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Niger + 2 others
UN Emergency Fund gives US$8 million for underfunded humanitarian operations

(Niamey/Niger, 20 October 2014): The United Nations humanitarian chief, Valerie Amos, has allocated US$7,962,500 (equivalent to 3.8 billion CFA) to support critically under-funded aid operations in Niger.

Like other Sahelian countries, Niger faces food insecurity and malnutrition. More than 4 million people are food insecure and about 880,000 children under-five are at risk of malnutrition. The country is also prone to disease outbreaks and natural disasters and hosts hundreds of thousands of refugees, returnees and migrants from neighbouring Mali, Nigeria and Libya.

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Winterization assistance is an urgent priority [EN/KU/AR]

As winter nears, approximately 800,000 people are in need of shelter assistance, and at least 940,000 lack essential household and other life-sustaining items.

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OIC Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs to visit Iraq with Director of OCHA Geneva

WHO: Hesham Youssef, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs for the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) and Rashid Khalikov, Director of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA ) Geneva

WHAT: Mission to the Republic of Iraq

WHEN: 20 to 23 October 2014

WHERE: Baghdad, Erbil and field locations

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Turkey + 1 other
Visit by UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos to Turkey

WHO: UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos
WHAT: Mission to Turkey
WHEN: 18-20 October 2014
WHERE: Gaziantep, Ankara

UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos will visit Turkey from 18-20 October 2014.

The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator is expected to meet senior Turkish officials, local authorities, humanitarian partners and people who have fled violence in Syria.

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Media Advisory: OIC Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs to visit Iraq with Director of OCHA Geneva [EN/AR]

WHO: Hesham Youssef, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs for the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) and Rashid Khalikov, Director of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA ) Geneva

WHAT: Mission to the Republic of Iraq WHEN: 20 to 23 October 2014

WHERE: Baghdad, Erbil and field locations

Hesham Youssef, OIC Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Rashid Khalikov, Director of OCHA Geneva, are scheduled to visit Iraq from 20 to 23 October to see first-hand the magnitude of the crisis.

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RD Congo : Des milliers de personnes prises dans une spirale de violence dans le Nord-Kivu

Au cours des dernières semaines, plusieurs dizaines de personnes ont été tuées, des femmes violées, et plusieurs autres personnes enlevées. Des centres de santé et des habitations ont été pillés.

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UN calls for protection of civilians and respect for medical facilities [EN/FR/SG]

(Bangui, 16 October 2014): The Senior Humanitarian Coordinator in the Central African Republic, Claire Bourgeois, is extremely concerned by the loss of lives during a new wave of attacks and violence in the beginning of this week. She also deplores the high number of wounded, the burning of houses and the fact that the victims are compelled to seek refuge in displacement sites. More than 159 wounded have been received in medical facilities since the beginning of the crisis a week ago, and more than 3,000 people have been displaced since 14 October.

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The Fifth Annual Conference on Effective Partnership and Information Sharing for Better Humanitarian Action

(Kuwait, 14 October 2014) The Fifth Annual Conference on Effective Partnership and Information Sharing for Better Humanitarian Action was opened under the patronage of H.E. Deputy Prime Minister of Kuwait and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah. This is the fourth time Kuwait has hosted the conference.

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Déclaration de la Coordonnatrice humanitaire principale en République centrafricaine, 13 octobre 2014 [EN/FR/SG]

Bangui, CAR | 13 octobre 2014

(Bangui, 13 octobre 2014): La Coordonnatrice humanitaire principale en République centrafricaine (RCA), Claire Bourgeois, est grandement choquée par l’utilisation d’enfants durant les récentes attaques intercommunautaires à Bangui.

J’exhorte tous les leaders et les combattants de respecter le droit des enfants. Les enfants de Centrafrique ont droit à la paix et l’accès aux services sociaux de base. Je rappelle que l’utilisation des enfants et des femmes enceintes dans les combats est un crime de guerre.

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Déclaration de la Coordonnatrice humanitaire principale en République centrafricaine, 11 octobre 2014

(Bangui, 11 octobre 2014): La Coordonnatrice humanitaire principale en République Centrafricaine (RCA), Claire Bourgeois, condamne dans les termes les plus fermes ces nouvelles attaques depuis le 7 octobre qui ont entrainées la mort des civils et qui continuent à entraver l’accès humanitaire. Les menaces contre les personnes œuvrant pour sauver les vies des personnes affectées par la crise sont inacceptables et doivent cesser immédiatement.

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Under-Secretary-General Valerie Amos - Statement on Kobane/Ayn al-Arab

I am extremely concerned about the people who remain trapped in Kobane/Ayn al-Arab on the Syrian border with Turkey. The information is not clear but reports indicate that there may be people in the city who are unable to leave. There are also reported to be several thousand people outside the town along the Turkish border. ISIL has shown no mercy to those in towns they have taken. We need to get to people and give them help now.

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Statement from the Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Philippe Lazzarini “Race against time to help drought and conflict stricken communities in Somalia” [EN/SO]

(New York/Mogadishu, 10 October 2014) The humanitarian operation in Somalia requires urgent scale-up. We are in a race against time to save lives in areas stricken by drought and conflict.

I am extremely concerned about the humanitarian crisis unfolding in southern, central and north-eastern Somalia. Bakool, Bay, Gedo, Hiraan and Galgaduud have been the most affected. Families in these communities desperately need water, food and healthcare.

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Humanitarian Fund releases USD 2.5 million to join the Government’s efforts to fight Ebola in Equateur Province [EN/FR]

(Kinshasa, 3 October 2014): The Humanitarian Coordinator in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Moustapha Soumaré, has allocated USD 2.56 million from the Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) to fight the country’s latest outbreak of Ebola in Equateur Province.

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Liberia + 3 others
CERF response to Ebola outbreak, as of 3 October 2014

CERF regional response overview (in US$ million)

CERF RESPONSE TIMELINE 15.2 US$ million

Allocations April–July

• At the onset of the emergency, CERF provided three rapid response allocations, totaling $2.3 million, for Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. The majority of funds supported emergency health activities, including training of medical personnel, disease detection and surveillance, medical supplies, and public education.

• In April, $1.5 million was allocated to Guinea for health and food.

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Myanmar + 1 other
Finding a just and equitable solution to Rakhine’s citizenship crisis essential for long-term peace and prosperity in Myanmar

(New York, 3 October 2014): Senior United Nations Humanitarian and Development officials said today they had seen appalling human suffering but also signs of hope during a recent visit to Rakhine State in Myanmar, where more than 1 million people have been rendered effectively stateless.

UN Assistant Secretary-General and UN Development Programme Regional Director for Asia Haoliang Xu and UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Director of Operations John Ging met displaced people and government officials during their visit.

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Déclaration de la Coordonnatrice humanitaire principale en République centrafricaine, 02 octobre 2014 [FR/SG]

(Bangui, 02 octobre 2014): La Coordonnatrice humanitaire principale en République Centrafricaine (RCA), Claire Bourgeois, condamne les nouvelles violences qui se sont produites contre les civils suite à un affrontement qui a eu lieu hier à Bambari (Préfecture de la Ouaka).

Je suis profondément choquée des attaques qui viennent de reprendre ces deux dernières semaines contre les actions humanitaires. Le conflit a de nouveau entraîné la perte de vie de personnes civiles. Je présente aux familles des victimes mes condoléances les plus attristées.

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Update on the ebola virus disease in DRC, No.13, 29 September 2014–7pm [EN/FR]

Coordination/ Keys developments

    • 8 health personnel h ave died of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) since the outbreak of the epidemic .
  • On 28 Sept ember, the total number of cases i s(see table above for details) of which2 deaths , an overall lethality rate of around 60%. The latest confirmed case w as on 24 September.

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Poor prospects for harvest due to late rains in The Gambia

Chronically underfunded humanitarian response in Gambia requires urgent food assistance for 200,000 vulnerable adults and acutely malnourished children.

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Under-Secretary-General Valerie Amos: Briefing to the Security Council on Syria [EN/AR]

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11 million people in Syria require urgent humanitarian assistance. Amos is calling for greater financial assistance and sustained pressure on all parties to ensure that they respect and implement resolutions 2139 and 2165.

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UN Humanitarian Chief Welcomes Qatar’s Generous Contribution to Humanitarian Funds Helping Syrians in Need

(New York, 29 September 2014) Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, and His Excellency Dr. Ahmed Al Meraikhi of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, met today to discuss the humanitarian situation in Syria and neighbouring countries.

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