The conflict in Syria has entered its seventh grim year. Since March 2011, its people have watched huge parts of their beloved country reduced to rubble.
The toll taken on civilians is inexcusable. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed. Almost five million people – the majority of them women and children – have fled the grotesque violence and deprivation and are now living as refugees. Too many who set out on perilous journeys to escape the war perished on the way.
Since December 2013, South Sudan has been the scene of an on-going conflict between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and those loyal to ex-vice president Riek Machar. In July 2016, armed fighting escalated and ethnic tensions rose drastically amid a sharply deteriorating food security situation, triggering an increasing number of refugees fleeing to neighboring countries.
In the Lake Chad Region, that includes part of Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad, attacks by Boko Haram have uprooted and displaced 2.3 million people to date. Violence, combined with chronic drought, cholera and poverty have created one of the most complex and severe humanitarian crises in today’s world.
WHO: UN Assistant Secretary-General and Special Humanitarian Envoy Ahmed Al-Meraikhi
WHAT: Mission to Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon
WHEN: 16-22 March 2017
WHERE: Ankara, Gaziantep, Amman, Beirut, and field visits
UN Assistant Secretary-General and Special Humanitarian Envoy Ahmed Al-Meraikhi will visit Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon from 16 to 22 March 2017 to see first-hand the magnitude of the Syria Crisis ahead of the Brussels Conference on 5 April.
The South Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SSHF) supports the timely allocation and disbursement of donor resources to respond to the most critical humanitarian needs across South Sudan in a strategic, coordinated, and strictly prioritized manner:
• Funds are channeled to where they are most needed according to the most urgent priorities within the Humanitarian Response Plan as agreed by the humanitarian community.
The United Nations is calling for greater assistance to meet the growing needs of millions of men, women and children inside Syria this year.
Bangui, le 7 mars 2017 – La situation humanitaire ne cesse de se détériorer en République centrafricaine et les foyers de tensions se multiplient en plusieurs endroits. La violence renouvelée entre groupes armés rivaux entraîne dans son sillage de nouveaux déplacements de population et de nouveaux besoins humanitaires. A titre d’exemple, la ville de Bambari et ses environs a accueilli plus de 26 000 déplacés en l'espace de 3 mois, entre janvier et mars 2017. Les exactions contre les civils sont légion à Bria et les villages qui l’entourent sont incendiés ou saccagés.
Copenhagen, 13 March 2017
State Secretary, dear colleagues
It is a pleasure to be here among partners and colleagues across the international community, including several governments of the countries we work in, to discuss the critical next steps we each need to take to put the New Way of Working into action - our World Humanitarian Summit commitment of bridging the humanitarian-development divide - by working to collective outcomes.
Quand une pirogue fait office de clinique mobile
Ils ont dû pagayer sans relâche pendant près de deux heures pour parvenir à l’Unité de traitement du choléra (UTC) le plus proche, à Bolenge, près de Mbandaka, capitale de la province de l’Equateur. « Sans notre pirogue et l’intervention rapide du personnel médical, mon fils serait mort du choléra en décembre dernier », explique le père d’un jeune garçon de 9 ans. Il a survécu à cette maladie d’origine hydrique qui menace chaque année près de 5 millions de personnes en République Démocratique du Congo.
10 March 2017
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Mr. President, Council members,
Thank you for inviting me to brief on my visits to countries facing famine or at risk of famine: Yemen, South Sudan and Somalia. I will also briefly mention the outcomes of the Oslo Conference on the Lake Chad Basin.
Mogadishu, 7 March 2017 – The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, urged the world to rally behind the people of Somalia to avert a repeat of the famine that resulted in the loss of a quarter of a million lives six years ago. He made the call during a two-day visit to Somalia to assess the impact of the severe drought, which has led to a rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation.
Amman, 8 March 2017 UN Assistant Secretary-General and Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis Kevin Kennedy is calling for greater efforts to address the needs of more than 7 million women and girls in Syria impacted by the conflict.
(Niamey, 5 mars 2017) – Une mission du Conseil de sécurité des Nations Unies, conduite par le Représentant du Royaume Uni aux Nations Unies, Président du Conseil de sécurité et les représentants du Sénégal et de la France aux Nations Unies, a achevé ce dimanche une visite de deux jours au Niger. Cette mission avait pour objectif d’apporter le soutien du Conseil au Niger dont la région de Diffa, au sud-est du pays, fait partie des zones touchées par l’instabilité sécuritaire liée aux activités de Boko Haram dans le bassin du Lac Tchad.
(Juba, 5 March 2017): Concluding a two-day visit to South Sudan – two weeks after localized famine was declared in Mayendit and Leer counties – the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, called for immediate and unhindered access to people in need of aid and urgent funding for the humanitarian appeal. “Yesterday, I visited Ganyiel, where I met with people who had fled fighting, fear and famine in Leer and Mayendit, as well as hunger and insecurity in Lakes,” said the Emergency Relief Coordinator.
(New York, 3 March) At the end of a five-day mission to Yemen, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, said there is still time to avert famine and alleviate the suffering of millions of Yemenis.
(Baghdad, 4 March 2017): The Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq, Lise Grande, expressed shock at reports of alleged use today of chemical weapons in Iraq’s Mosul neighbourhoods.
“This is horrible. If the alleged use of chemical weapons is confirmed, this is a serious violation of international humanitarian law and a war crime, regardless of who the targets or the victims of the attacks are. There is never justification--none whatsoever--for the use of chemical weapons,” said Ms Grande.
WHO: Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
WHAT: Mission to South Sudan
WHEN: 4-5 March 2017
WHERE*: Ganyiel in Panyyijiar County and Juba
(Nairobi, 3 March 2017) – On a visit to one of the driest areas in northern Kenya today, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, saw the devastating impact of drought on rural communities and called for international support for communities affected by conflict and drought in Kenya and the Horn of Africa.
The third consecutive year of drought in the Horn of Africa is causing thirst and hunger, decimating livestock, destroying livelihoods, spreading disease and triggering large scale population movements.
191,800 People are currently displaced
85% of displaced people are in emergency camps
10,800 Family plots are available now to shelter displaced people in emergency camps
2,300m³ of water delivered by humanitarian partners every day in eastern Mosul to supplement municipal supplies