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24 Jan 2017 description
report Save the Children

Speech given by Save the Children International CEO Helle Thorning-Schmidt at the Education World Forum on 23 January 2017

Education is the most empowering force in the world. It creates knowledge, builds confidence, and breaks down barriers to opportunity.

For children, it is their key to open the door to a better life.

However, it is a sad reality of our world today that millions of children will never receive this key.

They are destined to stay locked in cycles of disadvantage and poverty.

24 Jan 2017 description

STOCKHOLM, 24 JANUARY 2017 – A global campaign by non-profit H&M Foundation has generated $3.3 million [£2.7m] to support UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in its work to provide education for refugee children.

24 Jan 2017 description

In Numbers

1.83 million internally displaced people (OCHA)

1,291,294 South Sudanese refugees (UNHCR)

212,071 seeking shelter with the UN (UNMISS)

4.6 million people projected to require food assistance from January—April 2017 (WFP estimate)

Highlights

  • In 2016, WFP reached a record 4 million people in South Sudan with food assistance—with food deliveries of over 265,000mt and cash assistance amounting to $13.8 million.

24 Jan 2017 description
report Guardian

Bidi Bidi camp was opened six months ago but already hosts a fifth of all the South Sudanese fleeing violence and hunger in their home country

Moses Roba still has the scar on his face from when the glass shattered. It runs around the outside of his right eye, starting at the tip of his eyebrow and curving down to the top of his cheekbone. He got it, he says, when rebels opposed to South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir attacked his car near his home in the small border town of Nimule. The rebels wanted to steal the vehicle, he claims. But he said no.

23 Jan 2017 description

The new year started on a great note with 100% of the districts reporting and 82.6% of the health facilities reporting as shown in the table above. This depicts a 27.1% increase in reporting rate in as compared to the same week in 2016. Only 14.7% (17/116) of the districts had 100% of their health facilities reporting and 63.8% (74/116) of the districts achieved the national target of 80%. Two (2) districts; Kampala and Kagadi had ≤ 40% of their health facilities reporting. The district level performances of Week 12017 have been presented in the figures below;

20 Jan 2017 description

News in Brief

Congolese authorities are concerned about rumours that hundreds of ex-M23 elements came from Uganda to resettle in east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Meanwhile, negotiations continued between the Alliance of the Presidential Majority and the Rassemblement about what the Congolese government should look like.

20 Jan 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

 11,825 refugees were received in Uganda from South Sudan between the 11th and 17th of January. The arrival rate has continued to increase, with a daily average of 1,689 new arrivals, compared to 1,140 in the previous week.

 The majority of South Sudanese refugees arrive in Uganda through informal border points, with 529 refugees arriving in Uganda through the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 5,918 South Sudanese refugees have reached Uganda through the DRC to date.

20 Jan 2017 description

Air Serv recently celebrated the grand opening of Hangar II, doubling its hangar capacity at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda. With a 32m clear span and an 11m tail door, the new facility can accommodate aircraft as large as the Embraer 175. The roughly 1,900m2 structure also features six shops/storerooms on the hangar floor level, as well as six air conditioned offices and a conference room on the mezzanine level.

20 Jan 2017 description

Burundi’s 327,000 refugees are not mere victims but also active citizens, many remaining actively engaged in the country’s problems.

Burundi will soon mark two years since it was propelled into a political crisis by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s determination to be elected to a third term in power. As it stands, more than 327,000 of Burundi’s 11 million people have now sought refuge outside the country according to UN figures from early 2017 – nearly all fleeing since the crisis erupted.

20 Jan 2017 description

KEY FIGURES

761,550 South Sudanese arrivals in 2016, based on field reports (as of 31 Dec)

1,434,742 Total South Sudanese refugees as of 31 Dec (both pre and post Dec 2013 caseload and new arrivals)

261,541 Refugees in South Sudan

1.8 M Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in South Sudan, including 204,370 people in UNMISS Protection of Civilians site

FUNDING (as of 3 January)

20 Jan 2017 description

KEY FIGURES

462,069 South Sudanese arrivals since 8 July 2016, based on field reports (as of 27 Nov, except for Ethiopia as of 29 Nov)

1,346,617 Total South Sudanese refugees as of 27 Nov (both pre and post Dec 2013 caseload and new arrivals) 260,453 Refugees in South Sudan

1.8 M Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in South Sudan, including 204,370 people in UNMISS Protection of Civilians site

FUNDING (as of 29 November) USD 649.0 M Requested by UNHCR for the situation

19 Jan 2017 description

A total of $781.8 million * requested for the period January ‐ December 2017, including:

  • $**9.8 million** for CAR
  • $**30.3 million** for the DRC
  • $**157.7 million** for Ethiopia
  • $**40.5 million** for Kenya
  • $**171.7 million** for South Sudan
  • $**68 million** for Sudan
  • $**283.8 million** for Uganda
  • $**476,251** for HQ & Regional Coordination

* All dollar signs in this document denote United States dollars. This total includes support costs (7%)

19 Jan 2017 description

Highlights

  • WFP is appealing to donors to fill a critical funding gap of USD 52.1 million over the next six months of its refugee operation.
  • The WFP is assisting approximately 800,000 refugees in Uganda in 11 settlements and four transit centres in the West Nile and southwest regions.
  • WFP is expanding conditional cash-based transfers in Karamoja as part of the asset-creation safety net.

WFP Assistance

19 Jan 2017 description

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Since December, increased locust numbers and breeding have been reported in western Mauritania, Western Sahara, and northeastern Sudan according to the Food and Agriculture Organization.

  2. Below-average and erratic rainfall over the past several weeks has sustained moisture deficits and resulted in degraded ground conditions across many parts of Uganda, Kenya, bimodal and unimodal areas of Tanzania, northern Malawi, and northern Mozambique.