Vatican Radio journalist Tracey McClure recently visited Caritas projects to help refugees in Jordan. Dana Shahin, communications officer with Caritas Jordan told her how education for the tens of thousands of refugee children at great risk.
“UNESCO's work with Iraq, notably in education and safeguarding cultural heritage, is our response to extremism”, said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova on 2 November 2014 in Baghdad. Axel Plathe, Director of the UNESCO Office for Iraq, explains how this work materialized in 2014 in Iraq.
The past year was characterized by dramatic developments in Iraq. Which positions did UNESCO take in this very challenging environment?
SMM continued to monitor the implementation of the provisions of the Minsk Protocol and Memorandum and the work of the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC). The JCCC recorded a number of alleged ceasefire violations. The SMM observed some military hardware moving in the direction of Donetsk city.
Cours de rattrapage et la rentrée scolaire 2014-2015
Le 20 novembre 2014 était la journée officielle de la rentrée scolaire 2014 - 2015 déclarée par le Ministre de l’Education Nationale et de l’Enseignement Technique (MENET). A l’exception de la préfecture de l’Ouham où le début de l’année scolaire 2014 - 2015 est prévu exceptionnellement pour le 5 janvier 2015, les écoles dans le reste du pays commencent progressivement à rouvrir leurs portes pour accueillir les élèves.
Preparation of the new El Redis 2 and Debat Bosin sites is expected to be completed by the 25th of December, with basic services (reception space, shelters, water and latrines) being made available. The relocation is then scheduled to take place 26th and 31st December 2014.
The Khartoum relocation (from Shagara to Bantiu site) has been delayed this week due to delivery of substandard shelter poles. Replacement possibilities are currently being explored, and movement is expected to take place immediately following resolution of this issue.
- KHOST & PAKTIKA UPDATE: WINTERIZATION
The second tranche of winterization assistance began in Gulan Camp and Spera district with tool kits, plastic sheeting, bamboo poles and screens. At the same time, charis, blankets, mats, sweaters, tool kits and wheelbarrows have been distributed to 3,168 families in Paktika. NRC has distributed winterization kits to 130 families in Shamal/Lakan while also providing 176 bukharis to heat the temporary schools in Gulan camp as well as in host communities.
As the mother of six boys, a farmer and the leader of her farming group, Judith is the perfect example of a local saying - Empower a woman, and you empower an entire community.
Judith has a lot to smile about.
Just a few years ago, a bad harvest would have meant hunger for her family and the entire community. Now, thanks to her participation in a World Food Programme-supported project for local farmers, she and many of her neighbours have learned useful tools such as collective marketing that have allowed them to sell their crops at higher prices.
During their joint visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on 16 September, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, and United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown welcomed the commitment of the DRC at the highest level to education. This joint visit was designed to support national mobilization for education and strengthen cooperation with the international community. The DRC Government has placed education at the heart of its fight against poverty and its national strategy for economic and social development.
Since last week, 124 new cases have been reported, bringing the total cases in Guinea to 2,416 (2,127 confirmed; 263 probable and 26 suspected cases).
The case fatality rate is still high at 63%, with 1,525 deaths among the 2,416 total cases.
By Manuel Moreno González
In Chad, just across the border from the Central African Republic, refugees and returnees remain in desperate need of assistance, and too afraid to go back, for fear of continuing violence.
GORE, Chad, 19 December 2014 – Ten-year-old Assia Issa has delicate facial features and intelligent, bright eyes, and she speaks with a confident voice that would make anyone pay attention. Her voice is a melody in itself, leaving an indelible impression, along with her words.
17 December 2014 - Aiming to assist an educational system that is constantly disrupted by conflicts, UNMISS Korean engineers today handed over a classroom block to Lualdit Primary School in Bor County, Jonglei State.
They also supplied the school with needed materials, including pens, books, desks, blackboards and rulers.
· Tensions are still high in the State of Palestine. A number of assaults were reported on both Palestinians and Israelis in the West Bank and Israel, with noted increase in settler violence, incidents involving youth, and the violent death of Cabinet Member Mr. Ziad Abu Ein during a confrontation with IDF in a peaceful ceremony on Human Rights Day. A number of incidents were reported in Gaza including UXO explosions and fire opened on fishermen.
19 December 2014 – In eastern Ukraine, the situation remains ‘extremely serious’ for more than 1.7 million children affected by the escalating crisis, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today as it appealed for funds to continue its humanitarian response in the country.
Urgent actions for children in 2015
• International support to the Central African Republic must be maintained. A reduction of the assistance could reverse all of the gains made in 2014. In 2015, UNICEF will need about US $72 million to promote the protection of children, access to social services for the most vulnerable, and the promotion of peace and reconciliation.
• Children in CAR are exposed to health risks such as tuberculosis, measles, yellow fever, polio and malaria, which remains the most common cause of infant mortality.
18 December 2014 – Peace negotiations between the South Sudanese government and the Opposition resumed on Thursday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. IGAD special envoy General Lazarus Sumbeiywo of Kenya called on the parties to demonstrate the necessary political will during the fresh round of talks to end what he described as a “year of horror and tragedy”. The two conflicting parties have engaged in fresh clashes recent weeks, in violation of a cessation of hostilities agreement signed in January and recommitted to in May.
• Mauritania continues to suffer from a multi-dimensional crisis related to food insecurity, the high prevalence of malnutrition, the presence of Malian refugees.
• From January to December 2014, as a result of the food insecurity and nutrition crisis, over 16,684 severely malnourished children were admitted and treated within 508 supported health facilities. The close collaboration with the Ministry of Health contributed to reinforce the capacity of 141 frontline staff on management of acute malnutrition as well as increase the coverage.
One year after the cycle of violence reached Bangui, more appropriate and immediate solutions are needed for CAR’s complex humanitarian crisis.
An outbreak of violence in Bambari caused many casualties.
A joint mission met with armed groups in the Boali region to discuss access issues and constraints. Groups were sensitized on humanitarian principles and the need for unhindered humanitarian access.
When military operations began in North Waziristan in June this year, Noor Ayaz knew that he and his family had to leave their home in Pakistan for their own safety.
“There were thirteen of us, including children,” he said. “It took two days to come to Afghanistan ”.