Forced recruitment and other grave child violations continue. Last week, 89 children were forcibly recruited from Wau Shiluk, however, it is believed that the number may be much higher. Some witnesses have noted that at least some of these children are receiving military training. Reports of forced recruitment in other parts of the country were also received this week and UNICEF and partners are now working to verify the number of children who may have been forcibly recruited and to advocate for their release.
LILONGWE /GENEVA - 27 February 2015 – UNICEF Malawi is on high alert following a cholera outbreak in the southern border areas, where highly-populated camps for people displaced by the floods are located.
Au 08 février 2015, la région de l’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre a enregistré environ 4 315 cas et 94 décès (Let=2,2%) de choléra dans 6 pays. Ces chiffres ne prennent pas en compte les décès rapportés en RDC, en Cote d’Ivoire et au Ghana.
As of 08th February 2015, 4 315 cases and 94 deaths (CFR=2,2%) of cholera have been registered in the West and Central Africa region in 6 countries. The figures are not taking into account cholera deaths notified in DRC, Ivory Coast and Ghana.
By Catherine Weibel
After losing their father and their home during the most recent conflict, two young girls in Gaza struggle to come to terms with the past and look to a brighter future.
· As of 24 February 2015, 39 cases of cholera have been confirmed by the Ministry of Health, with two deaths. Out of the 39 cases, 5 cases were reported in Mwanza, a district which was not affected by floods, while the rest have been reported in Nsanje.
· UNICEF is a member of the national taskforce on Cholera that has been set up to plan and respond to the outbreak.
Gaza, 25 February, 2015 - The European Union and UNICEF jointly marked yesterday the completion of the first component of a EUR 10 million desalination plant which will provide over 75,000 Palestinians with clean, drinking water in Gaza.
Des équipes médicales mobiles apportent aux réfugiés syriens du Liban une aide cruciale.
Par Miriam Azar
Avec l’hiver, de sévères conditions météorologiques règnent au Liban et rendent la situation des réfugiés syriens encore plus précaire et des équipes sanitaires se mobilisent pour leur apporter une aide urgente.
By Issa Davies
A young mother and daughter, survivors of Ebola, demonstrate that surviving – and defeating – the deadly virus is in many ways a community effort.
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 23 February 2015 – Yeabu Kalokoh, 18, is beaming with smiles as she holds her baby girl, Grace, and gently caresses her. The young mother and her nearly 2-year-old daughter share the terrible ordeal and the good fortune of escaping the deadly grip of the Ebola virus.
Since August 2014, UNICEF and its partners have put in place a totally new program for the reinsertion of former children associated with armed forces or groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Capoeira.
The practice of this Afro-Brazilian martial art, « a dance of peace », has produced promising results amongst the demobilised children. Report from Goma at the transit and orientation centre.
Winter storm Jana has affected much of Jordan from 19-21 February. The storm has affected Al Za'atari Refugee Camp and has resulted in flooding in many areas of the camp. There are many instances of damaged shelters, as well as flooded or blocked roads which makes water delivery and other activities difficult. Data collection is being conducted by camp agencies including UNHCR, UNICEF, ACTED, IRD, NRC, and Oxfam. REACH is providing mapping support. Data reflected in this map is as of the day cited, with updated information collected daily.
Dhaka, Sunday, 22 February, 2015: Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and UNICEF Bangladesh have signed a US$8 million (Taka 62 crore) agreement today to help reduce preventable deaths in children and women by improving maternal, newborn and child health interventions.
Ms. Kim Bok-Hee, KOICA, Bangladesh Resident Representative signed the agreement with UNICEF Bangladesh Representative, Mr. Edouard Beigbeder, during a ceremony held in Dhaka. This is the second time that UNICEF Bangladesh receives a donation from KOICA.
JUBA/NAIROBI/NEW YORK, 21 February, 2015 – UNICEF condemns in the strongest terms the abduction of scores of boys, some as young 13, by an armed group near Malakal in the north of South Sudan.
A UNICEF education team reported that 89 children were abducted while doing their exams. The actual number could be much higher.
The incident occurred in the community of Wau Shilluk in Upper Nile State where thousands of people have been internally displaced by the ongoing conflict.
By Claire McKeever
Returning to the classroom is a welcome occasion for students and teachers alike in one town in South Sudan, but continued conflict and displacement mean that their safety remains fragile.
BENTIU, South Sudan, 20 February 2105 – William, a teacher in Bentiu, in South Sudan’s Unity State, cannot stop smiling. He has waited for this day a long time. The school where he taught until one year ago is reopening, and he is back in his old classroom, ready for the students.
Recent insecurity triggered additional movement of people with 1,042,066 people now internally displaced in Ukraine, of whom 134,290 are children (Source: Ministry of Social Policy).
A ceasefire agreement was reached in Minsk on 12 February to halt the spike of violence that flared up in eastern Ukraine over the past few weeks, causing multiple civilian casualties, including children.
Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) cases is 8,237, with 3,059 deaths. During the past week there were 68 new confirmed cases of EVD.