made by the Royal Thai Government to prevent torture and other ill-treatment and urge authorities to ensure no further delay in implementing these undertakings.

26 Jun 2017 description

Highlights

  • The Emergency Telecommunications Sector (ETS) deployed vital communications services at the humanitarian hubs in Ngala and Bama.

  • The ETS received a new contribution from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and it is now 79% funded.

  • The ETS is working on the recruitment of local staff to support the operation in the long-term.

Situation Overview

26 Jun 2017 description

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, June 26 – A total of 44 public school teachers and personnel form Marawi City were among the first to receive Psychological First Aid (PFA) conducted by the Department of Education (DepEd) and its partners from June 20 - 22, 2017 at the National Educators Academy of the Philippines (NEAP) Region 10 in Cagayan de Oro City.

25 Jun 2017 description

By Maud Froberg, IFRC

Heavy rains in southern China have caused severe floods and landslides, with hundreds of people missing and many homes damaged or ruined. Over 7.3 million people are affected prompting Red Cross Society of China to launch an emergency operation in affected areas.

In southwestern Sichuan province, a massive landslide inundated the mountain village of Xinmo early on Saturday morning. When dawn broke, 120 people were missing and debris had swamped over 60 homes.

25 Jun 2017 description

◾More than 2500 rescuers are still searching through rubble to find 109 people missing after a landslide devastated Xinmo village in Sichuan province, southwestern China on Saturday morning (local time).

◾At least 24 bodies have been recovered.

25 Jun 2017 description

I welcome the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s announcement yesterday that it will contribute $66.7 million to UNICEF and the World Health Organization to combat cholera in Yemen.

This follows an announcement by the European Commission that it will provide an additional $5.6 million for the cholera response, bringing the Commission’s total to $9.9 million.

25 Jun 2017 description

DPI/GINA, GUYANA, Saturday, June 24, 2017

Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson told the media today that the residents in the flood affected communities along the East Coast Demerara (ECD) should start getting relief by midnight tonight(Saturday).

Minister Patterson led a Ministerial Taskforce with Minister of Agriculture, Noel Holder and included engineers, government officials, and media operatives on a visit to assess the flooded communities of Buxton and Vigilance on the ECD, in response to recent heavy rainfalls which have left many communities flooded.

25 Jun 2017 description

With the world gripped by the worst humanitarian crisis of modern times, we must unite behind the power of consensus to serve those in need.

That’s the thinking behind the first ever World Solidarity Summit, held this week in Uganda, a country at the forefront of the fastest-growing refugee crisis of 2017 and home to the second-most refugees behind Turkey. The summit is bringing more than 500 dignitaries together with a goal of raising $2 billion.

25 Jun 2017 description

by Astrid Zweynert

LONDON, June 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When he worked as a nurse in his native South Sudan, Joseph Deng saw many women suffering in pregnancy and childbirth, inspiring him to retrain as a midwife to help cut the number of maternal deaths, one of the highest in the world.

High levels of insecurity after South Sudan slipped into civil war in 2013 and escalating fighting since last year have made conditions even more challenging in the impoverished country.

25 Jun 2017 description

Investing in preparedness and building the resilience of farmers is fundamental to facing situations of extreme drought, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today.

According to a press release published by the FAO Representation in the Islamic Republic of Iran, "Saving livelihoods means saving lives - this is what building resilience is all about," he said in a speech at the start of an International Seminar on Drought and Agriculture organized by Iran, the Netherlands, and FAO and held at the UN agency's Rome headquarters.

25 Jun 2017 description

20 June 2017 | Abuja – Nigeria has made commendable progress in fulfilling the requirements of the International Health Regulations (IHR).

This is the verdict of the 7-day Joint External Evaluation (JEE) process by a team of international experts as they assessed Nigeria’s capacity to prevent, detect and respond to threats of public health significance.