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(Abuja: 2 December 2016): The 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan for Nigeria seeks more than US$1 billion to address the needs of those in crisis in the three most affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, with 75 partners ready to respond to those needs where areas are accessible.
Nairobi, 2 December 2016 — The Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Peter de Clercq, today made an urgent appeal for humanitarian assistance amid worsening drought conditions that have left hundreds of thousands of Somalis facing severe food and water shortages. He made the call during a briefing with the international community in Nairobi, highlighting the urgency of responding to the drought situation in Somalia. “Drought in Puntland and Somaliland has deepened and spread to southern and central regions of the country as well.
During October 2016, the Iraq Internally Displaced Persons Information Centre (Iraq IIC) handled 5,525 calls, pushing the total number of calls handled by the call centre past 43,000.
By the end of the month, 99.8% of calls were classified as closed.
During this reporting period, the top three caller locations were Erbil, Anbar, and Baghdad, accounting for 16%, 15%, and 13% of the total number of calls respectively. While Kirkuk had previously held a spot in the top three caller locations for the past eight months, its position dropped to sixth place in October.
(Juba, 30 November 2016): The Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan is deeply concerned by a recent series of bureaucratic impediments and access constraints that have negatively impacted humanitarian organizations’ ability to assist people in need.
“Humanitarian organizations in South Sudan are striving every day to save lives and alleviate suffering across this country,” said Mr. Eugene Owusu, Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan. “Yet, they continue to face obstacles and challenges which hamper their efforts. This must stop.”
(Kinshasa, 29 novembre 2016) : Le Coordonnateur humanitaire en République Démocratique du Congo, Dr Mamadou Diallo, vient d’allouer 4 millions de dollars US du Fonds Humanitaire pour financer une assistance d’urgence aux populations victimes ou à risque de l’épidémie de choléra dans les provinces de l’Equateur, de la Tshopo, de la Mongala, du Mai-Ndombe, du Maniema et de Kinshasa.
(Kinshasa, 29 novembre 2016) : Le 27 novembre dernier, des miliciens ont attaqué le site spontané de Luhanga majoritairement occupé par des personnes de la communauté Hutu. Selon la MONUSCO, au moins 30 personnes ont été tuées et 13 autres blessées, dont 3 femmes et 10 enfants. Les blessés ont été hospitalisés, la moitié dans un état critique, et 29 victimes ont été enterrées le 28 novembre. Depuis le début de l’année, il s’agit de la deuxième attaque de cette ampleur dans cette région en proie à divers conflits intercommunautaires.
288,000 People Lived In Hawiga District When ISIL Took Control In June 2014
114,000 People Could Be Displaced In A Worst Case Scenario
114,000 People May Need To Be Accommodated In Emergency Shelters
46,000 People Have Fled Hawiga Since August 2016
17,000 People Have Been Transported To Displacement Camps
27,000 Of The Displaced People Are Living In Camps
(Geneva, 28 November 2016): Nearly half of the population in the Central African Republic (CAR) remain in need of humanitarian assistance despite progress made since the crisis in 2013, the Minister for Social Welfare and Reconciliation, Virginie Baikoua, and the Humanitarian Coordinator for CAR, Fabrizio Hochschild, told UN Member States in Geneva today.
To our esteemed media partners, we would like to extend this invitation to join the United Nations visit to the UN Transshipment Hub & Cilvegözü Customs Area near the Bab Al-Hawa crossing point on the Turkish/Syrian border.
The Bab al-Hawa border crossing is located on the Turkish/Syrian border at 65 km to the west of Aleppo City and 50 km to the east of Antakya in the province of Hatay in Turkey. While Bab al-Hawa refers to the Syrian side of the border, the Turkish border point is called “Cilvegözü”.
PEOPLE IN NEED OF SOME FORM OF HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE
PEOPLE HAVE BEEN INTERNALLY DISPLACED SINCE JANUARY 2014
PEOPLE ARE ESTIMATED TO LIVE IN AREAS OUTSIDE GOVERNMENT CONTROL IN NORTHERN AND WESTERN IRAQ; MANY ARE LIKELY TO BE VULNERABLE
PEOPLE NEED PROTECTION ASSISTANCE
PEOPLE HAVE BEEN NEWLY DISPLACED IN 2016
73,000 people are currently displaced
78% of displaced people are in emergency camps
23% of displaced people are in host communities
62,000 more spaces are available to shelter displaced people in emergency camps
452,000 additional spaces are under construction or planned
146,000 people have been reached by first-line emergency assistance
(Bishkek, 25 November 2016): Humanitarian partners wrapped up a day-long simulation exercise that immersed them into a major response operation in the event of a devastating earthquake.
The main goal of the simulation exercise was to understand how well the humanitarian community in Kyrgyzstan is prepared to work together in helping the country recover and people get back to normalcy following major emergencies.
Bangui, 23 November 2016 - Following renewed violence in Bria, Haute Kotto province on 21 November 2016, the Acting Humanitarian Coordinator in the Central African Republic (CAR), Dr. Michel Yao, strongly condemns the presence of armed men around the hospital in Bria. He reiterates his call for the civilian status of health structures and staff to be respected. He also recalled the neutrality and impartiality of humanitarian action. “This presence around the hospital hinders civilians from having access to medical care. I urge these armed men to leave immediately.
(Ouagadougou, 24 novembre 2016) - Le Sous-secrétaire général des Nations Unies et Coordonnateur humanitaire régional pour le Sahel, Toby Lanzer, termine aujourd’hui une visite de quatre jours au Burkina Faso et réaffirme son soutien à l’approche coordonnée entre le gouvernement et les acteurs humanitaires et de développement.
Bangui, le 23 novembre 2016 - Suite au regain de violence survenu le 21 novembre 2016 à Bria, préfecture de la Haute Kotto, le Coordonnateur humanitaire, par intérim, en République centrafricaine (RCA), le Docteur Michel Yao, condamne avec fermeté la présence d’hommes armés aux alentours de l’hôpital de Bria. Il réitère son appel pour le respect du caractère civil des structures ainsi que du personnel sanitaires. Il réaffirme également la neutralité et l’impartialité de l’action humanitaire.
New York, 23 November 2016 - Checked against delivery
Mr. President and Members of the Council,
Last month, I provided an overview of the humanitarian situation in the occupied Palestinian territory. Today, I will focus my remarks on the increasing challenges humanitarian actors are facing in responding to the needs of these vulnerable Palestinians, and for which we need greater support from this Council.