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More Resources for Iraq Response Needed

(Dohuk, 24 October 2014): More resources are urgently needed to address the needs of 5. 2 million people across Iraq, a joint mission by the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) concluded.

“Helping people is a fundamental pillar of Islam,” Hesham Youssef, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs for the OIC, said in Dohuk. “There are huge needs on the ground. It’s vital that we help the people of Iraq.”

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UN launches US$2.2 billion appeal for Iraq [EN/AR/KU]

(Baghdad, 23 October 2014): The United Nations has launched a USD $2.2 billion appeal to address the protection and humanitarian needs of 5.2 million people in conflict-affected Iraq.

“The needs of the Iraqi people are immense,” Neill Wright, acting Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, said in Baghdad. “It’s imperative we step up our efforts.”

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USG/ERC Valerie Amos on Somalia

New York, 22 October 2014

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, briefed the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Somalia today, noting that it has significantly deteriorated since June.

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Statement: Humanitarian Coordinator calls for support for the Palestinian olive sector

The Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. James W. Rawley, visited two Palestinian, olive-producing communities in the central West Bank today, along with members of the diplomatic and donor community, the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture, and representatives of humanitarian organizations.

“The annual olive harvest is a key economic, social and cultural event for Palestinians,” said Mr. Rawley. “Nearly half of all cultivated land in the occupied Palestinian Territories (oPt) is planted with olive trees.”

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Le fonds central d'intervention d'urgence des nations unies octroie pres de 8 millions de dollars aux operations humanitaires sous financees

(Niamey/Niger, le 20 octobre 2014): La Coordonnatrice des secours d’urgences des Nations Unies, Valérie Amos, a alloué 7 962 500 dollars, l’équivalent de 3,8 milliards de FCFA, pour appuyer les urgences sous financées au Niger.

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Turkey + 1 other
UN Humanitarian Chief calls for continued assistance and a political solution for Syria

During a visit to Turkey, Valerie Amos reminded the international community of the gravity of this humanitarian crisis and said that additional support is needed ahead of the long winter.

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UN Emergency Fund gives US$8 million for underfunded humanitarian operations

This new grant is part of a $75 million allocation from the CERF Underfunded Emergencies window, which this year aims to boost relief work in two of the world’s most neglected regions: the Sahel and the Horn of Africa.

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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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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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